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In the television series, The Big Bang Theory, Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) are both brilliant physicists working at CalTech in Pasadena, California. They are colleagues, best friends, and roommates, although in all capacities their relationship is always tested primarily by Sheldon's regimented, deeply eccentric, and non-conventional ways. They are also friends with their CalTech colleagues mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar). The foursome spend their time working on their individual work projects, playing video games, watching science-fiction movies, or reading comic books. As they are self-professed nerds, all have little or no luck with popular women. When Penny, a pretty woman and an aspiring actress originally from Omaha, moves into the apartment across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon's, Leonard has another aspiration in life, namely to get Penny (Kaley Cuoco) to be his girlfriend. The Big Bang Theory: Season 5 is available on DVD in a 3 disc box set.

The fifth season of The Big Bang Theory settles into a solid, enjoyable groove. The original quintet of four nerds and a pretty girl has been complemented by two nerd girls, creating a dynamic social world that retains all the social awkwardness needed for comic effect. Much of the season revolves around relationships: Howard (Simon Helberg) is engaged to Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), though that bond is tested by everything from Howard getting commissioned to be an astronaut to online revelations of Howard's former sleaziness; Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) start dating again, this time as "Leonard & Penny 2.0," promising to treat problems as bugs that can be reported and fixed; and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) formalize their relationship with--what else?--a contract, though a dissatisfied Amy later decides to make Sheldon a better boyfriend through sneaky behavior modification.

But some of the most delightful bits come from Raj (Kunal Nayyar), the show's remaining singleton, whose ambiguous sexuality flavors everything he says. Nayyar's performance grows increasingly charming, as does Bialik's; in addition to her grappling with Sheldon's impermeable narcissism, the strange undercurrent of lust in Amy's friendship with Penny stirs up comic anxiety. And of course Sheldon never fails to delight as, among other things, he lets all his decisions be determined by a roll of the dice; treats Leonard as "Schrödinger's Friend"; and embraces chaos in his life by playing bongos in the middle of the night and wearing Tuesday pajamas on Thursday night. All in all, though season five feels less surprising than previous seasons, the quality of the writing and performances remains high. The extras on The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fifth Season are unremarkable, except for a featurette about the series' director and designers, which shows a different side of network television. Guest appearances included the recurring Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, Stephen Hawking, and a vocal performance by Leonard Nimoy as Sheldon's conscience. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 498 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,363 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053O89WY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Smart is the New Sexy

In the award-winning television series The Big Bang Theory, the guys are real brainiacs. But when it comes to the opposite sex, they’re still on a steep learning curve. Join physicists Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper as they and their friends ponder black holes, chemical deviations, girls and other mysteries of the universe in the phenomenally funny episodes of Season Five. As they muddle through relationship 'bugs' and romance re-launches, they also discover there’s nothing a good roll of the D&D dice or a paintball tournament can’t solve.


Penny is the only main character whose last name has not been revealed.

Most of the time, Leonard’s glasses have no lenses in them.

Mayim Bialik is the only actor in the show who has a real-life PhD. Her field of study is neuroscience.

The two main characters (Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter) were named after the late TV producer Sheldon Leonard.

The actors actually learned to play the instruments their characters play in the show (Amy plays the harp, Sheldon plays the theremin and recorder, and Leonard plays the cello).

Comedy Genius

  • The complete fifth season, all 24 episodes
  • More than eight hours of nerdy jokes and side-splitting laughs on three DVDs
  • Lots of surprise guest appearances, including Stephen Hawking
  • A must-watch show for TV comedy fans
  • Also available as a five-disc Blu-ray set

Meet the Cast

Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons)

A theoretical physicist, Sheldon is an uber-nerd genius totally lacking in people skills. He has very little interest in romance, but he does (reluctantly) have a girlfriend, Amy Farrah Fowler.

Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik)

Amy is a neurobiologist who meets Sheldon through an online dating service. They are similar in many ways, particularly in their high intellect and poor social skills.

Penny (Kaley Cuoco)

An aspiring actress, Penny earns a living as a waitress. Although usually attracted to meatheads, she has an on-again, off-again relationship with nerdy Leonard.

Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki)

Leonard is a kind, good-natured experimental physicist. He and his friend Sheldon have shared an apartment for years. His love interest is Penny, who lives next door.

Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch)

A waitress at the Cheesecake Factory, Bernadette is also working to complete her PhD in microbiology. Penny introduces her to Howard and they hit it off.

Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg)

An aerospace engineer, Howard is a super-confident jerk who sees himself as a ladies’ man. His dating life is a disaster until he meets Bernadette.

Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar)

Howard’s best friend, Raj is a shy and nervous astrophysicist who has a difficult time talking to girls – unless he’s drunk.

Stuart Bloom (Kevin Sussman)

Stuart is the owner of the Comic Center of Pasadena, a comic book shop the guys often visit. Shy and insecure, Stuart has a crush on Penny.

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130 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 13, 2012
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A cast of geniuses playing geniuses. Acting geniuses playing science geniuses. Brilliant, lovely actors all of them. The scenes in the "Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" when Penny gives Sheldon his "Saturnalia" (Christmas present) - his miracle gift - a signed napkin from Leonard Nimoy - is the BEST television I have EVER EVER SEEN!!! And I was RAISED on television. The laugh out loud factor keeps me happy ALL DAY... I can think of what I watched the night before and settle into a warm feeling that I will be seeing another episode later... And the DVD's ARE wonderful because there are no commercail interruptions...
Some of the same format as M*A*S*H*. And as brilliant writing ... doctors with a sidekick nurse - scientists with a sidekick waitress/actress. God, wouldn't I love to be in Penny's shoes...
Having grown up around scientists from MIT and CalTech, I can honestly say that Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady are insightful and gloriously honest!
I hope it just keeps going and going...
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66 of 79 people found the following review helpful By William Foley on January 14, 2012
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I started watching in season three and have purchased all the DVD sets of this show and anticipate with excitement the DVD set for Season Five.

I think the show has changed and is progressing in a positive direction. The characters are growing and maturing and with the addition of Bernadette and Amy, brilliantly played by Melissa Rouch and Mayim Bialik respectively, there is added depth and increased laughter.

I think the show is still fresh and funny and as long as it remains that way this viewer will continue watching!
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228 of 283 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 22, 2011
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In the cult tradition of SPARTACUS, the halls of every science department now echoes: "I AM SHELDON"!

Currently into its fifth season, THE BIG BANG THEORY proved to be one of the most funny TV sitcoms ever aired. Even if the show seems to have slowed down form its initial explosive impetus, I had not laughed out loud this hard ever since the best days of FRASIER and SEINFELD - and BIG BANG is **consistently** brilliant!

Sheldon Cooper is unavoidably the king of the show - the massive black hole this Universe revolves around if you will. A child prodigy, now a 24 years old theoretical physicist PhD with absolutely no social skills or known sexual drive. Sheldon may be on the verge of unifying the fields but cannot drive a car to save his life or break a smile even remotely resembling that of a mere homo sapiens.
His equally super-intelligent (yet sexually confused girlfriend), Amy Farrah Fowler, (which Sheldon finally claimed) received a far more enlarged role this fifth season. However, she was not a very good addition and she unbalances the show. Her character only manages to blur the focus form Sheldon (there is only room for one idiosyncratic genius!), diffuse a number of comically charged situations and gum up the show's flow.

Leonard Hofstadter is Sheldon's roommate and primary ...keeper. An experimental physicist himself (who Sheldon tries to "help" by steering him towards a teaching career), he juggles Sheldon's idiosyncrasies with his personal neurosis - not to mention his crush on his neighbor Penny. Which crush, like lunar eclipses, follow a predicted yet unavoidable periodicity.
Leonard tried his hand in a long-distance relationship this season with his friend Raj's sister, Priya, but he seems to be gravitating back towards Penny once more.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 15, 2012
Format: Blu-ray of the best sitcoms ever created. Each episode is an event full of high-brow, intelligent humor the likes of which I can say I haven't seen in a very long time. This show is very deserving of all accolades it receives. I hope it stays on for years to come, as I think it's not only one of the best sitcoms, but some of the best TV entertainment ever created.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By e neel on January 19, 2012
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The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season is 'Friends' with smart people. That's not a dis on Friends: The Complete Series Collectionits just a statement. I am tired of TV that causes your brain cells to die. I'm tired of fart jokes and booger jokes. I love watching The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season because you have to pay attention to get the jokes. They use big people words. They use an adult vocabulary, not a fifth graders. I've actually had to look words up. ex. Sheldon asks what it means when a girl wants you to meet her mother. Leonard looks at Sheldon and says ' what would you be if you were an inclined plane wrapped helically around an axis? response "I'm screwed." My 7th grader had to look it up. then he fell off his chair laughing, learned a few vocab words and got a new favorite saying. My mother who is 68 loves it too. There are quite a few references to sex,so be prepared to discuss some things, but it is addressed far more tastefully than Two and a Half Men: The Complete First Season or Modern Family: The Complete First Season. This is One of my favorite series on TV right now. Fun for all ages and both sexes and all walks of life. I also like that they are equal opportunity.Read more ›
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