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The Big Bang Theory: Seasons 1-4 (2011)

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Product Details

  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 13
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KR6OBM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,326 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season
17 episodes on 3 discs
Quantum Mechanics of The Big Bang Theory: A behind the scenes look into geek chic.

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season
Physicist to the Stars: Real-life physicist/UCLA professor David Saltzberg's consulting relationship to the show
Testing the Infinite Hilarity Hyphothesis in Relation to The Big Bang Theory: Season 2's unique characters and characteristics
Gag reel

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Third Season
Big Bang set tour with Simon and Kunal
Take-Out with the Cast of The Big Bang Theory: Join them for Chinese food and discussion of favorite season 3 moments
Gag reel

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fourth Season
Actor on Actor: The Big Bang's Theory of Relativity Featurette -This fun and light-hearted piece features the stars of the show conducting interviews with each other detailing their experiences working on one of the hottest comedies on television.
The Barenaked Ladies on Big Bang Theory Featurette - Having created one of the greatest theme songs in recent history, the Barenaked Ladies bring it home when they come to the set of the Big Bang Theory to record a music video for the song. Featuring an interview with the band, behind the scenes footage of the filming of an episode, and clips from the new video itself, this piece carries with it all of the fun and energy you could expect from both the band and the show.
The History of Everything Music Video
Gag Reel

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Product Description

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season
University physicists Leonard and Sheldon know whether to use an integral or a differential to solve the area under a curve. But they don’t have a clue about girls. Or dating. Or clothes. Or parties. Or having fun. Or, basically, life. So when a pretty blonde named Penny moves in the apartment across the hall, the guys decide to get an education outside of the classroom. Boys, you have a lot to learn. With series creators Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) and Bill Prady (The Gilmore Girls) concocting the right mix of logic and lunacy and stars Johnny Galecki (Roseanne) and Jim Parsons (Judging Amy) turning geekdom into Phi Beta fun, The Big Bang Theory is big on laughs. And life.

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season
The science of funny is back! At work, physicists Leonard and Sheldon and their geek pals conquer the cosmos. At home, real life from dating to driving conquers them. This season, Leonard gets a girl. So does Sheldon. (Sheldon?!) Howard drives the Mars Rover into a ditch. Raj woos a terminator. Gorgeous girl-next-door Penny falls under the spell of Age of Conan. And super-smart, überconfident Leslie Winkle reduces mere men to spineless jellyfish. Twenty-three laugh-filled episodes from series creators Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) and Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg) and a talented cast with astronomical comedy I.Q.s show why Big Bang is such a big hit.

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Third Season
From Emmy® nominees Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, Dharma & Greg, Cybill, Grace Under Fire) & Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg) comes The Big Bang Theory. Leonard (Galecki) and Sheldon (Parsons) are brilliant physicists, the kind of "beautiful minds" that understand how the universe works. But none of that genius helps them interact with people – especially women. All this changes when a free-spirited beauty named Penny (Cuoco) moves in next door. Sheldon, Leonard's roommate, is quite content spending his nights playing Klingon Boggle with their socially dysfunctional friends, fellow Caltech scientists Howard Wolowitz (Helberg) and Rajesh Koothrappali (Nayyar). Leonard, however, sees in Penny a whole new universe of possibilities ... including love.

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fourth Season
“Four seasons in, it is still laugh-out-loud funny. Every episode, every week,” USA Today’s Robert Bianco says about the hit series The Big Bang Theory. Here’s your chance to subject his conclusion to empirical analysis by watching all 24 Season 4 Episodes! This season the Big Bang gang’s romantic universe expands. On the rebound from Penny, Leonard falls into the arms of Raj’s sister Priya. Sheldon gets a girlfriend, or rather a friend who is a girl: Amy, a dour neurobiologist who declares herself besties with Penny. Howard and Bernadette heat up. And so do Raj and Bernadette (at least in Raj’s Bollywood daydream). All in the furtherance of award-winning genius comedy.

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season
The delightful sitcom The Big Bang Theory revolves around a character type rarely seen on television: The alpha geek. Physicists Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) get their lives shaken up when an attractive young woman named Penny (Kaley Cuoco) moves in to the apartment across from theirs. The key to the show, though, is not that they both fall haplessly in love--Leonard does, but Sheldon remains impermeably aloof and caustic about anything resembling romance or human relationships in general. While the push and pull of Leonard's yearning for Penny motivates much of the series' ongoing plot, the show's real drive comes from Sheldon's fantastic combination of obsessive-compulsive neurosis and grandiose obliviousness. He's a brilliant comic creation, imperious and dorky, a seamless collaboration of clever writing and an inspired performance by Parsons. Whether Sheldon loses his job for insulting his new boss, or finds his ego bruised by a child prodigy, or finds himself unable to bear being part of a lie that Leonard has told, he attacks the world with a relentless need to assert his supremacy--and the results are deeply funny.

The triumph of The Big Bang Theory is that everyone is written with genuine affection; what could have been a lifeless parade of stereotypes--Two Nerds and a Hot Chick--becomes instead a charming collision of cultures. The familiar stuff (computer games, comic books, social incompetence) has the grit of specificity; the show understands the difference between Halo and Halo 3, knows what the Bottle City of Kandor is, and grasps the infinite variety of ways in which a conversation can go terribly awry. (Penny gets less nuance, but Cuoco still gives her a distinctive personality.) Kudos as well to supporting players Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, who bring their own variations on geekiness to the table, and to great appearances by some of Galecki's former cohorts on Roseanne--Sara Gilbert as geekette Leslie and Laurie Metcalf as Sheldon's fundamentalist mother. All in all, one of the most winning sitcoms in years. --Bret Fetzer

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season
Early in the second season of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon (Emmy nominee Jim Parsons) asks Penny (Kaley Cuoco), "When did we become friends?" For a smart guy, Sheldon misses a lot. But for the record, season 1 answered the question of whether or not an adorkable group of geniuses can become friends with the hot girl next door (yes!). Season 2 shows us what that friendship looks like, and it's awesome, especially when it includes a rousing game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock." Sheldon's roommate Leonard (Johnny Galecki) wants to be more than friends with Penny, but the richest relationship of the show is that of Penny and Sheldon. He uses the "covenant of friendship" to get Penny to give him rides, he engages in an over-caffeinated business venture with her, and in the excellent Christmas episode, they exchange gifts and share a surprisingly touching moment. (Sheldon's midseason efforts to befriend a colleague can't compare.) Penny is forever changed by the guys, even telling a date about Schrodinger's cat and delving into online gaming. The extras, including a gag reel and interviews with the cast and crew, reveal the stars to be as appealing and connected to each other as their characters. --Stephanie Reid-Simons

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Third Season
The third season of the wonderfully smart and silly comedy The Big Bang Theory is even better than the first two. When Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, and Raj--the show's quartet of supreme geeks--return from their research expedition in the Arctic, Leonard and his adorable neighbor Penny fall into each other's arms. In most TV shows, losing that sexual tension would deflate the entire series, but the writers and performers of The Big Bang Theory navigate these treacherous waters with aplomb; after a weak couple of episodes, the show regains its bearings with faux tattoos, sneaky behavior modification, lessons in football, a dislocated shoulder, a trip to Switzerland, pot brownies, and the one true Ring. Guest appearances by comic book legend Stan Lee, Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica, and former Star Trek boy genius Will Wheaton as themselves are used to remarkably good effect, and Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, as Howard and Raj, get better story lines than ever before.

But make no mistake: Jim Parsons, as Sheldon, drives the show. With Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) grappling with fairly conventional relationship issues, it falls to Sheldon to turn every potential cliché into an opportunity for unexpected lunacy. His combination of ruthless rationality, profound narcissism, and yawning neediness make Sheldon a remarkable comic creation, and Parsons plays him to the hilt. Even funnier than his relentless analytical approach to emotions is when he tries to be more human; his attempts to comfort Penny when she's injured are hilariously unnerving. Watching Sheldon "grow" over the course of The Big Bang Theory's progress is one of the show's greatest pleasures. --Bret Fetzer

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fourth Season
The superb sitcom The Big Bang Theory launches into its fourth season with an expanded cast and a whole new set of social dynamics to go with it. It's a little unsteady at first: Sheldon (the ever-inspired Jim Parsons) denies having a girlfriend in the similarly intellectual Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik, a long way away from Blossom), which leads to several Sheldon-dominated episodes--and as marvelous a character as Sheldon is, he can be too much of a good thing. Fortunately, things soon take a clever turn: Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Howard's girlfriend Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), and Amy become, ever so awkwardly, friends, providing an ingenious counterpoint to the socially hapless quartet of Sheldon, Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Howard (Simon Helberg), and Raj (Kunal Nayyar). Amy's emotional disconnection but fervent curiosity provides a delicious variation on Sheldon (without in any way replacing him) that gooses the show up to a new level. But episodes without her are still enjoyable--this is one of the best-written and -acted comedies on television. Though there is an odd increase in bodily function humor (perhaps the writers are trying to counter the jokes about comic books and theoretical physics), inventive stories abound: Sheldon becoming obsessed with cats; Amy's complete bafflement at becoming aroused by one of Penny's ex-boyfriends; grappling with Wil Wheaton over 21 extra seconds of Raiders of the Lost Ark; the plundering of Sheldon's World of Warcraft account; Leonard getting involved with Raj's sister Priya (Aarti Mann), much to Raj's discomfort; and much, much more. The balance of the ensemble grows increasingly skillful over the episode, giving everyone a chance to shine. --Bret Fetzer

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88 of 97 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars it started off with a big bang... January 11, 2012
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I absolutely LOVE The Big Bang Theroy and so does my best friend and was really excited to see the first four seasons bundled at such a great price. Received my order quickly and securely; with each season wrapped separately in cellophane. HOWEVER....I am very disappointed (actually kind of pissed off) to find that these are bootlegs. If you are wondering how I know this...I bought the series for my friend for her birthday, she just so happen to buy me the same set from BestBuy for Christmas (which I so happen to receive in the mail today; and what luck my package from Amazon arrived today as well). To my happy surprise when I opened my gift from her, she has purchase me the exact same thing I bought for her birthday; Seasons 1-4 of The Big Bang Theroy. UNFORTUNATELY are gifts are not the EXACT same; her set is authentic and mine is bootleg. if I'd wanted to buy a bootleg I could have gotten them way cheaper then this. Without even opening the other box I knew these weren't authentic. #1 the coloring is off #2 inside the DVD's case the layout is different and finally piece de resistance the damn booklets were haphazardly folded INCORRECTLY and just thrown in the DVD case.
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84 of 98 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bundle price should be less November 21, 2011
The bundle price is $134.99 on sale. Buying them individually would cost $107.67. It doesn't add up. When bundling things together, they should give a discount for buying the bundle, but it should NEVER cost more for a bundle.
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WAY overpriced... January 9, 2012
By A. Hall
Sears has this boxed set for $69, and other sellers have it listed for under $100.00. This price is ridiculous.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth It, Buy Seasons Individually. April 18, 2012
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I received these dvds for Easter and i was very happy. then i noticed that there was something wrong. lets start with how the disks and cases looked. the disks looked faded and were scratched even though they were said to be new. then i almost broke some of the disks trying to pull them out of the case. the cases look like ones you can buy online which i am sure this person did. then the dvds themselves had issues. as i watched the seasons i noticed many glitches or skips in the audio, then the picture froze while the audio continued to play or the picture would scramble and then the audio skips. this ruined the episodes because the audio no longer matched the picture. i watched these disks on other dvd players and had the same problem so it was not the dvd players fault. i had this same problem on almost all of the disks and have to get replacement seasons. i spent about 55-65 dollars on this and now have to buy 3 replacement seasons. just buy the seasons individually and don't waste your time with this deal.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Competition exists..! February 16, 2012
Just bought it from another website for almost half the price..!
I love the show to death but, hey, saving a hundred bucks can save lives...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper elsewhere... April 15, 2012
I like to deal with amazon for my book purchases online and was looking to see what this series would cost... I looked at sears like several of the reviews said... it is now (4/15/12) $39.99 for the complete seasons 1-4... is this simply a MAJOR screwup... or is this the way it is with ALL videos? If so... I will know to look OTHER PLACES for any videos/movies from now on...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Love the series April 4, 2012
I love the series. My wife and I watch them all the time. I can't wait for the new season to come out on disk. I got them at sears for $75 after shipping. Not a great price on Amazon. This is one of the few items I found a better deal elsewhere.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good...I guess April 15, 2012
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I was so excited to receive these DVDs that i immediately played Disc 1 of Season 1. The problem with that was, Disc 1 would not properly play. When I looked at hte back of the disc, it was "sprayed" with some purple thing that would not come off. It was not any type of scratch and I cannot tell what it is. All I know is that the DISC WILL NOT PLAY!!!!!
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How Many Discs?
I've been scratching my head at this confusing math also. There are only 13 discs not 15. What makes it even more confusing is that sellers on Ebay also list the set as 15 discs.
Aug 31, 2012 by R. P. Lagrant Jr. |  See all 3 posts
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