The Big Bang Theory: Season 1
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Leonard and Sheldon 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 begins to change when a free-spirited beauty named Penny 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 Wolowitz and Koothrappali. However, Leonard sees in Penny a whole new universe of possibilities ... including love.]]>
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
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Our whole family is addicted to Big Bang and use a lot of the stars' quotes in everyday life. It's probably pretty annoying actually to people who
don't share our love of this show.
Silly decision. I should know better than to judge an entire series based on its pilot.
Luckily, I happened across an episode during Season 2, and was drawn into it enough that I went back and gave the first season a second chance. The 2nd episode, "The Big Bran Hypothesis" (in which Sheldon is horrified by how messy Penny keeps her apartment) was worth the cost of the whole first season. The show quickly came to celebrate its characters' nerdiness, as much as it mocks them for it. Oh, it still hasn't reached the full geek celebration of some later seasons, and Penny for the most part remains the token girl until Bernadette and Amy arrive several seasons in. But outside of the later seasons, Season 1 is a favorite.
Among his friends are Raj (who has selective mutism around women), Leonard (the most normal "genuis" of them all), Howard (a Jewish guy with a Beatles haircut who is obsessed with getting women), and then there is Penny. Penny is introduced as Sheldon and Leonard's neighbor in their apartment complex. Leonard is absolutely smitten with this spunky blonde, while Sheldon is not impressed. Him and Penny make an excellent comic duo.
Just remember, there was a writer's strike after/during episode 7, so the writers revamped the show starting with episode 8; Sheldon has many more symptoms of OCD and seems a little more human.
If you haven't watched this show yet, give it a shot- it's one of the best comedies on TV!
...oh, and as usual, Amazon delivered this as soon as it was in stock, about 2 days after I ordered it, in perfect condition. Yay!