The Big Bang Theory: Season 3
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The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Third Season
The physics of funny is back for year three! At work, CalTech doctors Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter and their uber-geek pals Howard Wolowitz and Rajesh Koothrapali rule over the rules of the cosmos. At home, however, on the mean streets of Pasadena – whether it’s dating or day-to-day survival – the real world conquers them. And with one of the universe’s greatest mysteries living next door – an attractive neighbor named Penny – they’ve got their work cut out from them. Emmy® nominee Jim Parsons stars alongside Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco and more in the third laugh-filled season from creator/producers Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men”) and Bill Prady (“Dharma & Greg”) that proves the hypothesis that comedy is both an art and a science! See how your comedy IQ measures up.]]>
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
Take-Out with the Cast of The Big Bang Theory: Join them for Chinese food and discussion of favorite season 3 moments
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Sheldon is an eccentric physicist with Nobel Prize potential and limited social skills. His roommate, Leonard, is a run-of-the-mill genius by comparison; also brilliant, but self-aware enough to know there is more to life than physics research. Their social group is rounded out by Raj, another physicist who is to shy to talk when women are present (unless he has had a few drinks) and Howard, the mere engineer of the group. These four friends are fairly content to watch science fiction films, collect action figures, and chase girls unsuccessfully . . . until they meet the girl next door (literally), Penny, the aspiring actress and "dumb blonde" who can teach these four brilliant scientists a thing or two about enjoying life.
The characters are all likeable and relatable in their own ways and mostly nice to one another.
You might think these characters are over the top, but I have met enough geeks to know that people like this really do exist . . . and really are entertaining.
Fun for the whole family; we haven't yet seen an episode that didn't make us laugh out loud!
Season 3 brings us back with the gang in Pasadena California. 3 Phd's, one MA and Penny. There is so much going on in this show, the things they say are so funny. But the friendship is really great, they have their clique and they are cool in their own way. Honestly, the show would not survive without Walowitz and Sheldon. I just love how those two characters are just complete polar opposites, Walowitz being a total girl crazy horndog, and Sheldon being totally sexually ambivilent and sexually ambiguous. His OCD is hilarious. I also love the mothers, Laurie Metcaf as Sheldon's mom and (I cant recall her name) as Leonard's mom. Great actresses, playing these roles fantastically.
I really like seeing cast members from the show Roseanne popping up, Sarah Gilbert and Laurie Metcaf. Of Course Leonard played "David (aka) Kevin" in Roseanne as well.
Great show, worth the 1/2 hour viewing time.