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on January 18, 2015
We have never been fans of sitcoms. This was recommended to us by a friend and to appease her, we watched an episode a couple years ago. After that, we became hooked and looked forward to watching it each night since several episodes run back-to-back each evening. We decided that we needed to own each of the seasons as they came out so we could see them in their intended order. The individual characters are lovable in their own way and I love the fact that they included a character with selective mutism. Our favorites are Sheldon and Bernadette (she is introduced in a later season), though the series would not be the same if any one of them was phased out of the series. The storyline continues to develop nicely and it hasn't reached the point of becoming stale any time soon. The series is geared toward a mature audience. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a well-developed group of quirky characters.
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It's official. I am truly addicted to The Big Bang Theory. And after several years without a sitcom on my weekly TV schedule, I am thrilled. I recently caught up with the second season on DVD, and now that I've stopped laughing, I'll share my thoughts with you.

The show revolves around four physicists. Leonard and Sheldon (Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons) are roommates. They are good friends with Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) since all four work at Cal Poly. Across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon's apartment lives Penny (Kaley Cuoco), a want to be actress who pays her bills as a waitress at The Cheesecake Factory. In any other world, she'd be the normal one of the group, but as Sheldon points out at one point, "In this room, you are the one who is peculiar."

The season opens exactly where season 1 left off. Leonard has finally acted on his crush and asked Penny out. But she quickly dumps him and then confides the reason to Sheldon who almost moves out instead of keep the secret. Over the course of the season, Penny becomes addicted to an on-line roll playing game, Raj gets a big head after landing in "People" magazine, everyone tries to teach Sheldon how to drive, Penny and Sheldon wind up in a feud but they batch things up in time for Penny to give Sheldon the best Christmas present ever, Howard actually gets a girlfriend (temporarily), and Penny accidently hits Sheldon's couch cushion with paintballs.

Most of the focus on this show is on Sheldon, whose neurotic behavior is perfectly played by Jim Parsons. And there's a very good reason for that. Sheldon often gets the funniest lines or funniest stories, and Jim's acting is absolutely perfect. I really do feel that this character in anyone else's hands would be a disaster.

But that's not to knock the rest of the cast. All five of the leads are great comedians and brings their characters to full life with every episode. Kunal Nayyar has a hard job since his character is too shy to talk around women, but he still manages to get some great laughs out of us. When Howard isn't being a slimeball, he can be funny. And Leonard really is the most normal of the guys, and the one I identify with the most.

Which leaves us with Penny. She is the emotional heart of the show. While often frustrated with the guys and their lack of social skills, she also usually is quick to forgive and do something that will make you smile. Take for example the episode where she loses it with Howard for his suggestive comments. Honestly, I get that since I often find his remarks over the line. But their scenes together later in that episode are heartwarming.

Of course, there are the funny side bars in each episode, like the one where Sheldon expands the game of Rock-Paper-Scissors by adding Lizard and Spock. He does it to decrease the odds of ties, a plan that backfires in some of my favorite moments in the season.

Season two consisted of 23 episodes, which are preserved here on 4 discs. The fourth disc also gives us an interview with the real life physicist who helps with the show's incredible amount of science as well as interviews with the actors and creators about how the show progressed in season two. Finally, there's a great gag reel.

This show never fails to make me laugh. If you are looking for a great sitcom, look no further than season two of The Big Bang Theory.
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on October 29, 2009
If you are like most of the non-drooling general public, you are probably sick of boring, unfunny "comedic" drivel that litters the television schedule nowadays. You must be starving for entertainment that can not only be funny but actually :: gasp :: intelligent and that can follow in its former footsteps closely with continuity. Well, my friends, there is a solution. Grab a bowl of popcorn and pop in, (or turn on), The Big Bang Theory!

Jim Parsons stars as Sheldon and Johnny Galecki stars as Leonard, two physicists who live together in an updated version of the Odd Couple.

Sheldon is a neat freak with zero sense of humor who can never tell when someone is being sarcastic and very well may be asexual, since he has never had even a hint of attraction for someone that we have seen.

Leonard is the more down-to-Earth of the two and it is because of Leonard that friends Howard Wolowitz, (Simon Helberg), and Rajesh Koothrappali, (Kunal Nayyar), even bother to come over, since Sheldon is, at most times, almost intolerable, (but somehow quite enjoyable just the same).

Leonard is hopelessly head over heels for his and Sheldon's neighbor, Penny, (Kaley Cuoco), a personification of the "dumb blonde" stereotype who works at the Cheesecake Factory and serves as the "Rachel" to Leonard's "Ross", if this were a Friends scenario. Thankfully, save for one minor hook-up that went nowhere, the sexual tension between them still exists and we are now in season three.

Wolowitz is the lovable sleaze of the group. He has all the one-liners to try and get all the women he can get into bed with him. He is also the inferior one of the group, since he is "only an engineer", as Sheldon loves to remind him, while the rest of the group have some sort of academic certification. He also finds the wackiest of clothing combinations and lives with his mother who we never see but only hear her, (reminiscent of Charlie Brown's teacher), and the exchanges between them are hysterical.

Raj has a major problem in that he literally cannot talk to women without the help of alcohol. If they are in a large group, he is fine, but one-on-one, he literally freezes up. Hilarity ensues in season 2 when the group are on a train and Summer Glau guest stars. Raj has a beer to warm himself up to talk to her and Wolowitz is quick to point out that Raj has mistaken the "beer" for a non-alcoholic drink.

In keeping with the Roseanne tradition, (Galecki had his start on the show as Darlene's boyfriend), The Big Bang Theory has had guest stars Laurie Metcalf as Sheldon's holy roller mother and Sara Gilbert in the recurring role of Leslie Winkle, the on-again, off-again bed partner for both Wolowitz and Leonard. Christine Baranski also guest stars as Leonard's mother who immediately hits it off with Sheldon.

The jokes are hysterical, (each episode usually has that one zinger that you'll quote with your friends), the trivia is enthralling and the characters are lovable. Plus, the commitment to continuity is more impressive than shows previous to this. Former jokes are revisited further down the line to reinforce previous points and to counter certain actions from occurring in such a way that you'll be saying to yourself, "well done!" Plus, the whole group is incredible in terms of acting with the way they regurgitate such long lines of dialogue with no hesitation--truly impressive.

If you would like to check out some wholesome entertainment, then you need look no further than The Big Bang Theory!
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on January 18, 2017
I am continually enjoying the show. I know the show is out in it's tenth season currently, but never gave it much time before now, and I do enjoy it very much. Although not a family show (too much sex and talk about sex for any young persons that don't understand that casual sex with random people is not something everyone does), it is fun to watch with the wife after the kids go to bed.
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on August 22, 2013
I can honestly say this is one of the funniest shows on TV! It is nothing short of brilliant, and each season not only delivers, but gets better and better - if that is possible! Even the peripheral characters are amazing - Laurie Metcalf gives an absolutely hysterical performance as Sheldon's Bible-thumping Mama, whereas Christien Baranski is superb as the ever-cold, ever-frigid mother of Lenonard. And who can forget Mrs. Walowitz - who can be heard constantly yelling uncouth remarks at poor Howard, while we get to see Raj visit with his parents who are most concerned about him finding a nice Indian Girl. There is nothing better and I can always count on this show to make me laugh non-stop!
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For the price and entertainment value of this series it was a real steal to get this season set at this time and one of the two best seasons yet to come out of this hilarious series. What also makes this series so enjoyable to watch is the obvious chemistry that connects the cast to one another as you can see how well they work with each other and the fund they have doing this show.The shows enjoyment also has the bonus of showing people the pros and cons of the intelligent but socially awkward group of men though you get to see them coming out of this shell through the help of each other and their socially experienced but less intelligent female friend and on/off girlfriend of one them. The video quality is great as well as the audio and the added bonus of not having to wait through commercials is a big bonus. So for fans of hilarious sci-fi series or series like Friends or How I Meet Your Mother here's another great series to add to your dvd t.v. show collection.
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Finally! A TV series that doesn't dummy-down to monosyllabic drivel. I actually watched a show or two and turned the channel not realizing that it takes a while to comprehend the well-developed roles and sub-plots of the characters. Once I did, I really can't get enough of this series...and thus, have to order the DVDs! The story is about 4 geniuses who happen to be nerds, and the stories dealing with their lack of social skills is hilarious. The series hired a consultant because they do touch on scientific principles, speak English but with BIG WORDS, and other points that would be spoilers if mentioned. They are based on real people the creators of this series met on the East Coast. I highly recommend this Second Season, own the first seasons and loved it, and I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of the 4th season any day!
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on April 25, 2017
The second season is an improvement over the first season in terms of writing and character development. And the DVD release is also an Improvement in terms of special features.
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on August 11, 2017
Love. This. Series. Honestly, The Big Bang Theory is amazing and will not disappoint!! Highly recommend this! Quality of the actual product is perfect and just as expected. Just as good as the 1st season!
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on June 9, 2014
I recently started watching this show with my husband. I admit we were both hesitant at first and really only started watching it out of sheer desperation since everything is on hiatus for the summer. But omg, talk about a revelation!! This is seriously one of the funniest sitcoms EVER and certainly the funniest in a long time. Personally, I was especially pleased about the reprisal of the awkward relationship between Johnny Galecki and Sara Gilbert (aka David Healy and Darlene Connor in Roseanne) - and Sara Gilbert delivered her typical derisive snarkiness with aplomb, especially opposite Jim Parsons.

All the characters are so hilarious and the situations so embarrassing, groan-worthy and snort-inducing that I can't imagine anyone NOT finding this show funny!! On a personal note, I also greatly appreciate the notable absence of constant vulgarity and profanity so common with tv shows these days.

Give this show a chance, even if you think it's not your style - you might be surprised!
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