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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.

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      09.01.2013 08:23
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      Four scientists meet a young actress who has moved in to their building

      So far we are on season 6 and I am a massive fan and I hope it goes on for a long time to come!!!!
      The first series centers around 4 young phycists (Sheldon, Howard, Raj and Leonard) who meet a waitress/ aspring actress who has moved in to Sheldon and Leonards building. The humour is based around their two worlds meeting in the middle. We see the nerdy antics of the scientists followed by the often doomed love life of the 'cooler' penny. However, there is an ongoing love story 'will they wont they' saga between Penny and Leonard.
      Later on in the seasons we see other secondary characters introducted. Howards love interest Benadette and Sheldons love interest Amy. Both scientists also, but add to the group dynamic perfectly.
      This combination of actors and actresses work together brilliantly. It is a hilarious sitcom which never fails to make you laugh.
      A lot of the jokes can be very science based, however I don't think you have to know much about science to enjoy the program.
      It started in 2007, and you can see that some of the earlier episodes are slighted dated (visually, in terms of quality of picture). However, That does not detract from the humour of the program

      Creators:
      Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady. (Chuck Lorre is the same guy that created Roseanne and Two and a half men)
      starring :
      Johnny Galecki ,Jim Parsons ,Kaley Cuoco , Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar .
      Jim parsons role as Sheldon cooper is particuarly brilliant, he has won numerous Grammys for his aclaimed performance!!

      Overall, I would highly recommend this to everyone!

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      11.11.2012 23:06
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      I cant wait for the next series.

      I started watching this quite late on but have managed to catch up and am now waiting for the net series to be shown over here. It is not always laugh out loud funny, but each episode has something memorable in it and there are lots of little giggles and clever remarks. There are 5 main characters and although there is clearly a hierarchy I find it hard to like or empathise with them in the order that they are supposed to be ranked.

      Sheldon Cooper seems to be the star and he is a very hard person to like. He is a brilliant physicist but has no social skills and therefore very few friends. Two of the three main male characters admit at one stage that they like Leonard but Sheldon comes as part of the deal. He clearly had a hard up bringing in Texas as he has a twin sister who is glamourous and popular and a brother who is also socially acceptable. His mother can be borderline racist and is very religious and this is clearly totally opposite to Sheldon and his research. His childhood memories are mainly about him carrying out scientific experiments or getting bullied at school. He is hard to like but after time it is easier to understand why he is the way he is.

      Leonard Hofstadter is probably the most likeable and easy to relate to character. He is also a physicist and for some reason feels the need to stay friends with Sheldon. He has had a few girlfriends - including the main female character Penny - but is also haunted by memories of his childhood. His mother is also a scientist but is very cold towards him - he invented a hugging machine as a child and once tells Penny that the saddest thing was that his father borrowed it. He always seems to give in to Sheldon and has signed the most ridiculous house mate agreement that gives Sheldon the right to make all decisions. It is easy to want him and Penny to get together and I tend to enjoy the programme more when this happens.

      Howard Wolowitz is a creepy little character who hits on every woman around. He has the most ridiculous idea about who will be interested in him but does show a more modest side when he refuses to come out of his room when Penny told him no one would be interested in him. He had to spoil it however by making a pass at her when she went round to apologise. He lives with his mother and eventually manages to meet and marry a nice Catholic girl - not the ideal situation for him mother, but it soon seems that Bernadette and his mother have more in common that you would think. His mother is never seen but continually shouts to him in a strong New York accent and Bernadette has the same voice leaving you to think that she is going to take over where his mother leaves off. There are times when I feel a bit sorry for him but he always seems to manipulate people. An example being the fact that when he is chosen to be an astronaut he uses the upcoming wedding to get out of it rather than admit he is scared.

      Rajesh Koothrappali is the final of the 4 male characters and he is Indian from New Delhi but with a love of America. He is painfully shy and unable to speak to women - Penny included - but learns that if he drinks that changes. He is often considered to be gay and does sometimes seem to be the feminine side of the friendship between himself and Wolowitz, but he insists this is not true especially when talking to his parents by webcam. He is probably my favourite of all because he does have a vulnerable side that leaves him worried about growing old alone.

      Penny is totally different to the 4 scientists as she has little in the way of formal education and works in The Cheesecake Factory to finance her attempt to be an actress. She comes from Omaha, Nebraska and dates Leonard on and off while having a drunken one night stand with Rajesh. She may not be scientifically bright but she shows that she can learn in other ways. In one episode she is asking the men general questions about TV, music and celebrities and they are all amazed at how she can know such things. She also condemns them as bullies in one episode as they make fun of her quite dim boyfriend and she points out to them that they should know better considering the way they complain about the bullying they used to suffer.

      The other main characters to appear are Bernadette - Howards wife, Amy who considers herself to be Sheldon's' girlfriend but he cannot imagine a reason for them to become intimate and Stuart who runs the Comic Book Store and lusts after Penny.

      The four really are geeks as their lives revolve around Sci-fi, comics and science and yet Penny manages to become important to all of them. She tries to learn a bit about science for Leonard and he tries to be interested in football for her, but it does not work. I don't understand any of the scientific remarks and for all I know they could be made up, but the programme does have scientific advisors so they are probably accurate.

      There are a number of recurring events - Howards mother yelling, Sheldon knocking on a door three times and saying the person's name and Sheldon totally misunderstanding most social situations and it is just as funny or annoying every time it happens.

      The Big Bang Theory won the Lammy Hibbert best comedy show of 2012 award and I can fully understand why. Don't feel I have lost out by not watching this from the beginning but picking it up half way through and then catching up in a random way, but I do know that I will be waiting for the next series.

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        05.11.2012 11:18
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        Great sitcom that's easy to watch and easier to laugh at

        We kind of started watching Big Bang Theory in our house by accident and it soon became tea time habit to watch at 6pm. It is one of the very few shows that all 4 of us in our house love and never mind watching. It's a rare thing to find something to amuse both adults, my 10 year old son and a 17 year old daughter! We ended up watching different seasons at the same time so quickly had to buy the box set to watch it all properly from the beginning and in order.

        Yes it's yet another American sitcom but I feel it is by far the funniest I have seen for a very long time. It provides that real life sort of humour that always appeals to me - rather than the obvious, slapstick comedy my husband usually prefers. It is basically about a group of stereotypical nerds, a handful of girls and how they interact with each other and provides some very funny moments. Having watched this programme for some time now I still don't know whether I want Sheldon, one of the main characters, as a friend or not. He is seriously OCD and has little or no social skills but it is so funny to watch him try to navigate through life when the whole refuses to see that he is always right.

        It is one of those programmes that you can enjoy an episode even if you haven't seen any of the others but you gain so much more if you watch it from the beginning and see how the relationships develop and you really get to know the characters.

        I bought the seasons 1-4 box set for around £35 from Amazon and pre-ordered season 5 at the same time. It seems to be very catching too as 3 of my friends have also felt compelled recently to buy the set.We are now eagerly awaiting the start of season 6 next week.

        I would highly recommend this box set to anyone who likes to chuckle.

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          23.09.2010 13:08

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          Five geeky guys and a hot girl.

          Where do I begin?! This show is fantastic, unmissable! What happens when a beautiful girl moves in opposite four geeky socially awkard guys? Watch The Big Bang Theory to find out.

          Based in Pasadena, CA around four physicians and an 'actress': Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, Howard and Penny.

          Sheldon is the most intelligent of the group and doesn't let anyone forget it, but with this comes the fact that he is the most socially awkward and does not understand sarcasm at all. Leonard is Sheldon's room-mate and has a crush on Penny since day one, he is the most normal of the group. Penny is the hot girl that moves in opposite Sheldon and Leonard, an aspiring actress from Lincoln, NE, currently working at the Cheesecake Factory untill another acting job comes along. Raj, an immigrant from India is so socially awkard he is unable to talk to women unless intoxicated, making sexual relationships difficult but not impossible. Howard still lives with his mother, a comic husky off screen character, and is treated like a young teenager, having to ask his mother for 'sleep-overs' at his friends houses!

          Together these five main characters explore what life is like for the other side (one side being hot, the other being intelligent) with hilarious outcomes!

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          30.05.2010 21:06
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          Unmissable.

          Oh wow. This is my favourite TV show on right now. Though this will add a little biased opinion to my review, there /is/ a reason it's my favourite!

          I have been watching The Big Bang Theory since it first hit the UK screens in 2008. However I quickly caught up and have been watching episodes soon after they air in the States.

          The basic premise of the show is a sitcom surrounding five characters. Leonard and Sheldon, their friends Howard and Raj, and their neighbour-across-the-hall Penny. Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj all work at Caltech university (the sitcom is set in Pasadena, California) as scientists whereas Penny is an aspiring actress who is currently working at the Cheesecake Factory restaurant 'in between acting jobs'.

          I will review the characters separately but will try my best not to offer any spoilers!

          -LEONARD-
          Leonard Hofstadter is an experimental physicist at Caltech. Played by Johnny Galecki of 'Roseanne' fame, Leonard is a shy, short geeky guy with a big heart, a big IQ and a penchant for Penny. I think Galecki plays Leonard brilliantly. The character is totally believable and is the glue holding the group together (Penny's secret admirer, Sheldon's roommate, Raj and Howard's friend). Because I watch back episodes all the time I have noticed that Galecki's acting does often rely on whimsical little looks and expressions, but this is hardly noticeable across the series. Across the series Leonard's character has progressed through relationships with lovers (I refuse to name names) and we see his relationship with his mother (played by Christine Baranski) progress to a more loving level. Leonard is the character you feel sorry for, for having bad luck in love and having to live with Sheldon.

          -SHELDON-
          I doff my hat to Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, the creators/writers of The Big Bang Theory, for creating such a perfect character as Dr. Sheldon Cooper PhD. I can not truly express in words how much I love Sheldon (no word of a lie, my CAT is called Sheldon). Sheldon is played by the little known Jim Parsons who was nominated for an Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for the role. Jim Parson's acting skills seem to know no bounds, and if you have ever seen The Big Bang Theory I think you'll agree with me. Although Sheldon is EXTREMELY set in his ways (there are very strong arguments for Sheldon having Asperger's Syndrome), the character has been wonderfully developed and broadened and he definitely has a human side. For me, Sheldon is the outstanding highlight of the show, his idiosyncrasies only serving to make him more believable and endearing.

          -PENNY-
          Penny is quite literally the girl-next-door. Played by the amazingly beautiful Kaley Cuoco (of '8 Simple Rules' fame), Penny is the only one of the group of main characters who is not an extremely intelligent scientist, subverting the norm as the non-'geek' becomes the outsider. Nonetheless, Penny forms a charming bond with her neighbours Leonard and Sheldon and some of my favourite moments are between Penny and Sheldon (see the episode where Penny gives Sheldon a Christmas present he'll never forget and the episode in which she falls and dislocates her shoulder). Penny serves to bring the real world into the geek haven that is the lives of Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj and is very well written and acted.

          -HOWARD-
          Howard Wolowitz is the only one of the four scientists without a doctorate, as Sheldon constantly enjoys reminding him, however Howard reminds Sheldon that he is an aerospace engineer and has a Masters Degree from MIT, not that Sheldon is impressed. Howard is played by Simon Helberg who I had previously seen, and loved, in Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog; he was also a recurring character in 'Joey' and MADtv. Howard comes across as creepy at first, several failed attempts at hitting on Penny. Sadly Howard is unlucky in love and what most endears him to the viewer is his quirky relationship with his mother. He will probably be your least favourite main character at first, but throughout the seasons Howard has developed and is entirely credible to me. I couldn't imagine the show without him.

          -RAJ-
          Dr. Rajesh Koothrappali is an extremely shy particle astrophysicist from India played by Kunal Nayyar who had previously had a small role in the film 'Bruno'. Raj cannot talk to women unless he has had an alcoholic drink and, what with Penny visiting the apartment all the time, you would think his lack of dialogue would be limiting to the character, you would be wrong! Kunal's visual acting is brilliant and hilarious. He has mastered the sorrowful puppy eyes and often uses Howard to whisper his opinions in the presence of a women. With many scenes being set in the apartment and at the university without Penny, there has been plenty of time to develop Raj's character too, he even speaks to Penny one time! However, I feel that Raj has not been fully developed with a good backstory yet and hopefully that will come in later seasons.

          Other brilliant recurring characters are:
          Leslie Winkle, another scientist from Caltech played by Sarah Gilbert (also of 'Roseanne' fame). Leslie is a love interest of Leonard; mix this with a sincere rivalry between Leslie and Sheldon leads to comedy gold.
          Howard's mother. A husky, offscreen voice, never below a yell, Howard's mother is hilarious.
          Stu, the guy who runs the local comic book store. He also has a huge crush on Penny and, although not really coming into his own until season 3, Stu has had some great comedy moments.

          The Big Bang Theory has some of the best characterisation and writing I have ever watched. Team this with perfectly geeky set design and an outstanding opening theme tune performed by the Barenaked Ladies, it is no wonder The Big Bang Theory has been signed up for a fourth and fifth season!

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            16.05.2010 13:09
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            A comedy well worth catching

            I have only got into thsi show recently through my children. My daughter was given a copy of the first series for her birthday and I happened to walk into the room when she was watching it. I was immediately hooked.

            The series revolves around four friends who are all incredibly clever and gifted, however as result of this they are totally inept in social situations. This is especially clear when they are around women. They all look like a bunch of thirteen year olds at a school disco!!!

            The programme is generally set around the flat of Sheldon and Leonard who live opposite Penny. Penny really struggles to understand how such clever people can also be so stupid and the interaction between all the characters is what makes this show so enjoyable.

            There are some laugh out loud moments but much of the comedy is clever satire and pokes fun at the characters rather than being hysterically funny. I quite like that in my comedy to make me think a bit so it appeals to me but if you like you comedy a bit more obvious it may not be the show for you.

            Generally this programme is shown on E4 but that may all change if it gets more popular.

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              14.05.2010 18:20

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              One of the best new series to hit the small screen in years

              Say hello to Sheldon Cooper, he's a nice guy... so long as you don't sit in his spot! This is one of the many things you will learn about him when you watch this hit US sitcom currently in its third season.
              Revolving around a group of nerd friends and their everyday life, The Big Bang Theory introduces some of the funniest characters to grace the screen in a long time.
              Meet Leonard Hofstadter played by Johnny Galecki, the sterotypical computer geek, he lives with Sheldon an obsessive genius with his own set of rules about EVERYTHING. Leonard is in love with the girl who lives opposite their apartment, Penny played by Kaley Cuoco a blonde waitress who wants to be an actress and he will do anything to get with her with hilarious consequences. Rounding off the cast are Raj and an Indian who hates his country's own food and can't speak to girls, and Howard, a Jew who lives with his mother and considers himself to be a ladies man (he really isn't!)
              With crazy storylines that will have you in stitches whether your a real life nerd or not The Big Bang THeory is a must watch TV series for all.

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              28.04.2010 20:23
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              A great show

              The big bang theory is a television sitcom that I have just started to watch recently. It was released in September 2007 and I cannot believe that I have just discovered it recently!

              The show is set in California and is about a group of highly intelligent individuals (geeks) who all have scientific jobs and their day to day life. The show is very funny and is worth a watch!

              Leonard Hofstadter is a physicist played by Johnny Galecki, who got his phd when he was 24 and has an IQ of 173. Leonard lives with Sheldon Cooper, who is played by Jim Parsons. Sheldon is a theoretical physicist and was a child prodigy with an IQ of 187, two PHD's and a masters degree. Leonard is my favourite character as he is very straight laced and has definitely got extremely obsessive behaviour. Sheldon has traits such as having to sit in the same place every time and has a strict routine whereas he eats the exact same food on a Monday, the same on a Tuesday and so on. Sheldon has a very dry wit and is very funny. In my opinion Sheldon and Leonard do make good house mates as they keep each other in line, and everyting is ok with Sheldon, as long as you do not go into his room!

              Penny is played by Kaley Cuoco and she is the good looking blonde neighbour that lives in the apartment across from Sheldon and Leonard. All of the group are always trying to fight for her attention helping her out in any way they can. Whilst watching the show I did feel a little sorry for Penny as nothing seems to go right for her. Penny works as a waitress but thinks that any day she will get her big break as an actress - watch and see!

              Howard Wolowitz is played by Simon Helberg. Howard is an aerospace engineer and lives at home with his rather loud mother. Howard is Jewish but occasionally likes to break the rules. Howard does think that he is a stud and fancies his chances with anyone, even though he never seems to be that successful in his love life!

              Finally, Rajesh Koothrappali is played by Kunal Nayyar. Rajesh is a very funny character too and is an astrophysicist. Rajesh is originally from India and cannot talk to any women at all unless he has some alcohol. Rajesh is always silent when a woman is in the room (unless he is drinking) and this is very funny.

              In my opinion this show is very funny and once you watch one episode you will find yourself running out to buy the box set. My favourite character is definitely Sheldon and he appears to run the show. Everyone bows down to Sheldon but he does greatly annoy everybody. If you ask Sheldon a question expect to put 30 minutes aside to hear his theoretical answer.

              The group take part in activities such as going to the comic store, collecting action figure memorabilia, eating lots of take away and playing games consoles. The group are all in their 20s but act much younger, they are however all very intelligent (except poor Penny).

              In summary, I found this a great show with lots of laughs, it is definitely worth a watch and I give it 5/5!

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                12.04.2010 00:37
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                A must watch comedy

                Geeks are cool lately and there has been no end of shameless cash ins. As a self confessed geek myself i was beginning to grow tired and weary. Then along came Big Bang Theory and changed it all. The show follows 4 friends, Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj as they deal with their lives as genius level geeks with very little social skills. Leonard is the most normal of the lot but when they're new attractive neighbour Penny moves in he becomes infatuated. Howard the sexually aggressive one, constantly hitting on woman in increasingly sleazy ways. Raj aka the foreign one has some of the best comedy lines in the series, even at times when he isnt speaking. This is because the character suffers from the inability to talk to attractive women, a very unique plot device. But outshining them all by far is Sheldon. To say Sheldon is weird is an understatement, the smartest of them all also means he lacks any social skills and is constantly pointing out idiotic human behavior. While his observations are true to life he lacks the ability to comprehend why us mere mortals still carry on doing them.

                The show is a perfect blend of basic sit com humour and geek inspired references. Simply outstanding and for those who have seen the show, Bazinga!

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                  27.03.2010 11:47
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                  Very funny show, better than you might expect.

                  I'm a geek...So naturally am a little sceptical about anything with geek humour in it - will they really be geeky enough? Will they get all the geeky references just right? - although, obviously, as a geek, I love nothing better than pointing out errors in TV shows :o)

                  Also, I'm a sceptic of American sitcom humour...Joke, giggle, joke, giggle.

                  The Big Bang Theory, then, doesn't seem like a show that should immediately appeal to me...and indeed, on the few occasions I caught a little on E4 whilst flicking, I was left underwhelmed.

                  On one occasion, however, I thought something was pretty funny and was drawn in to watching the rest of the show...and I was pleased I had. Sure, the format's very American - they set up a geek joke, the audience laughs and it rolls on, but actually, a fair amount of the jokes actually have me laughing, so I don't mind quite so much. There are geek-references the show gets wrong on occasion, but I can forgive them that, too - as there are a good deal of others so geeky even I don't get them.

                  I've now got the first two series on DVD and am thoroughly enjoying watching through them...I'll be honest, 99% of the reason I watch is Sheldon...David from Rosanne doing his "geek voice" *does* still grate on me occasionally. The other two, Raj and Howard, I find solid performers - although Howard, for my taste, is rather too like Seth, the Actor's character in Joey (I know, I was *the guy* that watched the show...)

                  Penny, I find a little annoying at times, pretty funny at others ("Oh look - it's raining yoooou!") - but I guess it's necessary to have a non-geek in the show to provide geek put-down humour.

                  Overall, it's a very funny show, well cast and scripted - and it's rare to see an episode without a couple of classic lines.

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                  01.02.2010 17:50
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                  Comedy with a big bang!

                  This programme is so good, and i'm so glad I discovered it!

                  This is a US sitcom currently in its 3rd season, and centres around 4 young science geeks and their female friend Penny who lives across the hall. Each episode is just half an hour long, so its an easy watch, and is packed full of funny moments.

                  The four main guys are Sheldon (super intelligent alpha geek - and easily the funniest), Leonard (romantically involved with Penny, and previously seen as David from Roseanne), Howard (Jewish geek) and Raj (Indian geek). They spend most of their days being at the comic stores, watching sci-fi programmes, and searching after scientific discoveries, and neither of them are particularly good with women, which forms the basis of a lot of the comedy moments.

                  Each character is really likeable (no doubt you will form your own choice of favourite) and the chemistry between the actors is great. This show currently airs on E4.

                  I think it helps to watch this programme if you are interested in superhero comics and sci-fi things such as Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, et al due to the references to them, but even if you're not, I'm sure you would find this fun to watch (I'm more of a sci-fi geek than my husband is, but he still enjoys it!).

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                    worth a watch

                    THe Big Bang Theory is a fairly recent American sitcom created by the man behind Third Rock From The Sun, and the similarities are clear. Big Bang Theory is about a group of highly intelligent physics students with abysmal social cognition, kind of resembling an American incarnation of British comedy The IT Crowd in some ways, merged with the wacky/geeky american humour of the aforementioned Third Rock, even going so far in its emulating of the latter as to have colourful, energetic visual interludes between scenes in which molecules bounce around in jovial fashion.

                    The show is well written with great casting, consisting of five central protagonists, namely Howard, a jewish sterotype forever plagued by his overbearing off-screen mother, Rajesh, an indian student who has to get drunk in order to speak to women, Leonard, a nerd who nevertheless has much better social cognition than his colleagues and provides much of the show's dry humour, and Penny, a neighbouring student and Leonard's love interest who whilst neither geeky nor abnormally intelligent feels affection towards both Leanord and his band of cerebrally-overendowed oddballs. Finally there is Sheldon, who is by far the strongest and funniest character, possessing both the greatest intelligence and the feeblest social cognition, to the stage where his eccentric behaviour bewilders even his physicist colleagues. Sheldon's character is at once aloof, feminine, arrogant, vulnerable and immensely likable, constantly offering up dry observations and scathing witticisms and representing the linchpin around which the rest of the characters revolve, and reminding of Rimmer from Red Dwarf, which would make Leanord Lister, as the two share a bond despite their wildly differing personalities and Sheldon's aforementioned unsociability.

                    The show is cleverly written, with lots of dry humour and a fair number of appropriately nerdy science jokes evident throughout, with a farcical quality to it and and endearingly hopeless cast of characters. ON the downside, it is filmed in obnoxious "Friends-o-vision", with exaggerated audeince laughter that can be quite invasive, but beyond this reveals itself to be engaging and intelligent, if nothing groundbreakingly original. Well worth a watch, especially for fans for Red Dwarf, the IT Crowd, and Third Rock From The Sun.

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                      A good geeky sitcom.

                      First aired in 2009, The Big Bang Theory is an E4/C4 Sitcom about a group of several socially inept physicists, specifically their sexual exploits, or lack thereof. The show contains a lot of well-written Sci-Fi and Scientific jokes which are always accurate and very clever, but probably not for everyone, what with the recondite and obscure, often wordy references. Although it shares a producer, The Big Bang Theory is not necessarily for the same audience of say, Two and a Half Men. It's a witty show with lots of truly hilarious moments. The social ineptitude of each of the cast is definitely on a gradient, and is very consistent, which is always refreshing. The jokes are rarely one-liners, instead they are often long, contextual, evolving gags which stem from the unorthodox communicative conventions of these awkward men of genius-level intelligence. - Much of the humour is based on long, socratic dialogues which most often result in fundamental disagreement or misunderstanding, reductio-ad-absurdum, or farce.

                      The show otherwise relies upon fairly simple and time-tested formula, four friends trying to score with a hot girl. The whole thing is filmed in what I like to call Friends-O'-Vision, and pretty much has the same atmosphere, with its bright, cheery colour and canned laughter. Don't get me wrong though, it still manages to maintain a high level of originality, integrity and humour.

                      The character development is good, but nothing flash, the supporting characters are clearly just supporting characters, and don't really evolve. Let me take you through the main cast;

                      Dr. Leonard Hoffstedter is undoubtedly the most socially-able member of the group, and has an on-again/off-again Ross and Rachel style relationship with the hot blonde across the hall, (Caley Kuoko) but this doesn't actually become too irksome. To all intents and purposes, he's the main character in terms of plot development, and is the loose focus of the show. He lives with Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

                      Dr. Sheldon Cooper is definitely a favourite among fans. He is of extremely high intelligence and is completely socially inept. He has a fundamental distaste for all human interactional and communicative convention, and is always dissecting scenarios and situations, to much original comic effect, unintentional on his part. He believes himself to be half a step up on the evolutionary chain, speculating that he is a 'Homo Novis' which is hilariously backed up by his height, long fingers and head-measurements. He is extremely arrogant, anal-retentive, obsessive-compulsive and unbearable to be around. He claims that he is not "afflicted" with any sexual appetite whatsoever. - Sheldon is a superbly written character, and for me, is definitely the star of the show. His consistency is particularly impressive, especially for such an ambitious character. Expertly portrayed.

                      Dr. Rajesh Koothrapalli [See picture] is an Indian scientist who literally cannot speak to women at all. Thats about all there is to his character.

                      Howard Walowitz is looked down upon by Sheldon, since he does not hold a doctorate. He is always trying to score, often unsuccessfully, and his character is chiefly comprised of jokes about his lack of sex appeal, and strong jewish heritage, which is often just badly conceived.

                      As you can see, the supporting characters are weak. They are also very overexposed, particularly in the later series. All in all this is a well-conceived, clever, and well-realized situational comedy which is original, if a little bit safe and formulaic. Give it a try. Surprisingly enough, you might even learn something. Recommended.

                      Runtime - 30 minutes per episode.

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                        Great show from USA. Lovable Geeks!

                        Big Bang Theory is one of my favourite TV shows of the moment. It is directed by Chuck Lorre, the man who brought us the hit show Two and a Half Men. When it is shown in the UK it is on E4 and can sometimes be found on Channel 4 at times.

                        So far there has been 2 seasons of the Big Bang Theory shown in the UK and I've made sure that I caught every episode. In the U.S they are on to the 3rd season.

                        The programme is mainly about Nerds and Geeks and how they struggle to fit in to the world. The stars of the show are 4 friends who are all geniuses in their own fields.

                        Sheldon Cooper is the most socially inept of the group and he is also the brightest! There is nothing that this man doesn't know! He is quite simply a genius, but a genius with a weakness, he has major (and hilarious) O.C.D. I love hearing him try to explain science to people who don't understand. He is played brilliantly by Jim Parsons & is easily my star of the show!

                        Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki from Roseanne) is Sheldons room-mate, or rather Sheldon is Leonards room-mate as he often has to keep pointing out! He is in love with Penny, played by Kaley Cuoco from 8 Simple Rules, the gorgeous girl who lives next-door.

                        Howard Wolowitz is a wannabe Ladies-man and he thinks he's a hit with the opposite sex. Shame he still lives with his mother and is quite repulsive! Haha. & the final member of the "gang" is Rajesh Koothrappali simple cannot speak to Women without alcohol

                        Though not many people have heard of this great TV show I really recommend that you give it a go. I really enjoy seeing this bunch of lovable geeks trying to interact with everyone else & watching all the hilarious events unfold!

                        Season 1 can be picked up on DVD for under £10 and Season 2 is out on DVD on the 19/10/09. & I can't wait for Season 3!

                        If you like shows such as Scrubs and The IT Crowd, or if you have an "inner-geek" side, then this will be right up your street!

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                          15.09.2009 00:06
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                          4/5

                          The Big Bang Theory is broadcast on E4 in the UK, but it was on a holiday in the US that I discovered this hilarious programme as it's an american sitcome, directed by Chuck Lorre, who also produces Two and a Half Men.

                          The programme is focused on four really nerdy science geeks, two of which are room-mates. These two are the main characters: Leonard, who is in love with the girl next door, the gorgeous Penny, and Sheldon who is possibly the most irritating man on the planet! He seems to lack any understanding of humour and has a rather overblown impression of himself: the source of much comedy in this programme. Howard and Raj are the two other main characters: both socially inept and impossible with girls, which is really a good source of laughs!

                          There have been three series so far and all have been successful ratings wise. It has won a good few awards, but mostly little ones, and it does remain a rather under the radar comedy. Still, it's a little gem in my eyes and never fails to make me laugh! Especially as the characters are so true to life...

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