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Big Bang Theory - Season 1-4 Complete (DVD)

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Genre: Television / Suitable for 15 years and over / Actors: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg ... / DVD released 2011-09-26 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      06.11.2012 08:44

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      Great sitcom that's easy to watch and easier to laugh at

      Well I wrote this review yesterday then accidentally put it on the listing for seasons 1-5, so here I am trying to put that right.

      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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      The Big Bang Theory Season 1-4.

      ~ The Big Bang Theory ~
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      The Big Bang Theory is a funny American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. The series is based on alpha geek characters which include Leonard and Sheldon whom work at the Institute Of Technology and their friends Raj & Howard. Howard works as an aerospace engineer and Raj is an astrophysicist. Although the characters are geeky they also have a very funny side to them as we get to know the characters in the first series. The characters are very dorky and look how you would expect a science geek to look like. I came across this series on E4 and after seeing one episode I continued to watch it as I thought the characters were great and the episodes were also funny. I found that on E4 they don't tend to show the episodes in order and they are muddled up which is why I decided to buy the box set. Quite often they repeat the same episodes and I was getting bored of watching the same one all the time.

      ~ Price/Availability ~
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      You can purchase Season 1-4 as a box set for just £25.00 which I think is good value as it's cheaper than buying all the DVD's separately. Each episode is approximately 30mins long. There are 4 DVD cases in total and in each case it lists the names of the episodes and gives you a small piece of information about them. I purchased the box set from Amazon.

      ~ The characters ~
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      Sheldon - This is one of my favourite characters in the film who is by far the geekiest character of all. Leonard always has to get everything right and has a scientific fact or answer for everything. A lot of the time he says things to people without realising he's actually being quite rude to them, which makes his character funny. Sheldon is very fond of his mother and often mentions her a lot in a number of different episodes. Sheldon never likes to get anything wrong and according to him he never is wrong and is always scientifically right. Sheldon is one of my favourite characters as I find him really funny and I love the way he always has to be right about everything.

      Leonard - Leonard is the typical looking science geek with black rimmed glasses and well spoken. Although Leonard is a science geek he has taken a liking to Penny and tries to act not as geeky around her. Leonard & Sheldon share the flat together which is opposite the hall from Penny's flat. Out of all the characters Leonard is the guy who is most likely to have a relationship as he's not as geeky as the others and has a very nice, kind side to him.

      Raj - Is Howard's best friend whom doesn't seem to be able to talk to ladies unless he's under the influence of alcohol. His character tends to be a lot quieter than the others and he tends to act or speak inappropriate to situations which often leave other characters glaring at him. Raj often uses slang words such as 'shizzle' and 'dude' which you will hear many times throughout the series. Raj loves himself a bit; how-ever he can't seem to talk to ladies unless he's had an alcoholic drink or is drunk.

      Howard - Howard can't be mistaken for anyone else as he's known for wearing his bright skinny trousers with a large belt buckle. Howard is a funny character who is always trying to get in with the ladies. He lives with his mother whom we never actually get to see but we hear her in the series often shouting at Howard. Howard believes he is a ladies man and is always trying to charm any lady he can. Howard is the one who refers to sex a lot and it's obvious that sex is clearly on his mind all the time.

      Penny - Penny is the main female in the episodes whom everyone (apart from Sheldon) seems to fancy when she first moves into the flat. She doesn't know how to take any of the other characters at first but soon gets used to them and their ways of talking about science and geeky things. Penny is a bubbly character and the series wouldn't be the same without her. When Penny first moves into the flat she works in a Cheesecake factory, how-ever she soon gets another new job in the local bar/restaurant where we sometimes see the characters.

      ~ The First Season ~
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      In the first season there are a total of 17 episodes which is spread over 3 discs. The season starts by us meeting two of the characters named Leonard & Sheldon whom are sitting at a sperm donor clinic. We also get to meet Penny whom is the neighbour in the block of flats. Penny is very different compared to the other characters and doesn't realise how geeky the others are at first. From the very first episode this has me laughing as the characters in here are really funny each in their own individual way. In this season we also get to meet Sheldon's mother whom comes to visit when Sheldon gets fired from his job and starts to conduct experiments on the pet goldfish. We get to really see what each of the characters are like and what their habits are. As their characters are quite geeky throughout the series they do geeky things such as play computer games and use big, scientific words. We see the characters go to a costume party at penny's where they feel rather out of place mixing with her friends. From early on in this season we learn that Leonard takes a liking to Penny and he tries his best to look cool in front of her. The characters have a lot of game nights and they often have take away nights in which they invite penny over to. In this season we get to see the outside of Howards house and we also hear his mother a fair bit as well shouting at Howard, how-ever we don't actually ever get to see her. In this season we also get to see Raj speak to his parents over webcam a lot, they also have a very funny side to them too. Scientific presentations are messed up, Sheldon becomes sick and Leonard lies to Penny because of her bad singing.

      ~ The First Season - My Favourite Episodes ~
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      The Middle Earth Paradigm - They all get invited to go to a Halloween party at Penny's. The party is fancy dress and they all turn up in the same outfit so have to change their costumes. Sheldon is annoyed that there isn't going to be a costume parade or prizes being awarded for the best costume. The characters somewhat feel really out of place in Penny's flat with all these other people they don't know. Leonard wants to get to know Penny's friend as he likes her, how-ever the party doesn't quite end up how he wants it to and he ends up being shown up and made to look stupid in front of Penny.

      The Grasshopper Experiment - Penny is making cocktails for everyone as she has to practise her new job. Sheldon of course refuses to drink alcohol and is very awkward when requesting a drink. In the evening they all go to the bar where Penny works and she spikes Sheldon's drinks with alcohol. We see Sheldon like we never have before playing the keyboard and singing to everyone in the bar. I think this is why I like I like this episode as it's not Sheldon's character to do this which is what makes it so funny.

      ~ Special Features ~
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      * Quantum Mechanics Of The Big Bang Theory
      * A behind-the-scenes look into Geek Chic.

      ~ The Second Season ~
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      The second season has 23 episodes which is spread over 4 discs. Each of the discs has a picture of one of the characters on the front of it. The season starts off by us seeing Leonard coming back from his date with Penny and his geeky mates winding him up about how it went. Leonard is very jealous when Penny starts dating other men because things didn't work out after their date. Sheldon gets Penny hooked on a computer game when she becomes locked out of her flat. Again from the first episode it's extremely funny and the characters are brilliant, especially Sheldon who is always making sarcastic remarks and comments. In this series we also see the guys trying to teach Sheldon to drive and a new student takes a liking to him whom he desperately tries to get rid of as she starts to become obsessive. Howard tries to impress a girl whom takes a liking to Leonard and Sheldon buys Penny some soap for Christmas. We learn how Leonard became friends with all of the other guys and his mother visits him whom Sheldon immediately bonds with. Sheldon tries to make new friends and they all go paint balling together. The guys also arrive in the arctic for a summer-long scientific expedition; they soon discover the place to be strangely familiar.

      ~ The second season - My favourite episodes ~
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      The Barbarian Sublimation - In this episode Penny gets locked out of her flat and Sheldon teaches her how to play a computer game. She soon becomes addicted to the game and ends up playing all day and all night, missing work and not even showering. The guys are shocked at how addicted she's become to this computer game and try to tell her that she needs to shower and take a break from it. Throughout this series we see Penny wake Sheldon up in the middle of the night to try and help her with her game. Sheldon is not amused to wake up to find Penny in her room. Sheldon tries to find a man for Penny to help her stop playing the game, but it doesn't quite go as planned.

      The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis - In this episode it's Christmas and they are all trying to find perfect Christmas presents for each other. Sheldon has no idea what to get penny so buys lots of items which he intends to return after he has received his present from her so he can see how much she spent on him. Penny gets Sheldon something very special and is so excited and shocked at how good his presents is that he ends up giving her all the gift baskets he purchased as well as a hug which Sheldon never does. This episode is really funny, particularly towards the end.

      ~ Special Features ~
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      * Physicist to the stars: Real life physicist/UCLA Professor David Saltzberg's consulting relationship to the show.
      * Testing the Infinite Hilarity Hypothesis in relation to The Big Bang Theory - Season two's unique characters and characteristics.
      * Gag Reel

      ~ The Third Season ~
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      The third season has 23 episodes and is again spread over 4 discs. The discs have pictures of the characters on again; how-ever they are different pictures to the previous season. This season starts with us seeing the guys coming back from spending 3 months in the Arctic. Sheldon runs away to see his mother in Texas and the guys go to try and find him to apologise. Raj & Howard dress up as Goths to try to meet some Goth girls and Raj faces deportation. We see their local Comic book store in this series and we also get to meet Stuart the manager of the comic book store too. Leonard tries to fit in with Penny's footballer friends, Sheldon suffers from Leonard & Penny fighting and Sheldon dresses a naked penny for a slow ride to the hospital. Things start getting serious with Howard and his girlfriend, Leonards mother visits for Christmas and Sheldon waits tables at the Cheesecake factory. As we move further through the series Sheldon gets scared when the flat gets broken into and Leonard takes Penny to Switzerland for Valentine's Day.

      The Third Season - My favourite Episodes
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      The Electric Can Opener - In this series the guys have just got back from spending 3 months in the Arctic. It's funny seeing all the characters with fully grown beards and long hair looking rough. Sheldon finds out Leonard did something to his experiment and is rather angry when he finds out. Penny is glad that Leonard is back and can't wait to spend some time with him. Sheldon decides that he can't be friends with the other guys after what they did to his experiment and he disappears and starts to ignore all of the other guys and decides to run away. Sheldon goes to see his mum and this is when we get to see meet her and see what she is like. Sheldon's mother is as equally as sarcastic and funny as Sheldon.

      The Adhesive Duck Deficiency - In this episode the guys go away camping whilst Sheldon stays at home to complete science research papers. When Sheldon hears screaming from Penny's flat he goes in to investigate and finds Penny in the bath with a dislocated shoulder after slipping in the shower. Sheldon has to try and help Penny dress which is funny when he has to go through her drawers to find her some clothing to wear. Although Sheldon can't drive he has to try and drive Penny to the hospital.

      ~ Special Features ~
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      * Takeout with the cast of The Big Bang Theory: Join the Big Bang Bunch for Chinese Food and Discussion of favourite season 3 moments.
      * Set tour with Simon and Kunal
      * Gag Reel

      ~ The Fourth Season ~
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      The fourth season has 24 episodes spread over just 3 discs. The three discs have picture of the characters on the discs dressed very smartly in suits and Penny sporting an all in one silver outfit. The season starts by Sheldon going on a date with a girl called Amy and he plans to increase his life span. Raj & Sheldon fight over a desk, Leonard asks Howard to find him a date and Amy takes a liking to Penny's cute ex. Sheldon takes acting lessons from Penny and he becomes obsessed with mastering a card trick that Howard seems to perform with ease. Bernadette (Howard's new girlfriend) meets his mother and Bernadette discovers the dangers of texting while dining. This season again has some great episodes in and the characters are just as funny as they have been in the other seasons. Each episode is very different to the others and each one always has me laughing to myself.

      ~ The Fourth Season - My favourite episodes ~
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      The Robotic Manipulation - Sheldon and Amy share and impersonal date with Penny as a chaperone. Amy isn't quite the girl that Penny imagined and it proves very difficult for Penny. Howard has invented a robotic hand to do a range of different chores around the household. Leonard and Raj get a call from Howard asking them to go round and help him out of an intimate encounter with the hand. Penny starts to feel very awkward when Leonard discusses with Amy about how many men Penny has slept with. Raj & Leonard take Howard to the hospital . . With the hand attached to him.

      The Hot Troll Deviation - Leonard is feeling lonely and wants a girlfriend and Sheldon keeps winding him up about it. Sheldon gets Amy to try and help Leonard get a girlfriend by suggesting different places to meet a girl. Amy asks Sheldon if he will meet her mother, which makes Sheldon paranoid as he doesn't want to have a girlfriend so he tells Leonard that she can take Amy off of his hands. Leonard is so desperate to get a girlfriend that he turns to Howard whom organises a date for Leonard with one of Bernadette's friends. Leonards date isn't quite what he expected; she is rather loud with bad manners. In the meantime Sheldon is trying to avoid Amy in fear of meeting her mother.

      ~ Special Features ~
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      * Actor on Actor: The Big Bang's Theory of Relativity - Cast members interview each other about favourite scene moments.
      * Barenaked Ladies Series Theme Song Music Video - Also includes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video.
      * Gag Reel

      Overall Opinion
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      I really enjoy watching the Big bang series as they always have me laughing. My favourite character is definitely Sheldon as I love how sarcastic and funny he is without realising it. They do have a Big Bang Season 5 which comes out in September so this will be available to buy shortly. I don't actually know how many Big Bang Theory Seasons they are making; how-ever there are talks of a 6th season, but nothing yet of a season 7. As soon as season 5 comes out I will be purchasing this to go with the rest of the seasons I already have. This is a series I could watch again as there is so many episodes in each season that I would forget what happens in all of them. If you enjoy comedies or even if you don't I would highly recommend this box set to others. I'm not a huge fan of comedies however; I love The Big Bang theory and always enjoy every episode. I will be very sad when this series eventually comes to an end; how-ever I am looking forwards to watching Season 5. I rate this box set 5 out of 5 stars as the characters, stories and episodes are great and funny.


      (review also on ciao)

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        24.02.2012 13:57
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        A great American sitcom

        Due to having quite a lot of university work on top of having a part-time job, I haven't really had the time to write any new reviews recently. Since I'm a bit ill at the moment, however, I'm trying to take advantage of this time off and get some more reviews written and posted. When trying to decided what to review there was one thing that jumped out at me as obvious: The Big Bang Theory. Since I've spent the past few weeks making my way through the first four series, this series 1-4 box set seemed like the perfect thing to write about.

        The Big Bang Theory

        The Big Bang Theory is a comedy set in Pasadena (right next to LA) in California, and mainly revolves around flatmates Leonard and Sheldon, who are physicists at the California Institute of Technology. They are 'geniuses' and most definitely geeks, conforming to stereotypes quite nicely. Sheldon is a particularly unusual character, with many OCD like tendencies, including a severe germ phobia, as well as lack of social skills and an intolerance of other people. Leonard is still a geek but gets on with life and people much better than his flatmate does and is generally a more likeable, if less comical, character. They spend a lot of their time with two of their colleagues from the university, Rajesh and Howard. The former is a physicist from India who has selective mutism which manifests whenever he is around women, unless he's had a few drinks. Howard is an engineer who still lives with his mother and who acts overly confidently and aggressively in front of women.

        The first series starts with a new, very attractive and young girl, Penny, moving into the flat over the corridor from Leonard and Sheldon. Despite not being the brightest bulb in the box, Leonard takes a shine to her and tries to get her interested in him despite them being very different people. They soon become friends, however, and Penny starts to spend a lot of time with the geeky group.

        Series 1-4

        This DVD set contains the first four series of The Big Bang Theory, which, as the fifth series is currently airing on TV, is all that is currently available for purchase. Since each series consists of between 20 and 25 episodes, each lasting around 20 minutes, there's a lot of TV to be watched here.

        I'd seen a few episodes of these four series here and there before watching the box set all the way through, but had not seen the vast majority of them before watching them all in order. I'd seen quite a few episodes on E4 and when my boyfriend was over we'd often put one on for background noise. While I thought it was fairly funny when I saw a bit while my flatmate was watching it on E4, I had been put off watching it due to the very loud and very artificial laughter track that accompanied every joke. I know that audience laughter is found in many sitcoms, both British and American, but I found the one on The Big Bang Theory to be far too loud and felt it detracted from any of the jokes made. The fact that it often followed episodes How I Met Your Mother (one of the worst programmes I've ever seen) also made me assume that is was of a similarly awful quality After watching a few with my boyfriend, however, I found that I noticed the canned laughter less and less and began to really enjoy it, and so decided to watch all the series myself.

        What I Thought

        I'm very glad that I got over the laughter issue, as on watching these four series, I found The Big Bang Theory to be a very funny comedy that I greatly enjoyed. It pokes fun at geeks and nerd culture in a playful way, and laughs at Star Trek/Wars aficionados with a penchant for comic books and role-playing games without being mean. Instead of geeks being ignored of having a side role, they are the stars of this series, and are great as unlikely heroes.

        Acting and Characters

        The acting and the characters are all great, but I have to give particular mention to Jim Parsons and his character, Sheldon. While Leonard is a more relatable and likeable character, Sheldon is, in many ways, the star of the show and the most entertaining thing in the show. All of the best running jokes in the programme are his: his triple knock, his 'hilarious' jokes followed by the word 'bazinga' and his constant referral to his and Leonard's roommate agreement, to name but a few. Parsons is brilliant at bringing this anal, socially uncomfortable and often unpleasant character to life and I believe that his acting in particular should be commended. I would also like to commend Mayim Bialik for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler, who is introduced to the programme in the fourth series. The character of Amy is brilliant and Bialik complements Parsons in his role as Sheldon very well. I find this duo to be the most entertaining aspect of the programme and so find the fourth series to be better than the previous three due to her appearance in it. The acting from the entire cast is also of a high standard and I have no complaints about anyone, but felt that Bialik and Parsons deserved particular mention.

        The Theme Tune

        I know it sounds trivial, but one of the things that I really love about The Big Bang Theory is its theme tune. While it doesn't really matter if a programme has an average or uninspiring opening credits, I do really enjoy and appreciate a particularly interesting or good one and love the one found on The Big Bang Theory. Its lyrics tell a brief history of Earth, its tune is upbeat and entertaining and it is accompanied by a stream of photos depicting mankind's achievements, culminating in a shot of the main cast eating takeaway. It's a short theme tune but I find it endlessly entertaining, so I always start watching an episode in a happy mood because of it. It can be seen on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEE7RCqZDfo

        Conclusion

        I love The Big Bang Theory and really enjoyed watching the first four series. I've watched the first half of the fifth series as well and find it to be just as good if not better than the ones preceding it, and so have great hope for the future of the programme. In terms of value for money, this box set scores highly, as its £32.99 price tag (Amazon.co.uk) works out at just over £8 per series, which is more than reasonable. Buying series by series is also not too expensive, with the first three series costing less than £10 each, so you wouldn't be losing out on much of a bargain if you chose to buy the series separately. I'd highly recommend this series to anyone who likes relaxed American comedy and would say that it's one of the most enjoyable sitcoms currently on TV.

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