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The Big Bang Theory is a fantastic comedy which sees two physicists named Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) who live in apartment together but with Sheldon being in control of every aspect of their lives. Their lives are turned upside down when a leggy blonde beauty named Penny (Kaley Cuoco) moves in to the apartment across the hall from them and Leonard is smitten at first sight and decides to introduce the pair leading to us learning a little about Penny, an aspiring actress seeking work who is working in the Cheesecake Factory in the meantime to pay the bills.
The show is full of laughs as we see Sheldon, a man very much used to getting his own way and not being well versed in building relationships with people, has to try to come to terms with this dramatic change to his way of life when he sees no reason to have his life change. The fact that these 3 people maybe the ones living in the apartments but that we have other scientists called Howard Wolowitz (played brilliantly by Simon Helberg) and Raj Koothrappali (the excellent Kunal Nayyar) who are the other friends of the group coming to visit Sheldon and Leonard makes for even more levels to the comedy as it is yet more changes to relationships and the entire dynamic of their lives.
The cast are fantastic together and provide a great comedy that shows scientists who are awkward around those we would not consider as geeks as they are so used to their comics book world, their gaming marathons and their love of role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons mean that we are getting something very different from comedies that have come before and those around now but this is a positive as the show really does work brilliantly well thanks to the casting being so perfect.
Overall for me this is a comedy well worth checking out and for those who are catching the show in more recent series you need to check out where it all started as the feel of the show is very different from where it is now ending up.
At the moment, I'm finding that I don't have a lot of free time to read my massive pile of books that seems to be ever-growing. However, I am finding that my copious amounts of DVDs are providing a lot of entertainment for me through the long hours of planning. And my latest entertainment? The Big Bang Theory - a series that I have been avoiding since it came out, as I disliked the lead female from her stint in Charmed. I kind of regret not watching it beforehand, but I do now have several series' to watch back to back (and I'm not very patient).
The show is centred around 4 friends - Dr Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), who are two physicists and also room-mates; Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) who is an aerospace engineer at the California Institute of Technology - their friend and colleague; and Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar), an astrophysicist, friend and yet another co-worker. The 4 men are incredibly intelligent, and almost unsurprisingly socially awkward, and spend a lot of time together - a lot of the time playing computer games such as Halo. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the 4 men aren't that lucky in love; Sheldon is very egotistical and really isn't interested; Howard is very interested in ladies, and has some unusual pick-up lines; Raj is unable to speak to women on a one-to-one basis unless drunk; Leonard is also just as unlucky, especially after he falls for their new, attractive blonde neighbour, Penny (Kaley Cuoco). Penny is the opposite of the men; she hasn't even finished college, and isn't considered intelligent by these brain-boxes. However, she is very socially able, and begins to build an unusual friendship with the 4 men.
The first series (which I am reviewing) consists of 17 episodes, and began airing in 2007. It mainly introduces the 5 characters, and gives the viewer an idea of how Penny's arrival begins to make changes in the men's lives and friendships. Leonard almost instantly falls for Penny; Howard spends all series using his 'ladies-man' techniques to try and win Penny; Raj just nods in her presence and Sheldon appears to not really notice her. We follow the characters through their lives and slowly learn about them and what makes them tick - which can be amusing, especially in Sheldon's case. It's really interesting to see how the arrival of one person who is very different to the men can cause such a difference in their lives, and their friendship. Will Sheldon's sometimes abrasive personality land him in more trouble than he can get out of? Will Howard finally persuade a woman that he's not too nerdy, and worth coming home with? Will Raj ever be able to speak to Penny? And will Leonard get his wish and go on a date with Penny? You shall just have to watch to see!
I find that Sheldon, Leonard and Penny are the main characters; mainly because a lot of the show is set in Sheldon and Leonard's apartment. However, there are some episodes that focus on certain characters, allowing you as a viewer to get to know them a little more - and perhaps to get away from Sheldon's sometimes annoying personality! Overall, this is a relatively small cast (only 5 main cast - very unusual for me!), although there are some recurring characters throughout the series. Considering episodes are relatively short - about 20 minutes per episode - I think this makes sense. There are just enough people to keep you entertained, without feeling that the show is too overcrowded!
I know the show is called The Big Bang Theory, and there are several scientists floating around. However, don't let that put you off! If they do go on about science, there is either Penny there to go "whaaat" or a comedic moment so you don't get switched off by the science. However, at other times (if you do feel like paying attention to the science), some interesting facts are presented that are also true - which I would expect from a show with a science theme. I love it, and being a slight science & computer-gamey person, I do like and mainly understand a lot of the references made.
Overall, my first foray into the Big Bang Theory was a success. Yes there are some sciencey, nerdy bits - these are to be expected in this show and help make it awesome. But it is the storyline and the characters that make the show what it is, and it is so well-written and so amusing that you may just forget that some science is snuck in there! It is definitely worth trying - and even Kaley Cuoco isn't bad!
The first series of The Big Bang Theory is unbelievably funny.
Throughout the series you get a real sense of Sheldon's autism and of how Leonard is just over the brink into being geeky but has some qualities that mean the viewer can see how he is closer to being normal than the rest of the nerd-quartet.
My girlfriend is always telling me I am autistic, and I must admit that having seen series one of The Big Bang Theory, I am starting to see a lot of Sheldon's character traits as more extreme versions of some of mine. That can't be good!
Penny, Howard and Raj are all introduced in the pilot episode. So, by the end of that you already have a real flavour of the comedy that is about to come in the ensuing series.
Each of the four genius male protagonists has his own variety of geekiness:
Sheldon is autistic;
Leonard is almost normal but likes geeky things such as Star Wars;
Howard desperately wants to be a hit with the ladies, but gets it horribly wrong and appears creepy to women;
And Raj has selective mutism - he can only speak to women when he's had a drink.
I would definitely recommend The Big Bang Theory series one. I have never laughed so hard.
Story: The Big Bang Theory is a comedy based in Pasadena LA. It is based on 5 main characters,
Sheldon Cooper - almost robotic creature of habit with an IQ through the roof. He is the cleverest of the group and he knows it. Socially uncomfortable in almost all situations and only goal in life is to earn himself a Nobel prize.
Leonard Hofstadter - Arguably the most normal of the group, he is Sheldon's roommate. His main thing is his longing for a relationship with Penny who moves into the apartment opposite in the first episode. Leonard's story is always based around either the longing for Penny or Sheldon telling him he's doing something wrong.
Penny Cooper - Your stereotypical pretty blonde girl, she has moved to Pasadena in search of an acting career. But for now she is a waitress at a restaurant (the cheesecake factory). She somehow finds herself becoming friends with the 4 geniuses despite not really fitting in or even understanding a lot of what they say.
Rajesh Koothrappali - The Indian with selective mutism, he can't talk when there is an attractive girl in the room (including Penny), he is friends with Sheldon, Leonard and Howard through their job at the local university.
Howard Wolowitz - The only one of the guys without a doctorate, he has a Jewish upbringing and still lives with his Mother. He is always after women and this is instantly seen when Penny is introduced to the group. However he is far to inappropriate about it.
Right from the first episode the characters exaggerated quirks are obvious and they do develop throughout the series. This is one of the main things I love about the series is that you can relate to the characters almost instantly. I have written a separate review for the 1-4 series box set. But of the 4 series I think the 1st is the best. The comedy in this series is brilliant, full of social awkwardness and exaggerations at their best as the director tries to get the characters personality across to the viewers. Something which is achieved so well. It had me laughing out loud regularly which I rarely do.
The 1st series contains some of my favourite moments of the 4 series I have seen and if you want to just dip your toe in the Big Bang Theory pool to see what the hype is all about then this is certainly the place to go. Sometimes it has to be said that in the first few episodes the acting isn't great as I think even the actors are getting used to the characters but it certainly isn't a permanent issue.
As this can be picked up fairly cheaply I'd certainly recommend it as even if you don't go on to get the future series this can be watched again. I think I've watched the first series 4 times now (slight obsession I know) but it is that good.
Big bang theory is a comedy sitcom about a group of genius physics experts and their lives. The series starts with Penny moving across the hall (the blonde lady on the front of the dvd cover). This causes Leonard to "fall in love" with her. Leonard lives with Sheldon (the person on the right of the DVD cover) who is... lets just say eccentric.
Ok, I plan not to ruin anything for you, but instead I will give some general gists about what this is about. Penny is a new person who came to try to kick start her acting career with limited results, and always goes for the sporty style boys.
Sheldon is a mastermind, who lacks social convention, and sort of does his own thing, with sarcastic remarks to just about everything anyone says, and sees himself above everyone else. personally I think he makes the program.
Leonard (who I find very annoying), is a sort of feel sorry for himself guy who wants a relationship, and plays the innocent geek type (but what I find annoying is that he isn't innocent at all, at least I dont think so...). Anyway, I dont like him much, I just like it when Sheldon sends him mad.
Howard is a brilliant engineer who Sheldon refers to as an ape. He lives with his mom, and tries to make out that he is some sort of player, and has loads of women.
Raj (full name Rajesh) is a lovable asian astrologist away from home, who feels lonely. But unfortunately for him he cannot speak to women (I won't ruin later details that become evident more in further series).
I found this series of BBT (big bang theory) to be one of the best, as it still feels original, and I hadn't been totally annoyed by Leonard yet (this happens later on, I will write about it in subsequent reviews).
I just find it hilarious the way for example Sheldon could ring someone at 4am, and when they answer "you do know its 4 am right?", sheldon replies "why does everyone keep informing me of the time?"
In summary this is a very funny series, but I would rate it as a 15, not a 12, as I think some of the themes are bit more adult rated. But it has to be said this show would be nothing without Sheldon.