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The Big Bang Theory - Season 1 (DVD)
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The Big Bang Theory - Season 1 (DVD)
Advantages: Good plot, fun story
Disadvantages: Short episodes
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!
Summary: Worth a watch, even if you're not that into Science!