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The Big Bang Theory - Season 5 (DVD)
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The Big Bang Theory - Season 5 (DVD)
Advantages: Great series, Amy and Sheldon are amazing, good value
Disadvantages: Loud laughter track
As a person who watches a lot of TV series, September's a bit of an exciting time. As well as it being the start of the academic year (as this is the first time I've not been in education, it's weird that that doesn't matter) and me starting my new job in Germany, September is also when most of my favourite TV series start again. As well as QI being back for a new series on BBC, there are a lot of American series starting again towards the end of this month. As well as having new Dexter, Once upon a Time and Family Guy to look forward to, I'm also quite excited about the prospect of a new series of The Big Bang Theory. I've seen the fifth series quite a few times now so it'll be good to see how the sixth one stands up to it. Until that comes out, however, here is my review on the current most recent series available.
== 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.
== Series Five ==
By the fifth series, a few things have changed in 'Big Bang Theory' world. Penny and Leonard have already been together and broken up, Howard has an actual girlfriend in the form of Penny's friend Bernadette, and Leonard is currently in a relationship with Raj's sister. Sheldon is also having a strange, asexual relationship with Amy Farah Fowler, who also happens to be one of the best fictional characters ever.
== What I Thought ==
This is a great series of The Big Bang Theory and is probably the best one yet. Amy is such a great character that her appearance in the fourth and fifth series definitely brought the programme up a further notch. Even without Amy, this would be a good series, as there's a lot of comedy coming from a mix of the adorable geekiness of four of the main characters and their platonic and romantic relationships with the women in their lives.
=== Acting and Characters ===
My favourite character and actress in The Big Bang Theory are, unsurprisingly based on what I've said thus far, Amy Farah Fowler and Mayim Bialik, the actress who plays her. Amy is an exceptional character to have alongside Sheldon, as although she is only slightly less socially awkward than he is, her social difficulties take on a different turn, and she ends up being far too open and inappropriate as opposed to Sheldon's failure to grasp many social situations. Her interest in having a relationship with him as well as her almost lesbian love for Penny are just two of the things that make her a great character.
I also have to give particular mention to Jim Parsons and his character, Sheldon. While Leonard is a more relatable and likeable character, Sheldon has been the star of the show since the first series, and he's still on form here. 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.
=== Episodes ===
There are some really good episodes here, which is especially good considering that the programme's in its fifth series and many programmes start to lose steam after a few years. There are running themes going through this series, such as Sheldon and Amy's 'relationship', Howard and Bernadette's engagement, Howard's probability of going into space and the gang's general geekiness and intelligence. I'll not give any spoilers by going into any of the episodes in detail, but in general, there are 24 great episodes in this series.
=== 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://youtu.be/VEE7RCqZDfo
== Conclusion ==
This is a great fifth series and I haven't got bored of watching the episodes even repeatedly. It's a light comedy so it's easy to have on in the background while I'm doing something else (like writing this review for example), so it's also something I occasionally put on when I'm going to sleep as I don't have to concentrate on it too much. Of course, it's still also very entertaining when you give your full attention to it. The only real negative thing I have to say about The Big Bang Theory is that it has a very loud and annoying laughter track. I couldn't say I'm a fan of laughter tracks in general but they don't get on my nerves in other programmes anywhere near as much as in this one, as it is far louder than it needs to be. It actually put me off watching it initially as I found it so obnoxious, but it doesn't take too long to get over it.
Despite not having been out for all that long, this Series Five DVD is already a very reasonable price to buy at £15 from Amazon. The series 1-5 box set is also reasonably priced at £41, which is even cheaper than they're selling the first four series for, which is bizarre. Either way, I highly recommend this series and found it very entertaining.
Summary: A great fifth series.