Friday, November 9, 2012

The Big Bang Theory (Seasons 1 - 4) - reviewed.

It’s been a while since I’ve been in the blogosphere.

That’s because I’ve been busy watching the greatest sitcom since Seinfeld. I’m talking about The Big Bang Theory.

Yes, I’m just realizing the awesomeness that is Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, Wallowitz, and Penny (knock-knock, Penny, knock-knock, Penny).

I’m usually a few years behind when it comes to TV shows. When a show hits syndication and starts airing on TBS, FX or some other cable channel is when I start watching it.

With the exception of Lost, I’ve never really watched a television show as it was airing. It was always too much work to remember to watch it each week. Being able to set recordings on VCRs and DVRs made it easier, but, even then, I’d forget to set the VCR or my DVR would be too full to record.

Anyway, I got The Big Bang Theory on DVD. Several people were telling me what a good show it was, so I decided it was time to catch up to speed.

I caught up through the fourth season and now I’m thoroughly addicted. For once, the critics were right.

If you’re going to spend half an hour watching prime time television (or an hour watching syndication), then The Big Bang Theory is definitely the way to go.

Four nerds living in the same apartment building as a hot girl – it’s a realistic enough scenario, but the personalities of each character are also eccentric enough to make the series highly entertaining.

Leonard (Johnny Galecki) could be a normal guy, with a slight nerdy edge. Much of the show is about Leonard’s affections for Penny (Kaley Cuoco), an aspiring actress who is sidelined with a job as a waitress at The Cheesecake Factory.

Raj (Kunal Nayyar) can’t talk to women until he’s drunk and his inhibitions are limited. Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) is just a perverted little man who lives with his nagging Jewish mother.

As a super genius with little-to-no social skills, Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) is the most eccentric of the bunch. I don’t know who came up with his repetitive door-knocking bit, but it’s hilarious! His gasping-for-air-like laugh whenever he finds something funny has me in stitches too.

Admittedly, the nerdiness – the love of super heroes, sci-fi, and gaming – is something I can relate to. These guys take the nerdiness a step further though, which makes for entertaining television.

I went through the four seasons within just a couple of weeks and it didn’t even feel like a marathon. Instead, it was just the continuing adventures of the gang from the Big Bang.

Season four was the first season with Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) and Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik…yep, TV’s “Blossom”) as part of the permanent cast. That’s where I left off.

I’m looking forward to seeing the next few seasons because I can only assume that as the guys get girlfriends, dynamics will change and the group will evolve – just so long as the shenanigans don’t change.

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