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TV Review: “The Big Bang Theory”

By: Paul Kalis

“The Big Bang Theory”


“Our whole universe was in a hot dense state” until Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) became neighbors. Leonard and Sheldon are scientists who work at the California Institute of Technology along with friends Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar). Penny is an aspiring actress who has picked up a waitressing gig at the Cheesecake Factory. Leonard has had a crush on Penny since the day she moved in across the hall. Penny always seems to date the wrong guy or screws it up when she is dating the right guy. By the way, they both briefly dated, so there is still some sexual lust between them. Howard, who still lives with his mom, is engaged to Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch) a doctor. Meanwhile, Sheldon, who is very difficult to deal with, is dating Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik), a scientist like himself, who is awkward when it comes to socializing. Raj lives alone but always shows up to Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment to hang out.

Now in its fifth season, “The Big Bang Theory” divides its time between the male and female characters as they tackle similar problems in completely different ways. When launched in 2007, the show mainly followed Leonard, Sheldon and Penny. It has slowly developed into an ensemble comedy, allowing for all of the characters to interact and grow with one another. With this change, it has become funnier and more appealing as there is more that one can identify with. Most of the characters as so bizarre and unusual; you can’t help being drawn to the screen. Sheldon doesn’t understand sarcasm; Amy taught a monkey to smoke cigarettes, and the male characters are avid sci-fi fans and memorabilia collectors, while the females love to shop.

“The Big Bang Theory” airs on CBS Thursdays at 8 .pm. It has been renewed through the 2013-2014 season.


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