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A couple of geniuses, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) return to their apartment after leaving a fertility clinic (they had changed their minds about donating sperm) and meet a new next-door-neighbor named Penny (Kaley Cuoco). Leonard, smitten with her, invites her for lunch at his place to the consternation of roommate Sheldon. I'll stop there and mention how funny many of the lines provided by Bill Prady and Chuck Lorre (of "Two and a Half Men" fame) are, especially those written for Sheldon who's hilarious whether analyzing his roommate's more-than-friendly interest in Penny or putting his intellectually superior attitude in overdrive. Should be another hit for CBS Monday Nights!
There are many aspects of the pilot show which serve excellently to comically drive the narrative and introduce the characters. Leonard and Sheldon are shown to dress awkwardly, their apartment is decorated with models of atoms and flip-boards and this fits them perfectly. Penny's colourful character and juxtaposition to their world works excellently. The topics and lexis of the physicist's conversation is shown as obviously abnormal through Penny's reactions and humour at their quirky ways, which we can relate to. Through the editing and use of cutting scenes with atoms, the beginning of their new, different story has a fantastic start.
When I first discovered TBBT (The Big Bang Theory) it was at a friend's
house at dinner. I was instantly drawn into the bizarre world of this
dysfunctional yet entertaining friendship between four guys and their
new neighbor, Penny.
So I tracked down the first ever episode and boy was I pleased I found it. It's a delight to watch as we're introduced to the awkward and unsociable, Sheldon Cooper, or Leonard who's trying too hard to win over Penny. Then there's the adorable Rajesh who can't speak to women and then Howard who's the comedic womanizer.
This first episode is a ton of fun but is just the tip of a very large iceberg.
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