The Big Bang Theory (2007– )

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A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

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 Leonard Hofstadter (187 episodes, 2006-2015)
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 Sheldon Cooper (187 episodes, 2006-2015)
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 Penny (186 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Howard Wolowitz (186 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Raj Koothrappali (186 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Bernadette Rostenkowski (116 episodes, 2009-2015)
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 Amy Farrah Fowler (110 episodes, 2010-2015)
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Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper are both brilliant physicists working at Caltech in Pasadena, California. They are colleagues, best friends, and roommates, although in all capacities their relationship is always tested primarily by Sheldon's regimented, deeply eccentric, and non-conventional ways. They are also friends with their Caltech colleagues mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali. The foursome spend their time working on their individual work projects, playing video games, watching science-fiction movies, or reading comic books. As they are self-professed nerds, all have little or no luck with popular women. When Penny, a pretty woman and an aspiring actress originally from Omaha, moves into the apartment across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon's, Leonard has another aspiration in life, namely to get Penny to be his girlfriend. Written by Huggo

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When beauty meets the brains. See more »

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Howard's mother's voice is heard throughout the show, but her face has never been actually seen on-screen. (She did appear very briefly on-screen in the season 5 finale, as the camera pans up from the roof top, but her face was still never shown.) She died after the actress who plays her Carol Ann Susi died of cancer. See more »

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The front doors of the apartment building are even with Penny's apartment door, meaning her apartment - and those above and below - hangs out in space over the front sidewalk. See more »

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Penny: Look, Sheldon's hugging me!
Leonard Hofstadter: It's a Saturnalia miracle!
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One of the final cards to appear in the credit sequence is the vanity card for Chuck Lorre Productions. In keeping with his practice on "Dharma and Greg" and "Two and a Half Men", there is a different message on the card each week, written by Chuck Lorre himself. See more »


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Somewhat clever
13 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The big bang theory is a mildly clever sitcom with a generic vanilla concept. Two nerds live across the hall from a pretty girl, whom they fail miserably to relate to. While there is a modicum of nerdy humor, it is heavily underscored by a hokey, grating laugh track. While laughter cues can be a boon for vapid sitcoms, in this case they serve to ruin any chance that this show had of appealing to intellectual audiences because of the fact that the track is turned up loudest to cover up the least funny jokes. To the kind of person who likes shows about nerds, and can understand jokes about string theory, this show will seem insulting

The characters are very poorly designed. Most sitcoms have a round main character, who is surrounded by auxiliary flat characters. Not so in the Big Bang Theory. All of the characters are static throughout the episodes. This means that they get extremely annoying after a short time. Watching a whole season of this show would be like watching the first episode on repeat, with slightly different Klingon boggle jokes.

In short, avoid this show like the plague.


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