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When my boyfriend tuned into the premiere I thought the show was going to be stupid. I was so surprised. This is the first TV show to really showcase nerds with pretty much dead on accuracy. This has a sparkling cast (Jim Parsons is the new and improved David Hyde Pierce) and fantastic humor that ranges from light slapstick to seriously quick wit. This show is a great love letter to nerds, and as such any nerd should give this a try. With a bunch of new (and very lame) shows debuting, it's good to see something worth watching! This premise isn't exactly new but the execution is nothing short of brilliant. Give it a shot!!
I found the show to be very funny. The laugh track needs to go though.
I was afraid that the girl would be portrayed as a really stereotypical
dumb blonde. I was glad to see that she is not. Granted she isn't a
nerd genius like the rest of the characters, but she is just your
average person. There is a lot of subtle humor mixed in with the
obvious jokes. Good show and I hope it lasts as there are very few
comedies on Television now that can actually make me laugh.
Before 100 people insult my taste, humor is subjective. If you can identify with the subject matter, it is funny to you. If you can't, it isn't. Having worked in Information Technology for over 25 years, I can see a lot of myself and my friends in Sheldon and Leonard.
By the way, if you are my age, you may get the nod to one of the greats of TV comedy in the lead characters first names.
I have seen a few episodes of the new CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory
and to me it's one of the best written sitcoms currently on network TV.
The scripts are filled with scientific references some people might not
understand but they are very witty. Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons are
definitely one of TV's newest comedy teams who have great chemistry and
the addition of Kaley Cuoco as their neighbor, Penny brightens up the
show. Let's not overlook the supporting cast with Simon Helberg as
Wolowitz, who looks a little like Paul Reubens, the man behind Pee-Wee
Herman and Kunal Nayyar as their friend from India.
If you watch the closing credits closely, you'll notice that there's a credit saying "Science Consultant." It's the first sitcom to employ one. It was a very good idea by the show's creator Chuck Lorre, who also is behind the CBS hit Two and a Half Men to hire one to bring scientific honesty into the show.
I hope The Big Bang Theory is around for several years. It has a solid future.
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I just love this show! If you can appreciate great writing and great
acting than this show is for you.
My favorite episode is "The Big Bran Hypothesis". That was hilarious. I hadn't laughed like that in a long time. When Leonard came out of his room in his underwear armed with a light-saber, I thought I was going to hurt myself I was laughing so hard. And the whole "sarcasm" bit was perfect comedy genius. And it's not just that the comedy is written so well - - the timing is dead on! The actors are truly artists.
Bravo CBS! I'm hooked and will keep watching!
And if anyone reading hasn't seen the show yet, check it out!
Definitely slated to be the best sitcom of this season, this is a creative and funny show. Two geeks have a beautiful girl (Penny) move to the apartment next door. The two geeks have two friends that are even geekier. Here is the many ways in which this show excels: the geeks are lovable and funny and human, not pathetic, you feel for them, the neighbor girl is a very sweet girl, and for once the characters are educated and thoughtful, not the usual "dumb" people we see on TV. The dynamics and the dialog between the four friends is fast paced, funny and rich with detailed observations. This is a comedy by Chuck Lorre, the guy who has created Dharma (from Dharma & Greg) so I am fully expecting Penny's character to bloom into far more than what meets the eye. The four male leads establish their personalities in the pilot with such ease that it's clear we are watching a very well written and well acted show. Kudos to the whole cast and the writers. I hope this funny, smart show stays around. We need a comedy with wit and heart, and for a change - lovable geeky brains too.
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Is this what comedy for smart people is supposed to be? I found nothing
in anything they say that is even even slightly funny. I am a geeky
physics student myself, yet, I have nothing in common with any of the
characters or the things they say. Many of the jokes, and I use the
term 'joke' loosely, may be smart but completely lacking in humour.
The main character Sheldon is simply rude and offensive and I personally would slap his face if he spoke to me the way he speaks to others. He is just annoying. Is this the big joke I am missing? Is his rude and ignorant behaviour supposed to be funny?
Maybe it's just me, but I don't get this show. It is boring.
Being a physicists, I'm unsure of what to think of this show; however,
the chemistry between the "nerds" is terrific! It is great to turn on a
show that helps bring me back down to earth. The show may be a tiny bit
unrealistic when it comes to how "nerds" actually behave, but you don't
have to be a nerd to appreciate the science humor. In the same respect,
the behavior of the "regulars" is a little exaggerated, but is done in
such a way which helps accentuate the characters' contrast.
So what is to lose from watching this show?
You WILL be laughing by the end!
Recently I attempted to watch an episode of this show, however I
honestly couldn't even get to the ten minute mark. It was the most
contrived and uninteresting thing I have ever attempted to endure.
Every single line, no matter how mundane and innocuous, was greeted
with a pause in acting so they could fill in the clearly recorded
canned laugh track.
It was really quite painful.
'Hello'... pause... (laugh track) 'What are you doing?'... pause... (laugh track) 'I'm looking in the fridge'... pause... (laugh track)
And so on and so on, until you just want to kill yourself.
Despite all the spoon fed laugh track cues there are literally no real laughs to be had anywhere. Normally with a show this banal one can usually elicit a laugh by laughing AT the people who like it, however, in all honesty, I just feel bad for them. And it's not even pity, I feel embarrassed for them
I didn't expect much from this show at the beginning of this season,
but I have been pleasantly surprised. It has actually become my
favorite show this year.
Now, with only one new episode left this season I will miss it over the summer and hope to see it back next year (PLEASE CBS!!!).
There are so many aspects of the show I like. First, I love how various aspects of the nerds relate to the folks I know (mostly in IT). Second, I love how the show flirts with the stereotypes, such as the dumb blond, but doesn't quite go there. Penny is not dumb, and Raj can be quite social if the circumstances are right. The blending of intellectual and ridiculous is also very well done, so that neither is overwhelming.
Keep it up, and keep this on TV!
This show is definitely one of my guilty pleasures! Tuesdays are spent anxiously awaiting its posting on iTunes so I can download it, as I live in Canada & don't have cable. TBBT is a trip down memory lane for me, as it IS my high school experience (20+ years ago, I was a smarter Penny). I love the characters, especially Leonard who is adorable, and the smarmy yet surprisingly charming Wolowitz. It has the feel of "Frasier Goes To College". I do agree though that they should lose the laugh track - annoying, but not enough to make me stop watching. BTW, very smart of CBS to originally have offered the pilot as a free download or I would never have given it a look. Now I'm an addict!
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