The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season

University physicists Leonard and Sheldon know whether to use an integral or a differential to solve the area under a curve. But they don’t have a clue about girls. Or dating. Or clothes. Or parties. Or having fun. Or, basically, life. So when a pretty blonde named Penny moves in the apartment across the hall, the guys decide to get an education outside of the classroom. Boys, you have a lot to learn. With series creators Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) and Bill Prady (The Gilmore Girls) concocting the right mix of logic and lunacy and stars Johnny Galecki (Roseanne) and Jim Parsons (Judging Amy) turning geekdom into Phi Beta fun, The Big Bang Theory is big on laughs. And life.The delightful sitcom The Big Bang Theory revolves around a character type rarely seen on television: The alpha geek. Physicists Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) get their lives shaken up when an attractive young woman named Penny (Kaley Cuoco) moves in to the apartment across from theirs. Th

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4 thoughts on “The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season

  1. Review by Kay E. F. for The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season
    I am a huge fan of friends, but nothing — not even that show — can top the hilarity of The Big Band Theory. I am one of those people who enjoy funny stuff, but never really show it on the outside (i.e. I don’t laugh out loud very easily at sitcoms or funny sketches), but I added 20 years to my life by laughing over this show. Yes, the writing is very clean and smart, the actors are wonderful, and the situations are funny, but the factor that makes this show so funny, is that these are situations that nerds might actually get into. It’s all typical nerd stuff that probably would happen to nerds in the real world. Everyone should try this show out. Most of the time its just plain old funny.

  2. Review by Amelies Gnome for The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season
    Thanks Mr. Lorre, I sincerely mean that. The Big Bang Theory is just the best show to come along in a very long time. I still have every episode (from their original air dates) on my Tivo. With the news that the first (of hopefully many) seasons coming out on DVD I could not be happier.

    I also read your notes at the end of every show. Thanks again Mr. Lorre for such a brilliant show.

    I can’t believe it’s not British…

  3. Review by miceatwork for The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season
    Clear the decks on Monday nights on CBS at 8:00 EST. You will not regret it. Okay, I absolutely love this show. It is the funniest thing I have ever seen on television. Every episode is a little gem. The writing is bright and hilarious and the acting and casting are superb. I cannot remember any new sitcom that I have ever watched that hit the ground running like this one did or where the cast jelled so quickly as a tight ensemble. I had almost completely sworn off network television sitcoms after those halcyon days of Seinfeld had finally passed. (May you rest in peace, beloved characters Jerry, George, Elaine, Kramer, and “Newmie.”) Then a friend told me about this hilarious new sitcom, THE BIG BANG THEORY, about two science geeks named Sheldon and Leonard. When I finally got around to watching the show at the third episode, I was astounded at how unbelievably funny this show actually was. The writing was smart and creative and the acting and comic timing were simply superb. Amazingly, the cast seemed to hit the ground running and immediately was a cohesive ensemble from the very first episode (which I got to see later in reruns). Even the supporting cast choices were inspired, such as Sara Gilbert for the uber utilitarian and throroughly heartless brain girl (“Leslie Winkle), Laurie Metcaf as Sheldon’s no-nonsense east Texas mother (“Mrs. Mary Cooper”), and that great character actor who played “Ray-Ray” on “My Name Is Earl” as Sheldon’s fictitious cousin fresh out of non-existent substance abuse rehab (“Leopold Houston”). Everybody involved in this show–from the writers, directors, actors, set and costume designers, etc.)–have created a wonderful little world where you feel you are watching the actual lives of real people you know and care about. The writers are true masters of characterization and, as is the case with pulling off a great con, the secret is in the details. I love how references to things like Howard’s allergy to peanuts, Koothrapalli’s phobia about talking to women, Sheldon’s anal retentive obsession with labeling everything,and Leonard being lactose intolerant keep popping up in the episodes. And, the final test for me for rating the greatness of a sitcom is is how many of the tag lines (great one-liners) I incorporate into my own conversation. I find a lot of lines from the show keep popping up in my everyday speech: “If you have time to lean, you have time to clean,” “You could always power down,” “Good-bye, Honey Puffs. Hello, Big Bran,” to list just a few. Needless to say, I am thrilled that these wonderful comic episodes are coming out on DVD. I am going to preorder them as soon as I finish this review.

  4. Review by A. Gammill for The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season
    I admit, I didn’t want to like this show. After all, it replaced my favorite CBS sitcom from the previous year, The Class. But I gave it a chance, and I’m really glad I did.

    The Big Bang Theory tells the story of 4 young geniuses, as they find it will take more than book-smarts to navigate the unchartered waters of relationships in the real world. Into their world of role-playing games and physics in-jokes comes Penny, a beautiful waitress who somewhat reluctlantly becomes the guys’ guide to life outside their academic shells.

    What really sets the show apart from other half-hour comedies is the writing. You’d probably need an advanced degree in math or science to know whether some of the jokes are based on real concepts, but it doesn’t matter. Just watching the two leads (flawlessly played by Johhny Galecki and Jim Parsons) try to co-exist with Penny living across the hall is pure comic gold. Jim Parsons (as uber-nerd Sheldon) may be the funniest comic actor on t.v., and it will be a shame if he doesn’t nab an Emmy nomination for his work here.

    If you haven’t been watching The Big Bang Theory, give it a try. And if you have seen it, I hope you’ll join me in voting for a DVD release of this bright and funny show.

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