And it all started with a big bang… BANG!

April 13, 2008 at 5:00 pm | Posted in tv shows | 7 Comments

Leonard: At least I didn’t have to invent 26 dimensions just to make the math come out!
Sheldon: I didn’t invent them. They’re there.
Leonard: In what universe?
Sheldon: In all of them. That is the point.

The Big Bang Theory
Mondays, 8:00PM on CBS

It is in times like these that I feel I have no right to complain that there is no good shows on network TV. Inundated with reality competition shows like Are you Stupider than a 5th grader? and Dancing with the Stars (don’t even get me started on Wife Swap), its a wonder how Hollywood barely survived the programming hump from the Writer’s Guild Strike. Shows with wit, irreverence and intelligently crafted characters are few and far between, and rarely seep through the harsh censorship of mainstream networks.

Recently, a joyful reunion occurred when I embarked on a My So-Called Life Marathon. Clearly waaaay ahead of its time, this brilliant show was sadly canceled after one season. One can only imagine the executives at ABC kicking themselves for having a young Claire Danes and sexily brooding Jared Leto at their fingertips and deciding… “Hmmm. Yeah, that’s not going to work for us.” Also joining the prematurely extinct are such young adult comi-dramas as NBC’s Freaks and Geeks and most recently Quarterlife. Then again, there is something to be said for not jumping the shark (*cough* Dawson’s Creek *cough*). For more information about cancelled shows, visit Television Without Pity’s Brilliant but Cancelled.

Why the long preface? Not to jinx myself, but I am concerned for the fate of the new Monday night comedy, The Big Bang Theory (IMDB, Wikipedia). This refreshing light-hearted comedy with heavy scientific verbalization is one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time. Its sharp dialogue and clumsy socially-awkward mixture of Beauty and Geeks makes for a fun romp. From the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of “Two and a Half Men” and “Dharma and Greg”, Chuck Lorre brings us yet another project to include his vanity cards. (What is a vanity card? Those with the splendor of Tivo can revel with me!)

Describing the plot of this show admittedly could be construed as a cliche, nerds trying to overcome the station in life that pigeonholes them in social settings (i.e. Revenge of the Nerds, Sixteen Candles, and so on). Yes, it is not a new concept, but somehow this new mixture of characters seems fresh and relevant to today’s Generation Xbox.

The Big Bang Theory

Leonard (Johnny Galecki of “Roseanne” fame) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) are two brainy best friends who can tell you anything you want to know about quantum physics, but when it comes to dealing with everyday life here on earth they’re lost in the cosmos. They live together on the 4th floor of an apartment building with a broken elevator, which leads to a “West Wing-esque” walk and talk plot device that brings a fun element to the show. Penny, a beautiful but ditzy blond screenwriter/Cheesecake Factory waitress from Nebraska, moves in across the hall from them. Leonard is instantly taken by Penny (Kaley Cuoco of “8 Simple Rules”), despite Sheldon’s scientific yet harshly honest assessment that “their exchange will never result in coitus.” Other members of Leonard and Sheldon’s geek squad include Howard Wolowitz (the delusional casanova) and Raj Koothrappali (whose biggest quirk is his inability to speak to women).

Sheldon is my favorite character, as he is so smart he often misses the nuance of life. Ever the loyal and opinionated friend, Sheldon personifies “one of those guys.” Every group of friends has one. The friend that is so in and of himself that even though you find the need to roll your eyes often, you can’t help appreciate his sweetness and unique persona. He approaches every situation as an science project, as seen in the episode “The Luminous Fish Effect” when he was fired after insulting his boss. With his first “day off in decades,” Sheldon wakes early and embarks in gathering data on scrambled eggs, an experiment set out to “improve everyone’s breakfast.” Several dozen eggs later, he arrives at the conclusion that scrambled eggs are as good as they are ever going to be…. lol. Also, he has a killer wardrobe.

Sheldon and Leonard as a result of kindness...

Prior to the strike hiatus, the show produced 8 episodes and has scheduled another 9 post-strike episodes beginning on March 17, 2008. Catch this show on Monday nights, right before HIMYM (see review).

RATING: *****/5
Recommendation: Wave your Geek Flag! Add it to your regular TV regime.

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  1. […] Organized Confusion placed an interesting blog post on And it all started with a big bang… BANG!Here’s a brief overviewIt is in times like these that I feel I have no right to complain that there is no good shows on network TV. … ” Also joining the prematurely extinct are such young adult comi-dramas as NBC’s… […]

  2. You do not have to worry about the fate of the show. The Big Bang Theory has already been renewed for next season. See here :

    http://www.zap2it.com/tv/news/zap-cbsrenews11for200809,0,7341122.story

    Also, do not call Penny ditzy. That is totally an unfair sitcom stereotype. Just because she is blonde does mean she is ditzy. Obviously, she is not as smart as the genius physicists in the show, but she is not ditzy at all. She is not intended by the writers to be ditzy, and she is not dumb at all. If you think she is ditzy than you have not watched the show after since the pilot.

  3. Wow B14B14, strong opinion. I am not saying that it will be cancelled. I’m merely commenting on the brilliant shows that have not lasted more than one season for reasons other than popularity. MSCL was popular when it aired and it was canceled. That is all I meant.

    Furthermore, I didn’t say or imply that Penny is stupid (or “blond” for that matter.) She does however feel or act like the guys are too much to take sometimes, particularly Sheldon. And rightfully so. 🙂 When someone doesn’t understand something, that does not equate to them being stupid. No insults here.

  4. Wow! Your first pingback!

    The ratings have been strong and the show isn’t on Fox or the dreaded Friday night spot of death, so I think the show will be OK for at least a while.

    What was your shark moment for Dawson’s Creek?

    Although Sheldon is more of a character, Leonard is my favorite.

    I like the various Roseanne alumni appearances as Leonard’s coworker fling and Sheldon’s Mom. Maybe the two Beckys will show up. 😉

    As seen in the latest episode, Penny might not know anything about physics, but the guys are just as ignorant when it comes to Trivial Pursuit pop culture questions!

    Have you hunted down the mysterious vanity plate from this week’s episode yet?

  5. PS: Now that you’ve written “BANG” in all caps, I’m going to make you sing it properly at the end of every opening title sequence!

  6. […] shows like Are you Stupider than a 5th grader? and Dancing with the Stars don??t even get me starhttps://orgconfuz.wordpress.com/2008/04/13/and-it-all-started-with-a-big-bang-bang/Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 27-May3 Minneapolis-St. Paul Star TribuneApril 27: Actor […]

  7. Kaley is great! I loved her old show “8 Simple Rules”. Her co-star, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) just did a great interview about the show:

    http://thebiz.fancast.com/2008/05/exclusive_interview_big_bang_t.html


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