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The Big Bang Theory

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Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists, the kind of "beautiful minds" that understand how the universe works. But none of that genius helps them interact with people, especially women.
Starring
Johnny GaleckiJim ParsonsKaley Cuoco
Genres
Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
    September 23, 2007
    23min
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    In the series premiere, when Leonard and Sheldon meet Penny, Leonard is immediately interested in her. But Sheldon feels his friend is chasing a dream he'll never catch.
  2. 2. The Big Bran Hypothesis
    September 30, 2007
    21min
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    After Leonard tries to do a favor for Penny, Sheldon ruins the plan. Leonard volunteers to sign for a package, hoping to make a good impression on Penny.
  3. 3. The Fuzzyboots Corollary
    October 7, 2007
    22min
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    Two brainy best friends could 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.
  4. 4. The Luminous Fish Effect
    October 14, 2007
    21min
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    Sheldon initial thrill of shopping with Penny devolves over time to him weaving ponchos as shut-in, forcing Leonard to call on Sheldon's mother, Mary.
  5. 5. The Hamburger Postulate
    October 21, 2007
    20min
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    After sensing that his pursuit of Penny isn't going anywhere, Leonard agrees to unexpected sexual encounter with fellow scientist Leslie Winkle (recurring guest star SARA GILBERT).
  6. 6. The Middle Earth Paradigm
    October 28, 2007
    21min
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    The socially stunted guys are nervous when Penny invites them to a party she's hosting.
  7. 7. The Dumpling Paradox
    November 4, 2007
    21min
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    When Wolowitz seduces Penny's friend and ends up sleeping with her in Penny's apartment, Penny sleeps on Leonard and Sheldon's couch.
  8. 8. The Grasshopper Experiment
    November 11, 2007
    20min
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    Koothrappali becomes overwhelmed when his parents arrange a blind date for him, but he discovers he actually can talk to a member of the opposite sex after a few drinks.
  9. 9. The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization
    March 16, 2008
    19min
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    Sheldon and Leonard are invited to present their joint findings at a phy sics conference, but Sheldon refuses.
  10. 10. The Loobenfeld Decay
    March 23, 2008
    21min
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    After hearing Penny sing, Leonard lies to avoid seeing her perform. Sheldon goes one step further with a more elaborate lie, leading to the appearance of his nonexistent cousin.
  11. 11. The Pancake Batter Anomaly
    March 30, 2008
    22min
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    Sheldon gets sick and Penny has to deal with him.
  12. 12. The Jerusalem Duality
    April 13, 2008
    20min
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    When Leonard and Sheldon meet a teenage physics prodigy, Sheldon is dist raught that the boy genius is younger and smarter, and crafts a plan to derail the young prodigy's research.
  13. 13. The Bat Jar Conjecture
    April 20, 2008
    22min
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    The guys kick Sheldon off the team for the Physics Bowl and enlist his nemesis Leslie Winkle (recurring guest star SARA GILBERT) to take his place.
  14. 14. The Nerdvana Annihilation
    April 27, 2008
    20min
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    When the guys buy a time-machine prop from a classic movie, Penny's reac tion forces Leonard to take a hard look at his life.
  15. 15. The Shiksa Indeterminacy
    May 4, 2008
    22min
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    Leonard, Wolowitz, and Koothrappali all become smitten with Sheldon's twin sister, Missy (guest star COURTNEY HENGGELER), and Leonard devises a plan to eliminate his rivals.
  16. 16. The Peanut Reaction
    May 11, 2008
    20min
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    When Penny attempts to throw Leonard a wild surprise party, Sheldon gets in the way.
  17. 17. The Tangerine Factor
    May 18, 2008
    20min
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    When Penny breaks up with her boyfriend, Leonard finally gets up the courage to ask her out on a real date. When she says yes, each seeks the "wisdom" of a reluctant advisor -- Sheldon.

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Simon HelbergKunal Nayyar
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Season year
2008
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4.9 out of 5 stars

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EmmaReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
My fiance loves the show
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My fiance loves this show. I do not but she is making me give it 5 stars. It is her happy show because it is never too serious and she says I remind her of Sheldon... I do not see it but if it makes her happy I suppose I can give it 5 stars. Most of the show appears to be about geniuses getting dates which I can not relate to as I am not obsessed with black holes or physics but they do have much enthusiasm about it and the acting is very dry and on point. I feel sometimes they make Penny too dumb but again my fiance loves the show so 5 stars
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Keith C.Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Why it was Great - right form the start
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From the beginning BBT was different.
Unlike other sitcoms, which are funny, but not really a world that you would want to enter into, the gang in BBT were the friends you wish you had - even if you aren't a scientist !
Unlike so many "adults" on TV and in the real world, these guys have not lost their wonder and fascination with the world and while being serious scholar/scientists, they still like to have fun
Their world is inviting and its easy to imagine sitting down with them ( but not in Sheldon's spot) and sharing some Thai food.
The other thing that makes their world interesting and rich is the many, many cultural references that come up in each episode. In season one alone we hear about :
Battlestar Gallactica
Lord of the Rings
Comicon
HALO
HG Wells
Star Wars
and end with Schrodinger;s Cat
It makes it relatable to so many different people who never see their interests on TV programs that talk about little besides Hollywood and sports.
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Mark Baker - Carstairs ConsidersReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
"I've Been Thinking About Time Travel Again." "Hit a Road Block with Invisibility?"
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I have had an on again/off again relationship with The Big Bang Theory since it premiered. I watched it for a little while but got turned off by the content. The previews kept cracking me up, however, I was debating about watching it again. When I got a great deal on the first and second seasons on DVD, I decided to give up the fight, and I watched the first season in a matter of days.

For those who have yet to inhabit this universe, the show focuses on four geeks and a "normal." Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) are roommates and physicists working at Cal Tech. But these are just high tech guys, they also enjoy other geekly endeavors like comic books and video games. They usually hang out with co-workers Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar).

As the series opens, into this world walks Penny (Kaley Cuoco). She's literally the beautiful girl next door since she moves into the apartment across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon. She's an aspiring actress, which naturally means she's making a living as a waitress. Most of the guys immediately develop crushes on her, but it's Leonard who is the most serious about her.

And despite how little they have in common, the five of them begin to form a friendship. But first, Penny has to deal with Sheldon and Leonard cleaning up her place for her while she slept. Sheldon gets fired for telling his new boss exactly what he thinks of him. Leonard and Sheldon stop speaking to each other after Leonard decides to present a paper they both authored. Sheldon tries to tell a sufficiently complex lie to Penny. And Penny must take care of a sick Sheldon.

If there is any standout character that makes this show hilarious, it's Sheldon. This guy may be brilliant when it comes to his job, but he is a complete idiot when it comes to interacting with anyone. His reaction to things, or lack of reaction, makes for some of the best jokes in the show.

Watching this season also made me aware that I might have to admit to the geek label I've been avoiding for a while. I have been part of some of the conversations the guys have, although usually as an outsider. (At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

This show could easily devolve with stereotypical characters, and I'll admit that most of these characters seem to have one or two dominate traits with hints at more, even after a complete season. However, I do feel that most of the characters are real, or at least real enough that we can't help but root for them. Even Sheldon, as much as I would be ready to slap him in real life, is likable.

The exception to that is Howard. His is described on multiple occasions as creepy. While all the characters are obsessed with sex, Howard takes it to an uncomfortable low. If there are any moments that make me squirm in disgust, you can bet that he's involved. And that pretty much seems to be his only trait. It's disappointing to say the least.

Frankly, the constant sex jokes are the main reason I stopped watching at one point and still the only turn off to the show for me. They don't need them to be funny; most of the funniest scenes have come from the characters and not the sex jokes. But that's what they revert to time and time again. Additionally, the couple of times that religion has come into things, it's been treated negatively. Not too big a fan of that, but at least so far it's been minor enough that I can still enjoy the show.

The acting on the show is universally great. The main actors are great as breathing life into their characters and really rounding them out. Yes, even Simon Helberg is good as Howard. Special praise must go to Kunal Nayyar whose Raj is too terrified to talk to women. His facial expressions alone are priceless. But the undisputable star of the show is Jim Parsons. He makes anti-social Sheldon completely believable and funny without resorting to too many stereotypes. He was born for this role pure and simple.

Due to the writer's strike of the fall of 2007, there were only 17 episode in the first season. All of them are here on three discs in widescreen and stereo sound. Not surprising from a recent TV show, they look and sound great. There is one 17 minute behind the scenes type featurette that talks about the creation of the show and the characters. It's nothing too groundbreaking but interesting.

While I don't find all the sex jokes funny, when things come together perfectly, The Big Bang Theory is brilliantly funny. I used to watch lots of sitcoms, but got away from them. I'm quite happy to get back into them for season one of this show.
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KarenannReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A well-developed group of quirky characters
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We have never been fans of sitcoms. This was recommended to us by a friend and to appease her, we watched an episode a couple years ago. After that, we became hooked and looked forward to watching it each night since several episodes run back-to-back each evening. We decided that we needed to own each of the seasons as they came out so we could see them in their intended order. The individual characters are lovable in their own way and I love the fact that they included a character with selective mutism. Our favorites are Sheldon and Bernadette (she is introduced in a later season), though the series would not be the same if any one of them was phased out of the series. The series is geared toward a mature audience. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a well-developed group of quirky characters. The only complaint I have about the dvd set is that one of the hinges was broken when we received it and the whole door fell out when we open the case. It's that cheap translucent plastic that tends to break under stress anyway.
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Evalina HReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
DO NOT LET KIDS WATCH THIS
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We were so disappointed that the main part of this show in the first episode is all sex.
Not funny
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Scott TurnerReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
As an engineer/nerd, I love this show
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I've heard people dismiss Big Bang Theory as 'nerd blackface', where the characters are a parody of reality that plays on the most ridiculous stereotypes of the broad characters. While this may be true to some degree, I submit that there is no other milieu of scripted television (doctors, nurses, law enforcement, military, national intelligence, students, business, etc) where the same is not true as well.

Also, the show has done a good job of remaining fresh, and has introduced new and solid characters over the years (Bernadette, Amy Farrah Fowler). The writing is top-notch, and although it may have lost a half-step in the later seasons, it's still fantastically funny to me.

I was actually introduced to the show by my college-aged daughter, who insisted that I would love it. Given the generational differences in taste that are inherent in situations like this, I presumed that I would sit patiently through a few episodes before letting her know that although I could see how she might like it, it just didn't click for me, but that was NOT the case. I immediately loved it, have now caught up and watched every episode, and look forward to each new one.

Note that we also got my wife's mother hooked on it, and she has run through all the episodes as well. So, in our family, The Big Bang Theory is a bonding event for three generations. Those are rare, and are a testament to the quality of the show.
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Fast ForwardReviewed in the United States on October 20, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
The show gets 5 stars. Amazon gets 2.
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I'm an American who lives in Japan and have been a faithful Amazon customer for over a decade now, spending thousands of dollars for American DVDs. Amazon has always been a wonderful place to shop--they have always offered me 3 options for shipping--instead of the cheapest and slowest, or the most costly and quickest, I usually opt for the middle choice. DVDs arrive in less than 2 weeks, and it doesn't cost the world.
Recently, Amazon actually sent me an e-mail to announce that DVDs of Seasons 1-3 of Big Bang Theory could be bought in a package deal for a reasonable price. When I went to order, however, it was a different story. I was told that I could order seasons 1 and 2 separately, but that I could NOT order the Seasons 1, 2, and 3 as a group, because of where I live! So I gave up, and just got Seasons 1 and 2. The other day, I ordered Seasons 3 and 4 and 5 all separately. This time, there were no shipping options available. The DVDs would be shipped at the snail-slow cheapest speed, like it or not. So now, I get to wait over a month. Yippee. Gee thanks, Amazon.

Shopping at Amazon used to be fun. Now, I hesitate to buy stuff, because "what new goofy regulations will I have to cope with next?" Amazon's considerate service used to be stellar, and their recent ways of doing things really pale in comparison. Maybe it was too good to last.

As for Big Bang Theory itself, I accidentally came across it on Japanese TV and loved it. This is the first American comedy show I've seen since I Love Lucy that is a completely fresh and new approach to situation comedy. I'm so glad it's available on DVD, even if I will have to wait quite a while for my copy.
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Cold In SeattleReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Great Gift For My BIL, One of His Favorite Shows, Excellent Price and Product from Amazon
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My Brother In Law is somewhat a Geek wanna be, This is his favorite show, even though he watches it every week without fail, he also backs up the episodes on the DVR, and leaves them there. My sister does not watch the show - so they get into TV wars, where she must either go upstairs, or fight for the DVR - and he huffs upstairs.

So, I bought this set, along with [[ASIN:B001FB4VXU The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season]] - for BIL's Christmas Present. He sat it right next to the living room TV, and waited for Sis to go off for work that evening - and open the package. I enjoy the shows when I watch it with him, but between my Computer Surfing, my DVR recordings, Netflix, and my new Kindle - I don't even have time to watch On Demand, much less this show.

However, this DVD set obviously clears up SOME room on the DVR for Sis's programs.

Since it isn't listed on the page, the DVD Package Contents:

Disk 1: includes the episodes "Pilot," "The Big Bran Hypothesis," "The Fuzzyboots Corollary," "The Luminous Fish Effect," "The Hamburger Postulate," and "The Middle Earth Paradigm."

Disk 2: includes episodes "The Dumpling Paradox," "The Grasshopper Experiment," "The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization," "The Loobenfeld Decay," "The Pancake Batter Anomaly" and "The Jerusalem Duality."

Disk 3: includes episodes "The Batjar Conjecture," "The Nerdvana Annihilation," "The Pork Chop Indeterminacy," "The Peanut Reaction" and "The Tangerine Factor."

Bonus Feature - Quantum Mechanics of The Big Bang Theory: Series Cast and Creators on Why It's Cool to Be a Geek (featurette).

Review of show itself - I find it one of the more intelligent offerings for Sitcoms - and again, its from CBS - whom offers Two and a Half Men. Outside of The Office, these are the only sit coms I will really watch. It caters to a more higher denomination for viewing pleasure, as opposed to most offerings developed to push a bad taste in the mouth.

Our group of four nerds stand outside the social and accepted etiquette, along with lack of Pop Culture knowledge. The beautiful and hip crowd don't often understand the elaborate jokes and scenes set around more literate and academic topics. This show appeals to anyone whom went to College, has ever felt a bit out of the crowd, and spreads humor among all walks of society.

Enjoy, whether you equate yourself as a nerd or not. 5 Stars from the BIL.

PS - I do like alpha Geek Shows, used to get into Numbers when it was being aired.
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