Synopsis

The Big Bang Theory is an entertaining sitcom revolving around two nerdy roommates, their nerdy friends and their hot next door neighbour. The show is written by same guys that also write for Two-and-a-half Men and Gilmore Girls and is currently aired weekly on CBS. It is currently running its second season.

I'd say the show is somewhat of a geeky mixture between Seinfeld and Two and a half men, so if that seems up your alley, give it a shot. I guess the show has an appeal to real-life geeks and nerds like you and me as it both gives us recognizable situations and people to look down upon as being much bigger nerds than we are.

Characters

The show's main characters are Leonard and Sheldon, who both work as a physicist at Caltech. The jokes are mainly built upon their absurd tendency to categorize and analyze everything they see and do and the contrast this has with 'regular' people.

In this regard, the anal retentive Sheldon is certainly the worst of the two, as he has absolutely no social skills and acts almost exclusively on logic insights. Sheldon possesses two PhD's and a Master's Degree and has an IQ of 187. Throughout the show it is clear he considers himself the smartest man alive, while he is unable to detect sarcasm or other peoples moods. His tendencies suggest he is autistic, which is exploited in the series by him behaving childishly and unsympathetic.

His roommate Leonard does his best to live with Sheldon's quirks and often points out the obvious flaws in Sheldon's reasoning. Of all the geeks in the show, he is the most normal and he has a good sense of what is socially acceptable. Still, he is a geek in his every fiber, but doesn't like to admit it. He is into Penny but considers her out of his league and dates several women throughout the show.

Penny, the hot neighbour, serves mainly as a contrast. She doesn't 'get' what the nerds are talking about, but she thinks they're nice guys. On one occasion, after a major breakup and several flings she makes out with Leonard and has a date with him. Obviously, this doesn't work out so well.

Leonard and Sheldon's friends also regularly show up at their appartment for one of their many weekly activities. One of them is Wolowitz, a Jewish engineer who still lives with his mother. He tries to convey confidence by making transparent and inappropriate remarks to women and attempts to impress them with his fluency in seven languages or his work at the university. Whenever any single woman shows up in the series, Wolowitz makes a move. He is also a fan of the Mystery Method and is allergic to peanuts.

The other, Rajesh Koothrappali, is an astrophysicist of Indian descent who has social anxiety and can't speak to women when sober. How he developed this disability is left a mystery. He often videochats with his meddling parents in India who have tried to arrange a bride for him in one of the episodes.

Actors

Johnny Galecky as Leonard Leakey Hofstadter, Ph.D. (named after the famous phycisist and the producer)

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper (named after the producer)

Kaley Cuoco as Penny

Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowiz, M.Eng.

Kunal Nayyar as Rajesh Koothrappali, Ph.D.

 

References:

http://www.tv.com/the-big-bang-theory/show/58056/summary.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Bang_Theory_(TV_series)

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