I’m speaking of the TV show The Big Bang Theory and not the actual theory known as The Big Bang Theory, though I quite like that Big Bang as well. As has been my habit the past few years I of course waited for the show to get through an entire season and hearing endlessly about how good it is before I bothered to check it out myself and I must say that it really is. Quite good that is. It is really quite good.
The setup, for those of you who perhaps haven’t seen it, is as follows: Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) are two geniuses sharing an apartment across the hall from Penny (Kaley Cuoco), an attractive new addition to their building who aspires to get into show business. Leonard, as is the rule for sitcoms, develops a crush on Penny and proceeds to try and establish a relationship with her in spite of the fact that they come from different worlds. Leonard and Sheldon are also friends with fellow geniuses Howard (Simon Helberg) and Rajesh (Kunal Nayyar) who drop in and raise the Geek Quotient to near insanity levels.
It’s pretty standard sitcom stuff, but what makes it work is the fact that the folks who make the show, much like the folks beyond The IT Crowd in the U.K., work very hard at making the characters feel very authentic. Part of the credit for that goes to professor of physics and astronomy David Saltzberg at the University of California-Los Angeles who is the show’s science consultant. If you’re a science geek like I am and keep up with science news then you’ll be impressed when you hear some of the theories and concepts being brought up on the show. My enjoyment of the show is also aided by the fact that I tended to hang out with people much smarter than I was when I was growing up and a couple of the characters from the show remind me of folks I actually know.
The character that really makes the show for me, though, has got to be Sheldon played by Jim Parsons. Not sure why I relate so well to him, but I do and here’s a small example: A video clip featuring Sheldon updating the rules for Rock-Paper-Scissors to Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock:
I’m about two-thirds of the way through the first season and I have all of season 2 to catch up on and I’m loving every minute of it. If you haven’t checked it out yet then consider this a hearty endorsement to do so.