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A Delightful Surprise That Gives Fans Of Frasier A Healthy Alternative

  • Feb 25, 2009
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"Frasier", arguably the greatest sitcom of all time and known widely as the most intelligent, sadly came to an end in 2004. Dedicated fans of the sitcom were sat wondering what to do next. Myself alike, we simply didn't know what to do with ourselves, we searched frantically for an equally intelligent sitcom alternative which simply didn't exist. Some of us suffered withdrawal symptoms and eventually got over them, while others simply withered away and died whilst huddling in a corner rocking back and forth waiting for "Frasier" to come back. He never did.

Three years later and Chuck Lorre finally came to the rescue and brought us the utterly fantastic "Big Bang Theory." No, not the theory of the beginning of the universe and everything in it, but rather the most fantastically amusing and intelligent situational comedy to grace our screens since the equally fantastic "Frasier." It's a show much like Frasier that doesn't seek to just pop out one gag at a time, much like a stand up comedy performance, more rather it will create a genuinely hysterical situation from the simplest of things. It is made this amusing thanks to the fantastic writing, acting and non-patronising tone of the whole thing.

The show is primarily based around four super intelligent stereotypical nerds and their blonde bimbo neighbour played by the wonderful Kaley Cuoco. The four nerds are the closest of friends and comprise of Sheldon played by Jim Parsons, Leonard played by Johnny Galecki, Howard played by Simon Helberg and Rajesh played by Kunal Nayyar. Each character has their own fantastic quirks that makes them individually a quality addition to the whole ensemble. Specifically Sheldon who is the genuine super genius of the group that contains not an ounce of modesty about his intelligence or his work. Parsons presents an almost seemless character that exhibits the general unease in modern society that you would expect from someone of such an academic nature, yet amongst his peers  exhumes a confidence that portrays an obvious annoyance amongst his room mate and closest friends.

Looking at the general synopsis of the show you would be forgiven for thinking that it's a simple "boy meets girl, boy likes girl, but girl is too good for boy, but boy doesn't realise it so keeps chasing her." Throughout a lot of the first season this is definitely portrayed, but it done in such a subtle way that it avoids the annoyance that would no doubt make it a cliche.  This is more about the intelligent banter between the two main friends of the four, Sheldon and Leonard. Leonard is the more down to Earth character, and although a bit of an outcast in his own right, feels the embarassment that such heightened levels of intelligence and geekyness that he possesses which Sheldon seems to look past.

Much like "Frasier", this presents an extremely intelligent cast and some genuinely good acting along with presenting the prolongued fish out of water idea rather than weekly random situation that would create a string of gags. The acting within is superb and although the characters may seem quite transparent, there's the potential to have much more depth revealed from within. Kaley Cuoco is the unlikely candidate for this as although the last time I personally saw her was playing generally the same type of character in "8 Simple Rules", she expresses genuine potential of a great actress and she displayed her great acting skills in the scenes of "8 Simple Rules" following the untimely death of the legend John Ritter. Although that may have been fueled by genuine emotion, she delivered her lines with the same confidence and prowess we had become used to whilst playing to the Daughter who lost her Father story.

If we get some emotional scenes, then I expect her to be on the front lines of acting within them. Other than the want of some genuine emotion, there's nothing negative I can say about this show. Throughout it uses a genuinely intelligent script that doesn't patronise the viewer by trying to explain everything they're talking about, or presenting a "moral of the story is..." angle to each episode. It gets a strong recommendation and I have to ask that if you haven't seen it already, then the question has to be asked. What the hell have you been doing with yourself?
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April 24, 2009
BBT is one of the few shows on television which makes me laugh out loud. Each episode is full of comedic genius. The characters are superb and are excellently portrayed. Do yourself a favor and watch this one if you're not already.
 
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The Big Bang Theory is a situational comedy that premiered on CBS on September 24, 2007, which is created and executive produced by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. The series takes two male Caltech prodigies in their twenties, an experimental physicist (Leonard) and a theoretical physicist (Sheldon) and places them across the hall from the beautiful blonde intelligent waitress (Penny), who is aspiring to make it in show business. Despite the two physicists' genius, they experience trouble relating and interacting with others, especially women. Penny's personality contrasts with her geeky neighbors, leading to the shows comedic effect. The show is produced by Warner Brothers Television and Chuck Lorre Productions, starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayys and Sara Gilbert.

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