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VINE VOICEon 5 March 2009
"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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on 6 October 2015
great 1st series excellent! / ***** fantastic!
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on 28 June 2015
A fantastic US comedy and great first series.
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on 26 May 2015
Excellent value, brilliant service - thanks!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2011
Having watched the Big Bang Theory on E4 I was keen to see the start of the series. I'm delighted with my purchase which consists of all 17 Episodes in one DVD pack, and am happily catching up with the original extremely funny stories.
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on 20 August 2014
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on 7 November 2015
Everything we wanted and expected
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2014
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on 23 July 2015
Excellent series, gentle comedy
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2009
As a comedy itself the Big Bang Theory is extremely entertaining with an excellent mix of witty interplay between the three leading characters and a high percentage of 'in jokes' for those with any knowledge of the geeky side of life. In many ways it is a very modern comedy though it still clings on to the increasingly outdated concept of performing in front of a live studio audience (they claim it's not a laughter track), hopefully they'll grow out of this like The League of Gentlemen did.

As a DVD purchase it's less endearing simply because this season was strike affected meaning it had less than the standard 22 episodes and it's also lacking in any meaningful extras beyond one somewhat short 'behind the scenes' featurette. For the cheap price it's well worth picking up if you dislike trying to catch up on a show that doesn't get aired all that reliably and can't be bothered to troll around for streaming videos.

I'll likely buy the second season for completeness sake but I do hope that it sees an increase in extras ... an audio option without the laughter track perhaps ;)
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