When it comes to favourite TV shows, I lean towards the funny side of the shows. I want to be entertained and made to laugh, not sit there trying to work out ‘who done it’ specially when the all-important clue is some miniscule detail that is only revealed in the final minutes of the show. No, its entertainment for me and there is no funnier tv show in my eyes than The Big Bang Theory.
The truth is I came late to the Big Bang. A good friend had given me the first series on DVD as a present, and I can remember thinking at the time, why? I had never watched the show, well not a full episode anyway. I can remember trying to get into it a couple of times, mainly swayed by Penny but I just couldn’t get into it.
A few years later, I was at home recovering from an illness and spending a lot of time watching the box. I would watch almost anything I could lay my hands on to pass a few hours, relaxing and being entertained at the same time. Almost by accident, I happened to watch an episode of the bang on tv and found myself giggling, then laughing and then starting to get some of the more discreet ‘nerdy’ lines, that only a nerd would get. The following day I was going through my collection of DVD’s and come across the DVD given to me by my friend. I had forgotten all about it. I slipped it in and spent the next few hours laughing my head off.. I was hooked!
Next, my son points out that I’m singing the song at the start of each show, complete with a big BANG at the end which makes him laugh, and yell out “ahhh dad!”.
The Big Bang Theory is described as an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. In Australia, it is shown on the Nine network in the evenings, and often double episodes which are constantly repeated (not that I mind). It is also shown on Foxtel several nights a week.
- Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki)
- Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons)
- Penny (Kaley Cuoco)
- Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg)
- Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar)
- Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch)
- Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik)
Its not only funny, but very clever as well.
Yes, I do have a favourite episode.. every time I watch it I cry, it makes me so happy. Sheldon is given a used napkin signed by Leonard Nimoy as a Christmas gift from Penny. He is overwhelmed and yells I possess the DNA of Leonard Nimoy. Its his reaction, Penny’s and the situation that leaves me crying with laughter, every time. As with all good humour, you have to see the whole episode for it to be funny, but trust me, when you understand the characters, this is pure genius.
Its one of those pivitol moments on television that will remain with me to the day I die.
I can only suggest to anyone who has not watched it, or watched an episode and not got into it, to give it another try. Take your time and listen to each of the characters and try and get an understanding of each one, because they are very cleverly crafted characters that work together as one.
One word left to say… BAZINGA!
Pivitol TV Moments
Friends have asked my other favourites..
- Basil Fawlty.. what were you expecting madam, the hanging gardens of Babylon.
- Del (boy) in Only Fool’s and Horses goes to lean on a bar trying to look cool, only to find the barman has lifted the bar flap and Del falls into the gap.