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The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season

by Blake Matthews
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Sep 2, 2008
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season

For the past several years the "geek" has gone from being someone who gets ridiculed and picked on to someone very much "en vogue." It was only a matter of time before television featured a series showing geeks in a favorable light.

In 2007 CBS started airing "The Big Bang Theory," a new series from the fertile mind of Chuck Lorre ("Dharma & Greg," "2 and Half Men"). The show focuses on the lives of geek roommates Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons), two young physics geniuses and their nerdy circle of friends.

Leonard is very smart and proud of that fact and happy also to be a geek, but he desperately longs to be "normal." Sheldon is also very smart and proud, but is insufferably arrogant about it. He ends up talking down to people because as he sees it, nobody is as smart as he is.

Penny (Kelly Cuoco) moves in across the hall. She's very bubbly, friendly and open; Leonard is instantly smitten and wants to pursue her, while Sheldon views her as an intrusion into his carefully crafted schedule. Leonard and Sheldon's co-workers and friends are Howard and Rajnesh. Thanks to his intelligence Rajnesh can do almost anything except talk to women. He's so shy in fact he ends up getting to sleep with one of Penny's friend because she mistakes his inability to have a conversation with her as his being a good listener. Howard is a mama's boy, still living at home, and convinced he's God's gift to the ladies. He's not.

That's the basic chemistry in operation and the episodes contained in The Big Bang Theory - The Complete First Season DVD box set show how warm and caring genuine geeks are. No matter just how much smarter than the average Joe they might be, each is as ridiculously human as the rest of us with the same wants, desires and foibles.

DVD extras include the series cast and creators on "Why It's Cool to be a Geek." This featurette has interviews with the cast and crew discussing what went into creating the show, the casting process and the experience of filming the series. It would have been nice to have some commentaries on the episodes, but hopefully there'll be some when the 2nd season DVD comes out.

The Big Bang Theory is a fun show that showcases the better aspects of the geek lifestyle. Season 2 starts on September 22nd and looks to be even better than the first.

Three DVD box set presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio (widescreen). Total 355 minutes of programming, Warner Home Video, $29.98. Available whereever DVDs are sold or online through Amazon.

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