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The Big Bang Theory - The Complete First Season - television series DVD / comedy DVD / sitcom DVD review
Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 1/2 stars
Actors: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar
Creators: Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady   Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD release: 02 September 2008   Runtime: 355 minutes
(3 discs)
Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Features: Audio tracks (English - Dolby Digital AC-3 Surround Sound), Subtitles (English, French, Spanish, Portugese, Chinese, Korean, Thai), Quantum Mechanics of The Big Bang Theory: Series Cast and Creators on Why It's Cool to Be a Geek

When I watched the first few episodes of The Big Bang Theory when it debuted on CBS television in the fall of 2007, I thought there'd be no way this show could be a hit: it was just too good. Being a science-o-phile, the premise of a show about genius nerds and geeks along with a polar opposite of a blonde airhead was right up my alley. But I didn't think the rest of the US would find it endearing. I'm happy to say I was wrong, and that The Big Bang Theory is a great success. The writing is superb and the acting and casting is perfect, with characters who are scarily familiar (at least to me) and true to life. Thankfully, the show's complete first season has come out on DVD so I can rewatch all the episodes again, and for those of you who missed any of the first season, here's your chance to be part of the fun.

The premise simple: two young, genius, socially awkward nerdy science professors named Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) share an apartment. With women, they are inept, and across the hall, is Penny (Kaley Cuoco), a beautiful but not-so-intelligent blond who waitresses at the Cheesecake Factory. Add two more nerds (Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar), each with various anal retentive tendencies, and the equation comes out to a great, unbelievable funny sitcom. The cast seems to gel from the first episode into a cohesive ensemble. With creative, intelligent and consistent writing, and great acting and comic timing, each episode seems like you're watching the lives of real people. From peanut allergies to the need for bran, the show covers all anomalies human.

Chuck Lorre, one of the producers of the show says, "We just love these characters. We weren't just writing about geeks and nerds, we were writing about incredible people."

The show also incorporates real science terms and discussions, but you don't have to be a PhD to understand all the jokes. There's enough comedic ammunition in that these geniuses can comprehend the mysteries of the universe but don't have a clue about the opposite sex. However, they are educated in the ways of women and the world by a naive but down-to-earth intellectual opposite.

After watching the complete first season of The Big Bang Theory, I'm sure you'll be happy to know the show is returning for a second season and hopefully, many more. "The rest of the series will be about learning more about these characters," says Lorre.
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reviewed by Nancy Atkinson
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