It all started with the Big Bang… BANG!

big-bang-theoryPeople have told us to watch The Big Bang Theory over and over again. The Sidepodcast comments have been littered with references and quotes for years, and all of them have gone over our heads. iTunes gave away the first episode for free, we downloaded it, and still didn’t manage to watch. It wasn’t a stubborn reluctance, more that we just never got round to it. Now, of course, we are aghast at what we have been missing out on.

The final straw came at work, when colleagues were playing a game of “Which Big Bang Theory character am I?” I didn’t know any of the names being bandied around, and this was both frowned upon by them and quite distressing for me. It was assigned to me as homework to check out an episode, particularly as they are always repeated on E4 over and over, and not exactly hard to seek out.

I’m not one for jumping into something in the middle, you might have noticed that, so given the homework and the rave reviews we know the series gets, we opted to buy the first season on iTunes. Downloads complete, we settled in to watch.

So…

Did you know The Big Bang Theory is quite funny?

We loved it. It’s like the best bits of a sitcom, with added relevance. Friends has always been and likely always will be my favourite TV show ever, but even I can’t pretend that I didn’t laugh more at this twenty minutes of sci-fi and geek references from quirky but loveable characters (except Howard). There are so many ways I relate to Sheldon, it’s almost worrying. At first, I was concerned that this show wouldn’t be as quotable, because it’s all big long science words. I was so wrong, Mr C and I think we’re hilarious quoting lines back and forth to each other all the time. We laugh, so much, more than I think we have at anything… maybe ever.

We watched the first episode, and I reported back to my boss that my homework was complete.

But then, of course, we figured we might as well finish the series. And then, we might as well buy the Season 1-5 HD bundle and work our way through that too. And we might as well watch an episode while we eat our dinner. And another just before bed. And then maybe just one more. And perhaps I can take this amazing site of transcripts and turn them into a Kindle reference book so I can read the scripts as well. And maybe I should brighten up my wardrobe a bit like Penny.

Some may call it an obsession. I just call it catching up.

18 thoughts on “It all started with the Big Bang… BANG!

  1. See, we all told you it would be worth it. Sheldon is one of the best American sitcom characters for a good while 🙂 I was once a doubter too but I gave it another go and realised my errors. It’s so good and never gets old. Plus it’s generally quite clever humour which is always good.

    Also, can you sing the theme tune word for word yet?

  2. See, we all told you it would be worth it.

    You didn’t tell me so, you informed me thusly!

    Also, can you sing the theme tune word for word yet?

    Oh, yes! But sometimes I accidentally say artichokes.

  3. I always enjoyed browsing DVDs and CDs in HMV and then going online and buying them for half the price.

    Oh I’m hearing that every time now. 😀

  4. My uni friends and I are completely obsessed with Big Bang, we made it our task to be able to sing the whole version of the theme tune one evening – and succeeded, it was a fun evening! I can be scary seeing similarities between friends and yourself in Big Bang :). I’m so pleased you two are now joining in on the Big Bang addiction 🙂 Embrace it, and remember – there is always time to watch one more episode 😉

  5. I bought the full thing, but I’ve only just got the shortened version down. I’m revelling in that at the moment

    you bought it! amazing, you’re a proper fan now 😀 Behind every great sitcom is a great theme tune/song 🙂 Enjoy watching the rest of the series!

  6. I am so glad that you two loved it as much as the rest of us. I can’t believe you have watched every episode in such a sort time but then I must watch repeats at the rate of 100 a month. I was a bit worried that because we had all raved about it so much it would not live up to the hype. I think one of the great things about this show is that they have brought in new characters to spice it up and they are good enough to hold their own with those who have been in it since the start.

  7. I think one of the great things about this show is that they have brought in new characters to spice it up and they are good enough to hold their own with those who have been in it since the start.

    Amy is such an amazing character, she makes me laugh constantly. Just a brilliant show!!

  8. Wow you only just started and you’re already through 5 series! I was watching one the other day and was thinking how similar it was to Friends in a way – while also being completely different of course.
    The trouble with C4/E4 is they never seem to run them in the right order any more, or they run different series at different times of the weekend. I’m gonna have to buy them too.

    The theme tune must be a modern Fresh Prince. Now this is a story..

  9. Amy is such an amazing character, she makes me laugh constantly. Just a brilliant show!!

    The weird thing is that the actress who plays her is really a qualified neurobiologist. The actor who plays Sheldon is a technophobe yet the actress who plays Penny is a complete geek.

  10. Wow you only just started and you’re already through 5 series! I was watching one the other day and was thinking how similar it was to Friends in a way

    the chainsmoking monkey got dangerously close, and joey already did the out-of-work-actor signs up to a dodgy commercial. probably a few more references that were lifted too, but 111 episodes and none of them were boring. heck of a strike rate.

  11. £30 for series 1-5 seems like a good deal.

    only a touch more and you can get them on itunes in hd. plus series 6 🙂

  12. I see your Big Bang, and I raise you Community (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1439629/). While I still love Big Bang (and am referred to as “Sheldon” by a number of less geeky friends…the joke has extended to suggestions that I need to “find my [male] Amy Farah Fowler”), Community feels more like it’s laughing *with* the geeks than *at* them.

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