REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY – SEASON 12

Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

Starring

Johnny Galecki (Rings)
Jim Parsons (Hollywood)
Kaley Cuoco (Harley Quinn)
Simon Helberg (Old School)
Kunal Nayyar (Trolls)
Melissa Rauch (The Bronze)
Mayim Bialik (Blossom)
Kevin Sussman (Ugly Betty)

Simon Helberg and Melissa Rauch in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Kathy Bates (Misery)
Bill Nye (Blindspot)
Ciara Renée (Legends of Tomorrow)
Teller (Sabrina: TTW)
Brian Posehn (New Girl)
Lauren Lapkus (The Wrong Missy)
Brian George (Ghost World)
Keith Carradine (Cowboys & Aliens)
Jerry O’Connell (Sliders)
Bob Newhart (Elf)
Joshua Malina (A Few Good Men)
Eddie Shin (Westworld)
Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
John Ross Bowie (The Heat)
Maribeth Monroe (Downsizing)
Christine Baranski (Into The Woods)
Iain Armitage (Scoob!)
Lance Barber (Gangster Squad)
Montana Jordan (Young Sheldon)
Brian Thomas Smith (The Wedding Party)
Lindsey Kraft (Grace and Frankie)
Kal Penn (Superman Returns)
Sean Astin (The Goonies)
Chasty Ballesteros (The Internship)
Joel McCrary (Trial & Error)
Eric Nenninger (The Flash)
Joe Manganiello (Rampage)
Wil wheaton (Star Trek: TNG)
Kevin Smith (Jay & Silent Bob Reboot)
William Shatner (Star Trek)
Ellen DeGeneres (EDTV)
Regina King (Watchmen)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy: TVS)

Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Rauch in The Big Bang Theory (2007)It is hard to believe that if it hadn’t been for CBS ordering a second pilot, The Big Bang Theory would have never existed. That first pilot was a disaster, as indicated by creator Chuck Lorre. Kaley Cuoco, Melissa Rauch, and Rati Gupta in The Big Bang Theory (2007)The original female lead of Katie, played by Amanda Walsh, was unlikeable and was not a motherly figure to the child-like geniuses, almost the exact opposite of Penny (Kaley Cuoco) who would appear in the retooled second pilot. It was the chemistry among the five actor ensemble that would convince CBS to pick up that second pilot with a 13-episode order for the 2007-2008 TV season that would later be expanded to 22, but due to a Writer’s Guild strike in late 2007, that order was reduced to only 17. The original cast consisted of Experimental Physicist Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and his room mate Theoretical Physicist Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), Waitress/Actress Penny (Kaley Cuoco) as the girl across the hall, Aerospace Engineer Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and his best friend Particle Astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) who at first is unable to speak to women unless he is inebriated.Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)Over the twelve seasons, the characters would mature, Leonard and Penny would have an on and off dating relationship eventually leading to marriage, Howard would be given the opportunity to install his invention on the International Space Station and marry Microbiologist and pharmaceutical chemist Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), Sheldon would meet and after eight years eventually marry Neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) on a dating site after the gang creates a profile for Sheldon, and Rajesh would give up the monetary support from his parents and eventually gain enough self-confidence to give public lectures at the Griffith Observatory. The writers would also end the series on a high note with a fan-pleasing finale that brought closure to the series but not the characters, not making the mistake that some shows did, like Friends, with everyone disbanding and saying goodbye.Simon Helberg and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)This show was incredible, and something fresh, even at times brilliant. and sad to see it end.

 

REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY – SEASON 11

Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch, and Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

Starring

Johnny Galecki (Rings)
Jim Parsons (Hollywood)
Kaley Cuoco (Harley Quinn)
Simon Helberg (Old School)
Kunal Nayyar (Trolls)
Melissa Rauch (The Bronze)
Mayim Bialik (Blossom)
Kevin Sussman (Ugly Betty)

Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Riki Lindhome (The Muppets)
Laurie Metcalf (3rd Rock From The Sun)
George Wyner (Spaceballs)
Stephen Hawking (Futurama)
Regina King (Watchmen)
Christine Baranski (Into The Woods)
Bob Newhart (Elf)
Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: TNG)
Brian Posehn (New Girl)
Swati Kapila (Bloomers)
Dean Norris (Breaking Bad)
Brian Thomas Smith (The Weddign Party)
Brian George (Ghost World)
Walton Goggins (Ant-Man and The Wasp)
Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls)
Michelle Arthur (The Number 23
Peter MacNicol (Ghostbusters II)
Lauren Lapkus (The Wrong Missy)
Joshua Malina (A Few Good Men)
Jerry O’Connell (Sliders)
Kathy Bates (Misery)
Mark Hamill (Star Wars)
Teller (Sabrina: TTW)
Courtney Henggeler (Mom)
John Ross Bowie (The Heat)

Johnny Galecki in The Big Bang Theory (2007)Leonard, Sheldon, Penny, Howard, Raj, Amy and Bernadette are all back for one of television’s funniest and most successful shows – The Big Bang Theory. Once again I’m here to remind you that I’m not just making that hogwash up either. It’s time to let the facts talk for themselves. In its eleventh season, The Big Bang Theory garnered an audience of nearly 19 million Weekly Viewers, solidifying its spot as one of the top sitcoms, and broadcast programs in general, across all demographics. Boom! How’s that for fact checking (thank you to our source the Nielsen National TV View). Thus you can now reasonably deduce that The Big Bang Theory continues to entertain and excite viewers and critics all over the world. Since it’s now September, fans will be able to re-live every laugh and enjoy The Big Bang Theory.

Kevin Sussman, Kunal Nayyar, and Swati Kapila in The Big Bang Theory (2007)The hit CBS sitcom stars series favorites Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch and Kevin Sussman are all back this eleventh season.. In Season 10 we saw guest star appearances from Katey Sagal, Jack McBrayer and Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris. Big guest stars this season include Walton Goggins, Bill Gates, Teller, Kathy Bates, Mark Hamill and more. Those alone are some pretty heavy hitters, don’t you agree? The latter was really appreciative to be part of this show. Returning regulars like Stephen Hawking, Will Wheaton, Bob Newhart, Laurie Metcalf, Christine Baranski and others we all know and love revisit throughout this season from time-to-time too. And yes, there is a tribute episode to the late, great Mr. Hawking, the show’s most beloved guest star.Melissa Rauch in The Big Bang Theory (2007)With Leonard and Penny having officially tied the knot this season is all about Sheldon and Amy doing the very much the same. Quite honestly that topic is a little exhausting as the bulk of the episodes are about that subject. Nonetheless though those classic Big Bang Theory zingers thrown at you that will make your side and insides hurt in a good way through the power of laughter. The onscreen chemistry and charisma is still all there. We also find Raj still desperately looking for love while at the same time finding a new career in the cosmos. Then there’s the expanding family of Howard and Bernadette’s with one of my favorites still very much in the mix, Stuart. Howard has a son! Lucky man!Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)So as you can see all the major attractions of the show are very much still in play, but I do have to admit that the show is running out of steam a bit. It’s obviously not the same 4-guy nerdy, geek sitcom anymore. The show is very much about maturity and growth. It’s now all about the family and as we left off in Young Sheldon last year…the kids too. Rest assured though there are still those classic Big Bang Theory zingers thrown at you that will make your side and insides hurt in a good way through the power of laughter. The Big Bang Theory continues to provide the laughs throughout the eleventh season here, but sadly it’s all over after season 12.

 

REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY – SEASON 10

CAST

Johnny Galecki (Rings)
Jim Parsons (The Muppets)
Kaley Cuoco (8 Simple Rules)
Simon Helberg (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog)
Kunal Nayyar (Trolls)
Mayim Bialik (Blossom)
Melissa Rauch (Batman and Harley Quinn)
Kevin Sussman (Ugly Betty)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Laurie Metcalf (3rd Rock From the Sun)
Keith Carradine (The Duellists)
Judd Hirsch (Independance Day)
Katey Sagal (Futurama)
Christine Baranski (Cruel Intentions)
Jack McBrayer (30 rock)
Dean Norris (breaking Bad)
Josh Zuckerman (Significant Mother)
Brian George (Ghost World)
Brian Posehn (New Girl)
Maria Canals-Barrera (Camp Rock)
Stephen Hawking (The Theory of Everything)
Christopher Lloyd (Piranha)
Vernee Watson (Antwone Fisher)
Laura Spencer (Bones)
Kate Micucci (The Lego Batman Movie)
Alessandra Torresani (Caprica)
Katie LeClerc (Switched ar Birth)
Joel Murray (Two and a Half Men)
April Bowlby (How I Met Your Mother)
Michelle Arthur (Lost)
Brian Thomas Smith (The Wedding Party)
Riki Lindhome (Fun Size)

The Big Bang theory is a great show! This season does not disappoint. The laughs continue and the story continues to evolve. There are a few surprises this season that I didn’t see coming. The characters are relatable and worth watching. I’m happy this show was renewed for 2 additional seasons.THIS SEASON INCLUDES

10.1) The Conjugal Conjecture

The gang prepares for Leonard and Penny’s second wedding ceremony. Sheldon and Leonard fear that Mary slept with Alfred the previous night, though they swear nothing happened. They do, however, plan to visit each other, irritating Beverly. Penny’s family arrives. Her mother worries that her son’s recent jail stint will cause Leonard’s family to think of them as white trash. The ceremony goes well, with Leonard and Penny declaring their love for each other, Beverly and Alfred grateful they at least made Leonard together during their relationship, and Sheldon declaring his love for the couple. Howard is contacted by Colonel Richard Williams of the Air Force Research Laboratory, who scares both him and Raj. Howard eventually agrees to meet him, but the colonel refuses to give the reason for his interest.

10.2) The Military Miniaturization

Leonard and Howard worry the military might try to take over the guidance system project for weaponry, but Sheldon does not. They make him promise not to talk during the meeting with Colonel Williams. The Colonel is impressed with Howard as the main brain behind the project, making Sheldon squirm. The military wants a smaller version made, perhaps in four months. Sheldon, no longer able to contain himself, promises to have it in two. Though the others are angry about such a tight deadline, they all have fun with their new lab’s retinal scanner. Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical company employees have found out Bernadette is pregnant, infuriating her as they might take her off the next big medical project. Penny admits she was the one who let this slip. Bernadette forgives her because she intends to threaten her boss with a lawsuit if she is taken off the project.

10.3) The Dependence Transcendence

Sheldon, Leonard, and Howard are exhausted from trying to meet the Air Force’s deadline that Sheldon set into motion. In a dream, The Flash persuades Sheldon to take an energy drink. After it wears off, Sheldon is convinced he is addicted, further annoying the other two. Sheldon breaks down and admits he cannot figure out the math and isn’t as smart as he thought. The others comfort him. Facing Colonel Williams, they admit that they need at least two years, which is easily accepted as the military is used to contractors not meeting deadlines. Amy takes Penny to a party thrown by Bert the geologist, but they discover they are the only ones there. Bert shocks them by saying Amy is the most popular scientist at Caltech, and he falls in love with Penny. Raj tries to help Bernadette get the nursery ready, but she doesn’t enjoy it. She admits her lack of excitement makes her fear she cannot be maternal. Raj calls his OB-GYN father, who tells Bernadette that, while she may not like babies in general, she can still love her own child.

11.4) The Cohabitation Experimentation

After a plumbing problem makes Amy’s apartment uninhabitable for five weeks, Leonard and Penny suggest Amy move into Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment. After Amy proposes their cohabitation as an experiment, Sheldon agrees to move with her into Penny’s apartment, thrilling Leonard and Penny. Amy’s first night in Sheldon’s bed is rough and she doesn’t get much sleep due to Sheldon’s tossing and turning. The next morning, they fight over scientific integrity, working themselves up until Amy suggests they head for Penny’s apartment to make out. After an ultrasound, Howard and Bernadette are angry that Raj knows the sex of their baby when they had elected not to find out. They have a bad night debating whether to call Raj about it.

10.5) The Hot Tub Contamination

Amy and Sheldon storm into Leonard and Penny’s apartment arguing about Sheldon requiring a bathroom schedule. To help him cool off, Penny takes Sheldon to an ice cream parlor, where he tries to hunt for a different romantic partner. Sheldon confesses he once walked in on his father with another woman, which is why he always knocks three times when entering a room now, and it makes him worry that he’ll hurt Amy one day. Penny convinces him to give the relationship a chance. Leonard coaches Amy on how to live with Sheldon. Returning, Sheldon agrees to compromise, so he does away with the bathroom schedule and agrees to share a toothbrush holder, a big step for Sheldon. After a cancelled weekend away, Howard and Bernadette find Raj and Stuart secretly coming into their house and using the hot tub. They listen in as Raj reveals he is now single, but finally kick them out when Stuart says he isn’t wearing a bathing suit.10.6) The Fetal Kick Catalyst

Sheldon throws a brunch to surprise Amy, who wanted to invite guests over; Stuart, Bert from the geology lab, and a Romanian neighbor from downstairs attend. Stuart is insulted when he learns that the brunch was a test run before inviting others over; Sheldon apologizes and they get drunk, complimenting each other and annoying Amy. Penny gets invited to a Van Nuys Comic-Con event to sign autographs since she starred in two Serial Apeist movies; she is humiliated by fans deriding her poor acting ability but loving her topless shower scene. Leonard ends up holding court describing how he married such an attractive woman. Howard finally feels the baby kick. He and Raj go shopping, buying a crib and a minivan, but Howard injures his back and they drive to the ER.10.7) The Veracity Elasticity

Sheldon finds out via Bernadette and Howard that Amy’s apartment was repaired two weeks ago and that Amy lied about it to keep living with him. Sheldon forgives her and wants to keep living with her, but is torn about where he really belongs. He chooses to live with Amy. Meanwhile, Penny has been secretly moving Leonard’s collectibles into storage. He confronts her, but he agrees to let her decorate their bedroom to make her feel at home, putting his stuff into Sheldon’s old room.

10.8) The Brain Bowl Incubation

Amy uses skin cells from her and Sheldon to produce some primitive neurons through transdifferentiation. This inspires Sheldon to want to have a child with Amy, though she is not enthusiastic about his plan to have a child immediately. Sheldon launches a plan to seduce his girlfriend. Raj becomes attracted to Issabella, a cleaning woman at his lab, and fixes her dinner. She is insulted when she discovers that Raj told his friends that she was a fellow astronomer, but agrees to another date.

10.9) The Geology Elevation

Sheldon learns that Bert has won a MacArthur Fellowship prize for his work on endolithic organisms and has to deal with his professional jealousy. The rest of the group discuss their own internal jealousies. Professor Hawking calls Sheldon and explains that even he gets jealous. In order to make peace, Sheldon goes with Bert to a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Meanwhile, Howard finds a remote-controlled miniature Stephen Hawking he once built and, while everyone (except Kripke) thinks it is offensive, Hawking would actually like the idea.

10.10) The Property Division Collision

After Sheldon and Amy take the ugly portrait of Penny and Amy to Leonard and Penny’s apartment, the guys start to divide up their belongings. When Sheldon tries to take everything, a dispute over the official apartment flag starts a war between Sheldon and Leonard. Sheldon rents out his old room to an old man, Theodore (Christopher Lloyd), who helps them to realize that Sheldon moving out is affecting both of them deeply, leading Sheldon to acquiesce regarding the flag. Stuart brings Howard and Bernadette a gift and ends up moving back in because he was evicted from his apartment. Stuart helps them with baby things to justify his moving in, starting a war with Raj who claims he was first in line to help them. Finally, Bernadette goes into labor and everyone heads to the hospital for the arrival of the baby.

10.11) The Birthday Synchronicity

The impending birth of Bernadette and Howard’s baby coincides with Amy’s birthday, which interferes with Sheldon and Amy’s annual sex date. Raj accidentally reveals the baby is a girl and is kicked out of the Wolowitz house. When the time comes for the baby to be delivered, everyone waits in the lobby of the hospital. The friends all reminisce about how much has changed in ten years, though Raj feels he has done the least, which further upsets him. Halley Wolowitz is born and Raj is honored to be her godfather. The baby’s cry sounds like her grandmother, Debbie Wolowitz. After going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Amy and Sheldon finally have their annual birthday coital festivities.

10.12) The Holiday Summation

After the Christmas holiday, Sheldon and Amy tell Leonard and Penny about their visit to his mother Mary, who upset Sheldon by confessing she never thought he would find a partner. Sheldon reacted by acting anti-socially and getting his ear pierced. Also, Leonard and Penny had a series of mishaps chopping down a Christmas tree and bringing it home, while Bernadette and Howard have been struggling to cope with a constantly screaming baby.

10.13) The Romance Recalibration

Penny feels Leonard is not putting enough effort into their relationship now that they are married. Leonard thinks that he is the only one putting in any effort at all. Angrily, Penny takes Amy with her to a spa weekend in lieu of Leonard. Sheldon and Leonard soon follow, solving the problem by having Sheldon create a Relationship Agreement for Leonard and Penny just like Sheldon and Amy’s. Meanwhile, Howard and Raj create a path in the baby’s room to the crib without causing the floorboards to squeak, thus disturbing baby Halley, with an overly complicated solution.

10.14) The Emotion Detection Automation

Sheldon wants to understand others’ emotions better and gets an experimental machine from MIT that reads other people for him. It reveals Leonard is angry about Penny inviting her ex-drug dealing brother to stay with them while he applies for a job at her pharmaceutical company. Sheldon is upset the machine works so well, as he feels he cannot understand others himself, but Amy comforts him, proud of his progress. Leonard and Penny apologize for blaming their fight on him, while Penny still intends to blame Leonard to her family as the reason why Randall cannot stay with them. Meanwhile, Raj calls together several of his ex-girlfriends to find out why he’s still single. Emily Sweeney, Lucy, Claire, and Emily the deaf woman leave him feeling down, since they all found better relationships after they dumped him. Howard promises that, if things don’t work out with Bernadette, he’ll become Raj’s partner in thirty years.10.15) The Locomotion Reverberation

Sheldon, Leonard, and Howard are nearly finished with their guidance system for the military, but Sheldon thinks it could be even smaller. To distract him, Leonard gifts him a trip to be a train conductor in Nevada. The trip greatly excites Sheldon, becoming all he thinks about. After seeing Sheldon’s theory, Colonel Williams orders his smaller version to be made instead, so Leonard and Howard try and get him to come back, with Howard promising to teach him the mechanics of trains in exchange for his help. Meanwhile, Penny and Amy take Bernadette out to get her mind off motherhood duties, but the new baby has made Penny and Amy sad over the slow progress in their own relationships. Raj and Stuart babysit Halley while having a few minor mishaps.

10.16) The Allowance Evaporation

Sheldon and Amy are out on a date when Bert the geologist is stood up. He says he admires them other than their only having sex once a year. Amy is angry Sheldon told everyone at the university. Sheldon apologizes, now understanding the need for privacy, and also informs Amy of one of his private secrets: that he got his driver’s license two years ago, but lets her chauffeur him to feel important. Meanwhile, Raj’s father has stopped trying to find him a wife since Raj still relies on him to pay for everything. Raj’s friends make him realize he is spoiled. Raj decides to stop taking the money to prove everyone wrong, though his father is very happy.

10.17) The Comic-Con Conundrum

Raj appoints Sheldon as his financial manager and is told he cannot afford to go to San Diego Comic-Con this year. Raj tries selling his collectibles and working for Stuart to make extra money. Howard does a bunch of chores so Bernadette will let him leave for five days. Penny says she wants to go with the guys to make Leonard happy, but they both think she’ll be miserable, leading to tension until Sheldon and Amy reveal the truth. Howard and Bernadette try to pay Raj for babysitting Halley, but he rejects the money along with his chance to go. Leonard decides to stay home to be with Penny and Howard does the same for his family. Sheldon still plans on going, confounding Amy with his attempts to have her join him.

10.18) The Escape Hatch Identification

Raj can no longer afford his apartment, so Leonard and Penny temporarily give him Sheldon’s old room. This makes Sheldon uncomfortable and he calls Beverly to have her analyze why. She claims he views his old room as an escape hatch should things go wrong with Amy and that Leonard and Penny need a roommate to distract themselves from their own relationship problems. The group’s fighting leads to Raj leaving and scaring Howard, Bernadette, and Stuart in the middle of the night. The couples are able to work through their issues and Raj is invited back to stay with Leonard and Penny.

10.19) The Collaboration Fluctuation

Sheldon and Amy attempt to analyze the Copenhagen interpretation using the neurobiology of decision-making. Professionally collaborating for the first time, they try to be nice for the sake of their relationship, but their work is of poor quality. They find that insulting each other makes them more creative, so they compile a list of topics on which insults are allowed. Meanwhile, Penny and Raj bond over girly things, causing Leonard to feel left out. Howard and Bernadette suggest that he talk to them, but Raj and Penny talk over Leonard about his feelings.

10.20) The Recollection Dissipation

Sheldon pushes himself to work on the guidance system with Howard and Leonard and his project with Amy on the same day. He catches a cold and wakes up the next day, half-naked and with no memory of what he did after he took cold medicine. His notebook of classified information on the military project is gone. Tracking his phone, they realize Sheldon went to a Western-themed bar. He gets the notebook back, but learns he told everyone there about the project after making them pinky swear to secrecy. Meanwhile, Bernadette feels guilty about returning to work so soon and leaving Halley. Howard thinks she is mad at him, but makes her feel better by saying that they can change their choices if they want and Halley won’t remember this anyway. Amy performs Soft Kitty for Sheldon in different languages using an autoharp.

10.21) The Separation Agitation

Bert the geologist interrupts the latest “Fun with Flags” episode to tell everyone he has a girlfriend now, a personal trainer named Rebecca. He brings her to meet the gang, but it becomes clear that she is only with Bert for his grant money. They convince him to dump her. However, he misses her, calling “Fun With Flags” again to say that he got her back by purchasing her a jet ski. Meanwhile, Howard, Bernadette, and Stuart are all upset about leaving Halley at the university’s daycare. Howard and Stuart take her out the first day to go to an aquarium.

10.22) The Cognition Regeneration

Sheldon loses his edge at online gaming and tries several new tasks to keep his mind sharp: baking with Raj, juggling with Howard, and riding a unicycle. Amy says maybe he should just focus on living well, though Sheldon wants to try stilts. Penny runs into her ex-boyfriend Zack, who offers her a job at his menu company. Penny likes the idea and Leonard reluctantly supports her. However, Zack says she cannot have the job as his fiance thinks it is a stupid idea for him to work with an ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, Howard is tired of Bernadette making fun of his magic tricks and finds her old ventriloquist dummy, though she uses it to scare Howard.

10.23) The Gyroscopic Collapse

Leonard, Howard and Sheldon finish their gyroscope for the Air Force, only to have it confiscated by the military for classified reasons. The loss of the project causes Howard to become clingy with Bernadette, though he reminds her she’s behaved in a similar manner after setbacks at her own job. Raj plans to move out of Leonard and Penny’s apartment, and into a room above Bert’s garage. Amy is offered a summer position as a guest researcher at Princeton. Though Sheldon initially takes the news badly, he ultimately agrees she should accept the offer.

10.24) The Long Distance Dissonance

With Amy away, Sheldon’s old admirer Dr. Ramona Nowitzki begins to hang around him at Caltech and later his home. The rest of the gang become convinced she is pursuing Sheldon, alarming Amy. They do their best to keep her away from him, even following her to her car after dinner as a group. Sheldon doesn’t believe Ramona is romantically interested in him, but when he asks her about it, she kisses him. Sheldon immediately departs and flies to New Jersey, proposing to Amy the second she answers the door.With an exciting cliffhanger ending that wets the appetites for season 11. The show continues to be a juggernaut of comedy with many more adventures to come.

 

 

REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY – SEASON 9

MAIN CAST

Johnny Galecki (Hancock)
Jim parsons (Garden State)
Kaley Cuoco (Killer Movie)
Simon Helberg (Dr. Horrible)
Kunal Nayyar (Trolls)
Kevin Sussman (Ugly Betty)
Melissa Rauch (I Love You, Man)
Mayim Bialik (Blossom)
Laura Spencer (Bones)
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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Laurie Metcalf (3rd Rock From The Sun)
Melissa Tang (Mom)
Keith Carradine (The Duelists)
John Ross Bowie (The Heat)
Michael Rapaport (My Name Is Earl)
Wil Wheaton (Powers)
Stephen Merchant (The Office)
Analeigh Tipton (Warm Bodies)
Elon Misk (Machete Kills)
Bob Newhart (Elf)
Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm In The Middle)
Alessandra Torresani (Caprica)
Chrstine Baranski (Into The Woods)
Sara Gilbert (Poison Ivy)
Adam West (60s Batman)
Stephen Hawking (Futurama)
Brian Smith (Caller ID)
Judd Hirsch (Independence Day)

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In a TV landscape where lasting success is incredibly difficult to come by, The Big Bang Theory has defied all odds and managed to survive for a full nine seasons (with at least one more yet to come). In terms of ratings, the show is as popular and successful as ever. Season 9 took some interesting gambles that helped shake up the familiar formula. The fallout of Season 8 necessitated a few major changes when the show returned last fall. For one thing, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) was coping with being dumped by long-time girlfriend Amy (Mayim Bialik) even as he was on the verge of proposing to her. Meanwhile, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) were still determined to carry out their impulsive Vegas wedding despite Leonard admitting to a drunken faux pas during his extended absence months before. Both of those storylines set the tone for the first few months of the season.

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Sheldon is the biggest change. He’s gotten a lot more human. That actually makes sense because he’s been surrounded by social people for 8 plus years now. Even Sheldon would have had to pick up a thing or two. And as much as I love the season 1 Sheldon, that act would have gotten completely old by now had his character not expanded a little. He’s still Sheldon, but Amy has softened him up a bit. This season he’s dealing with Amy breaking up with him because their relationship was going nowhere. The comedy is that Sheldon in his 30’s and is going through dating and breakups for the first time so he’s reacting to it like normal people do when they are 16. It’s funny.

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Leonard hasn’t changed much since the beginning. But his relationship with Penny has. It continues to evolve, it’s fun watching them adapt to marriage life. Howard and Bernadette marriage is still just as fun as before. That was a good change for the show. Howard would have become insufferable by now in his original form. The marriage works well for the show. These two have on screen chemistry and great comic timing with one another. With a baby looming it will be fun to see what that brings. With Raj starting to get more social and having been able to talk to women without being drunk for several seasons now, Stuart has taken over the role as the lovable pathetic loser on the show. That starts getting pushed harder at the start of season 9. The inclusion of Laura Spencer from Bones to the main cast was nice, it’s also nice seeing Raj having a regular girlfriend.

 

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Other highlights this season include

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The Bachelor Party Corrosion: Raj and Howard plan to kidnap Leonard to a secret location for the weekend as a belated bachelor party and forcefully take Sheldon with them. Meanwhile, the women have a small bachelorette party at Penny’s apartment.

The 2003 Approximation

The 2003 Approximation: Leonard and Penny finally tell Sheldon they have moved in together now that they are married. Sheldon is upset, but Bernadette says he should try to find another roommate, though Stuart firmly rejects her idea that he move in with Sheldon. Sheldon rejects everyone he meets and Amy refuses to live with him, as they have just broken up. Sheldon tries to pretend that it is 2003, before he met Leonard, Penny and Amy, and before he developed emotional connections to other people.The Perspiration ImplementationThe Perspiration Implementation: Howard builds a machine to add mileage to the Fitbit Bernadette buys to track his exercise. Leonard, however, decides that the group should become more active and they take up the sport of fencing, attending a class taught by Barry KripkeImage result for the big bang theory the spock resonance

The Spock Resonance: Wil Wheaton arranges for Sheldon to be interviewed for a documentary about Spock and Leonard Nimoy by his son Adam.

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The Earworm Reverberation: Sheldon is humming the melody to a song of which he does not know the name, especially unusual because of his eidetic memory. He spends two days obsessing over the tune and recording a log while he is still mentally sound.1474473991_128475_1474474187_noticia_normalThe Opening Night Excitation: After an iconic Star Wars-like opening credit crawl, the men are overjoyed to get opening night tickets to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, which premieres on Amy’s birthday. Sheldon still wants to see it, despite Penny saying he should be with Amy.

 

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The Empathy Optimization: While Amy is still away, Sheldon has recovered from the flu, but, though his friends attempt to help him, his rude behaviour during his illness offends them. They decide to rent a party bus to Las Vegas to get away from him.

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The Meemaw Materialization: Sheldon’s grandmother “Meemaw” visits Pasadena to check out Amy. While, Raj has a debate about Frozen with Howard, attracting the attention of Claire, a bartender working on a sci-fi screenplay for a children’s film.

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The Celebration Experimentation: When Amy plans a birthday party for Sheldon because he made her birthday so special, he is reluctant on account of a traumatic childhood experience in which his sister’s friends lied to him that Batman was coming to his sixth birthday, thereby ruining his birthday thereafter

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The Solder Excursion Diversion: While Leonard and Howard work in Howard’s lab, their wives join them and help them with their project. After leaving to pick up more solder, the two men are invited to see a preview of Suicide Squad and decide to lie to their wives and attend.Image result for the big bang theory The Convergence ConvergenceThe Convergence Convergence: When Leonard and Penny announce their second wedding ceremony, conflict arises between Leonard’s parents, Beverly and Alfred.

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Another great season which leaves you waiting for season 10.

REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY – SEASON 8

 

Starring

Johnny Galecki (Rings)
Jim Parsons (Hollywood)
Kaley Cuoco (Harley Quinn)
Simon Helberg (Old School)
Kunal Nayyar (Trolls)
Melissa Rauch (The Bronze)
Mayim Bialik (Blossom)
Kevin Sussman (Ugly Betty)

Still of David Barrera, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki in The Big Bang Theory and The Locomotion Interruption

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Stephen Root (Dodgeball)
David Barrera (Geeration Kill)
Carol Ann Susi (Sabrina: TTW)
Regina King (Watchmen)
Laura Spencer (Bones)
Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa)
LeVar Burton (Star Trek: TNG)
John Ross Bowie (The Heat)
Brian George (Ghost World)
Dakin Matthews (Child’s Play 3)
Stephen Hawking (Futurama)
Nathan Fillion (Firefly)
Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: TNG)
Kevin Smith (Jay & Silent Bob Reboot)
Kelli Goss (The Ranch)
Alice Amter (Never Have I Ever)
Katherine Von Till (Sofia The First)
Christine Baranski (Into The Woods)
Laurie Metcalf (3rd Rock From The Sun)

Simon Helberg and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)Relationships are a key element of the season, which starts with the socially-awkward Sheldon stuck in an Arizona railroad station without any pants, the victim of poorly-received changes in his life. What exactly is going on between him and Amy, as well as what is happening with Penny and Leonard and their extended engagement, are the engine of this run of episodes, as Sheldon faces the need to overcome his off-putting personality, and Leonard has to overcome Penny’s new-found success.Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, and Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory (2007)After seven seasons, the show hasn’t felt the need to artificially change its main characters and their lives, instead going in a more organic direction, choosing to highlight change that happens naturally in a relationship. That evolution also powers an impactful cliffhanger of a season finale.Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)The series did have a sudden change to cope with though, when Carol Ann Susi, the actress who gave voice to Howard’s unseen harpy of a mother, died, and her passing was written into the series, creating more change for Howard and giving a bit of a goose to the other characters, who took from her death in different ways.Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch, and Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory (2007)Season 8 once again had excellent guest stars such as Laurie Metcalf, Christine Baranski, Billy Bob Thornton, Nathan Fillion, Wil Wheaton and Stephen Hawking. The Shocking Cliffhanger leaves fans wondering where certain relationships will end up.

REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY – SEASON 7

Starring

Johnny Galecki (Rings)
Jim Parsons (Hollywood)
Kaley Cuoco (Harley Quinn)
Simon Helberg (Old School)
Kunal Nayyar (Trolls)
Melissa Rauch (The Bronze)
Mayim Bialik (Blossom)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Regina King (Watchmen)
Sophie Oda (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody)
Kevin Sussman (Ugly Betty)
Christine Baranski (Into The Woods)
Bob Newhart (Elf)
Bill Nye (Blindspot)
Kate Micucci (Jay & Silent Bob Reboot)
Carol Ann Susi (Sabrina: TTW)
Brian Thomas Smith (The Wedding Party)
Casey Sander (The Ranch)
John Ross Bowie (The Heat)
Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: TNG)
Laurie Metcalf (3rd Rock From The Sun)
Josh Peck (Red Dawn)
Brian Posehn (New Girl)
James Earl Jones (The Lion King)
Carrie Fisher (Star Wars)
Tania Raymonde (Lost)
Laura Spencer (Bones)
Stephen Hawking (Futurama)
Steve Valentine (Mike & Molly)

This season picks up exactly where the last one left off. Leonard (Johnny Galecki) is on a ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on a research trip. Back at home, the gang must learn to deal with his absence, especially his roommate Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and his girlfriend Penny (Kaley Cuoco). However, when he comes back, his desire to spend some time with Penny over Sheldon shows the beginnings of the first changes in the group, a theme that actually echoed through the season.Kevin Sussman and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)Following up on the sixth season finale, Raj (Kunal Nayyar) is now able to talk to girls even when he’s sober. What didn’t change there is that he still isn’t a lady’s man, although it does open up a few new relationship possibilities for him. Speaking of relationships, Sheldon and Amy (Mayim Bialk) wind up taking what for them is a huge step forward in their relationship on a romantic train ride up to the Napa Valley. Penny makes a huge change to forward her career as an actress and finds herself in a less than desirable roll opposite a surprising co-star. I would argue that the only main characters not to have major changes this season are Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), but since they adjusted to married life last season, maybe that’s for the best. They still get some great stories, like Howard’s drastic change after trying to help out his mother and how they deal with having Raj has a house guest for a week.Kaley Cuoco and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)And the geekiness continues. Stuart (Kevin Sussman) and his comic book store regularly appear in the series. When the guys don’t get into Comic Con, Sheldon decides to start his own, leading to a day with James Earl Jones. Speaking of which, the show finally celebrates Star Wars day in what is a touching and funny episode featuring the third appearance of comedy legend Bob Newhart.

REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY – SEASON 6

 

Starring

Johnny Galecki (Rings)
Jim Parsons (Hollywood)
Kaley Cuoco (Harley Quinn)
Simon Helberg (Old School)
Kunal Nayyar (Trolls)
Melissa Rauch (The Bronze)
Mayim Bialik (Blossom)
Kevin Sussman (Ugly Betty)

Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, and Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Carol Ann Susi (Sabrina: TTW)
Margo Harshman (Sorority Row)
Jan Hoag (Scream Queens)
Ken Lerner (The Running Man)
Stephen Hawking (Futurama)
Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: TNG)
LeVar Burton (Star Trek: TNG)
Ryan Cartwright (Bones)
Casey Sander (The Ranch)
Meagen Fay (That’s My Boy)
Dakin Matthews (Lincoln)
Regina King (Watchmen)
Matt Battaglia (Thor)
John Ross Bowie (The Heat)
Kate Micucci (Jay & Silent Bob Reboot)
Briana Cuoco (Beauty in the Broken)
Brian Posehn (New Girl)
Bob Newhart (Elf)

Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, and Melissa Rauch in The Big Bang Theory (2007)Season 6 starts off with 5 overarching plot episodes based around Howard’s trip to space and return to Earth with a less than warm welcome. These are some very good episodes, the premiere has some nice moments during Amy and Sheldon’s anniversary. Another highlight in the first 5 is when Game night turns into Men vs Women. These episodes put quite a bit of spotlight onto Howard and his accomplishment that no one else acknowledges, and I enjoyed them immensely, some character developing episodes for him.The season has some great highlight episodes.Kaley Cuoco and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)We get a very good dramatic episode  called “The Closet Reconfiguration” where Sheldon being Sheldon, he cleans out Howard’s closet and comes across an unopened letter sent to Howard from his father who abandoned him. They all get to show off their acting chops in this episode (especially Helberg). We get another appearance from Wil Wheaton in “The Habitation Configuration” (Which Jim Parsons just won an Emmy for his work in) that turns into another fantastic episode when Sheldon has to choose between his friend or his girlfriend. “The Closure Alternative” involves one of Sheldon’s favorite shows being cancelled, and lastly “The Proton Resurgence”, which features Bob Newhart in an Emmy award winning guest appearance as Sheldon’s childhood hero, Professor Proton.Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)As for the relationships, this season was a huge one. Leonard and Penny finally take the next step in their relationship. Sheldon and Amy continue to move forward at a Snails pace, with Sheldon finally considering more. Raj gets some much needed character development when he finally finds a girlfriend, who is essentially A reflection of himself, named Lucy. The cast is as great as ever, with their chemistry remaining tip top…Parsons again steals the show with his excellent physical comedy and strong delivery of his dialogue.Simon Helberg and Melissa Rauch in The Big Bang Theory (2007)Galecki plays off perfectly against Jim. Simon Helberg gets some meat to chew on this season and he kills it, especially the episode where he finds the letter from his father that was sent years earlier. The writing remains witty and top notch, that is conveyed perfectly on screen through the excellent performers. The writers need to continue with this great writing, The Big Bang Theory proves here why it’s still one of the funniest shows on TV.

REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY – SEASON 5

 

 

Starring

Johnny Galecki (Rings)
Jim Parsons (Hollywood)
Kaley Cuoco (Harley Quinn)
Simon Helberg (Old School)
Kunal Nayyar (Trolls)
Melissa Rauch (The Bronze)
Mayim Bialik (Blossom)

Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, and Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Christine Baranski (Into The Woods)
Stacey Travis (Easy A)
Aarti Mann (Heroes)
Brian George (Ghost World)
Alice Amter (Never Have I Ever)
Carol Ann Susi (Sabrina: TTW)
Katie Leclerc (Switched At Birth)
Kevin Sussman (Ugly Betty)
Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: TNG)
Casey Sander (The Ranch)
Laurie Metcalf (The Connors)
Courtney Ford (Legends of Tomorrow)
Lance Barber (Young Sheldon)
John Ross Bowie (The Heat)
Joshua Malina (A Few Good Men)
Vernee Watson (The Kid)
Stephen Hawking (Futurama)

Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)Season 5 picks up exactly where season 4 left off. Penny (Kaley Cuoco) has just spent a drunken night with Raj (Kunal Nayyar). While it wasn’t quite what it appeared, they quickly go back to normal, which isn’t hard when Raj will only talk to women when he’s drunk.Simon Helberg in The Big Bang Theory (2007)Meanwhile, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) tries to maintain a long distance relationship before putting his relationship with Penny back in a beta test. Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is forced to take his relationship with Amy (Mayim Bialik) to the next level – and he insists they both sign a relationship agreement. Leonard finds a loophole in his relationship with Sheldon when he voids the friendship clause. And Howard (Simon Helberg) gets ready for a trip into space and his marriage to Bernadette (Melissa Rauch).That’s just a few of the bigger storylines of the season. Each episode is filled with laughs. Some people complain the show isn’t as funny as it used to be, but I find it hysterical just about every week. Yes, they have one or two weeks that fall flat, but they are by far the exception rather than the rule. And even then, there are some great lines and classic moments. Howard and Bernadette have the biggest story arcs of the season, and I must say I love watching the two of them interact. Usually, they are so sweet together, although when they fight it can be pretty funny as well. Howard used to annoy me like crazy, but now I actually find I like him.Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)As far as guest stars we’ve got Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, and Dr. Stephen Hawkins appear as themselves, and Leonard Nimoy voices a Spock doll. The show pasted the 100 episode mark this season, and that means the cast is very familiar with their characters. It shows, too, in the acting. Everyone is believable and comfortable with their parts, and it’s easy to just sit back and laugh as the show plays.

REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY – SEASON 4

Starring

Johnny Galecki (Rings)
Jim Parsons (Hollywood)
Kaley Cuoco (Harley Quinn)
Simon Helberg (Old School)
Kunal Nayyar (Trolls)
Melissa Rauch (The Bronze)
Mayim Bialik (Blossom)

Simon Helberg in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Carol Ann Susi (Sabrina: TTW)
Vernee Watson (The Kid)
Laurie Metcalf (The Connors)
Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica)
George Takei (Star Trek)
Kevin Sussman (Ugly Betty)
Aarti Mann (Heroes)
Eliza Dushku (Buffy: TVS)
Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: TNG)
Eric André (2 Broke Girls)
Keith Carradine (Cowboys & Aliens)
Brian Thomas Smith (The Wedding Party)
Rick Fox (OZ)
Jessica Walter (Arrested Development)
Joshua Malina (A Few Good Men)
LeVar Burton (Star Trek: TNG)
John Ross Bowie (The Heat)
Brian George (Ghost World)
Alice Amter (Never Have I Ever)
Tiffany Dupont (9-1-1)

Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, and Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory (2007)The writers introduced two female characters to the regular cast this year, although both did show up in season three. Melissa Rauch returns as Howard’s girlfriend Bernadette. And Mayim Bialik, who appeared in the final few moments of season three, is back as Amy Farrah Fowler, Sheldon’s not girlfriend but friend who is a girl. Since both either have doctorates or are going for doctorates, that still leaves Penny as the only non-super smart person of the cast. However, everyone has trouble relating to us mere mortals, and that’s where Penny really shines. Her heart comes through in every moment she is on screen..Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)Over the course of the season, Sheldon breaks up with Amy Farrah Fowler over scientific differences and buys a bunch of cats to ease his loneliness. Howard’s past mistake comes out when the FBI investigate him for a security clearance. The guys enter a New Year’s Eve costume contest with some surprising additions to their group. Leonard’s idea for a smartphone app gets out of hand when Sheldon gets involved. Raj begins to have feelings for Bernadette while Leonard starts seeing Raj’s sister Priya (guest star Aartia Mann). Everyone winds up at an out of town science convention where friendships get tested. And in one of my favorites, Amy Farrah Fowler and Sheldon decide to experiment with gossip by starting rumors and seeing how long it takes the entire group to find out.George Takei, Simon Helberg, Katee Sackhoff, and Melissa Rauch in The Big Bang Theory (2007)Of course, with this show, some of the sub-plots can be just as great as the main plot. I’m especially fond of one involving Howard performing a magic trick that Sheldon can’t figure out. Another memorable one involves Sheldon and his new three person chess game. The new additions haven’t dampened the acting at all. The original cast knows their characters and invests everything they have in bringing them to life every week. Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik slip into the cast seamlessly and feel like they’ve been playing these characters just as long. Jim Parsons went into this season having just won a well-deserved Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy, and his work is just as impressive here.

REVIEW: THE BIG BANG THEORY – SEASON 3

Starring

Johnny Galecki (Rings)
Jim Parsons (Hollywood)
Kaley Cuoco (Harley Quinn)
Simon Helberg (Old School)
Kunal Nayyar (Trolls)

Laurie Metcalf and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)
Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Laurie Metcalf (The Connors)
John Ross Bowie (The Heat)
Oliver Muirhead (The Social Network)
Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: TNG)
Melissa Rauch (The Bronze)
Kevin Sussman (Ugly Betty)
Carol Ann Susi (Sabrina: TTW)
Brian George (Ghost World)
Alice Amter (Never Have I Ever)
Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica)
Christine Baranski (Into The Woods)
Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years)
Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons)
Stan Lee (The Avengers)
Judy Greer (Halloween)
Ally Maki (Cloak & Dagger)
Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead)
Mayim Bialik (Blossom)
Brian Thomas Smith (The Wedding Party)

At the end of season 2, Leonard, Sheldon, Raj and Howard were leaving for a three month expedition to the North Pole to test one of Sheldon’s theories. Leonard was sad to be leaving Penny behind, though they weren’t dating and surprisingly, Penny was upset to be away from Leonard too. As this season opens the group has just gotten back from the far north and when Leonard knocks on Penny’s door to inform her of their return she leaps into his arms and kisses him passionately. Turns out Penny really missed Leonard, and they go into her apartment and close the door.Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, and Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory (2007)The Big Bang Theory continues to remain one of the funniest sitcoms on network television today. Season 3 showed us exactly why this is the case bringing us some of the funniest BBT episodes yet to date. This show is at its very best when its five main characters, rather than being shoehorned into conventional sitcom devices like hook-ups and infighting, are simply allowed to be their smart, socially awkward, idiosyncratic selves. And for the most part, they were.One of the pleasures of this show is that you can throw together practically any two characters and have a unique, unpredictable and funny dynamic. Forget Leonard and Penny — perhaps the best odd-couple pairing we got all season was Sheldon and Penny, who despite all odds, have figured out that they enjoy each other’s company. Something about his smug childishness gels perfectly with her unsinkable good humor and ability to deliver a zinging comeback. “The Adhesive Duck Deficiency” showcased Sheldon and Penny’s unique chemistry to great effect on multiple levels — not only did Sheldon have to tolerate hours alone with Penny, but he was forced to adopt the role of caretaker while the other guys were off getting stoned in the desert. The episode culminated in a newfound trust between the two, who by the end of the season grew to think of each other as friends.Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory (2007)Speaking of Sheldon, he continues to be an amazing comic force. Jim Parsons shone this season, and the writers wisely showcased him at every possible opportunity. It’s hard to imagine this actor ever playing any other role. We followed Sheldon from the North Pole to his home state of Texas (where Laurie Metcalf did a very funny turn as his uber-conservative mother), learned the back story of his friendship with Leonard, and best of all, saw him face off against his sixth most hated rival, Wil Wheaton. Wheaton’s guest appearance in “The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary” was so well received that the show brought him back a second time, in “The Wheaton Recurrence.” Sometimes you can tell when actors are really enjoying themselves onscreen and this always seemed to be the case when. Season 3 also introudced us in the finale to Amy Farrah Fowler, (played by Mayim Bialik) who would become a regular in season 4.