The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season (2007)

Genre(s): Comedy
Warner Brothers || NR - 355 minutes - $29.98 || September 2, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-09-01


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Chuck Lorre & Bill Prady (created by)
Cast: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Quantum Mechanics of The Big Bang Theory


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Surround Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Thai

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.::THE FILM::.

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Certain shows either grab your from the onset or don’t grab you at all. While I enjoyed a few parts of “The Big Bang Theory”, I’m honestly leaning toward the latter. I think this stems from the type of comedy from master comedy writer/producer Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, the men behind several hit TV series including “Two and a Half Men”, “Dharma and Greg” and “Grace Under Fire”.

However I also can’t be quite too sure if it’s the writing or... those frickin’ laugh tracks (a.k.a. canned laughs) that ruin any kind of joke that actually might’ve been somewhat funny only to be drowned out by some morons laughing their asses off! This has been my main problem with many modern sitcoms. “Back to You” had this problem as well. I miss the days of “Cheers”, when shows would actually film in front of a live studio audience because then you would have genuine laughs at the correct level. Of course, doing some quick research online, I apologize if it this was an actual live audience, and if that is the case then chalk it up to difference in opinion on the comedy as I didn’t laugh THAT much at the jokes.

In any case, with regards to “The Big Bang Theory”, it’s an enjoyable enough series with funny and quirky characters that, for the most part, are likeable, with only one being the exception.

The premise is simple: it’s the story about roommates Leonard (Galecki) and Sheldon (Parsons), two brilliant young men who personify geek-dom into all things comic book and Halo 3 related. If you’ve seen “The Odd Couple”, this is a variation on that relationship. Leonard, while not messy, is much more laid back versus Sheldon who has a case superiority complex and lets everyone know how smart he really is. Leonard and Sheldon also have two friends, Howard (Helberg) and Rajnesh (Nayyar), a pair of fellow geeks with their own unique personalities. In the opener, a hot young woman named Penny moves in across the hall and immediately Leonard is smitten. Penny has just moved to the big city from Nebraska in search of that dream every hot chick pursues when moving out West from a small town... serving coffee at a café.

“The Big Bang Theory”, for a freshman series, isn’t too bad and I guess to the true blue geeks out there, it might be far funnier than to us casual geeks. The lovely Kaley Cuoco is absolutely gorgeous and fits into the role perfectly. She’s cute/hot, a solid actress and someone with sitcom experience, appearing on “8 Simple Rules...” that has the comedic timing down just right.

The obnoxious Sheldon character is one that might have to grow on me to accept. Jim Parsons plays the role and I don’t think it’s his fault, but more with how it’s written, but having the others certainly offsets my annoyance with one character. He reminds me of Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier Crane character who many feel was obnoxious.

Johnny Galecki is the highlight of the show as what would be considered the lead male character. Most will remember Galecki from his stint on “Roseanne” as, ironically enough, Darlene’s boyfriend, ironic since Darlene, played by Sarah Gilbert will be a series regular after appearing in 3 episodes.

I label “TBBT” as a good enough show with the potential to be better and funnier. It’s off to a good start and if I have nothing better to watch, I’ll probably check out an episode here and there in its second season.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Quantum Mechanics of The Big Bang Theory (17:11) – The solo feature is a basic ‘making-of’ featurette with interviews with the cast and crew as they take you from the concept to how the characters or stories were developed. Nothing fantastic, but you at least get some information.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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“The Big Bang Theory” is presented in anamorphic widescreen, as it appeared on the CBS HD feed. It looks probably on par with the broadcast version with good colors and a clean transfer.

The series features a standard Dolby Surround Stereo that is serviceable for a dialogue driven show, and honestly sitcoms don’t need a Dolby 5.1 track.



.::OVERALL::.

“The Big Bang Theory”, although not hilarious, is a show that is worth investing 22-minutes in. The characters, for the most part, are likeable enough and the premise is different from what has come before in the sitcom genre. Even though I still prefer “The Office” or “Scrubs” to get my comedy fix, I think in that old style of comedy (even with the canned laughter), it’s pretty good.

The DVD on the other hand lacks the features to make the set a week one buy. Hopefully future seasons might have commentaries with the cast (especially) and crew because I think having the group in one room, even for less than a half hour, would be fun.