The Big Bang Theory on CBS, Mondays 7:30pm Central 8:30pm Eastern, is my favorite new sitcom of the fall season.
It stars Johnny Galecki, as Leonard, who you might remember from the Roseanne show when he played Darlene's hapless boyfriend.
It also stars Jim Parsons, as Sheldon, who is probably my favorite character so far, though all of the characters are EXCELLENT.
Kaley Cuoco, as Penny, is a newcomer to me, I've never seen her before, but she's easy on the eyes, and her character is supposed to be from my home town of Omaha, Nebraska.
Those three make up the core of the show, however there are two side characters that are very entertaining as well. The first is Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz, and the other is Kunal Nayyar as Rajesh Koothrappali.
This week, the storyline had Laurie Metcalf, also from the Roseanne show where she played Roseanne's sister, showing up as Sheldon's mother, and she did an EXCELLENT job.
Here's the basic premise of the show:
Leonard and Sheldon share an apartment across the hall from the recently "split from her boyfriend," Penny.
Leonard, Sheldon, and Penny all appear to be "twenty somethings," with Leonard and Sheldon being research physicists, while Penny I believe, is a waitress (her job isn't really central to the plot, but the guy's jobs certainly are, and impacts their vocabulary and personalities as "geeks.")
I know for sure Howard is also supposed to be some sort of genius, maybe a physicist too, but I'm not sure about the Rajeesh character, as he is reduced to mumbling one and two word, shy and timid dialog lines.
The reason I love this show so much, is of course, the dialog. It is rich, and complex, using words and ideas you don't often hear on TV at all, much less sitcoms.
When you sandwich the show between "How I Met Your Mother," and "Two and a Half Men," you end up with a Must-See-Night of TV. Too bad they end it all with that loser David Spade on "The Rules of Engagement," and "Horatio" on CSI:Miami.
If you don't watch sitcoms, perhaps you should give this one a try. If you like sitcoms, you'll probably love this one.
No, I don't work for CBS. *chuckle*