The Big Bang Theory When it premiered a year ago, The Big Bang Theory just felt like a dumb show about smart guys. It made fun of its central… The Big Bang Theory When it premiered a year ago, The Big Bang Theory just felt like a dumb show about smart guys. It made fun of its central… 2008-09-22 Comedy Johnny Galecki Jim Parsons Kaley Cuoco Simon Helberg Kunal Nayyar Frank Pacheco CBS
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The Big Bang Theory (2008)

The Big Bang Theory | MORE THAN NERDS : Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons get smart in The Big Bang Theory
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MORE THAN NERDS: Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons get smart in The Big Bang Theory
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Start Date: Sep 22, 2008; Genre: Comedy; With: Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons; Network: CBS

When it premiered a year ago, The Big Bang Theory just felt like a dumb show about smart guys. It made fun of its central duo — best friends/roommates Leonard (Roseanne's Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) — because they were brilliant but socially inept science nerds. The sitcom also ridiculed the pair's apartment-house neighbor Penny (8 Simple Rules' Kaley Cuoco) because
 she was your standard TV dumb blonde. The result: Who cares about these people?

But as the first season progressed and as the new season proves, Big Bang evolved into something better. Penny is now smarter; she's the person we identify with, who's watching the geeks with amused skepticism. The other development was the kind of TV alchemy that producers can't predict: Parsons has 
become the show's quivering, riveting center.

With a thin, bendy-straw body and a round ball of a head, Parsons is like a dandelion
 without the fuzziness. His Sheldon is grim and chilly; he speaks with impeccable, comically fussy grammar. (Penny: "Can I ask you a question?" Sheldon, in a flushed rush: "I would 
prefer that you not, but I won't go so far as to forbid it.") His supercilious demeanor is a
 defense against a world he does not understand, or declines to. You get the feeling that once the writers saw how Parsons could deliver stretches of dialogue with such precision, they started churning out more for him to do.Prickly Sheldon has become a character to love, and Parsons is doing something rare on network TV: making intellectualism admirable, even heroic. B+

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Originally posted Nov 05, 2008 Published in issue #1020 Nov 14, 2008 Order article reprints
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