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The Big Bang Theory: Season 1 (2007-2008)




Critic Consensus: The Big Bang Theory brings a new class of character to mainstream television, but much of the comedy feels formulaic and stiff.


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Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists, the kind of "beautiful minds" that understand how the universe works. But none of that genius helps them interact with people, especially women. All this begins to change when a free-spirited beauty named Penny moves in next door. Sheldon, Leonard's roommate, is quite content spending his nights playing Klingon Boggle with their socially dysfunctional friends, fellow Caltech scientists Wolowitz and Koothrappali. However, Leonard sees in Penny a whole new universe of possibilities ... including love.


Jim Parsons
as Sheldon
Simon Helberg
as Howard Wolowitz
Kunal Nayyar
as Rajesh Koothrappali
Mark Harelik
as Dr. Eric Gablehauser
Sara Gilbert
as Leslie Winkle
Carol Ann Susi
as Mrs. Wolowitz
Austin Lee
as Dennis Kim
Adam Gregor
as Dimitri
Joel Brooks
as Professor Goldfarb
Treisa Gary
as Waitress
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Critic Reviews for The Big Bang Theory: Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (19)

It may not be a creative breakthrough, but it's lots funnier than the universal equation would predict.

April 3, 2020 | Full Review…

There's a reason this concept is overworked: It succeeds more than it fails.

April 3, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Lorre and series co-creator Bill Prady have peppered The Big Bang Theory with some witty lines, and Galecki and Parsons - playing winning variations on, respectively, awkward and wordy - are enjoyable to watch.

September 13, 2013 | Full Review…

Comedy needs help, and maybe the sweet, goofy Big Bang Theory can evolve into a sharper show.

September 13, 2013 | Full Review…

It wasn't like the storyline was remotely funny enough to justify that stupidity.

September 24, 2007 | Full Review…

The show might even have been engaging, if the one-liners came less frequently and the characters had a little more dimension.

September 24, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Big Bang Theory: Season 1


2008 was a strange year in terms of sitcoms. Ever since Seinfeld and Friends wrapped in 1998 and 2004 respectively, there has been a power vacuum in terms of sitcoms in general. I remember watching the Pilot episode of The Big Bang Theory in September 2007 and realizing that it was one of the first since Seinfeld and Friends (the former of which greatly exceeds the latter in my opinion, but that's another whole article on it's own) to stray from the "Everybody Loves..." scenario. I didn't think it would have reached such high levels but I was intrigued enough to sit through the entire first season. What will surprise most people who are fans of The Big Bang Theory who have chosen to go back and watch Season 1 is how much of the show's trademark aspects were absent in the beginning, as it is in most cases. Up until "The Loobenfeld Decay" Sheldon doesn't knock in a fixed set (and even there it's in fours, not the standard threes). Penny lacks most of her slightly more promiscuous qualities and seems more like the typical girl-next-door type. Sheldon's OCD-like qualities trickle in slowly over the first six episodes and Howard and Raj are seen as more supporting characters to the Sheldon-Leonard-Penny triad. Nevertheless, Season 1 has a lot of memorable moments which I remember doubling over in laughter when I first saw them. The sarcasm sign, Wolowitz's impression of Raj to try and fix an impending arranged date with Lalita Gupta, Sheldon singing "To Life" while drunk off of not-so-virgin cuba libres, and his flawed learning of mandarin. First seasons are usually spent by the show trying to find itself, and the first season of The Big Bang Theory is no exception. But beneath, between and behind the flaws laid a show which was very aware of it's potential.

Kal X.A.

Super Reviewer

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