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A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

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Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper are both brilliant physicists working at Cal Tech in Pasadena, California. They are colleagues, best friends, and roommates, although in all capacities their relationship is always tested primarily by Sheldon's regimented, deeply eccentric, and non-conventional ways. They are also friends with their Cal Tech colleagues mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali. The foursome spend their time working on their individual work projects, playing video games, watching science-fiction movies, or reading comic books. As they are self-professed nerds, all have little or no luck with women. When Penny, a pretty woman and an aspiring actress from Omaha, moves into the apartment across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon's, Leonard has another aspiration in life, namely to get Penny to be his girlfriend. Written by Huggo

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Bob Newhart agreed to appear in the show on one condition, that he have a recurring role. Newhart appeared in four episodes as Arthur "Professor Proton" Jeffries. See more »

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The dead bolt on Penny's apartment door is clearly in the lock position in one scene, yet she opens the door without unlocking it. See more »

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Penny: So, what do you say Sheldon, are we your X-Men?
Sheldon: No. The X-Men were named after the X in Charles Xavier. Since I am Sheldon Cooper, you will be my C-Men.
Howard Wolowitz: [as Sheldon walks away] Oh, that's not a good name.
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One of the final cards to appear in the credit sequence is the vanity card for Chuck Lorre Productions. In keeping with his practice on "Dharma and Greg" and "Two and a Half Men", there is a different message on the card each week, written by Chuck Lorre himself. See more »

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This is supposed to be funny?
17 November 2011 | by (Serbia and Montenegro) – See all my reviews

I gave it chance watching first three seasons and it only confirmed my first impression, being a train wreck.

Nerds in popular culture are known for StarTrek mostly, and they were somewhat used in movies/TV shows as a comedic relief. Somebody came to a question "How many nerd TV shows did we had?", answer was clear, none.

In the world where twitter and Facebook represent social life of the world, not just people who created it (colloquially named nerds) its now acceptable to have such a show. For me this is an insult produced by the marketing management of the studio/TV station.

If you want to watch a truly funny TV show you would see The IT Crowd, a great British comedy, written and directed as to really show the "nerds" not as a naive, stupid, limited and socially crippled, but as people devoted to their work.

TBBT is created without simple sitcom humor so it brings little to the screens.

I am so sorry for the people who didn't had an opportunity to watch a real sitcom like Frasier or real TV show like NYPD Blue, which in their time really gave people something to watch, not just entertaining their brain with dumb blonds and fast-paced exchange of scientific words supported by crispy nice eye candy of sets and shots.

Character of Leonard is so appalling and moronically-conniving that the character of Penny is truly his mate.

Only one, that is ever worth of this show and screen time is Sheldon.

Rating of 8.7/10 gives no input on the quality of the true sense of the show. I am so disappointed by the TV production in last 11 years that I cant find anything truly worth watching today.

Frak Michel Bay, frak JJ Abrams, frak Leonard (TBBT).


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