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


Season 1
The Big Bang Theory

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 24


Audience Score

User Ratings: 626
User image


Air date: Sep 24, 2007
Air date: Oct 1, 2007
Air date: Oct 8, 2007
Air date: Oct 15, 2007
Air date: Oct 22, 2007
Air date: Oct 29, 2007
Air date: Nov 5, 2007
Air date: Nov 12, 2007
Air date: Mar 17, 2008
Air date: Mar 24, 2008
Show More Episodes

The Big Bang Theory: Season 1 Photos

Tv Season Info

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.

News & Interviews for The Big Bang Theory: Season 1

Critic Reviews for The Big Bang Theory Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (16)

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.

Sep 13, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Sep 13, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Sep 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.

Sep 24, 2007 | Full Review…

The Big Bang Theory became a consistently enjoyable show about halfway through season 1, as Parsons, Galecki, Helberg, Nayyar, and Cuoco started bringing more nuance and individual personalities to their characters.

Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…

I gave it an honest shot. I really did. But I don't care how many references to Comic-Con "The Big Bang Theory" makes, it's not a good show, geek, nerd, or otherwise.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

This fun, well-written series features an endearing cast who provide viewers with lots of humorous moments.

Sep 13, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The writing in this episode was some of the best we've seen in a standard sitcom in some time - it's very smart.

Sep 13, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

It's hard to believe that anyone's even making a three-camera sitcom this mothballed.

Sep 13, 2013 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

I'm tempted to wonder what the blazes is going on in CBS' comedy development department.

Sep 13, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Big Bang Theory: Season 1

  • Jul 01, 2019
    Great and nerdy humor.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    This show is so funny, I can not get enough of it!
  • Dec 16, 2018
    This series treds in new geography.
  • Sep 01, 2018
    A very interesting set of characters with interesting, funny, relationships. The writing for the characters remains consistent and we see some character growth throughout the season. The only problem with this show is what is funny, the only laughing that we do when watching the show is when we laugh at Sheldon or the other nerds, if not, we may be laughing with Penny AT the boys. Either way, all the humor is directed at the irony of how smart these people are in their fields, yet they seem to fail to understand simple street smarts and concepts, which is a very low form of humor. Though the plot points are still interesting, the use of humor could be expanded on a whole lot.
  • Jan 01, 2018
    The first season of big bang theory manages to make itself different from other sitcoms by making the characters nerdy scientists and I loved it. 8.5/10
  • Oct 20, 2017
    For a sitcom, this is an okay start. The jokes are either hit or miss. I like the characters and the dynamics, though!
  • Sep 04, 2017
    This is probably one of CBS's most popular comedies, and I really enjoyed the first season. The rating rotten tomatoes gave is just a mistake. This season is just as funny as the others, yet it is the lowest score.
  • May 24, 2017
    This season is decent, but I think they're still trying to find the show. Kinda funny, but not hilarious, or consistent, and no extremely memorable episodes yet. I'm definitely looking forward to next season though. I also thought the season finale was great!
  • May 04, 2017
    even if the critics didnt like it it still was an amazing and funny show.
  • Feb 12, 2017
    Big Bang Theory's Season 1 is, in my own individual stupid opinion, the best season the show has ever made. "The Jerusalem Duality" and "The Batjar Conjecture" are the only episodes I felt were superior, at least in that there was dynamic character development and more to exploring science and the quest to being prideful of knowing so much science, and those two hardly had any Penny in them. And I felt in Season 1 that Penny was much nicer and capable of dynamic character structure and ethical change, being able to realize her mistakes in judgment and for her often rambunctious behavior, Big Bang's newer and younger seasons make her a stubborn, stiff and impossible vile woman who has no ability to improve herself to become a better person for Leonard. Episodes I liked: "Jerusalem Duality" and "Bat Jar" and "Nerdvana" Episodes I didn't like: Just about everything else in Season 1. There was only one joke from this season that made me laugh: "Aaah, No Peanut Boy!"

News & Features