The Big Bang Theory: Season 5 (2011 - 2012)



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Air date: Sep 22, 2011
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A woman who moves into an apartment next door to two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

Critic Reviews for The Big Bang Theory Season 5

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

The Big Bang Theory brings us closer to the world of scientists, so despised in Spain, although portrayed as fans of 'Star Trek' and forced celibates. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 15, 2018 | Full Review…

This remains one of the most dependably funny shows on TV.

Jan 1, 2014 | Full Review…

The former Blossom star has integrated well into the crew of lovable nerds after joining the show in 2010.

Sep 30, 2013 | Full Review…

For a show that started out with Penny as a sidekick to the guys, she has come a long way.

Sep 30, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

What makes Big Bang Theory so entertaining is its solid ensemble, but there's always someone that burns more brightly than those around them.

Sep 30, 2013 | Full Review…

I have high hopes for this season. And I'm looking forward to more Penny/Sheldon moments.

Sep 30, 2013 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

I used to think the Sheldon/Penny pairing was the best on the show, but the Amy/Penny dynamic has become my favorite relationship on the series.

Sep 30, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Like other Lorre-coms, it's bright and obvious as a cartoon, yet written with a clean, precise patter of jokes. It's also very well cast.

Sep 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Big Bang Theory: Season 5

penny is the spark that are the fireworks that are the boys and Sheldon.

This show is so funny, I can not get enough of it!

Not a huge fan of this season. Not much happened and I thought the writing on each characters felt cheap compared to the previous season(s)

I don't like this season more than the first three, even though I think this is better than the first. This season does have one of my all time favorite episodes. It may be my favorite, but I don't find it funny, and that's not why I like it, so I guess I may enjoy my other favorite funnier ones more. I'm not excited to get to the next season where Bill Prady stops running the show, but I also kind of am because I wonder if anything will change or not. Significantly or not. I know Season 8 is when the IMDb user ratings stop being mostly 8's, and are mostly 7's. I also know that's when it stopped being nominated for the best comedy Emmy! The new guy is a veteran Nickelodeon guy, and I know it's dropped in quality in at least Season 10, but maybe more, probably Season 9 as well. Very interesting to see where and how this goes, moving forward.

The Big Bang Theory: Season 5 5th time's the charm

It's clear that the writers of this show know absolutely nothing of who they're trying to depict. No actual "Geek" or "Nerd" would watch this garbage. It's just awful in every way and not funny. On top of all that it has a laugh-track! what is this the 1960s? Shame on everyone involved in this disgusting show.

Still funny..... A certified fresh rating of 100% "Keeping up the laughter in its 5th season, The Big Bang Theory doesn't disappoint, giving us running gags and fresh jokes all around."

Pretty Funny, not as good at season 4 though.

TBBT is a brilliant and awesome series. For a geeky person like myself, the series is very funny and entertaining. fascinating characters that you can relate to. Black humor with tons of references - especially to Star Trek and Star Wars universe. So much geekiness!

A series with some incredible high points, but also the first season to contain a mass amount of useless filler episodes, this 5th season of the Big Bang Theory just keeps chugging along at a slow and steady rate. This season brought with it an extended role for Howard Wolowitz, as two major events in his life came forward - his upcoming journey to the International Space Station, and his engagement and marriage to girlfriend Bernadette. Meanwhile, Leonard ends his relationship with Priya and begins afresh with a relationship with Penny, while Amy comes to grips with the quirks of Sheldon and Raj falls into desperation as he faces up to his role as "the guy who got a girlfriend after Sheldon Cooper". The main cast all return once again, with Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayaar, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik all taking up their signature roles, while recurring cast members Christine Baranski, Aarti Mann, Carol Ann Susi, Kevin Sussman, Wil Wheaton and Laurie Metcalf also return. Mike Massimino and Casey Sander join the recurring cast as well, while cameo appearances included Star Trek alumni Brent Spiner and Leonard Nimoy, as well as academic royalty Stephen Hawking. There are some really great moments in this series, born by the immense popularity of the show allowing it to take more risks with the characters and the settings. But, at the same time, those risks provide a lot more filler episodes before, although I'll happily take any of the filler episodes of this season over the Priya storyline from Season 4. Howard in particular is the star of this series, outshining even Jim Parsons as Sheldon with his brilliant "I ate a butterfly" routine. HIGHLIGHT: The Countdown Reflection - Among the great moments of this series, the amazing finale stands out. Focusing once again on Howard, as he rushes forwards with a wedding before he leaves for the International Space Station, and has a suitably meaningful yet light-hearted wedding scene for Howard and Bernadette. In addition, one of the series most touching scenes occurs at the end as the gang watch Howard launch into space. LOWLIGHT: The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition - The definition of a filler episode, this story revolves around the shoehorned conflict where Amy unrealistically dates comic book store owner Stuart. What it leaves us with is a repetitive "Agreement" joke where all the Roommate Agreement scenes with Leonard can be repeated with Amy. Yawn. OVERALL: 77.92% An improvement over Season 4, but not of the quality of Seasons 1 and 2.

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