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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Air date: Sep 24, 2007
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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.

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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…
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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


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

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