The Big Bang Theory: Season 9 (2015 - 2016)


Season 9
The Big Bang Theory

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Air date: Sep 21, 2015
Air date: Sep 28, 2015
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Air date: Oct 12, 2015
Air date: Oct 19, 2015
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Air date: Nov 5, 2015
Air date: Nov 12, 2015
Air date: Nov 19, 2015
Air date: Dec 10, 2015
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The Big Bang Theory returns for a ninth series, as the reprocusions of Sheldon's decision to leave to find himself, and Leonard and Penny's eloping to Vegas, come to the fore. Meanwhile, Howard learns more about his love for Bernadette in the wake of his mother's death, and Raj may finally be ready to get exclusive with Emily.

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Critic Reviews for The Big Bang Theory Season 9

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

There was something that felt a bit revolutionary about a season that begins with an imperfect wedding between two characters who've had a well-established relationship in the world of the show.

Sep 22, 2015 | Full Review…
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You've got to hand it to The Big Bang Theory for attempting to progress its plot in this ninth season premiere, but have the writers run out of ideas if we've ended up in misery territory?

Nov 18, 2015 | Full Review…

One of the best parts of this show lies at the heart of the show: science.

Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

The Big Bang Theory defied expectations this week, but in a good way.

Sep 22, 2015 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

For a rather serious season premiere, "The Matrimonial Momentum" is still a lot of fun. This is a contrast that The Big Bang Theory continues to handle well.

Sep 22, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The show isn't funny any more. The same tired jokes go around in circles. It's dated and stale.

Mar 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Big Bang Theory: Season 9

  • Dec 31, 2018
    This show is so funny, I can not get enough of it!
  • Dec 15, 2016
    Sitcoms are among the oldest and most consistently used formats in television. They typically do not have the predilection to longevity. The reason for this is that inevitably the basis for sitcoms are high concept theme that defines a simplistic situation and the cartoonish characters that inhabit it. Occasionally, one sitcom can resonate with the audience, enabling it to form a bond with them conferring upon it high ratings and the resulting string of renewals. One series that is about to enter its tenth season and by most indications is still going strong is ‘The Big Bang Theory.' The original pitch meeting to describing the series to the network executives was probably short but productive. The co-creators, Chuck Lorre and his writing partner Bill Prady have been behind such shows as the ‘Gilmore Girls,' ‘Two and a Half Men’ and ‘Dharma & Greg.' With a reasonably productive track record such as this, the executives were predisposed to consider the presentation in a favorable light. It would go on to explain the situation. A beautiful young woman, friendly and free-spirited, moved into the apartment across the hall from one inhabited by a pair of geniuses with Ph.D.’s in physics. The understanding of the world on the quantum level failed to help them achieve any form of normal socialization. During the time they are not speaking in high-level mathematics, the conversations inevitably turned to comic books and science-fiction films. The reason why this series has been such a loyal following that translated into a decade’s worth of episodes is that most other sitcoms this one has an emotional core, heart, creating a strong bond with the viewers. The original court characters insisted of the beautiful young woman, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and the pair of genius physicists, the somewhat normal Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and his obsessive-compulsive, neurotic roommate Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons). Over the decade they have been adding characters on a fairly regular basis branching out first to friends of the roommates were so highly advanced and intelligent scientists. Then, as things began to branch out a move that was sheer brilliance in introducing the female characters. Penny received her posse of girlfriends. By allowing for relationships between the two groups of friends establishing a matrix of interrelationships which has provided unlimited potential for humorous stories. It is always considered a dangerous plot device to have main characters become romantically involved and eventually married. As far as relationships go every, one of the socially awkward young men has proven the adage that every pot has a cover. Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar), who initially had to be drunk even to talk to a girl defining himself in the most enviable situation, Raj is dating two exceptionally beautiful and intelligent women Emily Sweeney, MD (Laura Spencer) and Claire (Alessandra Torresani). Just one example of how the writers expertly developed an ancillary character into a fully formed and crucial member of the ensemble cast. As an engineer Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) is the only one without a doctorate, degree rarely necessary in his field. He always pictured himself a ladies’ man, despite the fact that women found him overly strange. He was the first one to enter into a truly stable monogamous relationship, and he married Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch). By allowing the season to examine a very common occurrence with an antisocial circle. A well-balanced social dynamic is inevitably knocked out of equilibrium when marriage becomes a factor in a close-knit circle. Matter what the relative IQs may be when marriage and subsequently babies becoming major, daily topic. It induces changes in the other girlfriends of the group. One of the most surprising relationships that were introduced a couple of seasons ago but achieve some serious milestones in this season is that between the exceptionally odd Dr. Sheldon Cooper and his experimental neurobiologist girlfriend, Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik). Sheldon and Amy naturally have a very strained relationship formalized by Sheldon’s girlfriend contract, a document the size of the phonebook. He is always kept himself rather distant from Amy but in this season, the relationship becomes closer in a much more traditional sense. Not only has Amy never had a boyfriend before, but she does not use to close friendships with other women. Amy latched onto Penny as a best friend and together with Bernadette has become pennies posse. As for the main couple of Penny and Leonard, the relationship has gone through many stages over the years from dating, a friend with benefits finally moving on to becoming engaged in by this season, a married couple. To its credit, the series written able to maintain is underlining zany qualities by taking a fairly common situation, a roommate getting married, and turned into something that is acceptable within the context of the series. Sheldon refuses to accept the fact that Leonard has to move out now that he has a wife. He the man fast Sheldon remain in his room. While this may seem completely irrational, and it is, it does describe the uniquely egocentric world that Dr. Sheldon Cooper resides. Reaching a very unusual accommodation which is only possible within the long establish context of Sheldon’s many eccentric quirks. It becomes a source of many humorous encounters. Once the unsociable characters have found relationships with women, there was no one left to fill that lamentable spot. A minor recurring character, Stuart Bloom (Kevin Sussman), owner of the comic book store frequented by the guys was just the character used for conversation during the scenes where the group of young men with amazing IQs with carefully examined stacks of comic books. Each new all the back stories of the characters and see more like 10-year-old boys with some of the leading scientist of their generation. Stuart was the average guy who provided access to their beloved hobby. His story arc gradually increased his involvement until he became a regular character. In his comic book store was destroyed by fire everyone in the gang came together with financial assistance from partners in the store. Stuart took on the persona of the perennial loser, awkward with women and almost unable to make friends with other men. They help to maintain some of the original premise social awkwardness as the other characters naturally improved their social understanding. The perennial problem that every series encounters from the sophomore year forward is the seemingly mutually exclusive quagmire. A series moving beyond its successful initial season must retain those elements that contributed to that positive reaction while instituting changes that will keep the show fresh and innovative. To its credit, the Big Bang Theory was not only capable of achieving this goal, but it did so with élan. Allowing the cast to grow from three main characters to a fully developed ensemble cast simply put, brilliant, permitting the onus of carrying the story to be distributed among a group of increasingly interested characters. Few people could directly relate to a group of geniuses but being shy around girls is something most of us can readily identify. This theme distributed over several characters of both genders. The so-called geek and nerds have been the forgotten demographic. Inevitably when they do appear in a show, it is as comic relief and rarely if ever as a fully developed person integral to the continued progression of the story. Here, the geeks were the center of attention. It was acceptable to attend comic book and sci-fi conventions. It wasn’t strange to have an expensive replica sword from ‘Game of Thrones’ proudly displayed on your wall. On admirable nuance woven into to the series is the nerdy protagonist are excellent in their professions, publishing serious, peer-reviewed article and being chosen as a specialist on the International Space Station contribute to demonstrating these are that can enjoy the Cern Collider and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The relationships are difficult to maintain for all of the couples and adjustments are required to reestablish an equilibrium as the social dynamic continues to evolve. In future season up we can look forward to Bernadette and Howard as new parents and Raj deciding between two young women .Penny Leonard acclimate to married life. Throughout it all, we watch as the extremely strange Sheldon becomes increasingly human as he realizes strange and unstoppable feelings have invaded him; he has fallen in love with Amy. The series has been renewed for three more years demonstrating the rare faith the network has in this group of wonderfully strange people
  • Sep 27, 2016
    The Big Bang Theory: Season 9 it has its ups and downs, but overall season 9 is another success for The Big Bang Theory series
  • Aug 20, 2016
    The first few episodes were poorly written, the end melodramtic, but the middle just right.
  • Aug 03, 2016
    Best Comedy show on TV
  • May 16, 2016
    Started out hilarious, and ended solidly enough. This show is long running, and even the not so funny episodes are still entertaining enough to watch, and you also care enough about the characters to not care.
  • Apr 28, 2016
    A show that used to be funny is now just running on fumes.
  • Apr 19, 2016
    There are aspect of the show that I like: the growing relationship of Howard and Bernadette, Leonard's growing confidence, and Sheldon learning to overcome his problems. However, there are aspects that prevent me from enjoying this show more than 40%. One such aspect are Raj trying too hard to be in a relationship because of the status it seems to entail for him, Stuart acting too much like a pervert (and a creepy serial killer). The biggest problem I have is the shows overall attitude towards fanboy culture. Yes, I know that the men can be geeky over aspects like HArry Potter, comics and the like. But the thing is 1) Some of these things are accepted worldwide, making lots of money for such individuals, such as filmmakers and reviewers. The fact that fanboy culture is one of the highest grossing businesses is impossible to ignore. 2) Many of these outlets have most impact on the mainstream culture. For example, the show says Indiana Jones is silly, despite it has some of the most impact on film making. 3) Not all of these outlets can be called kids stuff. Outlets like Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Daredevil are not only some of the most violent shows but some of the most critically appraised today. 4) They paint fanboys as being one dimensional. Sure I like fantasy or superhero films but I also like films like Don Jon, Whiplash, THe Artist, and so on. Also, fanboys can have other hobbies outside of media appreciation, like sports, cooking, outdoors exploration, and so on. 5) The show seems to think fanboy culture applies only to a male demographic. Have the makers of this show seen how many women also attend comic con, how many dress up like the characters, how many women who have the hots for some of the actors who portray Doctor Who? I've known many women who like the same stuff as the guys in the show like. This one sided portrayal is a bit outdated and stereotypical.
  • Apr 07, 2016
    The show has turned into friends. Please cancel.
  • Jan 31, 2016
    Too many commercials. The writers have definitely changed. All about money.

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