Thursday, March 5, 2020

Of Recent Vintage: The Big Bang Theory (2007)

What if the Friends were nerds?

That seems to be the idea behind Chuck Lorre's The Big Bang Theory, which anchored CBS' primetime block on Mondays or Thursdays during the course of its 12 year run (2007-19), and won a basket of Emmy awards, including some Best Actor nods for Jim Parsons, whose character of Sheldon Cooper was so popular, Lorre was commissioned to develop a prequel, leading to Young Sheldon debuting a couple of years back, and inheriting the parent series' 8 pm (ET) berth on Thursdays.

Before Big Bang, Parsons was a relative unknown, so the ensemble included a couple of veteran sitcom stars in Johnny Galecki (ex-Roseanne) and Kaley Cuoco (ex-8 Simple Rules). The series' success also enabled 90's icon Mayim Bialik (ex-Blossom) to make a comeback, cast as Sheldon's girlfriend, Amy.

Toward the end of the run, Parsons earned an endorsement deal with Intel computers, though he looked more like the second coming of Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) in some of those ads.

If there was anything the gang liked more than science, it was cosplay, as you'll see in this clip, provided by TBS, which is one of the cable rights holders.

Seems wardrobe misfired on Kaley's Wonder Woman ensemble. Today, she stars and produces DC Universe's Harley Quinn cartoon, so she's staying busy. I find it a little odd that, while Supergirl was in its freshman season (and its only one on CBS), they didn't do a crossover of some kind, even if it was a fever dream.

Rating: B.

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