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The CBS sitcom Big Bang Theory, now in its second second, has become one of my favorite television shows ever since the first episode aired in Fall of 2007. It’s not surprising, considering that the show revolves around four socially awkward young science geeks who are geniuses, yet also are filled to the brim with useless geek culture knowledge.

In each half-hour episode, it’s typically to hear the gang refer to popular scifi shows and movies, videogames, and tech, and hear and see how they spend their time together (like playing Klingon Boggle). On last Monday’s episode, there were four super-geek moments which, I swear, I could have written myself. You can watch the clip and the entire episode here below.

For those of you who need some incentive to watch it (I’m telling you, it’s hilarious, plus Big Bang Theory is the best comedy on television right now next to The Office), here’s some details…

  • Sheldon and Rajesh play the game Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock (everyone keeps picking Spock, of course).
  • When the gang wants to watch the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV show, Sheldon shoots off a comment about George Lucas that is true to how all of us feel nowadays.
  • After Leonard calls a “red alert” emergency and says to go to Defcon 5, Sheldon explains that it’s actually Defcon 1 that’s the emergency status. This scene I loved because I’ve been explaining the Defcon levels to people for a long time (in my blog back on March 15, 2006, I warned people to keep their your “back-watching readiness at Defcon 1” on the Ides of March.
  • The discussion about the differences between Defcon 1 and 5 leads into an argument between Rajesh and Sheldon over which is better: Star Trek I or Star Trek V; this blew my mind because it’s an argument that my friend and I have been having since high school (and are still having — he says 1, I say 5).

Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is far more eccentric than his fellow PhDs, and I’ve read that people are afraid that the series will focus too much on him and his peculiar propensities, but I really think he makes the show. I don’t even need any of the other characters, which include his three fellow physicists and the super-hot but not-so-bright neighbor Penny (Kaley Cuoco from 8 Simple Rules); I’m just fine with Sheldon rattling on. He’s very similar to Frasier‘s Niles Crane in his speech, mannerisms, and need for personal space, but unlike Niles, he’s practically an asexual person. Even when women look his way, he doesn’t seem to notice them or take any opportunities presented to him to score with them.

Sheldon’s roommate Leonard, played by Roseanne‘s Johnny Galecki, is meant to really be the “star” of the show. Sheldon’s quips fuel the dialogue of the show, but usually the plot involves Leonard trying to win over Penny’s affections or score with other women. Leonard’s done well for himself, but you can see that all of his attempts with women don’t come easy and are usually painfully awkward for him, even when they come easy. Some of the best episodes are when Galecki’s Roseanne castmate Sara Gilbert guest stars as Leslie, another physicist who works at the lab with Leonard.

I really can’t say enough great things about this TV show. If you’re reading Geeks of Doom, then trust me, Big Bang Theory was made just for you. You can watch full episodes and clips at CBS Big Bang Theory.


Video Clip From “The Lizard-Spock Expansion

Full episode: “The Lizard-Spock Expansion


  1. While I am not quite as *geek* as they are, I LOVE the Big Bang Theory. I caught onto it about half way through the last season and I have yet to miss an episode this season. Good stuff! Sheldon’s character is definitely the best…but I think the shows benefits from them all. I crack up every time Howard and his mom are yelling at one another.

    Comment by Erin — November 21, 2008 @ 10:27 am

  2. Great little article. And your spot on about the Niles Crane comparison…why didn’t I think of that!

    Comment by Toastbutter — November 21, 2008 @ 5:32 pm

  3. I love that show.

    Comment by Mike — November 21, 2008 @ 10:57 pm

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