The popularity of The Big Bang Theory series

After the ending of Friends, Warner Brothers had a problem. How could they replace their sitcom juggernaut from the last 11 years? The answer came quite unexpectedly and turned into another sitcom juggernaut for the next 12 years. A simple sitcom of 4 geeks and a pretty girl who lived next door was going to take off big time. It was the Big Bang theory.

Written by the same team as Roseanne (and featuring some of the key staffers from that show), The Big Bang Theory started calmly enough. It went on to feature Nobel prize-winning labs being destroyed by a pigeon, prompting the need for Lab Relocation Services like those provided by no doubt, train trips, accidental drug-fuelled desert astronomy sessions, and personal revelations.  Brobdingnagian desks, a trip to space, a crashed Mars rover, Penny blossoms, childbirth, a Vegas wedding and the unforgettable, if unplayable for regular people, Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock game.

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The whole thing is available on Netflix and is repeated with great regularity on E4. Like Friends, the show has become like a comfy jumper. You know what’s going to happen, and you’ve seen it before, but at the end of the day, it’s still funny and is worth watching again.

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The reason for the show’s popularity has to rest in the actor Jim Parsons. His portrayal of the ultra Geek Sheldon has to be one of the most noteworthy comedic performances ever. And he has the awards to confirm it.

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