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Sunday, September 23, 2007

"The Big Bang Theory" Review: It's Just Funny

If you read my Emmy predictions post, you noticed how I kept saying that any win by “Two and a Half Men” would drive the critics crazy. But I never said why…

It’s simple really. Critics (most of them anyway) despise “Two and a Half Men.” It’s not sophisticated, stylish humor. It’s just basic down-and-dirty (and sometimes REALLY dirty) humor.

So it’s no surprise that not too many critics have spotlighted “The Big Bang Theory,” which comes from Chuck Lorre, the creator of “Two and a Half Men.”

And it’s no surprise that “Bang” is pretty funny…

“Bang” centers on roommates Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki). They’re geniuses—except when it comes to social interaction. So when Penny (Kaley Cuoco) moves in next door, the guys aren’t sure what to do.

Leonard is immediately interested, but Sheldon is concerned that she’ll mess up their structured lifestyle. And it becomes pretty clear that she will—in a good and funny way.

The show gets of to an odd start with Sheldon and Leonard at a sperm bank and some of the early jokes are a little complicated (They’re geniuses after all.), but when Penny enters the picture, you’ll be laughing so hard you won’t even remember that. Be warned, though, that some of the jokes are a little raunchy. However, that probably won’t stop you from laughing.

Sheldon and Leonard’s friends are a little annoying, not to mention totally unoriginal since one is a geek who thinks he’s a ladies’ man and the other is Indian and rarely speaks. And Parsons can sometimes be a little stiff, but the funny jokes (and there are several) outweigh all of that.

If you don’t like your standard multi-camera with a studio audience sitcom, then you won’t like this one, but if you don’t mind a little spicy humor presented in a traditional way, you’ll want to give “Bang” a shot…

“The Big Bang Theory” premieres Monday at 8:30 p.m. on CBS…