Preview: The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory

In the US: Mondays, CBS. Starts September 24th

In the UK: Channel 4/E4. No air date yet

Newsflash! Guys who understand science are all nerds! They have no social skills and they have pathetic hobbies! They can’t talk to girls, either!

And blonde, cute women: they’re dumb! Dumb as posts! They’re into astrology and go for men with really big muscles and no personalities! They certainly don’t know anything about science or computers and look down on anyone that does! But they’re always warm and empathetic and never frightened by odd, stalker-like behaviour!

Welcome to the world of Chuck Lorre, creator of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, CBS’s latest foray into the world of obvious comedy and relentless stereotypes.

Plot (derived from a previous case on the CBS web site)

Meet two brainiacs with a lot to learn. Leonard and Sheldon can tell their quarks from their quantum physics, but have no clue how women add up. Leave it to their pretty new neighbor, just off a messy breakup, to teach them a thing or two in THE BIG BANG THEORY.

Is it any good?

Well, it’s not 100% awful. The leads are all likeable enough, although no real acting skills are called for and would be disturbing if they were actually used. Some of the jokes the geeks make are actually quite funny, if you understand what they’re talking about.

But it’s just it’s so derivative. There is almost no element that you won’t have seen before. No one, male or female, has any depth of character. No one rings true as a human being. It’s a broad brush comedy that has nothing new to say, but might make you smile a good four or five times per half hour. Not one to wait for.

Of course, the real joke is that their speciality is quantum mechanics but the Big Bang Theory is fundamentally a general relativistic model of the universe. Ha!


Johnny Galecki (Leonard)

Jim Parsons (Sheldon)

Kaley Cuoco (Penny)

Simon Helberg (Wolowitz)

Kunal Nayyar (Koothrappal)


  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.