I actually watch a lot of TV

November 11, 2008

I keep meaning to mention this, but my mind is like a sieve, and since it just aired last night, I thought I’d strike while the iron was less cold than usual. I don’t watch many situation comedies, but I really recommend The Big Bang Theory on CBS.

It’s about two big science geeks who live across the hall from a hot blonde. That premise sounds deadly, but the show is really, really funny, and all of the characters are endearing and hold their own. I initially stopped on it while channel surfing because I recognized Johnny Galecki, an actor I’ve always liked, and I’ve come to really admire Jim Parsons as the brilliant, totally socially inept Sheldon and the improbably named Kaley Cuoco as Penny, the sexy, strong-willed neighbor.

I heard the first season was a lot dumber than what’s currently airing, so I’m glad I came late to the party. The dialogue is great. The jokes are entirely character-driven but often laugh-out-loud funny at the same time. That seems to be a really difficult thing to pull off, but the show’s writers manage it, and manage it consistently.