'The Big Bang Theory': Evolution

tbbt-nov3-cbs.jpgRather than do a weekly recap of the only funny physicists on TV, we've decided to do a bit more of reflective look at the series.

There's an interesting phenomenon going on with " The Big Bang Theory," and it has nothing to do with modern physics, string theory or time dilation. The simple fact is that the show is morphing into a nerd version of " Friends." And that's aok with us.

When the series first began, it was about the interplay between Leonard ( Johnny Galecki), Sheldon ( Jim Parsons) and Penny ( Kaley Cuoco). Then Howard ( Simon Helberg) and Raj ( Kunal Nayyar) slowly integrated themselves into the rotation. Finally Bernadette ( Melissa Rauch) and Amy (via Leslie/ Sarah Gilbert), joined the group. And thus the line up was set.

For the longest time, even when the women's roles expanded, the show was still about the guys. The women simply offering a supporting role. But as we see in Thursday's (Nov. 3) episode, producers have built the role of these women to the point that they get the main story line.

It's an interesting change of strategy for the show, and thanks to the comic timing of Mayim Bialik, they can pull it off. Because she's the equally nerdy but more carnally-inclined version of Sheldon, it works.

A perfect example of this occurred in what was not just the highlight of the episode, but the highlight of the season on Thursday. In one particular scene, an emotionally vulnerable Amy puts the moves on Sheldon. This immediately lands him in a position so uncomfortable, you might as well have told him gravity is 31 feet/sec^2. But it is these type of changes that keep the program fresh and, in many ways, better.

The one complaint about Thursday's episode, and it's something we've notice in recent weeks, is that the subplots continue to be underdeveloped. Hopefully, this is something they'll look to address soon.

On a scale of 1-to-Pi, Thursday's episode was a solid square root of nine, or as we humans call it, 3.
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