The Big Bang Theory written by Bill Prady and Chuck Lorre is one of the most successful television programmes of the twenty-first century. First aired in 2007, it has won many awards including the People’s Choice 2013, the Golden Globe Television Series Award 2011 and numerous Satellite Awards.
The four main characters in The Big Bang Theory are all top scientists. Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) is a Jewish engineer (and later astronaut); he has an overbearing mother and a penchant for 1970s clothing. Howard’s best friend is Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar), an astrophysicist from Indian, who for most of the history of the show has suffered from such low confidence that he has been quite incapable of speaking to women. They are joined by roommates Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and his ever-suffering roommate Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki).
Sheldon, the man with the eidetic memory, is for many fans of the Big Bang Theory the star of the entire show. His incredible scientific abilities are matched only by his complete inability to handle the basic transactions of everyday life. Over its six series, The Big Bang Theory has constantly evolved. Three of the characters now have long-term partners. The introduction of these female cast-members has given The Big Bang Theory a whole new lease of life, allowing the writer to mix jokes about Star Wars with some real tender moments between characters. Especially poignant was the coming together of Leonard and his neighbour Penny, a long term love interest played by Kelly Cuoco. Meanwhile, Sheldon has been paired with neurobiologist Amy Faire-Fowler (played by real life scientist Mayim Bialik). In addition, Howard’s new wife Bernadette Maryann Rostenkowski-Wolowitz (Melissa Rauch) is now firmly ensconced as a major part of The Big Bang Theory. There are even hints that Raj may finally be coming to grips with some of his problems, at least around close friends.
The Big Bang Theory also features a great supporting cast, in particular the hilarious Stuart, ‘the comic book guy‘. The show is also regularly visited by a number of guest stars (although, in an unusual move, these people often play extreme versions of themselves e.g. Stephen Hawking and Will Wheaton).