Created by: Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady
Cast: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, John Ross Bowie, Sara Gilbert
Synopsis: The series that fully embraced geek chic is back, and in what for me is perhaps the most consistently funny season to date. To begin with, unlike the first season, each character;s idiosyncracies are now well established. Sheldon’s on campus nemesis, Barry Kripke (Bowie), is introduced. This is also before all the geeks started getting their own female counterparts, with only Gilbert’s Leslie Winkle providing any of them a glimpse of romantic hope.
Though nothing really happens this season to change the game and keep things interesting, for me the second season of TBBT never fails to entertain. Leonard is still pursuing Penny, Howard is still a total slime ball with no romantic prospect, Raj still can’t talk to Penny, and Sheldon remains oblivious. Yet each episode provides a fresh scenario ripe with comic gold.
Remember back to Summer Glau guest starring, and each geek taking their own cringe-worthy attempt to seduce her. Remember Sheldon creating an infallible paradigm for making friends with Barry Kripke. There was also the first time we heard “Bazinga!” There was Leonard and Raj taking Howard to Vegas, as well as our first introduction to Stuart, the comic book store, and Captain Sweatpants. Let’s also not forget Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock.
Such is the success of this show, that some of these moments have infiltrated pop culture themselves, with shirts proudly displaying the friendship graph, the rules of Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock, or even just shirts emblazoned with Bazinga. Indeed, a show that both embraces and parodies pop culture had with this season become pop culture in itself. It remains, along with Modern Family, one of the most consistent comedies currently showing on television, often leaving the viewer searching for breath between peals of laughter.
Not convinced?? If you have never seen the show at its peak, rejecting it at the first few episodes when it was still finding its feet, I almost find it my mission to put you back on the path of all that is righteous and good. Below for me is perhaps the very best moment of the season, if not the entire show so far… enjoy!!
5 stars out of 5