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Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day – The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory is, for me, the best traditional sitcom (ie, filmed in a studio, in front of an audience) to come out of America in recent years.

For those who haven’t seen it yet (the second season is drawing to a close at the moment and the show has been renewed for at least another two seasons), the show revolves around two nerdy twenty-something science prodigies (played by former Roseanne star Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons) who share a flat across the landing from a beautiful blonde waitress (Kaley Cucuo), who dreams of being an actress.

The quality of the laugh-out-loud funny writing is second to none in TV comedy at the moment and the brilliant cast are all perfect in their roles.

But what we are here to celebrate today is the show’s theme tune, called History of Everything, which was specially written for the show and performed by Barenaked Ladies. The lyrics describe the creation of the universe.

Like most network TV shows nowadays, the opening theme is very short, clocking in at just 20 seconds, but is more memorable than most. Here it is:

However, the Barenaked Ladies’ song is longer and the show’s opening titles only feature the first verse. Here, then, is the full song, accompanied by a very cool video of a cartoonist illustrating the the lyrics (which I assume was produced as a promo for the show):


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Another Reason Why The Big Bang Theory Is The Best Comedy Of Recent Years

At the risk of further exposing my underlying geekiness (I know what you’re thinking – I keep it so well hidden…), you might remember in this post I mentioned that The Big Bang Theory had given us the funniest TV moment of the year so far.

Well it looks like the writers are about to surpass themselves. As I previously reported, in the episode that airs on March 9, The Big Bang Theory’s uber-geeks Leonard and Sheldon will spot actress Summer Glau, who plays herself, sitting alone on a train during an extended cross-country rail trip.

Thanks to her TV roles in  Firefly and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (in which she plays a terminator sent back in time to protect the young John Connor), she’s the ultimate female sci-fi fantasy figure for our nerdy heroes. Awed by her genre credentials, they try to pluck up the courage to talk to her – and I’m betting the resulting encounter will make the episode one the show’s best.

And here’s an indication that my optimism is not misplaced, as told by executive producer Bill Prady to Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello.

He says: “They have 11 hours to get up the courage to talk to her. Of course, Sheldon does offer a word of caution: ‘If Terminators actually did exist, a perfect way they could lull victims into a false sense of security would be to pose as actors who have played Terminators.’ “

As I believe the kids say: ROFLMAO!

For the uninitiated, The Big Bang Theory stars former Roseanne star Jonny Galecki and Jim Parsons as two physics prodigies in their 20s who share a flat and hang out with two equally geeky pals, Howard (Simon Helberg) and Rajesh (Kunal Nayyar), who are also academics, and their new neighbour Penny (Kaley Cuoco), an attractive blonde waitress who wants to be an actress.

In many ways the show is a very traditional, almost old-fashioned sitcom, with a somewhat cliched premise. What elevates it beyond this is some top-drawer performances and the razor-sharp, inspired writing that really makes the most of the culture-clash between the four geeks and, well, everyone the meet.

The second season of the show is currently airing on CBS in the US and on Channel 4 and E4 in the UK and if you’re not watching it, you really ought to be.


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