“The Big Bang Theory” was already one of the funniest shows on television, but this season the producers, Bill Prady and Chuck Lorre (yes…of Charlie Sheen fame), added two female series regulars to their cast; Mayim Bialik (yes…“Blossom”) as the hilarious and Emmy-worthy “Amy Farrah Fowler” and the equally funny Melissa Rauch (think Georgette from “Mary Tyler Moore”) as “Bernadette Rostenkowski”. Pairing these two with the previous lone female regular, Kaley Cuoco, has been television gold this season and has launched the series into the classic sitcom stratosphere.
Cuoco, as the actress/waitress/girl-next-door, was the perfect “outsider” to the fantastic foursome of scientists/comic book reading/video-game loving nerds that lived and hung out across the hall. Cuoco was able to not only hold her own the first three seasons but managed to steal many of her scenes, particularly when paired with Emmy-winning Jim Parsons (Sheldon). With the addition of Bialik and Rauch this year, Cuoco has finally gotten her own posse and for the first time, the show has really struck a winning mix of both lovable male and female characters. The likes of which we haven’t seen since “Friends” went off the air. This is best evident in scenes where the entire regular cast is together and the chemistry among the actors comes alive.
The casting of Bialik in last season’s series finale and then this year really has been the catalyst for expanding the series into uncharted territory. Bailik’s character’s awkwardly inept social skills and sense of timing breathe new life in an already rock solid comic show. It is the one show that I laugh regularly out load at every week.
The show was already both a ratings and critical hit in its previous seasons. This led CBS to move the show to the ever-popular Thursday night 8 pm slot (which was once the time slot of “Friends” on NBC – coincidence?). If you aren’t a fan yet, you really need to check it out. If you’re a fan already – you already know what I am talking about!
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