The Big Bang Theory had its premiere in 2007. Back then, the show was a breath of refreshing air. Computer nerds were seen as something of a strange, and alternative sub-culture. But the success Big Bang had made nerds, geeks, and computer geniuses part of the mainstream culture. Who knew it that the show will get to Season 10, becoming one of the top 3 most successful TV shows in television history. Penny, Sheldon, Howard, Raj, Leonard, and others have kept us smiling for a while a now. And as the crew is starting production of Season 10, this is probably the perfect time to revisit some of the best episodes of the show so far.
The Troll Manifestation, s8/e14
One of the biggest knocks on Big Bang Theory is that the show puts too much focus on relationship drama and geek stereotypes, instead of portraying the genius mind of the scientists in the show. That being said, “The Troll Manifestation” showed Leonard and Sheldon at their best, coming together with a scientific paper that will be subject for many episodes to follow. But the funny moment came when the girls discovered Amy had written a fan-fiction, and an erotic one nevertheless. Her “Little House on the Prairie” was so funny, and in the end, we saw Sheldon and Amy act part of the story.
The Staircase Implementation, s3/e22
For three seasons we were left wondering why the elevator doesn’t work. Nobody gave us an explanation, we just knew it doesn’t work. Well, at the end of season 3, we finally got the explanation, as Leonard is telling Penny how he met Sheldon. It all started with a huge fight between the two roommates, forcing Leonard to run to Penny. This is the first actual appearance of the roommate agreement in the show. And the experiment part is just hilarious. But the best moment is when Sheldon is conducting a “job interview” with Leonard.
The Middle Earth Paradigm, s1/e6
Penny invites the guys to a Halloween costume party at her house, and they more than deliver. Showing up as we expected them to, they come in nerdy costumes that few people can understand. For example, everyone thinks Sheldon is a zebra, but he is actually the Doppler Effect. Leonard comes as Frodo, Howard as Robin Hood, and Raj as Thor. The episode shows exactly what the show is all about, nerdy guys trying to fit in society, and succeeding in it. And the best part, Raj ends up in a bed with a girl, becoming the second of the group to get laid, after Leonard did it in episode 5 of the first season.
The Proton Transmogrification, s7/e22
Professor Proton is one of the best guest stars on the Big Bang Theory, and every time he shows up, the episode is a success. This episode aired on May the Fourth or the Star Wars Day as they call it. Sheldon had to deal with emotional growth, as he learns that the Professor has died. The puns and funny moments from the girls on the Star Wars themed cake made the episode enjoyable. And for the comedy part, Leonard and Penny crying at the funeral, that was epic.
The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition, s5/e10
Amy tags along with the guys to the comic book store, and there we see Stuart attracted to her. He is the owner of the store, so he asks the guys if he could go further, or is Amy with Sheldon. And in Sheldon’s words “a friend who’s a girl and a friend, but not his girlfriend”, the guys give Stuart green light. And this is where the fun begins, as we see Sheldon show flashes of jealousy, culminating with him interrupting their date at the movie theater. He revisits the terms of his agreement with Amy, and in the end of the episode, we see them signing a 31-page relationship agreement. The agreement even involves a chapter for “handholding”. Classic Sheldon.
The Barbarian Sublimation, s2/e3
The episode starts with Sheldon playing “Age of Conan”, and then a desperate Penny crying in the hallway. He goes to comfort her but starts by asking if she can turn her voice down. And she responds “Is my personal life trauma gets in the way of you playing video games”, with Sheldon saying firmly YES. And from there, we see Sheldon inviting Penny to come in, and gets her hooked up for gaming. The whole episode is hilarious, with some epic moments between Penny and Sheldon. Penny comes addicted, and in the end, we see her talking to Howard in the world of gaming. But the best part is when Sheldon tries to find her a fuck-buddy so he can get rid of her.
The Table Polarization, s7/e16
One of the bread and butter aspects of Big Bang Theory is when Sheldon is trying to deal with change. Jim Parsons is superb when he plays angry Sheldon. The subject of the episode is Leonard trying to enforce his opinion in the apartment, asking for a bigger table to fit the entire gang. Amy and Penny end up controlling the situation from behind the scenes, and it makes a hilarious duel.