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My Monday Night MUST

is The Big Bang Theory on CBS. If you haven’t seen this new show yet, please sit down, give it 30 minutes and discover how funny a sitcom can be. This show is hilarious. The story of two highly intelligent geeks who get a new neighbor in the form of a pretty but not overly bright girl named Penny. Penny rattles their regulated, Romulan loving, cyber social world and it is this meeting of Beauty and the Geeks that has me laughing for the rest of the week.

Now first I must confess that many years ago I was in the same sort of triangle. My brother went to MIT and two of his friends moved to Seattle for work and he asked me to show them around since he had moved to California. Karl and Wally were like Leonard and Sheldon prototypes and for me it was always interesting going out with them–we had common ground in that we all three loved movies, so most weekends I would meet them at the movies and while Wally played Junior Mint battle (don’t even ask–I never really understood the rules), Karl would regale me with facts that so went over my humble head, I perfected a feigned look of understanding that has stood me well over the years.

What I really adore about this show is the dialogue–especially Sheldon’s biting observations about the baffling world around him–his take on social trends just cracks me up. This past week, when he lost his job for being so sharply honest with his new boss, I died laughing. Sheldon says what we all want to say–uninhibited by the social cues that make the rest of us shut our mouths. As he unraveled from his job loss, we got a peek inside this child-man who has always been too smart for his own good. It was as heart warming as it was hilarious.

And then there is Leonard. I’ll fess it right up front. I have the worst sort of crush on Leonard. Shy, awkward, and downright clueless, he is the ultimate un-hero, the man inside the geek just begging to be discovered. I’m such a sucker for the awkward hero (hence my lifelong love of Jimmy Stewart!) and here is Leonard, light saber in hand, and really doesn’t that just scream hero hilarious to you?

So what are you doing on Monday nights? If you haven’t discovered this show yet, sit down and watch it for me. Or you can catch up on a few episodes via this link. And after you’ve watched it, let me know what you think. Aren’t these geeks the new Brad Pitt? They are to me!

What is your favorite new show this Fall?

6 comments to “My Monday Night MUST”

  1. Christina Arbini
    October 22nd, 2007 at 7:46 am · Link

    I really like that show, too! LOVE the sarcasm! My other “new” fav for this season is “Reaper.” Seriously, this one is a must see! The sidekick best friend just cracks me up! This is one I definitely tape (no, I don’t have Tivo) if I know I’m not going to be home on Tuesday nights from 9-10pm.


  2. Crystal
    October 23rd, 2007 at 3:29 am · Link

    I so agree about Big Bang Theory.

    I also like Carpoolers. It’s basically about four guys that share a ride to work and it is so funny. There is one guy where all you ever see of his wife is her feet while she watches TV.

  3. Elizabeth
    October 23rd, 2007 at 8:25 am · Link

    I’ll have to track down both of these shows. But for the moment, I’m lovin’ Leonard and Sheldon.

  4. Keira Soleore
    October 23rd, 2007 at 2:01 pm · Link

    Elizbo, how come you’re laughing with the geeks and not dancing with the stars on Monday night???

  5. Kelli Estes
    October 23rd, 2007 at 10:58 pm · Link

    I’m trying not to get attached to all the new shows everyone is raving about, but when my husband has Big Bang Theory on, I always get suckered in. It is hilarious! I loved it last night when Sheldon needed Penny’s help deciphering the “code” of what a tie on a doorknob means.

    I think this show is just different enough to last a long time. At least, I hope it sticks around.

    Other than Big Bang Theory, the other shows I enjoy when I’ve got the time are How I Met Your Mother, Ghost Whisperer, and Lost (I will make time for Lost when it returns in February).

  6. Elizabeth
    October 24th, 2007 at 6:00 am · Link

    Kelli, I loved the part where Sheldon explained that the last time Leonard had sex, he went on a cruise so as not to be around. Poor Sheldon!

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