The Big Bang Theory (Season 3) 2009

"Do not tell me about my own culture Sheldon! In the mood I'm in, I'll take you out, I swear to cow!""Do not tell me about my own culture Sheldon! In the mood I'm in, I'll take you out, I swear to cow!"

“Do not tell me about my own culture Sheldon! In the mood I’m in, I’ll take you out, I swear to cow!”

Two seasons in and The Big Bang Theory is a sensation in a world where the era of the sitcom is going through a major change. Canned laugher and live audiences have shifted to the multi cam mockumentary with shows like Modern Family, The Office (U.S), & Parks and Recreation. Airing at the right time Big Bangcaptured the globes attention with its quirky group of 4 nerds and the hot neighbor next door and won’t ease up on the gas. Now in its third season (still considered its infancy), The Big Bang Theory has no trouble with its identity and tone its creator Chuck Lorre set out from the first season. 

Picking up where we last saw the group of Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), Dr. Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), Dr Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar), and not a Doctor Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) coming home from a scientific expedition in the north pole to prove string theory once and for all. As soon as Leonard goes to tell Penny (Kaley Cuoco) their home, the romance left off from season 2 picks right up. 

Finally, what has been building for the past two seasons has come to fruition. Leonard and Penny are in a relationship. It’s plain as day and predictable yet you couldn’t help it to smile because of the situation. The nerd finally gets the girl – he cracked the code; Mario saved the princess, rejoice. As you would imagine, their relationship starts off a bit rocky. Both Leonard and Penny are far from perfect and those imperfections in their personalities become amplified. Leonard with his genius intellect feels like an outside like he’s out of Penny’s league when wanting to hang out with her friends. He wants to impress her so badly that he asks Sheldon to teach him the rules of football. That’s just the type of man Leonard is – desperate but willing to go to great lengths to fit in. 

“Penny, while I subscribe to the “Many Worlds” theory which posits the existence of an infinite number of Sheldons in an infinite number of universes, I assure you that in none of them am I dancing.”

Character relationships are to sitcoms is what water is to a whale. Relationships between the group is stronger than ever and new levels are added with every episode. There is a bond between all 5 members where in season 3 unlikely characters are paired up. Sheldon and Penny’s relationship in this case works the best because of how socially inept he is. Penny is fearless in calling Sheldon out whenever he steps a toe out of line. 

Even with balancing the core group new characters are making their presence known that alter the dynamic. No comedic beat is skipped when Howard meets Bernadette (Melissa Rauch). The two bond over their wildly outrageous mothers – Howard in particular winning that battle. Dialogue between him and his mother (voiced by Carol Ann Susi). Although she never appears on screen her character is felt by her argumentative nature going back and forth with Howard. It’s some of the best scenes in the show when they interact and when other characters are around to witness the magic. 

The Big Bang Theory has built a solid foundation on its two main leads in Sheldon and Leonard. Their comradery and friendship are never tested despite Leonard always being triggered by something Sheldon says or does. The beauty of Sheldon’s character with his social ineptness is able to learn from his mistakes and has slowly become a character that is quite relatable in some instances yet still his old Sheldon arrogant self. Where the tension does stem from is the Howard/Sheldon relationship. Sheldon constantly berate’s Howard with his job, his lack of a doctorate and intelligence and Howard doesn’t mind fighting back albeit a little too harsh sometimes.

“Okay, check this out: my mother made me wear rubber gloves to kindergarten so I wouldn’t pick up a disease from the other children.”

Season 3 leans heavily on the Leonard and Penny relationship. There is a lot of potential and growth for each of these characters. As the season unfolds the realization is quickly confirmed that Leonard and Penny is Big Bang’s Ross and Rachel or Jim and Pam. So much truth can be extracted from their dynamic – Leonard is further ahead in their relationship then Penny but to be fair, he’s been in it two years longer than she has. Leave it to a supporting character in Will Wheaton (Himself) to talk sense (even if there is a devilish/petty reason behind it) in Penny when the L word is said.  

Each episode seems to get better and better. The dialogue is enough to dazzle and keep your attention as much as the pop culture and the acceptance of being a nerd is. To be a fly on set when Stan “The Man” Lee makes a cameo appearance would have been a dream. The guys react as we all would he created one of the biggest brands in pop culture today and yet Raj has to question his naming methods when it comes to the characters (he’s not wrong though). 

Raj is such an interesting character that hasn’t fully been explored until season three. Hes slowly breaking out of his shell leaning more toward his love of hygiene products and facial moisturizers. He still cannot talk to woman but with liquid courage he’s the big man on campus. Raj is a valued member of the group and that much is certain when Sheldon offers him a job to work for him when the threat of being deported comes. Just as Leonard and Sheldon have their unique friendship Howard and Raj as equally a strange one. Their chemistry flows so well between the dialogue and the two have incredible timing to their delivery.

The season 3 finale is probably the most significant episode in this season: more so than the Leonard and Penny storyline. Raj and Howard create a dating profile for Sheldon (which he says dating websites are hokum) and we meet Sheldon’s perfect match Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik). In the few moments we have with Amy, her comedic nature and line delivery makes her one of the best new characters to be introduced.

The Big Bang Theory is off to the races. Season three expands on the different character dynamics while adding new unlikely pairs to become fully invested in. The comedy, dialogue and acting has hit an all-time high that doesn’t seem to slow down.3 seasons in a there is no signs of slowing down for this unique sitcom that has made it ok to embrace your inner geek. If I were to rate the third season of The Big Bang Theory, I’d rate it a 5 out of 5.

The Big Bang Theory season three premiered in 2009 and can be streamed on HBO Max. The Big Bang Theory season three has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100%. The Big Bang Theory was created for TV by Chuck Lorre & Bill Prady and stars Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch and Carol Ann Susi. 

So, tell me, have you seen The Big Bang Theory season three and if so, what do you think about it? Do you agree or disagree with me? Comment below or send me an email and let me know what you think.

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