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'The Big Bang Theory' Season 4, Episode 21 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 29th 2011 11:15AM
the big bang theory s04e21['The Big Bang Theory' – The Agreement Dissection']

And Sheldon is the odd man out. Again.

It's hard to fault 'The Big Bang Theory' for revisiting the "let's annoy Sheldon" well for the hundredth time this season. Who can resist cracking up at the sight of Jim Parsons being forced to dance the Cha-Cha or burning his taste buds while chewing on icky lamb kabobs (or "little cubes of charred meat that taste like sweat!").

Sheldon joined Team Anti-Priya on this week's episode, which featured all of our regular cast members clearly ceding the ground to Parsons.

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15 Shows That Still Have Theme Songs

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 9th 2011 12:30PM
'Psych' not only has a theme song, but it also changes it up every once in awhile.In a recent TV 101 column, TV Squad writer Dr. Ryan Vaughan lamented the loss of the television theme song. Briefly summarizing its apparent demise, Ryan said, "Now it seems 'theme songs' are actually just titular lines blurted out between commercials by some singing robot. Why would you throw away something so unabashedly awesome?"

Well, they haven't thrown out every theme. Just take shows like 'The Big Bang Theory, 'Psych' and the cartoon dynasty of Seth MacFarlane, for example. And that's not including the shows with memorable theme music, like 'Bones' or 'Mad Men.'

Want proof? After the jump, check out our list of 15 current shows that still have a theme song or theme music.

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'The Big Bang Theory' Season 4, Episode 20 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 8th 2011 8:30AM
the big bang theory The Herb Garden Germination['The Big Bang Theory' – 'The Herb Garden Germination']

Our favorite TV nerd herd is quickly becoming one big dysfunctional family.

Raj secretly covets Howard's squeeze, Penny loathes Leonard's new love, and Sheldon and Amy have taken to conducting social experiments on their unwitting friends. All of this would be downright disturbing if 'The Big Bang Theory' wasn't so funny and absurd.

After some cute/clever Brian Greene-bashing, this week's episode started out with a troubling bit of gossip -- Bernadette was thinking about dumping Howard -- but switched gears to end with one of the sweetest moments of the series.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Bones,' 'Psych,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' and More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 4th 2011 2:30PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Bones,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Chuck,' 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Haven,' 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent,' 'Outsourced,' 'Private Practice,' 'Psych,' 'Smallville,' 'Supernatural,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' and 'The Good Wife.'

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'The Big Bang Theory' Season 4, Episode 19 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 1st 2011 11:45AM
the big bang theory episode recap['The Big Bang Theory' – 'The Zamecki Incursion']

And we're back. Praise Kahless!

It's been three weeks since CBS aired the last new episode of 'The Big Bang Theory.' Three weeks! I was already starting to feel withdrawal symptoms, like an online gamer with a busted Internet connection, which, I suppose, is appropriate, since this week's ep referenced the life-sucking virtual vortex that is 'World of Warcraft.'

I was eying Penny as Sheldon's 'WoW' crook at the start of this week's episode. (Remember how she became a Dorito munching, stained sweatpants-wearing game addict a while back?) But I couldn't have been more wrong. Penny showed up as soon as she heard about The Mighty Sheldor's missing battle ostrich, offering her condolences and day old cheesecake.

You'd never see Priya doing that.

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Chuck Lorre's Latest Vanity Card: 'I've Been Going Through a Tough Time Recently'

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 1st 2011 10:30AM
Chuck LorreChuck Lorre has mostly remained silent throughout these past few Charlie Sheen–filled weeks. But last night the 'Two and a Half Men' creator took to his post-'Big Bang Theory' vanity card to share a few words on the Sheen situation.

"I've been going through a tough time recently," he wrote, before dropping some torpedoes of truth about how the sayings people use to comfort you during tough times don't really work for him. More realistically, he'd prefer something like "your suffering will be funny after an undetermined length of time."

Lorre last spoke out via vanity card on March 1, when he wrote "I am so outta here!" Two weeks before that -- before the Sheen lawsuit -- he wrote, "If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I'm gonna be really pissed."

Check out the full text of last night's card after the jump.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Castle,' 'Glee,' 'The Mentalist,' and More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 18th 2011 9:00AM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Castle,' 'Community,' 'CSI: Miami,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Fringe,' 'Glee,' 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent,' 'NCIS,' 'Parks & Recreation,' 'Psych,' 'Supernatural,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'The Mentalist,' 'The Office,' and 'True Blood.'

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Which Shows are TV's Biggest Moneymakers?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 17th 2011 9:20AM
'American Idol' judgesForbes has unveiled its annual list of TV's Biggest Moneymakers, and it contains some really good news for Chuck Lorre -- three of his shows are in the Top 10 -- and some really bad news for NBC: None of their shows made the cut.

The top spot goes yet again to Fox's ratings juggernaut 'American Idol'. Pulling in $7.11 million of advertising revenue for each half hour it's on the air, 'Idol' is way ahead of its closest competitor, CBS's hit comedy 'Two and a Half Men.'

'Men' has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, and the future of the show is uncertain. Star Charlie Sheen's been fired, creator Chuck Lorre's said "I'm so outta here," and production's been stopped.

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'The Big Bang Theory' Season 4, Episode 18 Recap

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 11th 2011 8:15AM
[The Big Bang Theory - 'The Prestidigitation Approximation']

Hi there! And welcome to our continuing recap coverage of 'The Big Bang Theory' -- a.k.a., "the Chuck Lorre-based sitcom that wasn't just potentially canceled." Or, to get more specific, "the CBS sitcom that wasn't potentially canceled after Charlie Sheen snorted 1,700 lbs. of cocaine and compared himself to a magical F-18 jet plane."

Now that we've established that 'Big Bang Theory' is still on the air (and done the obligatory Charlie Sheen reference), let's get right to it, shall we? Tonight's 'TBBT' was a Leonard-based episode, which was a good thing -- we've seen way too much of Sheldon lately.

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How Will Charlie Sheen's Firing Affect the Other CBS Sitcoms?

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 8th 2011 4:00PM
'The Big Bang Theory'Even before CBS and Warner Brothers lowered the boom on Charlie Sheen yesterday, firing him from 'Two and a Half Men,' the Eye network was already showing evidence that they were planning Life After Sheen.

The two-season renewal of 'How I Met Your Mother,' announced hours before the Sheen firing, was the first sign that CBS might be scrambling to ensure its comedy lineup can go on without 'Men' -- or at least 'Men' as we've known it for eight seasons -- on the schedule. According to Deadline, the per-episode licensing fee CBS is paying to Fox is $3.3 million, a healthy raise from their last deal and quite a price to pay for a show that's already passed its 100th episode.

But with the future of 'Men' uncertain, this may not be the first CBS sitcom that benefits from this whole Sheen mess. A look at who stands to gain and why after the jump.

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'The Big Bang Theory' Season 4, Episode 17 Recap

by Oliver Miller, posted Feb 25th 2011 6:00AM
['The Big Bang Theory' - 'The Toast Derivation']

Sheldon is generally the funniest part of 'The Big Bang Theory,' but there can be such a thing as too much Sheldon. Really, Sheldon's at his best when he's charmingly misunderstanding the rules of the world around him, and at his worst when he's just being rude and bossy. And he was at his worst tonight.

The show continued the Leonard/Priya/Penny love triangle from last time around, as Leonard's romance with Priya forced him to shift the gang's Thursday night hang-out session to Raj's apartment. This, of course, disturbed the delicate equilibrium of Sheldon's world, causing him to freak out.

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'The Big Bang Theory' Season 4, Episode 16 Recap

by Oliver Miller, posted Feb 18th 2011 6:50AM
'The Big Bang Theory' S04/E16['The Big Bang Theory' - 'The Cohabitation Formulation']

As we mentioned last time around, 'The Big Bang Theory' is at its best when it's subverting traditional sitcom expectations, not going along with them. But tonight's episode seemed content to throw down some of the hoariest sitcom tropes of all time -- the overbearing mother, the love triangle -- and then had nothing new to do with them.

Which isn't to say that tonight's show wasn't funny. It just wasn't funny funny, and it could have been so much more.

Really, the episode focused on two love triangles: Howard, Bernadette and Howard's mother; and then Leonard, Penny and Raj's sister Priya. Howard was struggling with cutting the umbilical cord that bound him to his mother, grappling with the novel concept of actually moving in with his girlfriend. Meanwhile, Leonard was reunited with former hook-up buddy Priya, and Penny had to watch with barely concealed horror as it was revealed that the pair was absolutely perfect for each other -- right down to their shared ability to recite massive chunks of 'The Taming of the Shrew' from memory.

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'The Big Bang Theory' Season 4, Episode 15 Recap

by Oliver Miller, posted Feb 11th 2011 7:20AM
'The Big Bang Theory'['The Big Bang Theory' - 'The Benefactor Factor']

What a difference a week makes. The previous episode of 'The Big Bang Theory' was probably the weakest of the season, and it certainly had the skimpiest plot. Tonight's episode was much better, and it hit all the right comedic beats. Once again, the plot was pretty thin. But then again, 'The Big Bang Theory' has never been known for the complexity of its plots. And hey, when the show's funny, then that doesn't matter.

The show was divided into two sections. In the first, the boys met President Siebert, the head of their university. In the grand tradition of, well, every college movie and TV show ever, Sheldon has a rivalry going on with the president. But Siebert isn't a stuffy old dean in the style of, say, 'Animal House.' In fact, in a nice twist on the usual dean-vs.-students battle, the feud seems to be mostly Sheldon's fault.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Castle,' 'Smallville' and More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 4th 2011 2:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: '90210,' 'Bones,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Castle,' 'Chuck,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'NCIS,' 'Parenthood,' 'Parks & Recreation,' 'Smallville,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'The Defenders' and 'The Mentalist.'

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'The Big Bang Theory' Season 4, Episode 14 Recap

by Oliver Miller, posted Feb 4th 2011 6:40AM
'The Big Bang Theory' Bollywood Dance['The Big Bang Theory' - 'The Thespian Catalyst']

For the second time in a row, the plot of 'The Big Bang Theory' hung upon the slenderest of threads. Last time around, the plot of the episode was skimpy, but it still managed to be funny. This time around ... not so much.

At this point in the show, we basically know these characters. Penny will always be ditsy. Sheldon will always be uptight. Raj will always be longing for the love of a good woman, and so on.

It's a fine line for a sitcom. The essence of comedy is that we know how characters are going to react. There's the straight man, the provocateur, the dame, and so on. ... But at the same time, if the jokes are too predictable, then it'll stop being funny.

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