That having been said, let's get started.
I didn't watch "The Big Bang Theory" when it premiered on CBS five years ago. I think I thought that it was one of those banal sitcoms that spun on the strength of pitting creepazoids against beautiful women. (Even now I watch it On Demand instead of in real time. At 8:00 p.m. on Thursday nights my heart belongs to "Community.") But when the reruns first aired on TBS this past fall I realized that I'd been too quick to judge, proving once again just how much TBS has enriched my life. I found offbeat scientists Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, and Raj to be oddly endearing, right down to their social ineptitude, unfashionably colorful clothing, and blend of bathroom and brainy humor. At the nucleus of the hilarity, of course, is Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons). I have a kind of love-hate relationship with him. His overbearing control-freak ways are anathema to my live and let live sensibilities, but he's just so funny and idiosyncratic (those Emmys don't lie) that I can't help but be charmed by him. In my estimation, his stock only rose when his equally brilliant and eccentric girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) entered his orbit.
Being in the arts and crafts business, I got a kick out of the episode where Penny (Kaley Cuoco) starts making flower barrettes called Penny Blossoms to sell online. Her excitement at landing a huge order quickly dissolves when she realizes that she mistakenly promised next-day shipping. The guys soon exchange their equations for rhinestones, diving into an all-night craft-a-thon. Surprisingly, it's the acerbic Sheldon, Penny's toughest critic, who encourages her to embrace entrepreneurship when things seem bleakest. In the end, another comedic calamity explodes, putting the kibosh on the blossoms and sealing Penny's fate as a Cheesecake Factory waitress. A fitting microcosm of the creative life if ever there was one.
As for the current season, I'm still an episode behind. Which means that Stephen Hawking will be joining my next pizza night.