by James Chamberlin
It didn't take long for The Big Bang Theory to become a hit on CBS. The first season quickly found an audience and was an overnight success. Not every sitcom manages to do this. The reason for its success has to do with the people involved. Whether it's behind or in front of the camera, The Big Bang Theory's cast and crew have all been part of successful sitcoms. The list includes 8 Simple Rules, Roseanne, Grace Under Fire, and Two and a Half Men, just to name a few. After the first season proved to be so successful, The Big Bang Theory was quickly renewed for three more seasons. It's not often a show gets that sort of treatment. It goes to show you how confident CBS is with this series.
The second season started out with the end of the first date between Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki). Much of the show is supposed to revolved around them... the nerd wanting the hot chick. Surprisingly, the date seemed to go fine for the most part. It was Penny who made a mistake and let college come between them. It isn't very surprising for Penny to think that Leonard would become bored with her because she hasn't even graduated from a community college. Penny's way of thinking doesn't really change a whole lot through the second season.
Of the cast members, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco are easily the two most famous actors. However, I would have to say that this show put a big spotlight on Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper, Leonard's roommate and best friend. Sheldon proved to be the funniest character on the show, even if the actor portraying him isn't receiving top billing.
Sheldon's second season wasn't drastically different from the first. If there were really any notable changes, they would be that he's begun learning from a lot of the social interactions that take place between his friends. The introduction of Penny to the mix has undoubtedly had an impact on his little world. Sheldon is still quite socially awkward, mind you, but he is picking up on some of the sarcastic comments made by others and by season's end, he was even cracking a few of his own jokes.
Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) also remained true to their first season selves. They are rarely the center of attention, however. That's my only complaint with them. I would like to see Koothrappali get past the fact that he can't talk to women without hitting the bottle. The second season showed him talking to guest star Summer Glau while drinking non-alcoholic beer, so we know he CAN do it. It's just all in his head. It's funny from time to time, but it's also a little ridiculous.