Even though I've seen all of the episodes, doesn't watching Howard get shot down by Summer Glau deserve repeated viewings? There are practical applications as well; for example, need a refresher in Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock? Well just pop in season two's "The Lizard-Spock Expansion," and you're good to go. Also, if you're new to the show, it's a good way to get up to speed on the various characters and learn the words to "Soft Kitty."
- The Big Bang Theory Season One Box Set Run time: 355 minutes Number of discs: 3 Price: $29.98 in The Big Bang Theory Store ($19.99 on Amazon.com)
- The Big Bang Theory Season Two Box Set Run time: 558 minutes Number of discs: 4 Price: $44.98 in The Big Bang Theory Store ($26.49 on Amazon.com)
- The Big Bang Theory Season Three Box Set Run time: 529 minutes Number of discs: 4 $44.98 in The Big Bang Theory Store ($28.99 on Amazon.com)
What I like
- It's The Big Bang Theory, my geeky TV show obsession, which features the biggest geek on television.
- Season One's bonus features: "Quantum Mechanics of The Big Bang Theory: A behind the scenes look into geek chic" and a gag reel.
- Season Two's bonus features: "Testing the Infinite Hilarity Hypothesis in Relation to The Big Bang Theory: Season 2's unique characters and characteristics" and a gag reel.
- Season Three's bonus features: "Big Bang Set Tour with Simon and Kunal," "Take-Out with the Cast of The Big Bang Theory," and a gag reel.
What I don't like
- Examining why I'm watching episodes multiple times.
- Figuring out which one of my children swiped the discs.
- Having to wait until September 2011 for the Season Four Box Set!
Geek bottom line
It's nice to be able to let my geek flag fly and watch The Big Bang Theory whenever I want — keeping in mind the aforementioned child disc appropriation, of course. It's amazing what can be learned by watching The Big Bang Theory, like the fact that my son was the one the swiped the discs; he never should have quoted Raj and said "Little boys who suck at Mario Kart" after beating me at the game.
If you really want to make a geek on your shopping list happy, you might splurge and buy The Big Bang Theory Season 1-3 Gift Set, which comes with a Bazinga! t-shirt. Think of it this way: You'll basically be buying the gift's recipient their outfit for next year's Comic-Con.
Geek gift score (out of 5)
- Fun factor: *****
- Geek factor: *****
- Value: *****
- Overall: *****
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