It’s getting chilly outside, the forecast is for rain today, and The Big Bang Theory isn’t on until Thursday. The word that comes to my mind is doldrums. In previous years I would have hunkered down and watched whatever reruns were on, but this year is different because I have a secret weapon to fight boredom: the DVD box sets of seasons one, two, and three of The Big Bang Theory. (Disclaimer: The Big Bang Theory is a CBS show, and TechRepublic is a CBS Interactive brand.)

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.”


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

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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