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Leonard: Okay, well, I'm an experimental physicist at Caltech. Most of my research involves high powered lasers. Oh, and I just got a government grant to see if they can be used to knock out incoming ballistic missiles.The Big Bang Theory is a CBS sitcom, which made its debut in 2007, featuring four genius-level friends (with careers ranging from theoretical physics to engineering) and a pretty girl who shakes up their normal reliance on The Scientific Method and their geeky lifestyle.The main characters are two Odd Couple roommates, Leonard Hofstadter* and Sheldon Cooper* . Leonard is a mild-mannered nerd who, although awkward, is still socially capable. Sheldon is an egomaniacal supergenius who displays signs of OCD, ADHD and many other Ambiguous Disorders.A cute new neighbor called Penny* moves in next door, and Leonard almost instantly develops a crush on her. Penny is a perfectly normal person with an average intelligence level, but is seen as a Dumb Blonde compared to Leonard and Sheldon.Rounding out the cast are two other genius geeks who are always visiting Sheldon and Leonard: Howard Wolowitz* , a wild but unsuccessful womaniser who never stops hitting on Penny; and Rajesh "Raj" Koothrappali* , who suffers from crippling mutism whenever attractive women are around (unless he's drunk or otherwise intoxicated).The fourth season added two new female characters in semi-regular roles, who would eventually be promoted to the main cast: Bernadette Rostenkowski* , a sweet-hearted microbiologist who is introduced as Penny's friend and co-worker, and soon formed a relationship with Howard; and Amy Farrah Fowler* , a Distaff Counterpart to Sheldon who gradually became best friends with Penny and eased out of her neurotic shell. These two ended up forming a Power Trio with Penny that contrasts the four guys and gives a new female perspective on the show.The show's humor can be divided into three categories: obscure references to physics or Geek culture (for example, discussions of the Three Laws of Robotics or the metaphysics of teleportation), every nerd stereotype the writers can think of (from obsessive sci-fi and videogame fandom to Basement Dwellers) and the culture clash between Penny and the guys (after Sheldon tries to explain what semiotics is, Penny replies "Okay, sweetie, I know you think you are explaining, but you're not!").And for the most part, the scientific and nerd references are accurate, or at least close enough that somewhere between the writing and the acting someone knows what they're talking about. As for the show's drama and overarching plot, most of that relies on UST between Leonard and Penny. The series almost runs on Give Geeks a Chance.A transcript of episodes can be found here.View character sheet.
Penny: Wow! Can they?
Leonard: Oh God no! (long pause) But the money's good... and I used the equipment to build my own Bat Signal.
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