On TV: Review of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Season 8 premier

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The Big Bang Theory” | Season 8, Episodes 1 and 2: “The Locomotion Interruption” and “The Junior Professor Solution” | Date: Sept. 21, 2014


The comedy website Cracked spewed some vitriol on “The Big Bang Theory,” with the critic call the popular situation comedy “a goddamned terrible show.”

That seems a harsh and ill-considered. Certainly the troubled nerds and their beautiful women meme is well-worn into its eighth season. But Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper is one of the great television characters of the 21st century.

When last we saw Sheldon, he was overwhelmed by all the change in his life. He decided to take a train trip to clear his head. We see him in a train station, no pants and one shoe, the victim of a robbery. He babbles incoherently about various scientific theories until he finally calls Leonard (Johnny Galecki) from a police station.

Watching Parsons vamp is a pleasure, even if the other plotlines in the season’s first two episode are rather placid. Long-mocked Howard (Simon Helberg) decided to take a physics course from Sheldon to work toward his TV. They fight about who is smarter.

Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) helps Penny (Kaley Cuoco) get a job as a pharmaceutical representative. Bernadette is put off by Penny’s apparent laziness. Penny is annoyed by Bernadette’s bossyness. Both women confide in Amy (Mayim Bialik), who is delighted to play  her friends anxieties off one another simply for the attention.

“The Big Bang Theory” is the highest-rated show on television. Is it the best? No. But it is enjoyable, largely on the strength of Parsons’ work. It’s also not the worst show on TV. It’s entertaining, which is all that we can ask from a sitcom and much more than most deliver.

Twisted TV Listings: Dukes of Hazzard vs. Knight Rider vs. The A-Team vs. The Incredible Hulk

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7:00 P.M. DUKES OF HAZZARD VS. KNIGHT RIDER VS. THE A-TEAM VS. THE INCREDIBLE HULK — ACTION: In this star studded spectacular, the Foundation for Law and Government dispatches Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) to finally bring in the A-Team.

A lead takes Michael to a small Georgia county outside Atlanta, where Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane (James Best) catches KITT in a speed trap in a small Georgia town, Michael is forced to perform German pop songs at the Boar’s Nest.

Meanwhile, the Dukes, tired of being harassed by Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) and the corrupt Hazzard County politicians and law enforcement hire the Hannibal Smith (George Peppard) and the A-Team to put them out of business permanently.

In the ensuing confrontation with Hogg and his subordinates, B.A. Baracas (Mr. T) tosses Roscoe over the bar, the scofflaw sheriff bumps into new busboy David Bananarama, secretly Dr. David Banner (Bill Bixby), physician and scientist, seeking a cure for the monster that dwells within him known as the Hulk (Lou Ferrigno).

Banner “hulks out,” smashes the General Lee and tosses the A-Team’s Murdock (Dwight Schultz) so high in the air the mentally unstable decorated Vietnam pilot is now afraid to fly just like B.A.

The Hulk threatens to destroy all of Hazzard with his rage. KITT tries to intervene, but Hulk holds up the super car’s real wheels until it runs out of gas. Michael pleads into his wrist communicator for help from mechanic Bonnie (Patricia McPherson), but she’s making out with local greasemonkey Cooter (Ben Jones) in the front seat of his tow truck.

Only when the Hulk spies Daisy Duke (Catherine Bach) does his rampage slake. Can her oh-so-short shorts soothe the savage beast that threatens them all before the a convoy that includes the military police, investigative reporter Jack McGee (Jack Colvin) and that semi truck with the boring English guy (Edward Mulhare) shows up?