I've been a fan of The Big Bang Theory almost from its debut, and I've lost track of how many times I've responded to the comments or actions of neurotic, self-absorbed genius Sheldon Cooper (three-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons) with "If he were my roommate, I'd have to kill him."
Parsons deserves every one of his Emmys.
As the show begins its seventh season, his roommate, fellow brainiac Leonard (Johnny Galecki), is away on a scientific research trip to the North Sea. Sheldon and Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Leonard's on-again-off-again girlfriend, actually bond in Leonard's absence. When Sheldon has a nightmare (of Leonard being snatched off the deck of the research ship by a Kraken, no less), he runs across the hall to Penny's door. Convincing her he should stay there to keep her from having nightmares (typical Sheldon!), he promptly goes into her bedroom, closes the door and goes to bed, leaving Penny to sleep on her couch!
This season opens with some new and fun situations: astrophysicist Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and engineer Howard (Simon Helberg) attend a function at the university where they both work. Raj, finally able to speak to women without being drunk, but still socially awkward, has a conversation with the recently-divorced human resources director which may be opening the door for him to finally have a relationship. Meanwhile, Howard's microbiologist wife, Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) and Sheldon's neurobiologist girlfriend, Amy (Mayim Bialik) attend a conference together. When a couple of strangers buy them drinks in the hotel bar, it leads to an argument between the two women--and a scary revelation.
But for me, one of the funniest scenes involves Howard and Raj trying to determine the extent of the effects Howard may be experiencing after weeks of applying an estrogen cream to his mother's skin (this is what he gets for being a good Jewish son with an unhealthy attachment to his mom). I almost fell off the couch laughing when Bernadette walked in on the two guys with their shirts pulled up, squeezing each others' breasts!
Most sitcoms go stale after a few seasons--or, like Two and a Half Men, lose their stars and end up with less-than-great replacements. (Replace Charlie Sheen with Ashton Kutcher? I thought they were kidding. Sheen may be a loose cannon, but at least he was funny.) The Big Bang Theory, however, just gets better each season.
Maybe this will be the year Sheldon and Amy finally have sex. (Right...and the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series and the Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Stanley Cup. Soon thereafter, the world will end....)