ByHenry Faherty, writer at

It's common that most television shows begin to dwindle or completely fall apart around the seventh season. Stories run dry, writers leave, and most actors usually lack the skill to bring anything new to the game after so long. But not this one!

Season Eight begins with Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) needing his friends and patient girlfriend to come rescue him after a failed attempt to go and spend some time alone by traveling around the country by train. Being a genius man with a childish nature, it was only a matter of time before his trademark triple-knock was heard once again. Leonard (Johnny Galecki), his best friend and roommate, is in the middle of a (currently) serious relationship with his neighbor Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting). Their friends Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) are also in relationships with women who either control them like a parent or scare them like a big older brother.

The first couple episodes of this season were somewhat worrying; the jokes seemed a little unoriginal and the plots were often boring, but amazingly it picked up without any warning. It did something with the characters that most shows fail to do through so many seasons--develop them. And it's clear that when a show has that deep understanding of its characters, it could go on and on without weakening. And since it is already renewed through its tenth season, it better have the chops. Please, please, please have the chops, "Big Bang Theory!"

The stories feel so incredibly genuine and while the jokes are more predictably set-up than they used to be, the punchlines as well as the performances hit their marks almost every time. Each episode there's something new that we've amazingly never seen yet in a previous one, each time there's a clever nerd culture reference that makes even the novices grin, and it never ceases to charm with its high-intellectual wit that's ever-present through its zippy dialogue.

It's a rare gift when a show that's already been so stellar through seven seasons continues its nerdy reign over television. It may be a tough bet to think this one will keep this level of quality up through (at least) two more seasons - but it's more rewarding to risk it, right?


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