The Big Bang Theory has had us in splits since 2007. It’s already in its 10th season, and it doesn’t look like people around the world are going to give it up anytime soon. It’s the show that made nerds and geeks a part of mainstream culture. We love watching Leonard, Penny, Sheldon, Howard, Raj, and others break-up and make-up over science, make it through socially awkward situations and enjoy some of the best chemistry we’ve seen in a sitcom.
Here’s a recap of some of the funniest Big Bang Theory episodes that make rainy days tolerable and fun again. Let’s raise a toast to the best Big Bang Theory episodes and hope this quirky group of friends stay with us for a long time.
10. The Middle Earth Paradigm, S1e6
This is one of the best episodes of Big Bang Theory, in which there’s a costume party. Penny kisses Leonard in a Frodo costume, Raj manages to make it through the evening despite being unable to talk to women, and Sheldon turns up looking like the Doppler effect hoping there will be judging and prizes for ‘the most accurate representation of a scientific principle’! On a side note, this is also the episode where Leonard and Penny kiss for the first time.
9. The Troll Manifestation, S8e14
This is the episode in which Amy writes an erotic fan fiction story called Little House on the Prairie. It is a thinly veiled story of her and Sheldon. Only, it’s set in the eighteenth century and the hero is a time-traveler who, according to Bernadette, is just as exhausting in fantasy as Sheldon.
‘What is time travel?’ asks the eighteenth century Amelia.
‘What part don’t you understand? ‘Time’ or ‘Travel’?” says Cooper/Sheldon.
If the ladies reading the story is funny, stay tuned for the enactment that Amy and Sheldon do in the end of the episode.
8. The Barbarian Sublimation, S2e3
This gem among Big Bang Theory episodes is where Penny gets hooked to World of Warcraft. She’s hit rock bottom in work and love, and keeps pestering Sheldon to show her how to play, going so far as to wake him in the middle of the night to ask advise about a quest. A great comic-duo is born and Leonard tries to advise Penny on her addiction, turning up as a WoW character and having his head sliced off. This is one of the funniest Big Bang Theory episodes in which Penny plays a huge role.
7. The Proton Transmogrification, S7e22
Bob Newhart’s Professor Proton waving around a Jedi stick and Sheldon’s conviction that he’s there to give him advice a la Obi Wan Kenobi makes for consistently funny moments in one of the best episodes of Big Bang Theory. The sitcom is best when it focuses on geek culture. This episode is about Star Wars, Sheldon coming to terms with the loss of a mentor and Bob Newhart dressed in Jedi robes advising Sheldon about getting a prenup.
6. The Euclid Alternative, S2e5
In this episode, Sheldon learns to drive, with disastrous consequences. This is one of the first episodes of Big Bang Theory in which Sheldon becomes a stand-out character and takes some of the focus from Leonard. He keeps bugging his friends to drive him around on errands, until they recommend he gets a driver’s license (which he didn’t get at sixteen because he was ‘otherwise engaged’).
There is a hilarious scene in which he irritates the DMV with questions about the questions on the application, until she hands him the Learner’s License to get rid of him. Another standout moment is Sheldon at the driving simulator.
5. The Table Polarization, S7, e16
This is one of the funniest Big Bang Theory episodes in which Leonard tries to get the gang to sit around an actual dining table. There’s a battle of wills between Sheldon and Leonard. Penny tries to get Leonard to stand up to Sheldon. Sheldon is made to realize that just like Penny is changing Leonard, Amy has changed him too into an ‘affection, open-minded’ individual, and that it won’t do. He decides to break up with Amy. Hilarity follows.
4. The Panty Pinata Polarization, S2e7
A Penny versus Sheldon battle of wills makes for hilarious television. Sheldon blocks Penny from freeloading on the WiFi, hangs her laundry on a telephone wire so she can play panty pinata and retrieve it, and Penny gets revenge by telling on him to his mother. Meanwhile, Raj and Howard try to figure out where America’s Next Top Model lives.
3. The Love Spell Potential, S6e23
The girls’ can’t make it to Vegas on a planned trip, so they play Dungeons and Dragons with the boys. Howard does some fantastic impressions as Dungeon Master. But the gang tease Amy and Sheldon for their lack of intimacy, and Bernadette casts a love spell on them in the game. This hits too close to home for Amy, and she goes off to mope. Sheldon follows to comfort her, and hilarity happens. This is one of the funniest Big Bang Theory episodes in which Sheldon and Amy literally play at intimacy, in his bedroom, with dice.
2. The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis, S2, e11
It’s Christmas gift-giving season. This is the episode where Penny gives Sheldon a gift with the autograph and saliva of Leonard Nimoy. Sheldon has been wondering all episode what to give Penny in return, without under- or over- reciprocating. Meanwhile, Leonard is unhappy to learn that Penny’s new boyfriend is just as smart as he is good-looking. This is one of the best Christmas episodes from the show, with a heartwarming hug from Sheldon to Penny!
1. The Transporter Malfunction, S5e20
This is one of the best Star Trek-related Big Bang Theory episodes. Penny gifts Leonard and Sheldon Star Trek transporter collectible toys. Sheldon can’t bear to play with his, but Leonard Nimoy in a dream tells him to. The toy breaks. Sheldon switches his with Leonard’s. Watch the episode to see the fun!
There are so many other Big Bang Theory episodes that we wish we could include here. What about you? What are your favorite episodes of Big Bang Theory? Maybe now is a good time to go and revisit them.
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