The Big Bang Theory—Season 6

8.0 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 8/10

Still a strong, standard sitcom

Not as strong as when it began


Get your bang on!

Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), Rajesh “Raj” Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar), and Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) are back!  Howard finds himself an astronaut and a newlywed with Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), and Leonard keeps having failed attempts to get engaged to Penny (Kaley Cuoco).  Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) and Sheldon find their relationship “heating up” with some almost foreplay and Raj just question if a girl named Lucy (Kate Micucci) could finally be his chance at a relationship…but all is fair in love and geeks.

The Big Bang Theory—Season 6 aired from September 27, 2012 to May 16, 2013 on CBS.  The cult series continued to garner fame and received Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Jim Parsons), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Bob Newhart), and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series (“The Higgs Boson Observation”) and nominations for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (“The Bakersfield Expedition”), Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series (“The Date Night Variable”, “The Bakersfield Expeditin”, and “The Love Spell Potential”), Oustanding Comedy Series, Oustanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (“The Love Spell Potential”), and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Mayim Bialik).  Parson also received a Golden Globe nomination and the series was nominated for Best Television Series—Musical or Comedy.


I’m just excited because my character finally has a direction!

I really enjoy The Big Bang Theory and despite its age, the series is still going strong.  The series has managed to finally give more depth to the supporting characters and this takes a lot of pressure off Parsons, Galecki, and Cuoco who previously had been forced to carry the series more.  This season is a nice balance of characters and does set out to solve some of the series problems.

The marriage of Howard and Bernadette really did provide some spark to the series by forcing the other characters to look at their lives this season and allowing viewers to see how the characters can balance “being a geek” and being an adult.  It is a fun twist that kind of shakes up the stalemate that had been occurring for a few seasons.


Even Santa gets the Bang!

*****Spoiler Alert***** I have always thought that Raj was the weakest character of the group (especially now that Howard is “the married one”).  He started out as a one trick pony (he couldn’t talk around girls) and that eventually provided a problem with Penny being around all the time.  The solution turned out to be alcohol and turning him into a “girly man” to give his character some sort of direction.  Here, he finally gets a girlfriend and it is used as a means to get him to finally be able to talk around women…whether it will last remains to be scene, but that irritating aspect of the character is eliminated.

The Big Bang Theory probably isn’t for everyone and despite being a standard three camera comedy, it still remains a favorite.  The writers obviously know what they are talking about (coming from a geek you can tell someone would be considered a BasementReject on the show).  With a long life contract for the show, it will be interesting to see if the next four (?!?!?!) seasons will maintain the strong writing and storytelling and if the show will keep its Bazinga!

The Big Bang Theory—Season 6 Complete Episode Guide:


“The Date Night Variable”

6.1       The Date Night Variable Airdate:  09/27/12

Howard (Simon Helberg) finds himself in space and learns his mother and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) are arguing over if his mother moving in with them.  It is the anniversary Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and finds she is lacking affection from Sheldon.  Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) try to work through Leonard’s botched proposal and questions why Penny doesn’t reciprocate his love.  Raj (Kunal Nayyar) finds himself crashing on both Penny and Leonard and Sheldon and Amy’s dates.


“The Decoupling Fluctuation”

6.2       The Decoupling Fluctuation Airdate:  10/04/12

When Amy reveals to Sheldon that Penny is considering breaking up with Leonard, Sheldon finds he doesn’t know what to do with the information.  Howard finds that he’s having troubles getting along with the other astronauts.  Raj tries to substitute Stuart (Kevin Sussman) for Howard.


“The Higgs Boson Observation”

6.3       The Higgs Boson Observation Airdate:  10/11/12

Howard finds himself cracking up in space and learns that he might have to stay there longer.  Sheldon works to get a Nobel Prize and hires an assistant named Alex (Margo Harshman) to have him search through his past writings…leading Amy to be jealous.  When Penny learns that Alex might be more interested in Leonard, Penny sets out to win him.


“The Re-Entry Minimization”

6.4       The Re-Entry Minimization Airdate:  10/18/12

Amy and Penny battle Sheldon and Leonard in a game of Pictionary and end up in a game challenge.  Howard returns to Earth to find that Bernadette is sick…leaving Howard wandering around looking for something to do.


“The Holographic Excitation”

6.5       The Holographic Excitation Airdate:  10/25/12

Halloween is coming, and Raj is throwing a party at Stuart’s comic book store.  Howard learns that everyone is tired of him talking about space and being an astronaut.  Penny tries to take an interest in Leonard’s work…and finds it a turn on.  Sheldon and Amy try to find a compromise on a Halloween costume.


“The Extract Obliteration”

6.6       The Extract Obliteration Airdate:  11/01/12

Sheldon strikes up a game of Words with Friends with Stephen Hawking but suffers a crisis when Stephen Hawking quits playing.  Penny decides to take a college history course, but Leonard breaks a promise and reads her paper…discovering it is awful.


“The Habitation Configuration”

6.7       The Habitation Configuration Airdate:  11/08/12

Bernadette pressures Howard to officially move out of his mother’s home.  A rift between Wil Wheaton and Amy during a taping with Fun with Flags puts pressure on Sheldon and Amy’s relationship.


“The 43 Peculiarity”

6.8       The 43 Peculiarity Airdate:  11/15/12

Raj and Howard finds Sheldon rocks himself in a small room each day…and questions what the enigmatic “43” means.  Penny’s new class partner puts Leonard in doubt about their relationship leading to a big change…and a new threat from another admirer.


“The Parking Spot Escalation”

6.9       The Parking Spot Escalation Airdate:  11/29/12

Sheldon is enraged when Howard is given his parking spot (despite not having a car), and it leads to war between the friends…which translates to a war between Bernadette and Penny.


“The Fish Guts Displacement”

6.10     The Fish Guts Displacement Airdate:  12/06/12

Amy gets sick forcing Sheldon to care for her…something Amy likes a little too much.  Howard must learn to fish when Bernadette’s father (Casey Sander) is ordered to take him fishing.


“The Santa Simulation”

6.11     The Santa Simulation Airdate:  12/13/12

It is roleplaying night and Leonard, Sheldon, Stuart, and Howard have a Christmas themed story despite Sheldon’s objections.  Raj joins Amy, Penny, and Bernadette for a girls’ night, and Amy learns Raj has never fantasized about her.


“The Egg Salad Equivalency”

6.12     The Egg Salad Equivalency Airdate:  01/03/13

When Sheldon’s assistant Alex hits on Leonard causing jealousy with Penny.  Sheldon’s decision to lecture Alex puts Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, and Howard in a meeting with the human resource director Janine Davis (Regina King).


“The Bakersfield Expedition”

6.13     The Bakersfield Expedition Airdate:  01/10/13

Howard, Raj, Leonard, and Sheldon head to a comic con in Bakersfield, but end up stranded in the desert when they stop to get Star Trek pictures.  Amy, Penny, and Bernadette decide to check out comic books to see what they are missing.


“The Cooper/Kripke Inversion”

6.14     The Cooper/Kripke Inversion Airdate:  01/31/13

Sheldon finds he’s forced to work with Kripke (John Ross Bowie) on a project…leading Sheldon to discover he’s working at a lower level than Kripke.  Raj and Howard decide to get personalized superheroes and end up buying a 3D Printer using Bernadette’s money.


“The Spoiler Alert Segmentation”

6.15     The Spoiler Alert Segmentation Airdate:  02/07/13

Sheldon ruins the Harry Potter series for Leonard, and Leonard decides to move out.  Howard goes out of town with Bernadette leading Raj to try to take care of his mother.  When Leonard moves in with Penny and Amy tries to move in with Sheldon, Sheldon and Penny must find a way to end the movements.


“The Tangible Affect Proof”

6.16     The Tangible Affection Proof Airdate:  02/14/13

It’s Valentine’s Day, and Penny, Leonard, Bernadette, and Howard are out for a romantic dinner together…unfortunately Penny’s ex is there with her ex-best friend and Bernadette and Howard are fighting.  Raj spends time with the Stuart, and Sheldon and Amy work on a good Valentine’s Day together.


“The Monster Isolation”

6.17     The Monster Isolation Airdate:  02/21/13

Raj goes into isolation when he is ditched by a girl named Lucy (Kate Micucci) he met at the Valentine’s Day comic store party.  Penny helps Sheldon on Fun with Flags and Sheldon finds he must attend Penny’s performance of A Streetcar Named Desire.


“The Contractual Obligation Implementation”

6.18     The Contractual Obligation Implementation Airdate:  03/07/13

Penny, Amy, and Bernadette skip work to go to Disneyland.  Raj tries to go on his first date with Lucy and goes to the library for a date.  Leonard, Sheldon, and Howard are assigned to find a way to get girls interested in science and go to Howard’s middle school to pitch their program.


“The Closet Reconfiguration”

6.19     The Closet Reconfiguration Airdate:  03/14/13

A party at Bernadette and Howard to have Sheldon organize their closet leads to Sheldon’s discovery of a letter from Howard’s father.  When Sheldon is convinced to reveal the contents of the letter, Howard finds himself questioning what his father tried to tell him.


“The Tenure Turbulence”

6.20     The Tenure Turbulence Airdate:  04/04/13

The death of a professor puts the Howard, Raj, Leonard, Sheldon, and Kripke in a race for tenure…and they learn that they first must woo Janine Davis.


“The Closure Alternative”

6.21     The Closure Alternative Airdate:  04/25/13

Raj goes on a date with Lucy and tries to prove he’s masculine when he reads her blog.  Leonard tries to interest Penny in Buffy the Vampire Slayer…leading Penny to wish she had the same passion for things.  Amy tries to get Sheldon to get over his need for closure when Sheldon tries to get Alphas back on the air.


“The Proton Resurgence”

6.22     The Proton Resurgence Airdate:  05/02/13

Raj has Howard and Bernadette watch over his dog Cinnamon, but Howard and Bernadette lose Cinnamon.  Leonard and Sheldon discover their childhood idol Professor Proton (Bob Newhart) is still giving presentations, but Professor Proton might not be as fun as they remember.


“The Love Spell Potential”

6.23     The Love Spell Potential Airdate:  05/09/13

Amy, Penny, and Bernadette’s plans for a weekend in Vegas fall through leading to a game of Dungeons & Dragons.  Raj and Lucy’s date goes badly when Raj tries to get Lucy out of her shell.  When Sheldon and Amy’s Dungeons & Dragons characters get intimate, problems arises.


“The Bon Voyage Reaction”

6.24     The Bon Voyage Reaction Airdate:  05/16/13

When a big honor opens up for Leonard involving an expedition to the North Sea for Stephen Hawking, Leonard must decide if his relationship with Penny can survive a four month break.  A bon voyage party for Leonard provides an opportunity for Raj to introduce Lucy to his friends…when a result that no one expected.

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Related Links:

The Big Bang Theory—Season 1 Review and Complete Episode Guide

The Big Bang Theory—Season 2 Review and Complete Episode Guide

The Big Bang Theory—Season 3 Review and Complete Episode Guide

The Big Bang Theory—Season 4 Review and Complete Episode Guide

The Big Bang Theory—Season 5 Review and Complete Episode Guide

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