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Catching up with 'The Big Bang Theory'

It’s time to catch up on last season’s Big Bang Theory before its season 10 debut on Monday, September 19 on CBS. If you don’t have time to binge watch all 24 episodes, here are the six we think best represent season 9. And yes — the “big bang” episode made the cut!

Episode 1, “The Matrimonial Momentum”
Leonard and Penny wait their turn to be married in a random Chapel of Love when Sheldon calls Leonard to announce that women are the worst. Guess what? Shamy is no longer Shamy. When Sheldon learns that the entire crew has been invited over to watch the future Hofstadters get married in Vegas via Skype, he creeps in the window like a world-class weirdo. Needless to say, Amy and Sheldon are officially over. Consider the Relationship Agreement null and void.

Episode 3, “The Bachelor Party Corrosion”
Every once in a while, The Big Bang Theory really embraces its nerd heritage and busts out an episode that showcases the scientific side of the comedy. Here’s a quick tip to help you navigate this storyline: Richard Feynman was a famous theoretical physicist. If Sheldon had a locker at work, this guy’s picture would be hanging alongside Mr. Spock. Also, Howard secures this guy’s old groovy van for Leonard’s bachelor party weekend in Mexico. It’s too bad the vintage vehicle is a hunk of junk. Can four physicists use the power of their minds to change a flat tire?

Episode 10, “The Earworm Reverberation”
Who would have thought that The Beach Boys would be the key to getting Sheldon and Amy back together? I know their catalog is magical, but I never expected the lyrics of “Darlin” to transform the mind of a brilliant physicist into a lovey-dovey puddle of goo. I’m concerned that Amy’s new British boyfriend is left watching his date make out with an old boyfriend, but if I know anything about Too Tall Dave, it’s that he would trade places with Amy in a heartbeat. Shamy for the win!

Episode 11, “The Opening Night Excitation”
The proton torpedo has been fired. The rebel base has been targeted. Light speed was achieved. That’s right, people — Sheldon and Amy had coitus. Talk about a big bang!

Episode 16, “The Positive Negative Reaction”
Howard and Bernadette are pregnant! The entire gang celebrates the news by going to a karaoke bar. Howard serenades his bride with a sweet rendition of “Having My Baby” by Paul Anka. It’s too bad Sheldon found out that Howard and Bernadette did the deed in his bed during the middle of the performance. I might have been moved to tears.

Episode 22, “The Fermentation Bifurcation”
When writers add alcohol into the mix, things get funnier. Pairing Bernadette and Sheldon together as the non-drinkers of the group is simply delightful. Especially when Sheldon convinces Bernadette to role play a warrior booze hound character in Dungeons and Dragons.

The Big Bang Theory returns to CBS on Monday, September 19. And click here to catch up on The Mindy Project before its debut in October.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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