“The Big Bang Theory” (Mondays, CBS): Despite being from the creator of “Two and a Half Men,” the pilot episode of this sitcom actually made me laugh quite a bit. It’s about two super-intelligent science nerds, Leonard and Sheldon, who share an L.A. apartment and hang out with like-minded geeks. A pretty blonde moves into the apartment across the hall, and Leonard instantly develops a crush. The first episode overplays some of the stereotypical elements a bit much, with the geeks unrealistically oblivious to the fact that most people aren’t as smart as they are and the blonde a little dumber than normal. But I really like the fact that Sheldon and Leonard play like a nerdy old married couple who argue with each other in highly intelligent geek-speak. TiVo verdict: Provisional season pass (i.e., I’m with you, but I will turn on you in a heartbeat if you betray me).
P.S. The show’s very first joke made me laugh. Here it is:
SHELDON: So if a photon is directed through a plane with two slits in it and either slit is observed, it will not go through both slits. If it’s unobserved, it will — however, if it’s observed after it’s left the plane but before it hits its target, it will not have gone through both slits.
LEONARD: Agreed. What’s your point?
SHELDON: No point, I just think it’s a good idea for a T-shirt.