The Top Five Episodes of 'The Big Bang Theory'

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"The Big Bang Theory" is one of the funniest shows on television. The actors have fabulous chemistry, and the characters are as fascinating as they are hilarious. As compelling as they characters and the people who play them are, the storylines of each episode are what really brings the show to the top level of entertainment. While supporting actors can amp the fun into the stratosphere, a great episode of "The Big Bang Theory" can center around one character or several characters. Here is a look at the top five episodes of TBBT so far:

"The Barbarian Sublimation"

When Penny becomes addicted to a video game, she becomes Sheldon's best friend. This episode from early in season two reveals what can actually happen when anyone becomes addicted to anything, but tells the story with such hilarious results it is most impressive. The laughs and lines are just fabulous.

"The Dumpling Paradox"

This season one gem gets going in high gear when Penny is recruited to join the fellows in a game of HALO due to Wolowitz being taken advantage of by one of Penny's friends. While Howard is interested in pursuing the relationship despite her being a gold-digger, Sheldon and the rest of guys use Penny as a substitution. This is one of the episodes that really got the series moving in the right direction, and is a must-see for any fan.

"The Wheaton Recurrence"

Wil Wheaton returns to "The Big Bang Theory" for Sheldon to avenge a card game loss. The challenge takes place in a bowling alley. Of course, Wheaton is up to his usual tricks as the guys have enlisted Penny's help in defeating him. He stoops to new levels of low breaking Leonard and Penny up to disrupt Sheldon's team, and the guys are forced to live up to their end of the bet.

"The Maternal Congruence"

When Leonard's mom comes into town for a visit all bets are off to her behavior. Since this was a Christmas episode, the thirty minutes of fun are a big present for fans of the show. Leonard learns his mother has been keeping a lot of information from him, but when his mom is shown a good time by Penny the episode really kicks into high-gear. Plus, the kiss that was heard around the world takes place in this episode, I never knew Sheldon had it in him.

"The Staircase Implementation"

Everyone was wondering how Leonard met Sheldon, and this episode addresses a lot of back story on the pair and the entire group as well. Finally, why the elevator does not work is revealed. This is one of the most important episodes for the show because it reveals what certain bits of dialogue and humor are aimed towards, including Leonard dating a spy. Just a fabulous job on this one by everyone involved.

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