Los Angeles Times

'THE BIG BANG THEORY' (CBS) Season 4

The series: The cresting wave of geek culture throughout the land may have helped propel this network sitcom into the award race, but so has growing appreciation for the lead performance by Jim Parsons as a socially awkward science nerd. He won the Emmy last season and is now nominated for a Globe. The critical take: "This show does a really good job of acknowledging the stereotypes and then pushing past them in subtle and interesting ways." Monty Brinton / CBS
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