The Big Bang Theory has the prerequisite breakout character, in the tradition of Fonzie, Urkel, and Kramer — Sheldon. Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, isn't just good with a punchline (although he is very good with those), but he manages to imbue the uptight scientist with maybe not humanity, but at least vulnerability. Sheldon, for all of his posturing and claims to genius, is also at times just a little boy who misses his "Meemaw."
|Sheldon loves cats|
|Leonard, Howard and Raj with Big Gulps|
|Amy Farrah Fowler and Sheldon|