Presto has announced it has acquired seasons 1-7 of the US comedy The Big Bang Theory. The hit comedy that mixes high IQs with low social skills will arrive on Presto from Tuesday, December 1 and is certain to perk viewers up over the summer.
The Big Bang Theory centres on physicist roommates Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), whose introverted lives are turned upside down when Penny (Kaley Cuoco), an attractive waitress and aspiring actress, moves in across the hall. Penny quickly becomes an integral part of Sheldon and Leonard’s circle of friends, which includes engineer and onetime astronaut Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) and, eventually, Sheldon’s female companion Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) and Howard’s adorable microbiologist wife, Bernadette (Melissa Rauch). Penny’s street smarts and outgoing personality collide with the guys’ peculiar habits and scientific view of the world to create the ultimate big bang of humour and friendship.
Presto will be the exclusive subscription video on demand home to The Big Bang Theory, with Presto TV and Presto Entertainment subscribers able to stream on-demand episodes from the first seven seasons of the hit series. The eighth season will be added in 2016.
The Big Bang Theory has garnered critical acclaim, winning the 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015 People’s Choice Award for Favourite Network TV Comedy, while the show’s Jim Parsons has won the 2011 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy and the 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Sheldon Cooper.
Shaun James, Presto CEO, said, “The Big Bang Theory is an iconic comedy that has kept us in stitches for nearly a decade. We’re thrilled to be bringing the first seven seasons of this hilarious program that attempts to educate as it entertains while tickling our funny bones with the uniquely ‘humerus’ side of science.”
For comedy fans craving an even bigger dose of laughs, Presto has a lot on tap including, the first five seasons of the hit sitcom Modern Family, which follows the trial and tribulations of three related but dysfunctional familes; the Emmy Award®-winning HBO comedy, Veep, staring Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Parks and Recreation, an ensemble comedy that follows Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a mid-level employee in a Parks and Recreation Department who strives to make her little American town just a bit more fun; Louie, starring fan favourite Louis C.K. as a fictionalised version of himself and takes a hilarious look at the life of a newly single father as he navigates the ins and outs of everyday life in the big city; Flight of the Conchords, featuring cutting edge musical comics Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement as they travel from their native New Zealand to New York in search of love and professional success, both of which prove elusive; and Curb Your Enthusiasm starring Seinfeld co-creator Larry David as himself in an unsparing but tongue-in-cheek depiction of his life.