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Mayim Bialik now a fixture at The Big Bang Theory

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Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory

Sometimes the cheesiest of the cheesy redeem themselves so completely as to have gained new life in the world of TV and movies; David Hasselhoff and William Shatner did so by self-parodying their own preening image (without, apparently, gaining any spiritual insight in the process, but who knows?); frequent has-been John Travolta gained a new lease of life with Pulp Fiction; sit-com 'Cheese King' John Ritter showed the whole goddam WORLD that he was an 'A'-grade actor, thanks to Billy Bob Thornton casting him against type as a gay shop-worker in 1995's Slingblade...

But perhaps no Hollywood redemption is more surprising or welcome than that of Mayim Bialik, who has proved herself a whole new type of funny as Sheldon Cooper's 'not-girlfriend' Amy Farrah Fowler in this season of The Big Bang Theory.

Loathed and villified for years after Blossom on numerous internet boards (none more vociferous or wounding than that at Jump The Shark), Bialik went to get herself a PhD in neuro-science in her post-Blossom years and now has come back to sit-com land as easily the funniest (newly-appointed) official female 'regular' in Big Bang Theory.

Bialik is now one of three female regulars on BBT, joining Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Rauch. Her contract doesn't demand an appearance every episode, but this character, along with Sheldon's tentative and reluctant leaps into relationship territory, has great comic and story-arc potential for a show that is on its best form to date.

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