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A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.


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Series cast summary:
 Leonard Hofstadter (190 episodes, 2006-2015)
 Sheldon Cooper (190 episodes, 2006-2015)
 Penny / ... (189 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Howard Wolowitz (189 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Raj Koothrappali (189 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Bernadette Rostenkowski (119 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Amy Farrah Fowler (113 episodes, 2010-2015)


Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper are both brilliant physicists working at Caltech in Pasadena, California. They are colleagues, best friends, and roommates, although in all capacities their relationship is always tested primarily by Sheldon's regimented, deeply eccentric, and non-conventional ways. They are also friends with their Caltech colleagues mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali. The foursome spend their time working on their individual work projects, playing video games, watching science-fiction movies, or reading comic books. As they are self-professed nerds, all have little or no luck with popular women. When Penny, a pretty woman and an aspiring actress originally from Omaha, moves into the apartment across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon's, Leonard has another aspiration in life, namely to get Penny to be his girlfriend. Written by Huggo

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According to numerous entertainment reports, CBS has reported a large jump in the series' ratings for Season 6 and have attributed the increased audience to the exposure of the show in re-runs on TBS which airs the series three nights a week in prime time blocks of up to three hours. See more »


A line of the opening song states 'Neanderthals developed tools'. Homo habilis actually developed tools long before the Neanderthals. See more »


Leonard Hofstadter: [after a motorcycle accident, which no one asks him about] My leg is killing me, thanks for asking.
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Crazy Credits

One of the final cards to appear in the credit sequence is the vanity card for Chuck Lorre Productions. In keeping with his practice on "Dharma and Greg" and "Two and a Half Men", there is a different message on the card each week, written by Chuck Lorre himself. See more »


History of Everything (Instrumental)
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8 May 2008 | by (Richardson, TX) – See all my reviews

I love this show and think it's one of the best new shows on television. It expands upon the "boy meets girl" theme. The show features a bunch of ultra-geeky physicists who share an apartment. They are brilliant in the laboratory but totally inept outside of it. In moves gorgeous girl Penny across the hall, and she starts showing them what "real life" is all about. I think everything about this show is first-rate, from the writing and performances to the final cut. I hope this one stays around for a while. It certainly has potential. It is worth it just to watch Kaley Cuoco in it. She acts as good as she looks in it.

*** out of ****

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