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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 Leonard Hofstadter (213 episodes, 2006-2016)
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 Sheldon Cooper (213 episodes, 2006-2016)
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 Penny / ... (212 episodes, 2007-2016)
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 Howard Wolowitz (212 episodes, 2007-2016)
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 Raj Koothrappali (212 episodes, 2007-2016)
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 Bernadette Rostenkowski (141 episodes, 2009-2016)
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 Amy Farrah Fowler (136 episodes, 2010-2016)
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Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper are both brilliant physicists working at Cal Tech 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 Cal Tech 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 women. When Penny, a pretty woman and an aspiring actress 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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While much of the show has focused on String Theory, the most often mentioned physicist is Hawking. However, the "Father of String Theory" is Dr. Leonard Susskind, who has proven Hawking wrong on several occasions. See more »

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In Season 7, (708) everyone has Thanksgiving at the Wollowitz home (Penny learns she's married to Zach.) Raj is in the kitchen cooking as Mrs. Wollowitz is bedridden from Gout. ("Did someone say pie?") and the refrigerator doors open with hinges on the RIGHT so the camera can't film it's contents. In Season 8, (818) a power failure causes all of Howard's late mother's cooking to thaw, creating a strong emotional reaction from Howard. They decide to have everyone over for one last Mrs. Wollowitz meal. The same pale yellow refrigerator now is hinged on the left side so that the camera can film the inside of the freezer, filled with Brisket, Kugal, Meatloaf, and Chicken soup. Late that same season, (823) Howard, Raj, and Stewart are cleaning the kitchen ("It's A Hard Knock Life" Charnin/ Strouse) and the hinges are back on the right. This is an intentional goof as it's easier and cheaper to not have to expose the interior of the refrigerator; but still, we notice. See more »

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Sheldon: You're not done with her, are you?
Leonard Hofstadter: Our babies are gonna be smart and beautiful.
Sheldon: Not to mention imaginary.
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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 »

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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.73 (2009) See more »

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History of Everything (The Big Bang Theory Theme)
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A Winner in the Classic CBS Tradition
19 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The network that produced such classic sitcoms in the past as "All in the Family" and "The Munsters" does it again with "The Big Bang Theory," a tremendous success for Chuck Lorre following his drastic failure with "Dharma & Greg".

"BBT" follows the witty and sarcasm-soaked misadventures of Leonard and Sheldon, two socially awkward scientists thrust full-force into standard sitcom story lines-- themes of rejection, friendship, and pride, among others. The important thing is, the standard sitcom story lines feel new for the first time in decades, mainly because the mile-a-minute dialogue now comes with gloriously incomprehensible techno-babble and high-level jargon that could send Kissinger screaming from a room.

It comes down to essentially this. Spot-on writers and directors handle a spot-on cast in spot-on situations. Those of you who are turned off of shows by audience laughter, it adds a much-needed level of reality to this surreally present crowd-pleaser. And when the Writers' Strike ends (still happening as this is being written), fans of great comedy should look forward to much more from this high-potential hit.

Because it all started with the Big Bang.


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