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The Big Bang Theory (2007– )

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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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Season 9 Returns

Thursday, December 10

Sheldon can't get a tune out of his head. He can't work out what song it is. Meanwhile, Amy is having Dave over to her's, but Bernadette is reluctant. Howard and Raj meet a fan of their...

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Series cast summary:
 Leonard Hofstadter (195 episodes, 2006-2015)
 Sheldon Cooper (195 episodes, 2006-2015)
 Penny / ... (194 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Howard Wolowitz (194 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Raj Koothrappali (194 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Bernadette Rostenkowski (124 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Amy Farrah Fowler (118 episodes, 2010-2015)


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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Did You Know?


Wil Wheatons house number (1701) is the same as the hull number of the USS Enterprise on Star Trek:The Next Generation (NCC 1701-D). See more »


The front doors of the apartment building are even with Penny's apartment door, meaning her apartment - and those above and below - hangs out in space over the front sidewalk. See more »


[repeated line]
Penny: Holy crap on a cracker.
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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 »


Referenced in House of Cards: Chapter 37 (2015) See more »


History of Everything (The Big Bang Theory Theme)
Music & lyrics by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
Played during the opening titles
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User Reviews

One of TV's Best Written Sitcoms
18 December 2007 | by (St. Louis Park, MN) – See all my reviews

I have seen a few episodes of the new CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory and to me it's one of the best written sitcoms currently on network TV. The scripts are filled with scientific references some people might not understand but they are very witty. Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons are definitely one of TV's newest comedy teams who have great chemistry and the addition of Kaley Cuoco as their neighbor, Penny brightens up the show. Let's not overlook the supporting cast with Simon Helberg as Wolowitz, who looks a little like Paul Reubens, the man behind Pee-Wee Herman and Kunal Nayyar as their friend from India.

If you watch the closing credits closely, you'll notice that there's a credit saying "Science Consultant." It's the first sitcom to employ one. It was a very good idea by the show's creator Chuck Lorre, who also is behind the CBS hit Two and a Half Men to hire one to bring scientific honesty into the show.

I hope The Big Bang Theory is around for several years. It has a solid future.

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