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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 Leonard Hofstadter (184 episodes, 2006-2015)
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 Sheldon Cooper (184 episodes, 2006-2015)
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 Penny (183 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Howard Wolowitz (183 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Raj Koothrappali (183 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Bernadette Rostenkowski (113 episodes, 2009-2015)
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 Amy Farrah Fowler (107 episodes, 2010-2015)
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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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Howard's mother's voice is heard throughout the show, but her face has never been actually seen on-screen. (She did appear very briefly on-screen in the season 5 finale, as the camera pans up from the roof top, but her face was still never shown.) She died after the actress who plays her Carol Ann Susi died of cancer. See more »

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The opening titles are based on a time line of human history. A picture of Abraham Lincoln is followed by a picture of George Washington. See more »

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[repeated line when someone accuses Sheldon of being crazy]
Sheldon: I'm not crazy. My mother had me tested!
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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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History of Everything (Instrumental)
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Very funny show
2 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found the show to be very funny. The laugh track needs to go though. I was afraid that the girl would be portrayed as a really stereotypical dumb blonde. I was glad to see that she is not. Granted she isn't a nerd genius like the rest of the characters, but she is just your average person. There is a lot of subtle humor mixed in with the obvious jokes. Good show and I hope it lasts as there are very few comedies on Television now that can actually make me laugh.

Before 100 people insult my taste, humor is subjective. If you can identify with the subject matter, it is funny to you. If you can't, it isn't. Having worked in Information Technology for over 25 years, I can see a lot of myself and my friends in Sheldon and Leonard.

By the way, if you are my age, you may get the nod to one of the greats of TV comedy in the lead characters first names.


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