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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 (233 episodes, 2006-2017)
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 Sheldon Cooper (233 episodes, 2006-2017)
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 Penny (232 episodes, 2007-2017)
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 Howard Wolowitz (232 episodes, 2007-2017)
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 Raj Koothrappali (232 episodes, 2007-2017)
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 Bernadette Rostenkowski (162 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Amy Farrah Fowler (156 episodes, 2010-2017)

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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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When beauty meets the brains. See more »

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Leonard is the only male lead character who hasn't taken his pants off while under the influence: Raj took his off at the coffee shop while under the influence of an experimental personality altering drug, Howard took his off on the international space station after his teammates gave him a shot for his anxiety and Sheldon took his off on stage while accepting an award in science after Penny gives him multiple glasses of wine. See more »

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Whenever anyone is using the stairs in the apartment building, it is obvious that each floor is the same set, slightly redecorated. This can be most easily seen in the distinctive marks on the lamps that are next to each apartment doors (especially the one on the left.) See more »

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Penny: So, what do you say Sheldon, are we your X-Men?
Sheldon: No. The X-Men were named after the X in Charles Xavier. Since I am Sheldon Cooper, you will be my C-Men.
Howard Wolowitz: [as Sheldon walks away] Oh, that's not a good name.
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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 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.107 (2012) See more »

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History of Everything (The Big Bang Theory Theme)
Music & lyrics by Barenaked Ladies
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A laugh track on a broken record player
21 March 2012 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Recently I attempted to watch an episode of this show, however I honestly couldn't even get to the ten minute mark. It was the most contrived and uninteresting thing I have ever attempted to endure. Every single line, no matter how mundane and innocuous, was greeted with a pause in acting so they could fill in the clearly recorded canned laugh track.

It was really quite painful.

'Hello'... pause... (laugh track) 'What are you doing?'... pause... (laugh track) 'I'm looking in the fridge'... pause... (laugh track)

And so on and so on, until you just want to kill yourself.

Despite all the spoon fed laugh track cues there are literally no real laughs to be had anywhere. Normally with a show this banal one can usually elicit a laugh by laughing AT the people who like it, however, in all honesty, I just feel bad for them. And it's not even pity, I feel embarrassed for them


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