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The actors learned to actually play their instruments for the show. (Amy plays harp, Sheldon plays Theremin and recorder, and Leonard plays Cello). In addition Howard is a professional piano player.
Most of the time, Leonard has no lenses in his glasses.
Recurring guest Mayim Bialik is the only cast member to have a PhD. In 2008 she completed her neuroscience studies. She earned her PhD. in Neural Biology.
Jim Parsons' audition for the role of Dr. Sheldon Cooper was so good that creator Chuck Lorre immediately asked him to come in for a second one, because Lorre wanted to be 100% sure Parsons was as brilliant as he seemed. After the second audition went perfectly, Lorre cast him on the spot.
Raj's inability to talk to women except when consuming alcohol is based on an old co-worker of executive producer Bill Prady when he worked at a computer company.
The two main characters (Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter) are named after late television producer Sheldon Leonard.
When Sheldon plays the theremin (which is widely regarded as one of the hardest instruments to play), that is actually Jim Parsons playing it.
During the third season, the producers became aware of a series called "The Theorists," produced and broadcast in the country of Belarus, that was a virtual copy of The Big Bang Theory (2007). Legal action over copyright infringement would have been futile, since the production company was pretty much owned by the Belarus government. However, a lawsuit turned out not to be necessary, because when word got out that the show was a rip-off, the actors quit and the show was immediately canceled.
On 14 January 2011, CBS gave the series a rare vote of confidence when it issued a three-year renewal through the 2013-14 season. It then received another three-season renewal on March 12, 2014, meaning the show will run at least ten seasons. This marked the first time in modern television history a scripted television series received back-to-back three-season renewals.
During a first-season episode Raj, Leonard and Howard are trying to find a fourth person to replace Sheldon on their Physics Bowl team. Raj suggests actress Mayim Bialik, saying, "You know who's apparently very smart, is the girl who played TV's Blossom (1990). She got a PhD in neuroscience or something." Leonard responds, "Raj, we're not getting TV's Blossom to join our physics bowl team." During Season 3 Bialik started playing the regular role of Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on the show; Dr. Fowler has a PhD like Dr. Bialik, but in neurobiology rather than neuroscience.
Kaley Cuoco missed filming two episodes of Season 3 because of a broken leg that was the result of a horseback-riding accident. In her first appearance following the accident, she was filmed standing behind a counter.
Sheldon's soothing song, "Soft Kitty", is based on an Australian children's song from Executive Producer Bill Prady's daughter's pre school. The song has been featured on Australian children's television show Playschool.
Even though Jim Parsons' character Sheldon Cooper is a huge Star Trek (1966) fan, Parsons himself has never seen the show. The same is true for Doctor Who (1963).
On January 3, 2013, a team of Brazilian biologists announced their name for a newly-discovered species of orchid bee: Euglossa bazinga. This was to honor the show and specifically Sheldon's mocking catchphrase "bazinga". Long mistaken for another bee, Euglossa ignita, the new species was deliberately tagged "bazinga" for its history of fooling entomologists. Executive producer Steven Molaro responded in a press release: "We are always extremely flattered when the science community embraces our show. Sheldon would be honored to know that Euglossa bazinga was inspired by him. In fact, after Mothra (1961) and griffins, bees are his third-favorite flying creature."
In fall 2010 Kaley Cuoco revealed to CBS's Watch! Magazine's Behind the Scenes (2008) that she and her co-star and love interest Johnny Galecki had secretly dated for two years earlier in the run of the show, but they were no longer together.
Penny has been using the same purse since Season 1, Episode 2.
Despite the fact that some viewers take Sheldon's behavior, mannerisms and social skills as a sign that he has Asperger's syndrome or otherwise falls on the autism spectrum, the producers have persistently denied in many interviews that Sheldon has Asperger's or any other type of autism. It should be noted, however, that Jim Parsons (Sheldon) has stated that he does think that Sheldon actually does have Asperger's syndrome and portrays him as such.
Sheldon can be seen wearing various versions of "Flash"-T-Shirts throughout the series. In the series "The Flash", character Cisco Ramon frequently wears "The Big Bang Theory"-based Shirts, such as one with Sheldon's catchphrase "Bazinga!".
Although Sheldon does not drive, Jim Parsons gets motion sickness from riding in cars and prefers to drive them.
Sheldon frequently wears T-shirts with the characters or symbols of Green Lantern, the Flash, or the old TV show The Greatest American Hero (1981). The shirts from the "Green Lantern" comic book series are various colors with a corresponding symbol, with each color representing a different corps of heroes or villains (e.g. Red Lanterns, Orange Lanterns, etc). In the comics, each color also represents an emotion, thus possibly giving the viewer a clue to Sheldon's temperament for the day.
Each of the male characters has a signature clothing article that is worn in virtually every episode: Sheldon--T-shirts worn over long-sleeve shirts; Leonard--hoodies worn over a T-shirt and under a jacket; Raj--sweater-vest worn over a shirt and usually under some type of outerwear; Howard--dickie worn under some type of outerwear. Howard usually has a pin on the left side of his dickie of the head of a space alien, and he wears large belt buckles.
On five episodes or more of Season 6, Mayim Bialik's right hand was hidden in certain ways and camera shots to conceal the the injury she received--and the glove she wore to cover it--from an automobile accident in August of 2012.
Floors two, three and four of Sheldon and Leonard's apartment building are the same set just re-dressed for each scene. This can be seen in the fact that the scuff marks on the molding are identical on each level as they walk up the stairs.
Sara Gilbert (Leslie) who plays a former girlfriend of Leonard's, also played Johnny Galecki's girlfriend in Roseanne (1988). Laurie Metcalf, who plays Sheldon's mother, was also his co-star in Roseanne (1988) and Sara Gilbert's aunt.
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper wears numerous shirts containing the number 73, this is also the year Jim was born in real life 1973, and Cooper repeatedly states that 73 is his favorite number.
Kevin Sussman, who plays Stuart Bloom the comic book store owner, actually worked in a comic book store before becoming an actor.
Both Raj's and Bernadette and Howard's apartment are filmed on the same set and are just completely redecorated to change scene, this is why it is rare to see both apartments in one episode.
Sheldon didn't always have his door-knocking quirk. In Season 1, Episode 5, he knocks on Penny's door without knocking and calling her three times.
The full names and occupations of the characters are as follows: Dr. Leonard Leakey Hofstader, Ph.D., Experimental Physicist; Dr. Sheldon Lee Cooper, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D., Sc.D., Theoretical Physicist; Howard Joel Wolowitz, M.Eng, Aerospace Engineer; Dr. Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali, Ph.D., Astrophysics; Dr. Bernadette Mary Ann Rostenkowski Wolowitz, Ph.D., Microbiology; and Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, Ph.D., Neurobiology. Penny's last name has yet to be revealed.
Out of the main male cast members Howard is the only one who hasn't seen Penny naked in person, despite being the first to flirt with her.
Kaley Cuoco presented the Best Performance by an Actor in a television series--musical or comedy at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards to her co-star Jim Parsons
With the exception of the pilot, every show name follows the same format as the show's title, that being the name of a scientific episode or theory.
As the series progressed, each taping of the show was attended by Caltech students.
Johnny Galecki was originally approached to play Sheldon, but felt that he would be better fit to play the role of Leonard.
Sheldon is from Texas, as is Jim Parsons.
Howard's house also appeared in Everybody Loves Raymond (1996).
Bernadette did not originally have such a high pitched voice. When she first appeared, she had a rather normal pitch voice and as her character began to take shape, she adopted the quirky high pitched voice which Melissa Rauch says she based off her mother's voice "without the Jersey".
The theme song uses the line "Autotrophs began to drool." This is a science joke. The word "autotroph" means "self-nourishing" and refers to life-forms (plants and algae) that create their own food internally and don't need to eat.
One of Johnny Galecki's early roles was in an episode of Blossom (1990) in which he played Mayim Bialik's love interest who takes her to a "make-out party".
The opening cast shot always features the series' regulars enjoying dinner together. The opening cast credits cast shot in Seasons 2-4, for instance, depict Howard, Raj, Leonard, Penny and Sheldon on what appears to be pizza night. However, Leonard is seen holding a plate with a white meat and some type of vegetable, such as asparagus spears. This is apparently a reference to his lactose intolerance, which would make him averse to pizza. Amy and Bernadette were added to the shot starting in Season 6, even though both had been regulars on the show since Season 4.
Penny was an add-on from a different sitcom concept. She had been originally envisioned as Katie, a more cynical, hard-drinking, streetwise girl who worked at a makeup salon. In the original unaired pilot, she was played by Amanda Walsh.
During his appearance on "Inside the Actor's Studio", Jim Parsons revealed his three favorite scenes: Sheldon receiving a gift from Penny - a napkin signed and used by Leonard Nimoy, Sheldon presenting Amy the relationship agreement, and Sheldon drinking Long Island Ice Tea for the first time.
In the early episodes of Season 1, Sheldon has two character traits that were not established right away. First, he understood the nature of romantic/sexual relationships. In the first few episodes he chides Leonard for his hopes of getting into a relationship with Penny, often telling Leonard that he has no chance of having sex with her. Also, Sheldon understood the nature of sarcasm, as he occasionally used it himself in the early episodes. Later his character evolved into a purely intellectual person and an emotional "man-child" who does not fully understand sex, love or sarcasm. Second, in the early episodes, Sheldon did not use his three-times knock (i.e., knock-knock-knock "Penny", etc.) that has become one of the character's now well known idiosyncrasies that did not begin until midway through Season 1.
The original working title of the show was "Lenny, Penny, and Kenny."
The equations written on the boards in various episodes that Leonard and Sheldon are working on, are real physics equations and are verified as accurate by consulting physicists.
All the figurines and posters in Howard's room (and later on in his house with Bernadette) are female superheroes or science-fiction characters. The one non-female figurine, Jabba the Hutt, has Princess Leia (in her slave girl costume) sitting in front. Later on in the series, they accumulate a figurine of Bernadette after the episode where he and Raj got a 3-D printer.
The character Howard Wolowitz is named after someone the creator worked with at a computer company.
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).
In the original unaired pilot, the theme song of the show was "She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby. Later on, however, a short MIDI rendition of the song is used as Howard's ringtone in The Big Bang Theory: The Lizard-Spock Expansion (2008)
Jim Parsons (Sheldon) and Kaley Cuocuo (Penny) are the world's highest paid TV actors with earnings of $29 million and $28.5 million, having made that income from June 1, 2014-June 1, 2015. [Forbes 2015]
According to numerous entertainment reports, CBS has reported a large jump in the series' ratings for Season 6 and has 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.
Leonard's last name, Hofstadter, refers to two well-known scientists: Robert Hofstadter, the 1961 Nobel Laureate in Physics, and his son Douglas R. Hofstadter, who researches consciousness and cognition and whose best-selling book about philosophy, mathematics, puzzles, art, and music, "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid," was published in 1979 and won him the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.
Barry Kripke (played by John Ross Bowie) has exactly the same speech impediment as cartoon character Elmer Fudd--also a Warner Bros. property.
While a guest on the National Public Radio program "Talk of the Nation," Mayim Bialik confirmed that the university the characters attend and/or teach at is based on the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. Additionally, in one episode, the character of Leonard stated that he worked at Caltech.
Raj says that Spock had a date every seven years. He is referring to Pon Farr, the Vulcan mating cycle that occurs every seven years. Vulcans must mate in the time of Pon Farr, otherwise they will die, so Spock has a mandatory hook-up every seven years.
Sheldon's apartment flag that is on the refrigerator is supposed to be turned upside down only if the apartment is in distress, however, it is seen upside down in a number of episodes.
As avid comic-book fans, the guys frequently talk about comic book characters or are wearing T-shirts or other paraphernalia of comics. They frequently mention DC Comics characters such as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, the Flash and Wonder Woman. Both DC Comics and the series are owned and produced by subsidiaries of Time-Warner.
In tribute to Carol Ann Susi, who plays Howard's mom, who recently passed, a small picture of her is on the side of Sheldon and Leonard's fridge. It is a small square that can be seen in episodes after her death. The picture is so small that it can not be recognized; however in the behind the scenes DVD feature it is mentioned that it is her.
The mother of Aarti Mann, who plays the role of Raj's sister Priya, is an obstetrician and gynecologist. In the show, Raj often states that his (and Priya's) father is a gynecologist.
One of the shows that survived the 2007/2008 writers strike. The show started in 2007 and the strike started in late 2007 this resulted in season 1 only being 17 episodes.
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.
Amy's apartment number is 314 obviously is a reference to pi which is usually rounded off to 3.14.
Sheldon has invented a time of day called preevening. In Turkish language, there's an actual time of day called "aksamustu" which basically means preevening. In bengali language there is a time called "godhuli" which also means preevening. In Czech language there is a time of day called "podvecer" which also means preevening.
Leonard is the only regular male character who wears glasses. His on-again/off-again girlfriend Penny is the only regular female character who doesn't wear glasses.
Sheldon verbally reveals his and Leonard's Pasadena apartment 4A's location as being 2311 Los Robles in "The Desperation Emanation." In the 100th episode, Sheldon also reveals that their apartment building is across the street from the Colorado Avenue Chevron gas station, making their building a corner location, on the corner of Los Robles and Colorado. There are two incidences of this intersection in southern California, both located in Los Angeles County, the first one is E. Colorado Boulevard & N. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101, and the second one is Colorado Boulevard & Los Robles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90041. However, 2311 Los Robles is not an address by either one of those intersections. Leonard does reveal, however, that they live in Pasadena while declaring himself the Darth Vader of Pasadena.
No two bumpers are exactly alike. Bumpers are those short videos used to separate scenes in the show.
Howard's mother was almost never seen, only heard, despite often being as close as the next room. Conversely, via Skype, Raj's parents are quite often seen, despite being across the world in India except when his father visited Pasadena.
Sheldon only swears three times, in the first season, the fourth season, and again in the fifth season. Other times, he is shown to use either substitute words or only say the first letter.
In one of the episodes Raj and Leonard run into the actor Nathan Fillion. They greet him and tell him they are big fans of Firefly (2001) and Dr Horribles Sing Along Blog (2008) Simon Helberg (Howard) played the character "Moist" in Dr. Horrible
Some of the signs in the laundry room read "No open containers on the machines," "Do not leave laundry unattended," and "Please keep your clothes on while doing laundry."
In early episodes of Season One, Sheldon mentions having an older brother in addition to his twin sister, Missy. In one instance he mentions being bullied by this older brother. However, while Missy has been seen on the show, the brother was never mentioned again, even when his mother visits. She only mentions Missy. He was mentioned in Season 3 Episode 4 as well. In later seasons Sheldon's brother was mentioned in Season 7 Episode 11, Season 8 Episode 20, Season 8 Episode 23 and Season 9 Episode 5.
The names Sheldon, Leonard, Cooper and Hofstadter all appear on the list of Nobel Laureates in Physics. Further, Sheldon and Cooper are names of physicists who won the prize for theory and Leonard and Hofstadter are names of those who won for experiment.
Leonard's middle name is Leakey. Leakey is the name of a renowned family in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, and paleontology. Louis Leakey (1903-72) was a British archaeologist and naturalist whose critical work helped to establish human evolutionary development in Africa. He also created or co-created several organizations for future research and for protecting wildlife in Africa. He also helped to establish a tradition of palaeoanthropological inquiry, and was able to motivate the next generation to continue, especially within his own family. Mary Leakey (1913-96), his wife, was a British archaeologist and anthropologist who discovered many firsts. For much of her career she worked together with her husband in Kenya's Olduvai Gorge, uncovering relics of ancient hominines. She also developed a system of classifying the relics they found. After Louis' death, she became a leading palaeoanthropologist, helping to further establish the Leakey name and tradition with the training of her son, Richard Leakey.
In the German-dubbed version, the voice actor for Sheldon Cooper is the same person who usually dubs Leonardo DiCaprio.
In every one of the main female characters' first appearances on the show, the first person to speak to them are their future mates: in the pilot, when Penny is introduced, the first person to speak to her is Leonard, in "The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary" (S3.Ep5) when Bernadette is introduced, the first person to speak to her is Howard, and in "The Lunar Excitation" (S3.Ep23) when Amy is introduced, the first person to speak to her is Sheldon.
Melissa Rauch, who plays the role of Bernadette--a Catholic--in the series, is Jewish in real life.
Leonard wouldn't eat dairy (lactose intolerent) or drink wine (sulphates) at the start of the show. Now he drinks wine all the time.
Chuck Lorre leaves a small insert called a "vanity card" at the very end of each episode. If you pause it at the end, you can read it.
In the same scene that Raj says that "Blossom" would be a great addition to the Physics Bowl team, he also mentions that the "girl from 'The Wonder Years'" was also smart. In a later episode, Danica McKeller (who plays Winnie on 'The Wonder Years') plays a character who makes out with Raj.
While having lunch at the University canteen or other eating scenes, characters don't actually eat most of the times. Howard only pretends to eat the food by moving his mouth like he is chewing it, Sheldon and Leonard just play with their food with fork. Amy and Penny are sometimes shown eating food actually. They only talk most of the time.
Amy is allergic to avocados as revealed in season 8
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.
In an unaired pilot episode instead of Raj and Howard, Leonard and Sheldon had a female companion named Gilda. Who had a big crush on Leonard
Banned from China because of its "offensive content"
From June 2015 to June 2016, cast members Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki ,Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar were the top four highest paid television actors, and actress Kaley Cuoco was the highest paid actress for the same time period.
When Chuck Lorre first pitched the show to the studios, he intended for it be an adult version of the show as seen today. In hopes of attracting as many male viewers as possible he wrote the show with an all female cast. The female characters associated with the male main characters reflect the original characters' personas: Sheldon was originally Missy (a tall, attractive brunette from Texas who lacked intelligence), and lived with an older woman named Beverly (an intelligent scientist from New Jersey who took advantage of her roommate. Penny lived, as she does now, across the hall, but originally had an Indian roommate named Priya (a lawyer from New Delhi). It could be assumed that characters like Bernadette and Amy might have been potential characters to add later, as well as a single male love interest in the form of unintelligent Zack.
The first season references the show "Blossom" and the star actress that got a neroscience degree. This was before the hired the actual actress to be Amy.
In the 19th episode of the 5th season entitled "The Weekend Vortex", for some reason, Kaley Cuoco is omitted from the credits - dispite appearing in the episode. In the beginning of the episode while Leonard, Howard and Raj are walking up the stairs the credits start with "Starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar. ..." instead of "Starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, KALEY CUOCO, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar. ..."
Sheldon once mentioned he views himself and Howard to be acquaintances in the third season. In reality, Parsons and Helberg are good friends with each other.
While Wil Wheaton was appearing on the show, he took a photo of the set's coffee table and posted it on his much-followed blog. Among the materials on the coffee table were copies of "Mental Floss" magazine; "The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections" by Neil Gaiman; a package of Pepperidge Farm Sausalito milk chocolate macadamia nut chunk cookies; a package of Red Vines licorice; and a package of Tim's brand original-flavor lightly salted potato chips.
Sheldon's routine knocking ritual was actually done by Penny in season 2 before Sheldon did it on the same episode.
In one Halloween episode, Amy and Sheldon are brainstorming couples-themed costumes to dress up in. Sheldon has a list of their suggestions written on a whiteboard, and while his half of the board has various genre characters listed, Amy's half has mostly romantic couples. The only exception is a listing that reads "Blossom and Joey", a reference to the title character Mayim Bialik portrayed in a previous series and that character's brother.
Howard's mother's name is Debbie Wolowitz.
Sometimes in the second or third floor of Sheldon and Leonard's apartment building, the caution tape on the broken elevator will come undone. Sheldon will sometimes stop and fix the tape.
In season 1 episode 7 (The Dumpling Paradox) when Leonard talks about cutting Raj in half to play Halo, Raj speaks with Penny in the room. If you look at the table you will notice that Raj does not have an alcoholic drink.
It is both stated and implied, in several episodes, that Leonard's character does not snore but later there is an entire episode dedicated to him snoring and the resulting surgery.
Sheldon's father's name is George.
The characters often mention how Raj cannot talk to women "unless he's drunk", but in fact he only needs one sip to lose his inhibitions, as evident in many of the episodes.
Season 6 Episode 10: The Fish Guts Replacement. Sheldon reveals that his favorite cartoon theme song is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles..."turtle power!" The writers may have been sucking up to the boss a bit with this creative choice...the infectious 90's anthem was written by none other than Big Bang Theory showrunner Chuck Lorre.
Sheldon & Leonard are atheists yet the scientific theory that is the basis for their careers (and the show's title) "The Big Bang Theory" was actually proposed and developed by a Catholic Priest, Father Georges Lemaître.
Simon Helberg's father is also an actor. He guest starred on M*A*S*H is an episode titled The Moon is Not Blue. He played Corporal Bannister who is plagued with panic attacks whenever he is around women. Hawkeye and B.J. give him pills for confidence without telling him they are placebos. The pills work and he becomes a ladies man. This is the same as Raj but he remedies it with alcohol.
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In season 4 Penny is going out with Zach and they attend a costume party at the comic book store where he goes as Superman and she goes as Wonder Woman. Kaley Cuoco actually briefly dated Henry Cavill who is Superman in Man of Steel, Batman Vs. Superman and the upcoming Justice League movies.
Kaley Cuoco's character, Penny has never had her maiden name disclosed on screen before. An interview with one of the writer's of the show revealed that the writer's of the show are aware of this and due to superstitious reasons, are intent on not revealing it ever on camera.
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On Sheldon's desk there is an Android figurine, even though Sheldon uses both iPhone and iPad.
Simon Helberg (Howard) used to play Seth, a geek from Caltech, on the 2004 Sitcom Joey. He also dated a woman named Molly who had a squeaky voice. Howard works for Caltech and is married to Bernadette who also has a squeaky voice.
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Howard is the first of the gang to get married and have a child. In real life, Simon Helberg was the first main cast member to get married in summer 2007, just before the start of the series and have children in 2012 and 2014.
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Of all the primary cast members,Jim Parsons is the eldest one.
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Brian George, who plays Raj's father, has also done various voice work for DC animated movies. Johnny Galecki did some voice work for Batman Beyond (1999).
Penny's first car was a VW Golf Mk1 Cabrio.
Of all the characters in the show and their wish to be super - humans, Kaley Cuoco who plays Penny actually did have powers in another show playing a witch in the tv series Charmed.
The Chinese food containers used in a lot of the episodes are the same as in a lot of films such as Night at the Museum 2 (2009).
As a child, Kunal Nayyar had a crush on Winnie Cooper. And in the show he actually had a relationship with her, which surprisingly made him lose all interest in her.
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Casey Sanders (Bernedette's dad) plays a cop, he also appears in Sons of Anarchy as a lead sheriff (S3,ep12) a show also based in California but different areas. Big bang theory being Pasadena and SOA being in a town called Charming.
All of the boys are interested in things like Star Wars and Star Trek but they aren't huge fans of either of them in real life.
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Brian Posehn, who plays Bert, actually starred in a comic book movie; he played the wedding minister in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007).
In The Interview (2014), this is Kim Jong Il's favourite show. James Franco starred in The Interview (2014) and the Sam Raimi Spider - Man trilogy, which is occasionally referenced on the show.
Earlier in the same season, in episode 3:5, The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary, Howard is introduced to Bernadette. As they get to know each other, he reveals that he lost his virginity in a car. Bernadette replies that she did as well. In this episode, Howard tells Raj and Leonard that he lost his virginity to his cousin and describes being at the back of the house during a family gathering.
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The first season was originally planned to have 22 episodes, however due to the 2007-2008 Writer's Strike only 17 episodes were produced.
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Most, if not all, of the backgrounds shown while characters are driving, are shot in Pasadena. Most recognizable are Fair Oaks Ave. and Del Blvd.
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Barry Kripke who is a recurring character in the show appears in every season except Season 1.
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Kunal Nayyar's character Raj is Hindu. However Raj always wears a steel bangle which would indicate that he's Sikh. In fact Kunal Nayyar is Sikh.
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In the episode where burglars break in Sheldon can be seen on the couch watching a horror movie. The woman in the film says "Don't go in there, Jim!" Jim is the name of Sheldon's actor. His full name being Jim Parsons
In the Unaired Pilot episode, Sheldon is portrayed as having a lot of qualities he didn't have in the finished script. He was able to understand sarcasm and wasn't as condescending as normal. He also was revealed to have engaged in sexual relations.
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Currently (November 2016), the show broadcasts over 5 channels in South Africa (The most of any show at any given time) - the latest episodes on M-Net and reruns on VUZU, VUZU AMP, M-Net Family, Comedy Central and SABC3.
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Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) both starred in Blossom; a show in which Bialik portrayed the title character. During The Big Bang Theory's first season Raj suggests the gang recruit Mayim Bialik for their Physics Bowl team when Sheldon pulls out, saying, "You know who's apparently very smart, is the girl who played TV's Blossom. She got a PhD in neuroscience or something." Bialik soon joins the cast during the third season as Dr. Amy Farrah-Fowler who has a PhD in neurobiology as opposed to neuroscience.
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Season 1 is the shortest season, with only 17 episodes.
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Even though everyone else has their last name stated in the show, Penny - one of the main characters - does not.
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Amy's door number is shown to be 314. These are the first 3 digits of pi.
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The character "Raj" was originally supposed to be named "David" but after Kunals audition, the name was changed to Raj.
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Much like the 4 main male characters, Amy and Bernadette wear the same style of clothing in every episode. Amy wears a knee length skirt with dark or colourful tights, a long sleeve, collared blouse with a knitted sleeveless cardigan, often underneath a long sleeved cardigan. Bernadette wears a mid-thigh length, usually floral, dress with dark or coloured tights and a short sleeved button up cardigan. Penny is the only main character whose clothes do not follow a pattern.
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In S3 Ep16, Stan Lee is set to be at Stuart's comic book store for an autograph signing. Around the same time Sheldon and Penny are in traffic court. As Sheldon stands next to the judge at his stand, and the name reads J. Kirby, an obvious reference to Stan Lee's partner and co-creator of various Marvel characters, Jack Kirby.
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Sheldon was born in Texas. In season 2, Leonard's girlfriend Stephanie mentions that she did her medical internship in Texas.
The UK's Channel Four and E4 appear to have slightly edited dialogue from certain episodes as the audience laughter abruptly starts/stops/jumps suggesting bad "cut and shunt" editing, not consistent with the professional editing standards Warner Bros Television usually releases. This may well be a result of UK Broadcast Standards compliance edits made as the 2 Channels show the programme multiple times stripped across daytime, afternoon, evening and night-time slots.
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The 'throw' or 'blanket' on Amy's couch/settee is the exact same copy as the one in an old tv show called 'Rosanne.' This show also stared johnny galecki who plays Lenard Hoffstader in the Big Bang theory.
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In the Season 4 episode The Big Bang Theory: The Desperation Emanation (2010), Raj mentions that he's "dating a deaf chick". He then actually goes on to date a deaf woman in the Season 5 episode The Big Bang Theory: The Wiggly Finger Catalyst (2011).
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Mayim Bialik who plays the neuroscientist Amy Fowler is a neuroscientist in real life.
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The wall poster in the hall in the Sheldon/Leonard apartment is a chart of the electromagnetic spectrum, from the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
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Brian George's earliest recurring role in a TV series was as a police detective on the series The Edison Twins, a Canadian kids series about a pair of teen scientists who solved mysteries.
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In the episode, The Bat Jar Conjecture in Season 1, while discussing who to recruit to their quiz team, Raj mentions that they should get TVs Blossom on their team. The lead character on the show Blossom, Mayim Balik, actually went on to star on the show in the final episode of season 3 and has been a regular cast member since season 4.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Penny is the only main character remaining whose surname has yet to be revealed. While her maiden name is still unrevealed, in the Season 9 premiere she took Leonard's surname of Hofsteader.
In the 100th episode where Leonard asks Penny out again, Penny is wearing the same shirt she wore in the pilot. This was probably to represent Leonard falling in love again with the same girl he did 100 episodes before.
Howard's mother's voice was heard throughout the show, but her face has never been actually seen on-screen (she appeared very briefly on-screen in the Season 5 finale, as the camera pans up from the rooftop, but her face was still never shown). She died after the actress who played her, Carol Ann Susi, died of cancer.
Bob Newhart agreed to appear in the show on one condition - that he have a recurring role. Newhart appeared in four episodes as Arthur 'Professor Proton' Jeffries.
Chuck Lorre stated in an interview that Penny's surname is Barrington, the reason is yet to be revealed
Carol Ann Susi, who plays Howard's unseen mother, tragically died from cancer on 11/11/2014. Her character was subsequently written out of the show.
Pennys surname has never been revealed in the show. That is until she marries Leonard and her new last name is Hoffsteder
The cast and crew have performed two 'flash mobs' to audiences after taping an episode, one to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and the other to Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk".
Raj, Priya, Leonard and Bernadette are the only characters to have had both their parents introduced in the series. Prior to the season 10 episode aired on Monday September 19, at 8E&7C, in this episode both Penny's parents were introduced together.
Of all the main characters, Leonard and Penny have had the same amount of relationships over the course of the show (Penny: Kurt, Zack, Stuart, Mike and of course Leonard)(Leonard: Penny, Dr Elizabeth, Priya, Leslie and Stephanie), then Raj (Lucy and Emily), Bernadette (Glenn and Howard) and Howard (Leslie and Bernadette). Amy (Dave and Sheldon) and Sheldon (Amy)
In the last episode of season 5 when Howard and Bernadette are getting married, during the wedding, Raj talks without drinking any alcohol, even though there is Amy, Penny, and Bernadette in the same place.
Most of the characters have evolved since their first appearance. Sheldon: He gains more feelings about women and ever gets physical with Amy and tells her he loves her. Howard: He is less creepy then he was in the first season and finally settled down. Raj: He can now speak to women without being drunk. Amy: She is less like Sheldon and not as robotic.
In season 6 episode 2, Amy mentions that her and Sheldon will be getting married in exactly 4 years. At the end of the season 10 finale, Sheldon proposes to Amy, making this to be a somewhat valid prediction.
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