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.
Smart Is The New Sexy.
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Did You Know?
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 the 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 (Jim Parsons
) 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 (Kaley Cuoco
) 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 Penny (Kaley Cuoco
) and Amy (Mayim Bialik
) might have been potential characters to add later, as well as a single male love interest in the form of unintelligent Zack (Brian Thomas Smith
). See more
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. 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
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 & Greg
(1997) and Two and a Half Men
(2003), there is a different message on the card each week, written by Chuck Lorre himself. See more
Referenced in FoundFlix: Rings (2017)
History of Everything (Instrumental)
Composed by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
Played during the end credits See more