Ironically, David Krumholtz (who failed Algebra I twice, and hated math in school) plays a mathematician, while Dylan Bruno (who graduated from M.I.T. with a math-heavy engineering degree) plays the math-challenged F.B.I. Agent.
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Charlie's (David Krumholtz's) picture, from his old high school year book, is actually a publicity still from 10 Things I Hate About You (1999).
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Diane Farr was pregnant for most of the first half of season three, and her character, Megan Reeves, was temporarily reassigned to Washington, D.C., to explain her absence during the second half (while Farr was on maternity leave). Because the showrunners didn't want to have to deal with the implications of Megan being pregnant and having a baby, they instead hid the pregnancy behind increasingly large folders, bags, desks, computer monitors, and finally, extras.
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Navi Rawat's character is named "Amita Ramanujan", a reference to Srinivasa Ramanujan, a self-taught Indian mathematician, who worked in the first two decades of the twentieth century, most notably collaborating with G.H. Hardy in number theory.
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"Cal Sci University" is modelled on the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, developing characters loosely based on a Caltech professor and students. Portions of the series have been filmed on the Caltech campus. Gary Lorden, the chairman of the math department at Caltech, consulted for the show. The pilot episode was screened at Caltech as well, receiving a standing ovation at the end.
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Don and Charlie are supposed to be about five years apart in age. Rob Morrow (Don) is almost sixteen years older than David Krumholtz (Charlie).
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Despite his character's genius on the show, David Krumholtz calls himself a "math idiot." He received math crib sheets to study along with the scripts that were prepared by Caltech professor Gary Lorden.
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According to an interview that Rob Morrow gave to "The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles", the Eppes family was not explicitly identified as Jewish until the fifth season, when Morrow asked the showrunners to make a point of it and to include a storyline in which his character, Don, starts to explore his religion (Morrow may have forgotten that in season four, episode five, "Robin Hood", Charlie does mention that he is Jewish). There were some implicit references to the family's Judaism earlier than that, however, including the comment in season one, episode one, "Pilot", about Alan serving brisket on Friday nights, and Don and Charlie's conversation in season three, episode three, "Provenance", about how it was weird that their mother had wanted a Christmas tree.
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Many regulars and guest stars on this show had previously worked with David Krumholtz on other projects. Krumholtz had already played Judd Hirsch's son in the 1992 Broadway play "Conversations With My Father"; Krumholtz played Peter MacNicol's camper in Addams Family Values (1993); Krumholtz and Neil Patrick Harris appeared together in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) and Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) . Also, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who appeared in season one, episode eleven, "Sacrifice", worked with David in 10 Things I Hate About You (1999).
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When the producers prepared to pitch the series concept to the network, they prepared an elaborate presentation about the story possibilities, anticipating that the executives would wary of agreeing to such a cerebral premise. However, the network executives were immediately enthusiastic part way through the pitch, that the series had good potential, and insisted on production beginning immediately.
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While filming the pilot, Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz discovered that they have something in common: both of their mothers are dental hygienists.
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David Krumholtz and Peter MacNicol previously appeared in Addams Family Values (1993). MacNicol played a camp counselor who, in one scene, punishes Krumholtz for wanting to read a book about physics, instead of doing camp activities. This is a humorous contrast to this show, where the two play best friends, and MacNicol's character is a physicist.
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The season one theme music (which on DVD can only be found on the pilot) is an arrangement of an excerpt from the song "Once In A Lifetime" by the Talking Heads.
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Starting with season 3 all the episodes have music playing through its entirety. Although at some parts the music is very quiet you can still hear it playing.
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The show's original concept had it take place at M.I.T., rather than CalTech. At that time, the character of Don was to be played by Gabriel Macht. While David Krumholtz was already cast as Charlie, other performers cast at that stage of the production included Michael Rooker and Anna Deavere Smith.
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David Krumholtz grew up in Rego Park, New York, and did his first commercial for a Forest Hills restaurant. Rob Morrow played Dr. Joel Fleischman from Forest Hills, on Northern Exposure (1990). Judd Hirsch played John Lacey, who lived in Rego Park, on Dear John (1988). Forest Hills and Rego Park are two adjoining areas in Queens, New York.
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In this show, Charlie Eppes is famous because of the Eppes Convergence he discovered. The abs. Convergence actually exists in mathematics, where "abs." stands for absolute.
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David Krumholtz is the only actor in the series to appear in every episode including the unsold pilot.
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Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch, Alimi Ballard, and Diane Farr were all born in or around New York City, New York. Although she was born in Fairfax, Virginia, Sabrina Lloyd's New York City connection, is that she moved there in 1988, at the age of eighteen.
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The Eppes family house is only one mile (1.6 kilometers) from the house in The People Under the Stairs (1991).
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Guest stars Christopher Lloyd & Marilu Henner costarred with Judd Hirsch in "Taxi".
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Don Eppes' driver's license is as follows: number I0002074, he lives at 8111 Aguacate, Los Angeles, California 91021. He is 5'11", 160 pounds, and his date of birth is 7-15-1967. The street name (which means "avacado" in Spanish) is fictional but the ZIP(TM) code 91021 corresponds to the post office branch at 2100 Montrose Avenue in Montrose, California.
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David Krumholtz, Peter MacNicol, and Christopher Lloyd appeared in Addams Family Values (1993).
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