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The Big Bang Theory 

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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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Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady
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Series cast summary:
Johnny Galecki ...  Leonard Hofstadter 280 episodes, 2006-2019
Jim Parsons ...  Sheldon Cooper 280 episodes, 2006-2019
Kaley Cuoco ...  Penny / ... 279 episodes, 2007-2019
Simon Helberg ...  Howard Wolowitz 279 episodes, 2007-2019
Kunal Nayyar ...  Raj Koothrappali 279 episodes, 2007-2019
Melissa Rauch ...  Bernadette Rostenkowski 209 episodes, 2009-2019
Mayim Bialik ...  Amy Farrah Fowler 203 episodes, 2010-2019
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Storyline

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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Smart Is The New Sexy. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

Most of the time, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) has no lenses in his glasses. See more »

Goofs

There are 16 mailboxes but the building has only ten apartments - two on each of the five floors. Since all apartments are numbered by the floor plus a letter (the guys live in 4A, Penny in 4B) it is not possible that there is a never seen third apartment on each floor. First off, there are no apartments shown on the first floor. Secondly, it is possible that there are four apartments on each floor (two being unseen), and furthermore there is at least one more floor above the one Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, and later Amy live on (since the hallway/stairs/elevator scene is recycled for each floor). See more »

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[repeated line]
Penny: Holy crap on a cracker.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Referenced in True Blood: Bad Blood (2010) See more »

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History of Everything (The Big Bang Theory Theme)
Music & lyrics by Barenaked Ladies
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
Played during the opening titles
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Seasons 1-5 are a 9/10. After that a rapid spiral downhill
21 November 2016 | by perfect_peonySee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed seasons 1 to 5 with some of the most intellectually-stimulating and subtle humour since Seinfeld. Like physicist Sheldon "embracing the chaos" or using classical conditioning techniques on his roommate's girlfriend. But you did need a modicum of (popular) science knowledge to get the jokes, so apparently by season 6 they rolled out the usual array of mindless comedy writers to turn it into a yawn-worthy series of relationship clichés and rake in more viewers. When binge-watching it, you also notice disturbing patterns like the demeaning portrayals of both the men and women scientists, for different reasons. Grew up around researchers and no, they were not men-children who spent their time at the comic book store. Actually at my Dad's university they were pretty much all stable family types with successful careers, and there were a few loners, too. Like pretty much any group of humans. Lest people think this review is unfair, I have seen all seasons, hoping for a return to the cleverness of seasons 1-5 but alas it shall not be. This is one series that unfortunately will not go out with a Big Bang, but with a fizzle.


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1 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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