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 279 episodes, 2006-2019
Jim Parsons ...  Sheldon Cooper 279 episodes, 2006-2019
Kaley Cuoco ...  Penny / ... 278 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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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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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

Sheldon (Jim Parsons)'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 several episodes. See more »

Goofs

Penny's first car is a red 1980's Volkswagen Cabriolet Mk1 convertible. In numerous episodes it is mentioned to have the car's "check engine" light on. 1980's VWs (without computerized engine controls) had no "check engine" lights. See more »

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[repeated line when Sheldon knocks on Penny's door]
Sheldon: [Knock-knock-knock] Penny!
Sheldon: [Knock-knock-knock] Penny!
Sheldon: [Knock-knock-knock] Penny!
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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 Honest Trailers: Ready Player One (2018) 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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A once great show, now a fan-fiction.
4 January 2017 | by JarekReanimatedSee all my reviews

What this review might have sounded like had I written it 7 years ago.

The first few seasons are, for the most part, extremely fantastic, focused, funny, fresh, intelligent and even at times, brilliant...Must see TV!

What this review sounds like now nearing the end of the shows run.

A once great show which slowly starts to diminish around season 4, unfortunately. By the 9th season it seems as though the pen and paper have been handed over to teenage fans of the show...Decent background noise.

To conclude.

This show was once incredible, and something fresh, even at times brilliant. I couldn't wait for each new episode. Now, I watch it when it becomes available on a streaming service, and, on rare occasion you get a great episode, but it's not worth devoting a weekly schedule and sitting through all the fan-fiction episodes and story lines to get to the good stuff. The show can still be enjoyable, without question, though I find it better suited as background noise while doing work instead of must see TV that you're excited to tune in as it airs each week.


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1 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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