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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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Johnny Galecki ...  Leonard Hofstadter 269 episodes, 2006-2019
Jim Parsons ...  Sheldon Cooper 269 episodes, 2006-2019
Kaley Cuoco ...  Penny / ... 268 episodes, 2007-2019
Simon Helberg ...  Howard Wolowitz 268 episodes, 2007-2019
Kunal Nayyar ...  Raj Koothrappali 268 episodes, 2007-2019
Melissa Rauch ...  Bernadette Rostenkowski 198 episodes, 2009-2019
Mayim Bialik ...  Amy Farrah Fowler 192 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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When beauty meets the brains. See more »

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Release Date:

1 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

While a guest on the National Public Radio program "Talk of the Nation", Mayim Bialik confirmed that the university, at which the characters attend and/or teach, is based on the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. Additionally, in one episode, the character of Leonard (Johnny Galecki) stated that he worked at Caltech. See more »

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There are 16 mailboxes but the building has only ten apartements - two on each of the five floors. Since all apartements 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 apartement on each floor. See more »

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Penny: Look, Sheldon's hugging me!
Leonard Hofstadter: It's a Saturnalia miracle!
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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 and Greg" and "Two and a Half Men", there is a different message on the card each week, written by Chuck Lorre himself. See more »

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History of Everything (The Big Bang Theory Theme)
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Started good and lost steam fast
28 May 2016 | by annailySee all my reviews

This show was pure gold at first when it was just penny and the boys: when Sheldon was never open to the possibility of a relationship because of his social awkwardness and inability to understand people, when Raj couldn't speak with a girl around, and a hot girl moves in. It was genius and hilarious. The introduction of Bernadette and Amy ruined this show. Their characters are awful and intensely annoying and unfunny. Their introduction also ruined other character's story lines. Sheldon never would've ended up dating a girl the way they wrote him in with Amy. Howard was perfect when he was the overly horny nerd, and him marrying and settling down with Bernadette ruined his character. They couldn't figure out how to keep Raj the silent character so they made him talk to girls and even date as well. Which was pathetic writing. Making Penny fit in with all of them ended up removing the hot, dumb blonde girl around nerds effect that made the show great to begin with. Now, Penny doesn't stand out as the hot girl against the nerds because they stopped writing her like that and just made it more like Friends instead of the clashing personalities dynamic that made this show good.


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