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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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 Leonard Hofstadter (230 episodes, 2006-2017)
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 Sheldon Cooper (230 episodes, 2006-2017)
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 Penny / ... (229 episodes, 2007-2017)
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 Howard Wolowitz (229 episodes, 2007-2017)
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 Raj Koothrappali (229 episodes, 2007-2017)
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 Bernadette Rostenkowski (159 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Amy Farrah Fowler (153 episodes, 2010-2017)
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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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While a guest on the National Public Radio program "Talk of the Nation," Mayim Bialik confirmed that the university that the characters attend and/or teach at is based on the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. Additionally, in one episode, the character of Leonard stated that he worked at Caltech. See more »

Goofs

There are several chronological errors in the pictorial time-line shown during the musical title sequence. For example, the Moai of Easter Island are shown as "BC" and the Giza Pyramids follow the Chichen Itza 'El Castillo'. 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 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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Referenced in Family Guy: Welcome Back Carter (2010) See more »

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History of Everything (The Big Bang Theory Theme)
Music & lyrics by Barenaked Ladies
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Played during the opening titles
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A Winner in the Classic CBS Tradition
19 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The network that produced such classic sitcoms in the past as "All in the Family" and "The Munsters" does it again with "The Big Bang Theory," a tremendous success for Chuck Lorre following his drastic failure with "Dharma & Greg".

"BBT" follows the witty and sarcasm-soaked misadventures of Leonard and Sheldon, two socially awkward scientists thrust full-force into standard sitcom story lines-- themes of rejection, friendship, and pride, among others. The important thing is, the standard sitcom story lines feel new for the first time in decades, mainly because the mile-a-minute dialogue now comes with gloriously incomprehensible techno-babble and high-level jargon that could send Kissinger screaming from a room.

It comes down to essentially this. Spot-on writers and directors handle a spot-on cast in spot-on situations. Those of you who are turned off of shows by audience laughter, it adds a much-needed level of reality to this surreally present crowd-pleaser. And when the Writers' Strike ends (still happening as this is being written), fans of great comedy should look forward to much more from this high-potential hit.

Because it all started with the Big Bang.


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