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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 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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Leonard's middle name is Leakey. Leakey is the name of a renowned family in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, and paleontology. Louis Leakey (1903-72) was a British archaeologist and naturalist, whose critical work helped to establish human evolutionary development in Africa. He also created or co-created several organizations for future research and for protecting wildlife in Africa. He also helped to establish a tradition of palaeoanthropological inquiry, and was able to motivate the next generation to continue, especially within his own family. Mary Leakey (1913-96), his wife, was a British archaeologist and anthropologist who discovered many firsts. For much of her career, she worked together with her husband in Kenya's Olduvai Gorge, uncovering relics of ancient hominines. She also developed a system of classifying the relics they found. After Louis' death, she became a leading palaeoanthropologist, helping to further establish the Leakey name and tradition with the training of her son, Richard Leakey. See more »

Goofs

In Season 7, (708) everyone has Thanksgiving at the Wollowitz home (Penny learns she's married to Zach.) Raj is in the kitchen cooking as Mrs. Wollowitz is bedridden from Gout. ("Did someone say pie?") and the refrigerator doors open with hinges on the RIGHT so the camera can't film it's contents. In Season 8, (818) a power failure causes all of Howard's late mother's cooking to thaw, creating a strong emotional reaction from Howard. They decide to have everyone over for one last Mrs. Wollowitz meal. The same pale yellow refrigerator now is hinged on the left side so that the camera can film the inside of the freezer, filled with Brisket, Kugal, Meatloaf, and Chicken soup. Late that same season, (823) Howard, Raj, and Stewart are cleaning the kitchen ("It's A Hard Knock Life" Charnin/ Strouse) and the hinges are back on the right. This is an intentional goof as it's easier and cheaper to not have to expose the interior of the refrigerator; but still, we notice. See more »

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Raj Koothrappali: [to a random person] I'm gonna be in People magazine!
Charlie Sheen: [turns around to him] Call me when you're on the cover.
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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 Jmenuju Se Martin: Jak na Vánoce (2014) 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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One of TV's Best Written Sitcoms
18 December 2007 | by (St. Louis Park, MN) – See all my reviews

I have seen a few episodes of the new CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory and to me it's one of the best written sitcoms currently on network TV. The scripts are filled with scientific references some people might not understand but they are very witty. Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons are definitely one of TV's newest comedy teams who have great chemistry and the addition of Kaley Cuoco as their neighbor, Penny brightens up the show. Let's not overlook the supporting cast with Simon Helberg as Wolowitz, who looks a little like Paul Reubens, the man behind Pee-Wee Herman and Kunal Nayyar as their friend from India.

If you watch the closing credits closely, you'll notice that there's a credit saying "Science Consultant." It's the first sitcom to employ one. It was a very good idea by the show's creator Chuck Lorre, who also is behind the CBS hit Two and a Half Men to hire one to bring scientific honesty into the show.

I hope The Big Bang Theory is around for several years. It has a solid future.


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