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Big Bang Theory
Big Bang Theory
(November 1, 2012 Thursday)
Big Bang Theory -- Well this sitcom is a great example of television comedy. The world either started with a big bang followed by a whole lot of bangs or the world started through evolution.
There are three girls who mix it up with the guys. There is Leslie who plays with Leonard and Howard. There is Bernadette, who plays with Howard and becomes his wife. There is then Amy, who matches up with Sheldon. Leonard was dating Penny until some episodes in. Well we men lived through him and then went into severe depression when he messed the whole thing up.
(Okay, it's later: Jan. 27, 2013, Sunday 7:47pm)
Created by: Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady
Starring: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Sara Gilbert, Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bialik
Theme music composer: Barenaked Ladies
Opening theme: "Big Bang Theory Theme"
Country of origin: United States
No. of seasons: 4
No. of episodes: 87
Executive producer: Faye Oshima Belyeu
Editor: Peter Chakos
Location(s): Studio 25, Warner Brothers Studios, Burbank, California
Camera setup: Multi-camera
Running time: 21 minutes (with commercials)
Original channel: CBS
Picture format: 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format: Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run: September 24, 2007 (2007-09-24) - present
Status: Returning series
The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show, along with Lee Aronsohn and Steve Molaro, who are two of the head writers. It premiered on CBS on September 24, 2007.
Big Bang Theory is set in Pasadena, California. There are five main characters. Two of them are Caltech geniuses and roomates. One of those two is experimental physicist Leonard Hofstadter (the kid from Roseanne -- moved in with Roseanne's family). The other roomate is theorectical physicist Sheldon Cooper. Across the hall from them is Penny , a regular person and a waitress. Okay she's hot and not a genius. She was one of the daughters on Eight Simple Rules. Another character is Howard Wolowitz, who is an Aerospace engineer and a non-PhD from JPL. The fifth character is Rajesh Koothrappali, a particle astrophysiicist postdoc also working at Caltech. Much of the comedy on the show comes from the differences between the geeks and Penny. Penny is street smart while the boys are book smart. Sheldon once learned to swim from information on the internet. He practiced what he learned by acting like he's swimming on the floor of the apartment. Three other characters joined the show as supporting characters. The characters are 1. Leslie Winkle, a Caltech colleague of Leonard, Sheldon, and Raj; 2. Bernadette, a microbiology graduate student who works with Penny part time as a waitress and has dated and recently has become engaged to Howard; 3. and amy Farrah Fowler, a neurobiologist who has hooked up with Sheldon via an online dating service (courtesy of Howard and Raj, who were later horrified when Amy turned out to essentially be a female version of Sheldon).
The premiere show in it's third season (September 21, 2009) ranked as CBS's highest rated show of that evening in the adults 18-49 demographic.
David Saltzberg, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles, checks scripts and provides dialogue, math equations, and diagrams used as props.
The lead characters are named Sheldon and Leonard after actor, director, and producer Sheldon Leonard.
Several of the actors in The Big Bang Theory worked together previously on Roseanne, an American sitcom broadcast on ABC from October 18, 1988 to May 21, 1997. These former Roseanne cast-mates are Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter), Sara Gilbert (Leslie Winkle), and Laurie Metcalf as Sheldon's mother, Mary Cooper.
Barenaked Ladies wrote and recorded the theme song, which describes the development of the universe and the changes that the Earth and humans have undergone since the dawn of time, according to the eponymous theory, and the history of life according to the theory of evolution.
For the first three seasons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, and Jim Parsons, the three main stars of the show, received at most $60,000 per episode. The salary for the three went up to $200,000 per episode for the fourth season. According to their contracts, their pay per episode will go up an additional $50,000 per episode in each of the following 3 seasons, culminating in $350,000 per episode in the seventh season.
Johnny Galecki is Leonard Hofstadter, Ph.D. He is an experimental physicist with an IQ of 173. He got his Ph.D. when he was 24 years old. His roomate is Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons.
Jim Parsons is Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D. He is originally from Texas. He is a genius who got into college at the age of 11, right after 5th grade. He did his graduate studies at age 14 and earned his first Ph.D at age 16. He is a theoretical physicist focused on string theory. He has a master's degree, two Ph.D.s and an IQ of 187. He is completely strict about his rules and regulations for everyone who interacts with him. He doesn't understand irony, sarcasm, and humor. He's not into thoughts about sex like the other main characters. This is where the comedy is usually focused. Sheldon is always asking Leonard and Penny for advice on social situations because, let's face it, he's a robot, like a robot.
Kaley Cuoco is Penny. She is a beautiful blonde. She lives across from Sheldon and Leonard. She dates Leonard and then breaks up with him later. Leonard gets dating advice from Penny on an ongoing basis. Did you know......I know I hate it when people say that. Anyway Did you know that Cuoco was in a horse-riding accident in the fourth season of the show and broke her leg? Well it's true and she missed two shows. When she returned she was shown working the bar at The Cheescake Factory so she could stand behind the bar and we wouldn't see a broken Cuoco. Lot's of us are coo coo for Cuoco so that would be very painful to see.
Simon Helberg is Howard Wolowitz, a perpetual pervert. He works as an aerospace engineer. He is Jewish and lives with his mother. His father left when he was 11. Howard doesn't have a Ph.D. He does have a master's degree in engineering from MIT and equipment he made is being used on the space station. That gives him physical proof of his intelligence while the other's only have book smarts. Penny is a victim of many of his pick up lines. Howard does meet a girl named Bernadette Rostenkowski and he is now engaged to her.
Kunal Nayyar is Rajesh Koothrappali, Ph.D. He is orginally from New Delhi, India and works as a particle astrophysicist at Caltech. He can't talk around women, unless he is drinking alcohol. He does have better luck than Howard. He talks to his parents through a webcam over the internet. Raj ends up working with Sheldon when Raj's research hits a dead end.
Sara Gilbert is Leslie Winkle, Ph.D. She is an experimental physicist who has casual sex with both Howard and Leonard. She doesn't generally get along with Sheldon. Gilbert became a regular on the show during the second season but was demoted when the writers couldn't find a way to work her in properly into each episode.
Melissa Rauch is Bernadette Rostenkowski, Ph.D. She starts out working as a waitress with Penny and then later gets a high-paying science job. She is now engaged to Howard. Well at the time of this writing she is. Bernadette and Howard didn't seem to be a good match when they first met but they did find their family lives made them a great couple. They both have overbearing mothers.
Mayim Bialik is Amy Farrah Fowler, Ph.D. You may remember her as Blossom. Raj and Howard met Amy on an online dating site using a fake profile. She is a female Sheldon and so gets along with him. Sheldon see her as a girl and a friend but not a girlfriend. Amy has a doctorate in neuroscience just like Bialik in real life.
Much of the show focuses on science, particularly physics. The four main male characters are employed at Caltech and have science-related occupations.
Sheldon is a theoretical physicist with two Ph.Ds. He has spent much of his career attempting to prove string theory over loop quantum gravity.
Howard is an aerospace engineer who has a Master's from MIT. He has developed several devices for the International Space Station, but he often uses them for his own purposes with disastrous results, such as getting the Mars rover stuck in a ditch while trying to impress a girl or getting a robotic arm stuck on his penis while using it to masturbate. He also invented a zero-gravity human waste disposal system (essentially a space toilet) for the space station, but shortly after it was deployed he discovered a structural weakness: that the toilet would fail after a certain number of flushes, and the waste material would eventually come back out. As a result, he pulled an all-nighter with Sheldon and Raj trying to fix it; their ultimate solution proved unsuccessful (and it became, as Raj put it, a "waste distribution system").
Raj is an astrophysicist with a Ph.D. Following his discovery of a planetary object beyond the Kuiper Belt, Raj was named in People Magazine's "30 Under 30 to Watch," and became a celebrity of sorts, getting a larger office and drawing the envy of his friends. After failed research on the composition of trans-Neptunian objects, Raj feared the prospect of being deported back to India; eventually he collaborated with Sheldon "exploring string theory implications of gamma rays from dark matter."
The guys also date some women who are experts in a science-related field. Both Leonard and Howard have had casual sex with Leslie Winkle, an experimental physicist at Caltech who is essentially Leonard's female counterpart. In season 3, Howard begins dating Bernadette, a microbiology grad student employed as a waitress at the Cheesecake Factory. In season 4, Sheldon begins a "relationship" with Amy Farrah Fowler, a neurobiologist.
Science has also interfered with the guys' romantic lives. Leslie broke up with Leonard when he sided with Sheldon in his support for string theory rather than her support for loop quantum gravity. When Bernadette showed interest in Leonard's work, it made both Penny and Howard jealous and resulted in Howard confronting Leonard and Penny asking Sheldon to teach her physics. Sheldon also "broke up" with Amy when she boasted that neurobiology was superior to theoretical physics.
Leonard and Penny's relationship
A major force that drives the series is the relationship between Leonard and Penny. Leonard becomes attracted to Penny within seconds of spotting her. He asks her out in the Season 1 finale, and the date continues into the Season 2 premiere. However, Penny breaks up with Leonard because she is afraid that her educational attainments aren't good enough for Leonard and that he may become bored.
Leonard dates a few other women, including Leslie Winkle and Dr. Stephanie Barnett. When Leonard's mother comes to visit, he and Penny get drunk and come very close to having sex, but Leonard ruins the moment by talking about childhood issues with his mother and her father.
When Penny starts dating Stuart, the owner of the comic book store, Leonard isn't too happy about it, and even tries to sabotage one of their dates. However, the relationship doesn't fare too well. On the first date, the two are interrupted by Sheldon. On the second date, while making out, Penny mistakenly calls Stuart, "Leonard."
When Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, and Howard accept a National Science Foundation expedition to the North Pole in the Season 2 finale, Penny begins to show feelings for Leonard. When they return in the Season 3 premiere, Leonard and Penny have sex for the first time, and are together for the majority of the third season.
However, toward the end of the season, Penny breaks up with Leonard after he prematurely tells her he loves her and she realizes she can not say it back. In the finale, after Penny's failed attempts to move on, she gets drunk after a bad date with a dim-witted beefcake named Zack, but shows up at Leonard's door, saying that he has "ruined her ability to date dumb guys." They have sex that night, making him incorrectly believe that they are back together.
In the eighth episode of Season 4, "The 21 Second Excitation", Penny shows signs of regret in her decision to end the relationship, as she tells Amy and Bernadette "I donít know" when they ask, during a game of Truth Or Dare, why she broke up with him. She says that Leonard is a great guy, and Amy points out that another woman could realize this, and asks what Penny would do if she ever changed her mind but Leonard wasnít available. In response to this, Penny says that she doesnít want to play any more, gets up, and leaves the room.
In the ninth episode of Season 4, Penny's dad Wyatt comes to visit. Penny tells her father that she and Leonard are back together, because Leonard is Penny's only boyfriend that he ever approved of. In the end, he finds out the truth, and is upset with Penny. When he turns to Leonard, Penny says Leonard had nothing to do with this, but he sends her into the other room. Wyatt then begs him to get back together with Penny, having grown tired of Penny's poor dating history. To help Leonard, he pretends to throw him out, but the viewer is never shown Penny's reaction. This episode indicates that Penny's family want Penny and Leonard to be a couple.
In the eleventh episode of Season 4, Penny begins dating Zack again. She agrees to go with him and the guys to the comic book store on New Year's Eve to help them win a group prize dressed as Wonder Woman. Just before they leave, she gets mad at Zack, and will not leave her apartment, even though Zack has apologized and Sheldon tries to talk to her. Howard suggests that Leonard talk to her. She lets Leonard in and tells him that she only got back together with Zack because she didn't want to be alone on New Year's. Penny goes on to say "If Zack and I had just gone to a regular party it would have been fine. But this, with the costumes and you..." Leonard responds by saying "What about me?" Penny looks at him and comes close to telling him that she still has feelings for him, but then says, "Nothing. Let's go to the party." When later in the party, Zack and Penny kiss as the new year begins, Leonard is visibly upset and Penny looks at him guiltily while still embracing Zack.
In the Season 4 episode "The Love Car Displacement", everyone stays at the same hotel because of a conference that they are attending, and Penny and Leonard have to share a bed because "Howard is a complete and total ass, Bernadette is in Penny's bed, and Amy bites." After talking about their relationship, Penny agrees that having sex for one night wouldn't be the worst thing, but Raj enters before Leonard and Penny get very far.
In the sixteenth episode of the 4th season, "The Cohabitation Formulation", Leonard finds out that Raj's sister, Priya, is back in town. On Priya's previous visit, she slept with Leonard, but shot down his proposal to start a relationship. Leonard goes to Raj's apartment to talk to Priya and despite Raj's disapproval, they spend the night together. After spending the night, they appear to the rest of the group eating a meal at the Cheesecake Factory holding handsóduring which Penny discovers that Leonard is dating Priya. Amy Farrah Fowler goes to Penny's apartment to console her, but instead makes Penny realize that Priya may be a more suitable partner for Leonard. Penny joins Leonard, Priya, Raj, Sheldon and Amy for dinner in Leonard and Sheldon's apartment, and observes that Priya makes Leonard very happy. At the end of the episode, Penny starts crying.
In the following episode, Amy and Bernadette decide to take Penny out for a girls' night to help cheer her up. The intent backfires, however, when Amy discovers the snowflake that Leonard had brought Penny from the North Pole. Bernadette comments that the action was very romantic, and that Leonard was really one of a kind. Penny takes the snowflake and looks at it sadly, and then tells the girls that she needs to pick up a hot guy and make herself feel better for the night, which will lead to some self-loathing the next day.
Over the later episodes of season 4, Penny became increasingly jealous of Priya, especially after Priya demanded Leonard to stay away her. In the season finale, Penny confidentially tells Raj that she regrets breaking up with Leonard.
Religion has played a minor role in the series. Sheldon was raised in a Christian household but currently does not follow a religion. He refers to his childhood as "hell", mentioning his Christian mother, Mary, whose religious views often clashed with his scientific ones. In "The Lunar Excitation", Sheldon mentions his agreement with Mary that he will attend church once a year. In "The Wheaton Recurrence", after scoring a strike in bowling, Sheldon happily exclaims "Thank you, Jesus!", adding "...as my mother would say."
Howard is Jewish, but is not particularly observant; he does not keep kosher, for example. He eats pork in Season 2 and, when the price of the pork rises, remarked "it's getting tougher and tougher to be a bad Jew." When his stomach reacts badly to the pork, Raj mocks him by quoting Leviticus 11:3. However, Howard has shown some deference to his religion. When he and Raj posed as goths to pick up women, they wore fake-tattoo sleeves. Howard refused to get actual tattoos so he "can still be buried in a Jewish cemetery".
Raj is a Hindu, but like Howard, doesn't follow dietary restrictions. He loathes Indian cuisine and eats beef. When he mocks Howard for not keeping kosher by quoting the Torah, Howard responds with, "Hey, do I mock you with the Bhagavad Gita every time you scarf down a Whopper?" However, Raj does hold some traditional Hindu beliefs, such as reincarnation and karma.
Leonard and Penny do not appear to follow a religion. However, Penny has expressed some belief in several fringe practices, including psychics (precognition), ghosts, voodoo, astrology, and pyramid power, but does not believe in crystal healing.
November 1, 2012 Thursday
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