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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 (235 episodes, 2006-2017)
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 Sheldon Cooper (235 episodes, 2006-2017)
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 Penny (234 episodes, 2007-2017)
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 Howard Wolowitz (234 episodes, 2007-2017)
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 Raj Koothrappali (234 episodes, 2007-2017)
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 Bernadette Rostenkowski (164 episodes, 2009-2017)
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 Amy Farrah Fowler (158 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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Trivia

Sheldon once mentioned he views himself and Howard to be acquaintances in the third season. In reality, Parsons and Helberg are good friends with each other. See more »

Goofs

In one of the episodes Sheldon mentions the Male Indian Peafowl as the "Male Peacock". That is a common mistake people make. The correct name for the bird is Indian Peafowl. The male is the Peacock and the female is the Peahen. See more »

Quotes

[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 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Arrested Development: Señoritis (2013) 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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CBS, please keep this on the air!!!!
1 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When my boyfriend tuned into the premiere I thought the show was going to be stupid. I was so surprised. This is the first TV show to really showcase nerds with pretty much dead on accuracy. This has a sparkling cast (Jim Parsons is the new and improved David Hyde Pierce) and fantastic humor that ranges from light slapstick to seriously quick wit. This show is a great love letter to nerds, and as such any nerd should give this a try. With a bunch of new (and very lame) shows debuting, it's good to see something worth watching! This premise isn't exactly new but the execution is nothing short of brilliant. Give it a shot!!


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