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"The Big Bang Theory" appeals to the geek in all of us, and each episode provides a wealth of "spot the geek reference" moments in the dialogue, T-shirts, belt buckles, and props in the background. We die-hard "The Big Bang Theory" fans love to debate which are the best "Bazinga!" moments, killer Sheldon smack-downs and hottest guest stars. Now you can quiz each other on behind-the scenes trivia, starting with these 10 fun facts you might not know about "The Big Bang Theory."
The Green Lantern symbol shirts that Sheldon wears on "The Big Bang Theory" have corresponding emotions in the comic universe: red for rage, blue for hope, indigo for compassion and so on. The symbol on Sheldon's shirt is often a clue to his emotions in that scene.
"The Big Bang Theory" writer/creator Bill Prady told Variety that the female lead, "Katie," was originally a "street-hardened, tough-as-nails woman with a vulnerable interior." They were surprised when the original pilot audience wanted the "mean lady" to stay away from the "sweet guys." So the show runners created Penny, and added two more of those "sweet guys," Raj and Howard.
Raj's selective mutism, a.k.a. the inability to speak to women unless drunk, is based on a real person Bill Prady once worked with.
Ever wondered why Penny and the other Cheesecake Factory employees are in yellow instead of the white shirts real-life CF servers wear? Bill Prady revealed at Comic-Con 2009 that white shirts would "strobe" on analog television, so even with the advent of digital TV, costumers are used to avoiding white shirts for TV wardrobes.
Simon Helberg (Howard ) costarred in the brilliant but short-lived Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network," "The West Wing") TV drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" with Matthew Perry ("Friends"), Bradley Whitford ("The Good Guys") and Amanda Peet ("2012"). Helberg played Alex Dwyer, one of the actors on an "SNL" type sketch comedy show, whose repertoire included a Tom Cruise impression.
At age 11, Kaley Cuoco (Penny) played a mini-Ellen DeGeneres in a flashback scene of the "Ellen" comedy series episode "The Bubble Gum Incident." She later starred in "8 Simple Rules" with the late John Ritter, Katey Sagal ("Futurama," "Sons of Anarchy") and David Spade ("Rules of Engagement").
Johnny Galecki (Leonard) starred for 6 years on hit TV series "Roseanne" as David, Darlene's sweet and shy boyfriend. Darlene was played by Sara Gilbert, who now acts as Leslie Winkle, Leonard's occasional girlfriend/hook-up on "The Big Bang Theory." Galecki also appeared on "Roseanne" alongside series regular Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), who plays Sheldon's mother Mary Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory." The reason for the cast reunion? "The Big Bang Theory" creator Chuck Lorre was also writer and producer on "Roseanne."
Jim Parsons (Sheldon) obviously prepped for his future role in "The Big Bang Theory" with a scene in Zach Braff's "Garden State." Parsons plays a Medieval Times knight who knows how to say "Kill Kirk" in Klingon.
Kunal Nayyar (Raj) appears in the comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates video "Present Face," with a cast of familiar faces that includes Cobie Smulders (Robin) of "How I Met Your Mother."
Mayim Bialik, who plays Sheldon's not-girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler, is the most prepared for her genius geek role on "The Big Bang Theory." The A.V. Club reports that Bialik earned her Ph.D in neuroscience from UCLA in 2008.
"The Big Bang Theory" airs on CBS, Thursday nights at 8 pm ET.
- Simon Helberg
- Bill Prady
- Mayim Bialik
- selective mutism