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13 Secrets About "The Big Bang Theory" Revealed

AUGUST 12, 2015

13 Secrets About "The Big Bang Theory" Revealed

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When you think of a super successful comedy, you normally wouldn't picture a show about a group of nerdy, socially awkward scientists. But none the less "The Big Bang Theory" has become a crazy hit.

Even thought he show is hugely popular, many of it's biggest fans might not know about these behind-the-scenes facts.

Fan of the Show

Fan of the Show

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If you've watched the show then this first secret probably isn't that much of a surprise to you, but Jim Parsons who plays Dr. Sheldon Cooper is a huge fan of Star Trek...as is his character on the show of course.

Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik

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Mayim Bialik who plays Amy Farrah Fowler joined the show during it's third season, but her appearance was actually foreshadowed earlier on in the first season when Raj says "You know who's apparently very smart, is the girl who played TV's Blossom. She got a PhD in neuroscience or something."

Interestingly Bialik earned her doctorate in 2008 and is the only actor from the show with a terminal degree.

Secretly Dating

Secretly Dating

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Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco who play Leonard and Penny dated in real life during the first few seasons. The had managed to keep it a secret Cuoco talked about it in a 2010 interview, after they had split up off-screen but their characters were very much dating on the actual show.

They split after two years. Coincidentally, Galecki also dated Sara Gilbert during his time on "Roseanne," where they too were on-screen love interests.

Location of Apartment 4A

Location of Apartment 4A

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Leonard and Sheldon's apartment is instantly recognizable to fans, being on of the most iconic sets on TV. The apartment is number 4A and is supposed to be located in Pasadena, at 2311 Los Robles, across the street from the Colorado Avenue Chevron station.

"The Theorists"

"The Theorists"

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There was a copycat show called "The Theorists" that ran on TV in Belarus back in 2010.

Before anyone could figure out what to do, the actors on "The Theorists" quit because they discovered their own producers stole the idea for the show from the American version.

Caltech Influence

Caltech Influence

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The school that most of the characters work at is based on the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). It was mentioned by actress Mayim Bialik in an interview when she was talking about how funnily enough most of the audience during the filming of the show is actually made up of students and staff of CalTech.

Character Names

Character Names

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The names of the main characters are based on actual people. The creator once worked with someone called Howard Wolowitz who was hugely into computers. Leonard and Sheldon are named for legendary television producer Sheldon Leonard, and Leonard's surname name comes from two well-known scientists, Douglas and Robert Hofstadter.

The Little Things

The Little Things

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Wil Wheaton took a photo of the infamous coffee table in Leonard and Sheldon's apartment after appearing on the show one time. He later posted the picture to social media and pointed out how much the set designers pay attention to the little things. The table was covered in magazines such as Mental Floss and had sever snacks including Red Vines licorice.

Lucky for Penny

Lucky for Penny

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Originally Penny was never supposed to be on the show, but a different character called "Katie" played by Amanda Walsh. Her character came off as much tougher and was scrapped after the shooting of a pilot episode. They later re-filmed with Penny.

When the audience reacted negatively to the character, she was changed, and Kaley Cuoco was recast in the role that we now know as Penny.

Secret Injuries

Secret Injuries

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A few of the ladies on the show have had to suffer through real-life injuries while filming...and keeping it hidden. Cuoco, who plays Penny, broke her leg while horseback riding during the fourth season. After missing a few episodes, she performed her scenes while standing behind a counter. After a car accident during the sixth season Mayim Bialik had to hide an injured right hand during filming.

Success

Success

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It's highly unusual for a show to receive more than a one year renewal in Hollywood, but TBBT did just that. CBS awarded the show a three season renewal in 2011 which was mostly unheard of in the business. But what is even more amazing is that in 2014 it was again renewed for three more seasons, guaranteeing the show at least a total of 10 seasons!

Sheldon

Sheldon

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There is a species of orchid bee called "Euglossa bazinga". It was named in 2013 after a Brazilian scientist discovered the new species of bee and named it after Sheldon's favorite catchphrase.

When told about it, one of the producers said that Sheldon would be honored seeing as bees are his third favorite flying creatures, after Mothra and griffins of course.

Musical Talent

Musical Talent

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The Theremin is a notoriously difficult instrument to master, but interestingly when Sheldon plays in on the show, it's actually Jim Parsons playing it, and not just a recording being played in the background.