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The Big Bang Theory
BigBangTheoryTitleCard.png
Title card for The Big Bang Theory
Format Sitcom
Created by Chuck Lorre
Bill Prady
Directed by James Burrows (pilot)
Mark Cendrowski
Starring Johnny Galecki
Jim Parsons
Kaley Cuoco
Simon Helberg
Kunal Nayyar
Sara Gilbert
Theme music composer Barenaked Ladies
Opening theme "The Big Bang Theory Theme"[1]
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 57 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Chuck Lorre
Bill Prady
Lee Aronsohn
Producer(s) Steve Molaro
Mike Collier
Faye Oshima Belyeu
Editor(s) Peter Chakos
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 21 minutes (without commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
First shown in United States
Original run September 24, 2007 (2007-09-24) – present
Status Returning series
External links
Official website

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. It premiered on CBS on September 24, 2007.[2]

Set in Pasadena, California, the show is about two Caltech prodigies in their 20s, one an experimental physicist (Leonard Hofstadter) and the other a theoretical physicist (Sheldon Cooper), who live across the hall from an attractive blonde waitress with show-biz aspirations (Penny). Leonard and Sheldon's 'geekiness' and sheer intellect are contrasted for comic effect with Penny's social skills and common sense.[3][4] Two equally geeky friends of theirs, Howard and Rajesh, are also main characters.

The show is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions.[5] In March 2009, it was reported that The Big Bang Theory had been renewed for a third and fourth season by CBS.[6] In August 2009, the sitcom won the best comedy series TCA award and Jim Parsons won the award for individual achievement in comedy.[7]

When the third season premiered on September 21, 2009, it ranked as CBS's highest-rated show of that evening in the adults 18–49 demographic (4.6/10), along with a then series-high 12.83 million viewers.[8]

The Big Bang Theory airs on Mondays at 9:30 EST following another Chuck Lorre-produced show Two and a Half Men.[9]

Contents

Main cast

Cast of characters in The Big Bang Theory. From left: Howard Wolowitz, Leonard Hofstader, Penny, Sheldon Cooper and Rajesh Koothrapali.
  • Johnny Galecki[10] as Leonard Hofstadter, Ph.D. – Leonard is an experimental physicist with an IQ of 173 who received his Ph.D. when he was 24 years old. He shares an apartment with colleague and friend Sheldon Cooper. He is the straight man of the series. The writers have toyed with a romance between him and neighbor Penny, with their unresolved sexual tension being a major force for drama. The third season centers around their struggle to maintain a relationship.
  • Jim Parsons[11] as Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D. – Originally from East Texas, he was a child prodigy, starting college at the age of 12, right after completing the fifth grade. As a theoretical physicist, he possesses a master's degree, two Ph.D.s, and an IQ of 187. He exhibits a strict adherence to routine; a lack of understanding of irony, sarcasm and humor; and a complete lack of humility. These characteristics are the main sources of his character's humor and the center of a number of episodes. Sheldon shares an apartment with Leonard Hofstadter.
  • Kaley Cuoco[12] as Penny – She is the attractive, blonde neighbor who lives across the hall from Sheldon and Leonard. She has aspirations of a career in show business, and has been to casting calls and auditions but has not been successful thus far. To pay the bills, she works as a waitress at The Cheesecake Factory.
  • Simon Helberg[13] as Howard Wolowitz, M.Eng.[14] – He works as an aerospace engineer and owns the house that his mother lives in with him; they are Jewish. Unlike Sheldon, Leonard, and Raj, Howard lacks a Ph.D. He defends this by pointing out that he has a master's degree in Engineering from MIT and the apparatus he designs are actually built and launched into space, unlike the purely abstract work of his friends. He provides outrageous pick-up lines and fancies himself a ladies man with suitably unimpressed reactions from Penny; however, he has shown limited success with other women.
  • Kunal Nayyar[15] as Rajesh Koothrappali, Ph.D. – Rajesh, who originally comes from New Delhi, India, works as a particle astrophysicist at Caltech.[16] He is very shy around women and is physically unable to talk to them unless he drinks alcohol. However, he has had much better luck with women as opposed to his overly confident best friend Howard. His parents, introduced as Dr. and Mrs. V.M. Koothrappali, are seen via webcam. In the third season, he works for Sheldon because his research has run into a dead-end and he doesn't want to go back to India.[17]
  • Sara Gilbert as Leslie Winkle, Ph.D. (recurring season 1-present, starring season 2)[18][19] – She is an experimental physicist who has casual sex with both Howard and Leonard during the show's airing. She does not get along well with Sheldon Cooper and frequently mocks him. She was promoted to main cast during the second season, but demoted again once the writers realized they could not produce quality material for her for every episode.[18]

Episodes

Season Episodes Original Airing
1 17[20] September 24, 2007 – May 19, 2008
2 23[21] September 22, 2008 – May 11, 2009
3 23[22] September 21, 2009 – May 2010

Production history

The show's initial pilot, developed for the 2006–07 television season, was substantially different from its current form. Only Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons were in the cast, and their across-the-hall neighbor Katie was envisioned as "a street-hardened, tough-as-nails woman with a vulnerable interior".[23] Katie was played by actress Amanda Walsh[24] They also had a female friend called Gilda (played by Iris Bahr). The show's original theme music was also different, using Thomas Dolby's hit "She Blinded Me With Science". The show was not picked up, but the creators were given an opportunity to revise the show, bringing in the remaining leading cast and retooling the show to its current format. The original unaired pilot has never been released on any official format, but copies of it are floating around the internet with various collectors. On the evolution of the show, Lorre bluntly admitted "We did the 'Big Bang Pilot' about two and a half years ago, and it sucked... but there were two remarkable things that worked perfectly, and that was Johnny and Jim. We rewrote the thing entirely, and then we were blessed with Kaley and Simon and Kunal." As to whether the world will ever see that original pilot, maybe on a DVD, Lorre said "Wow that would be something, we will see. Show your failures..."[25]

The second pilot of The Big Bang Theory was directed by James Burrows, who did not continue with the show. This reworked pilot led to a 13-episode order by CBS on May 14, 2007.[26] Prior to its airing on CBS, the pilot episode was distributed on iTunes free of charge. The show premiered September 24, 2007, and was picked-up for a full 22-episode season on October 19, 2007.[27]

Production on the show was halted on November 6, 2007 due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, returning on March 17, 2008 in an earlier time slot[28] and with nine new episodes.[29][30] After the strike's end, the show was picked up for a second season airing in the 2008–2009 season, premiering in the same time slot on September 22, 2008.[31] With increasing ratings, the show received a two-year renewal through the 2010–11 season.[32][33]

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.[3] According to executive producer/co-creator Bill Prady, "We're working on giving Sheldon an actual problem that he's going to be working on throughout the [first] season so there's actual progress to the boards ... We worked hard to get all the science right."[4]

The lead characters are named Sheldon and Leonard after actor, director, and producer Sheldon Leonard.[34]

Opening theme

Barenaked Ladies wrote and recorded the theme song, which describes the development of the universe and the changes that Earth and Humans have undergone since the dawn of time. On October 9, 2007, a full-length (1 minute and 45 seconds) version of the song was released.[35] This theme was considered by TV critic Samantha Holloway to be one of the five most effective theme tunes on TV.

DVD releases

DVD Name Release dates Ep # Additional Information
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete First Season September 2, 2008[36] January 12, 2009[37] April 3, 2009[38] 17 The three disc box set includes all 17 episodes. The only extra feature is an 18 minute short entitled Quantum Mechanics of The Big Bang Theory: Series Cast and Creators on Why It’s Cool to Be a Geek. Running Time: 374 minutes.
The Complete Second Season September 15, 2009[39] October 19, 2009[40] March 3, 2010 [41] 23 The four disc box set includes all 23 episodes. The Special Features include a Gag Reel, Physicist to the Stars: Real-Life Physicist/UCLA professor David Saltzberg's consulting relationship to the Show, and Testing the Infinite Hilarity Hypothesis in relation to the Big Bang Theory: Season 2's Unique Characters and Characteristics.
The Complete Third Season TBA September 27, 2010[42] TBA 23 The three disc box set includes all 23 episodes. Running Time: 374 minutes.

Online media

Warner Brothers Television controls the online rights for the show and does not allow full episodes to be shown online.[43][44] Short clips are available on cbs.com.[45]

Ratings

U.S. standard ratings

In the following summary, "rating" is the percentage of all households with televisions that tuned to the show, and "share" is the percentage of all televisions in use at that time that are tuned in. "18–49" is the percentage of all adults aged 18–49 tuned into the show. "Viewers" is the number of viewers, in millions, watching at the time. "Rank" is how well the show did compared to other TV shows aired that week.

Seasonal ratings

Seasonal ratings based on average total viewers per episode of The Big Bang Theory on CBS:

Season Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Monday 8:30 P.M. (September 24 – November 12, 2007)
Monday 8:00 P.M. (March 17 – May 19, 2008)
September 24, 2007 May 19, 2008 2007–08 #59[46] 8.34[46]
2 Monday 8:00 P.M. (September 22, 2008 – May 11, 2009)

Monday 9:30 P.M. (February 9, 2009)

September 22, 2008 May 11, 2009 2008–09 #42[47] 10.01[47]
3 Monday 9:30 P.M. September 21, 2009 May 2010 2009–10 #16[48] 14.40[48]

UK distribution and ratings

The show made its UK debut on Channel 4 on February 14, 2008 bringing in an average audience of 1.0 million viewers. The second episode, shown the following week, also received 1.0 million. For the third episode an average of 1.1 million tuned in. The show is also shown as a 'first-look' on Channel 4's digital offshoot E4, and brings in 400,000 viewers on average. The fifth episode received 880,000 viewers. After the first five episodes, the average number of viewers continues to hover around the 1 million mark. Episode 13 was watched by 1.3 million viewers and was the most watched episode.[49]

In December 2008, Virgin Media made the first nine episodes of the first season available to watch on its TV Choice On Demand service, and the rest of Season 1 was made available in January 2009.

As of December 5, 2009, all 23 episodes of Season 2 are now also available on Virgin Media TV Choice On Demand Service.

The third season began airing on E4 and E4 HD on December 17, 2009 at 9.00pm.

Awards and nominations

Year Result Category Award Show Recipient(s)
2008 Nominated Best Actor in a Comedy Series 1st Ewwy Awards Jim Parsons
Nominated Best Actress in a Comedy Series Kaley Cuoco
Nominated Best Comedy Series Cast and Crew
2009 Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 61st Primetime Emmy Awards Jim Parsons
Nominated Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Christine Baranski
Nominated Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series Crew
Won Outstanding Achievement in Comedy TCA Awards Cast and Crew
Won Individual Achievement in Comedy Jim Parsons
Nominated Best television comedy or musical series Satellite Awards Cast and Crew
Nominated Best actor in a comedy or musical series Jim Parsons
Won The best 10 Television Programs of the year American Film Institute Cast and Crew
Won Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series 2nd Ewwy Awards Kaley Cuoco
Nominated Best Comedy Series Cast and Crew
2010 Won Favorite TV Comedy 36th People's Choice Awards
Nominated Favorite TV Comedy Actor Jim Parsons

International broadcast

Country / Region Network(s) Aired Notes
 Albania Digi+ April 19, 2009 — present Subbed
 Argentina Warner Channel November 2007 — present The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
 Australia Nine Network Season 1: Late 2007 — 2008
Season 2: Late 2008 — October 26, 2009
Season 3: November 2, 2009
New episodes
GO! Season 1: August 9, 2009 — September 2009 and December 2009 — January 2010 (Second rotation)
Season 2: Mid-September 2009 — November 2009 and Feburary 2010 — March 2010
Season 3: March 2010 —TBA
Double episode repeats in rotation, twice a week
 Bangladesh Zee Café
 Belgium La Une August 31, 2008 — present
2BE December 21, 2009 — present Double episode. The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
 Bolivia Warner Channel November 2007 — present The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
 Brazil Warner Channel November 2007 — present The dialogue is with English audio but captions are used except for a version used by the Brazilian company TAM Airlines on planes.
SBT HD TBA The dialogue will be completely dubbed to Portuguese and will be aired in both SD and HD, aired as "Big Bang: A Teoria" (Big Bang: The Theory)
 Bulgaria Nova Television November 5, 2008 — present
 Canada A
CTV
2007–08, 2009–present
2008–09
 Chile Warner Channel November 2007 — present The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
 Colombia Warner Channel November 2007 — present The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
 Costa Rica Warner Channel
Teletica
November 2007 — present
August 2009 — present
The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
The dialogue is dubbed.
 Cuba Multivisión
 Cyprus LTV November 2008 — present The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
 Czech Republic Prima COOL April 7, 2009 — present Aired as 'Teorie velkého třesku', dubbed
 Denmark 6'eren January 2009 — present The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
 Dominican Republic Warner Channel
 Ecuador Warner Channel November 2007 — present The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
 El Salvador Warner Channel November 2007 — present The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
 Fiji Mai TV
 Finland Sub September 8, 2008 — present The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used. Aired as Rillit Huurussa (Misty Eyeglasses)
 France TPS Star
NRJ 12
October 18, 2008 — present
October 5, 2009— present
 Greece Star Channel September , 2009 — present Double Episode. The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
 Germany ProSieben July 11, 2009 — present[50] The dialogue is dubbed.
 Guatemala Warner Channel The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used. One of top Sitcoms in Guatemala Cable
 Honduras Warner Channel
 Hungary Cool TV December 27, 2009 — present The dialogue is dubbed. Aired as 'Agymenők'
 Iceland Stöð 2 August 19, 2008 — present
 India Zee Café
 Ireland RTÉ Two July 11, 2008 — present
 Israel yes stars Comedy July 2008 — present
 Italy Steel January 19, 2008 — present The show received a lot of criticism due to the poor quality of dubbing, which allegedly "dumbed down" most of the nerdy-geeky jokes. To fix this, since episode 9 of season one, the dubbing has been changed to a significantly better quality, characterized by a more faithful translation.
 Japan Super! drama TV November 7, 2009 — present
 Lithuania TV1 February 21, 2010 — present The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
 Malaysia ntv7
 Mexico Warner Channel November 2008 — present The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
Canal 5 (Televisa) Season 1: January 11, 2010 The dialogue was completely dubbed to Spanish, aired as "La Teoría del Big Bang", two episodes daily from Monday through Thursday.
 Nepal Zee Café
 Netherlands Veronica March 2, 2009 — ??? Only a few episodes were broadcast
 New Zealand TV2 September 17, 2008 — present New episodes
 Nicaragua Warner Channel
 Norway TVNorge The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used. It's also available in HD(TVNorge HD).
 Pakistan Super Comedy
 Panama Warner Channel The dialogue is not dubbed but Spanish captions are used.
 Paraguay Warner Channel March 2008 — present The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
 Peru Warner Channel November 2007 — present
 Philippines Jack TV
 Poland TVN Siedem November 20, 2008 — present Aired as 'Teoria wielkiego podrywu'
 Portugal SET, RTP2 July 14, 2008 — present
 Macedonia Kanal 5
 Slovenia Kanal A Season 1: February 23, 2009 — March 20, 2009
 South Africa M-Net
SABC3

 Spain Antena.neox
Antena 3
TNT
July 18, 2009 — present
 Sweden Kanal 5 The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
 Thailand True Series May 26, 2008 — present
 Trinidad and Tobago TV6 2008 — present
 Turkey CNBC-e[51] September 9, 2008 — present The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
 Ukraine Inter, MTV December 7, 2009 — present (MTV) Aired as Теорія великого вибуху
 United Kingdom Channel 4, E4, E4 HD Season 3 (E4) December 17 , 2009  - present Thursdays 9.00-9.30 PM
 Uruguay Warner Channel November 2007 — present The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.
 Venezuela Warner Channel November 2007 — present The dialogue is not dubbed but captions are used.

Belarus 'knockoff' version, The Theorists

Through the use of his vanity cards at the end of episodes, Chuck Lorre alleged that there was a rip-off version of the show being produced and aired in Belarus. Officially titled Теоретики (translates to The Theorists), the show features 'clones' of the main characters, a similar opening sequence, and what appears to be a very close Russian translation of the scripts.[52] Chuck Lorre expressed annoyance and described his inquiry with the Warner Brothers legal department about options. The TV production company and station's close relationship with the Belarus government was cited as the reason that any attempt to claim copyright infringement would be in vain.[53]

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Contents

Season 1

Pilot [1.01]

Sheldon: [about donating sperm] What if she winds up with a toddler who doesn't know if he should use an integral or a differential to solve the area under a curve?
Leonard: I'm sure she'll still love him.
Sheldon: I wouldn't.

Penny: So, what do you guys do for fun around here?
Sheldon: Well, today we tried masturbating for money.

Penny: I'm a Sagittarius, which probably tells you way more than you need to know...
Sheldon:Yes... it tells us that you participate in the mass cultural delusion that the sun's apparent position relative to arbitrarily defined constellations at the time of your birth somehow affects your personality.
Penny: Participate in the what?

The Big Bran Hypothesis [1.02]

[Discussing a large box of furniture which they have to take to the fourth floor, with the lift out of order]
Leonard: Well, we'll just have to take it up ourselves.
Sheldon: I hardly think so.
Leonard: Why not?
Sheldon: Well, we don't have a dolly, or lifting belts, or any measurable upper body strength.
Leonard: We don't need strength, we're physicists. We are the intellectual descendants of Archimedes. Give me a lever and a fulcrum and I could lift the earth.
[The package starts falling on him]
Leonard: I don't have this! I don't have this! I DON'T HAVE THIS!
[Sheldon lifts the package off him]
Sheldon: Archimedes would be so proud.
Leonard: Well, do you have any ideas?
Sheldon: Yeah, but they all involve a Green Lantern and a power ring.

Leonard: You convinced me. Maybe tonight we should sneak in and shampoo her carpet.
Sheldon: You don't think that crosses the line?
Leonard: Yes... For God's sake, Sheldon, do I have to... hold up a sarcasm sign every time I open my mouth?
Sheldon: You have a sarcasm sign?
Leonard: No! I don't have a sarcasm sign.

The Fuzzy Boots Corollary [1.03]

Leonard: Hello Leslie.
Leslie: Hi Leonard.
Leonard: I'd like to propose an experiment...
Leslie: Goggles, Leonard.
Leonard: Right. I would like to propose an experiment.
Leslie: Hang on. I'm trying to see how long it takes a 500-kilowatt oxygen iodine laser to heat up my Cup o' Noodles.
Leonard: I've done it. About two seconds, 2.6 for minestrone. Anyway, I was thinking more of a bio-social exploration with a neuro-chemical overlay.
Leslie: Wait, are you asking me out?
Leonard: I was going to characterize it as the modification of our colleague-slash-friendship paradigm with the addition of a date-like component, but we don't need to quibble over terminology.
Leslie: What sort of experiment?
Leonard: There's a generally accepted pattern in this area. I would pick you up. Take you to a restaurant. Then we would see a movie, probably a romantic comedy featuring the talents of Hugh Grant or Sandra Bullock.
Leslie: Interesting. And would you agree that the primary way we would evaluate either the success or failure of the date would be based on the biochemical reaction during the good night kiss?
Leonard: Heart rate, pheromones, et cetera. Yes.
Leslie: Why don't we just stipulate that the date goes well and move to the key variable?
Leonard: You mean kiss you now?
Leslie: Yes.
Leonard: Can you define the parameters of the kiss?
Leslie: Closed-mouth but romantic. Mint?

Howard: Sheldon, if you were a robot, and I knew and you didn't, would you want me to tell you?
Sheldon: That depends. When I learn that I'm a robot, will I be able to handle it?
Howard: Maybe, although the history of science fiction is not on your side.
Sheldon: Uh, let me ask you this: when I learn that I'm a robot, would I be bound by Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics?
Raj: You might be bound by them right now.
Howard: That's true. Have you ever harmed a human being, or, through inaction, allowed a human being to come to harm?
Sheldon: Of course not.
Raj: Have you ever harmed yourself or allowed yourself to be harmed except in cases where a human being would've been endangered?
Sheldon: Well, no.
Howard: I smell robot.

Howard: So, how did it go with Leslie?
Leonard: Oh, we tried kissing, but The Earth didn't move. I mean, any more than the 383 miles it was going to anyway.
Sheldon: Oh I've seen that look before. This is just going to be 2 weeks of moping and tedious Emo songs, and calling me to come down to pet stores to look at cats. I don't know if I can take it.
Raj: You could power down.

The Luminous Fish Effect [1.04]

Sheldon: I've spent the past three-and-a-half years staring at greaseboards full of equations; before that, I spent four years working on my thesis; before that, I was in college; and before that, I was in the fifth grade.

Sheldon's Mother: [to Leonard and Penny] You know, you two make a cute couple.
Leonard: Oh no, we're not...a couple. We're singles...like...those individually wrapped pieces of cheese that are next to each other...but...stay separate...like...just friends.
Sheldon's Mother: [aside to Howard] Did I touch a nerve there?
Howard: Oh yeah.

The Hamburger Postulate [1.05]

Leonard: What did Penny mean, "you'd make a cute couple"?
Sheldon: Well, I assume she meant that the two of you together would constitute a couple that others might consider cute. An alternate, though somewhat less likely interpretation is that you could manufacture one. As in, "Oh, look, Leonard and Leslie made Mr. and Mrs. Goldfarb! Aren't they adorable?"
Leonard: If Penny didn't know that Leslie had already turned me down, then that would unambiguously mean that she, Penny, thought I should ask her, Leslie, out, indicating that she, Penny, had no interest in me asking her, Penny, out; but because she did know that I had asked Leslie out, and that she, Leslie, had turned me down, then she, Penny, could be offering me consolation - "That's too bad, you would have made a cute couple..." - while thinking, "good, Leonard remains available."
Sheldon: You're a lucky man, Leonard.
Leonard: How so?
Sheldon: You're talking to one of the three men in the Western Hemisphere capable of following that train of thought.
Leonard: Well, what do you think?
Sheldon: I said I could follow it, I didn't say I cared.

Penny: Leonard, I didn't know you played the cello.
Leonard: Yeah, my parents felt that naming me Leonard and putting me in advanced placement classes wasn't getting me beaten up enough.

The Middle-Earth Paradigm [1.06]

[Kurt looking at Sheldon who is dressed as the Doppler Effect]
Kurt: So what are you, a zebra?
Sheldon: [to Leonard] Yet another child left behind.

Leonard: [To Kurt] A Homo habilis just discovering his opposable thumbs says what?
Kurt: [Confused] What?

The Dumpling Paradox [1.07]

Leonard: What are you doing?
Sheldon: Every Saturday since we've lived in this apartment, I have awakened at 6:15, poured myself a bowl of cereal, added a quarter-cup of 2% milk, sat on this end of this couch, turned on BBC America, and watched Doctor Who.
Leonard: Penny's still sleeping.
Sheldon: Every Saturday since we've lived in this apartment, I have awakened at 6:15, poured myself a bowl of cereal...
Leonard: You have a TV in your room, why don't you just have breakfast in bed?
Sheldon: Because I am neither an invalid nor a woman celebrating Mother's Day.

Leonard: Sheldon, think this through. You're going to ask Howard to choose between sex and Halo.
Sheldon: No, I'm going to ask him to choose between sex and HALO 3. As far as I know sex has not been upgraded to include high-def graphics and enhanced weapons systems.
Leonard: You're right, all sex has is nudity, orgasms and human contact.
Sheldon: My point.

The Grasshopper Experiment [1.08]

Sheldon: I'll have a Diet Coke.
Penny: OK, will you please order a cocktail? I need to practice mixing drinks.
Sheldon: Fine, I'll have a virgin Cuba Libre.
Penny: That's, um, Rum and Coke without the rum.
Sheldon: Yes.
Penny: So, Coke.
Sheldon: Yes. And would you make it Diet?
Penny: There's a can in the fridge.
Sheldon: A Cuba Libre generally comes in a tall glass with a lime wedge.
Penny: Then swim to Cuba.
Sheldon: Bartenders are supposed to have people skills.

[Sheldon is singing "L'Chaim" at Penny's bar]
Leonard: I don't believe it. What's got into him?
Penny: Oh, a couple of virgin Cuba Libres who turned out to be kinda slutty.
Leonard: (smiling) You didn't.
Penny: Hey, you do your little experiments, I do mine.

The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization [1.09]

Leonard: Are there any other honors that I've gotten that I don't know about? Did UPS drop off a Nobel Prize with my name on it?
Sheldon: Leonard, please don't take this the wrong way, but the day you win a Nobel Prize is the day I begin my research on the drag coefficient of tassels on flying carpets.
Raj: The only thing missing from that slam was your mama!
Howard: Hey Leonard, yo mama's research methodology's so flawed...
Leonard: Shut up Howard! Sheldon, we have to do this.
Sheldon: No we don't. We have to take in nourishment, expel waste, and inhale enough oxygen to keep our cells from dying. Everything else is optional.

Penny: So, you know, isn't there maybe some way you and Sheldon could compromise on this whole presentation thing?
Leonard: No. Scientists do not compromise. Our minds are trained to synthesize facts and come to inarguable conclusions. Not to mention Sheldon is bat-crap crazy.

The Loobenfeld Decay [1.10]

Sheldon: I'm uncomfortable having been included in your lie to Penny.
Leonard: What was I supposed to say?
Sheldon: You could have told her the truth.
Leonard: That would have hurt her feelings.
Sheldon: Is that a relevant factor?
Leonard: Yes.
Sheldon: Then I suppose you could have agreed to go.
Leonard: And what would I have said afterwards?
Sheldon: I would suggest something to the effect of: singing is neither an appropriate vocation nor avocation for you, and if you disagree I'd recommend you have a CAT scan to look for a tumor pressing on the cognitive processing centers of your brain.
Leonard: I couldn't say that. I would have to say, "you were terrific and I can't wait to hear you sing again."
Sheldon: Why?
Leonard: That's the social protocol. It's what you do when you have a friend who's proud of something they really suck at.
Sheldon: I was not aware of that.
Leonard: Now you are.
Sheldon: Oh. All right. Leonard?
Leonard: Yes?
Sheldon: When we played chess earlier, you were terrific, and I can't wait to play you again.

Sheldon: I was analyzing our lie, and I believe we're in danger of Penny seeing through the ruse.
Leonard: How?
Sheldon: Simple: If she were to log onto www.socalphysicsgroup.org/activities/other, click on "Upcoming Events", scroll down to "Seminars", download the PDF schedule, and look for the seminar on molecular positronium, well then, bibbidi-bobbidi-boo, our pants are metaphorically on fire.

The Pancake Batter Anomaly [1.11]

Sheldon: Checkmate.
Leonard: Argh, again?
Sheldon: Obviously you're not well-suited for three-dimensional chess. Perhaps three-dimensional Candyland would be your speed.

Sheldon: Anyway, the housekeeper in the faculty residence didn't speak any English. When I finally managed to convince her I was sick, she said, "Möchtest du eine Darmspülung?"
Penny: What does that mean?
Sheldon: Based on what happened next, I assume it means, "Would you like an enema?"

The Jerusalem Duality [1.12]

Sheldon: 15 years old—Dennis Kim is 15 years old, and he's already correcting my work. Today I went from being Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to—you know—that other guy.
Howard: Antonio Salieri.
Sheldon: Oh, God, now even you're smarter than me.

Sheldon: Engineering—where the semi-skilled laborers execute the vision of those who think and dream. Hello Oompa-Loompas of science.

The Bat Jar Conjecture [1.13]

Sheldon: At this point I should inform you that I intend to form my own team, and destroy the molecular bonds that bind your very matter together, and reduce the resulting particulate chaos to tears.
Leonard: Well, thanks for the heads up.
Sheldon: Oh, one more thing... It's on, bitch.

Leslie: Hello, Sheldon.
Sheldon: [looks terrified] Leslie Winkle!
Leslie: Yeah, Leslie Winkle! The answer to the question, "Who made Sheldon Cooper cry like a little girl?".
Sheldon: Yes! Well, I'm polymerized tree sap and you're an inorganic adhesive, so whatever verbal projectile you launch in my direction is reflected off of me, returns on its original trajectory and adheres to you.
Leslie: [sarcastically] Ooooh...ouch.

The Nerdvana Annihilation/The Nerdmabelia Scattering [1.14]

Leonard: [about the time machine] The lights flash, and the dish spins. You wanna try it?
Penny: No, I don't wanna try it! My God, you are grown men! How could you waste your lives with these stupid toys and costumes, and comic books, and-and... now that-that...
Sheldon: Again—time machine.
Penny: Oh, please, that's not a time machine. If anything, it looks like something Elton John would drive through the Everglades.
Sheldon: It only moves in time. It would be less than worthless in a swamp.
Penny: Pathetic! ALL of you, COMPLETELY pathetic!

Penny: [to Leonard] Look, you are a great guy, and it is the things you love that make you who you are.
Howard: I guess that makes me large breasts.

The Shiksa Indeterminacy/The Porkchop Indeterminacy [1.15]

Leonard: So, how do you two know each other?
Missy: Oh, he once spent nine months with my legs wrapped around his head.
Leonard: Excuse me?
Sheldon: She's my twin sister. She thinks she's funny, but frankly, I've never been able to see it.
Missy: That's because you have no measurable sense of humor, Shelly.
Sheldon: How exactly would one measure a sense of humor? A 'humormometer'?

Raj: Missy, do you enjoy pajamas?
Missy: I guess.
Raj: We Indians invented them. You're welcome.
Howard: Yeah, well, my people invented circumcision. You're welcome.
Penny: Missy I'm going to go get my nails done. Would you like to come?
Missy: God yes. Thanks.
Penny: You're welcome.

The Peanut Reaction [1.16]

Leonard: My parents focused on celebrating achievements, and my being expelled from a birth canal was not considered one of them.
Penny: That's so silly.
Sheldon: It's actually based on very sound theories; his mother published a paper on it.
Penny: What was it called, I Hate My Son and That's Why He Can't Have Cake?
Sheldon: It was obviously very effective. Leonard grew up to become an experimental physicist. Perhaps if she also denied him Christmas, he'd be a little better at it.
Leonard: Thank you.
Howard: Well, I love birthdays: waking up to mom's special French Toast breakfast, wearing the birthday king crown, playing laser tag with all my friends...
Penny: Yeah! See? That's what kids should have!
Howard: Actually, that was last year...

Penny: [on phone] How about this: you keep him there a little longer, and when you get to the party, I'll point out which of my friends are easy.
Howard: [long pause] Don't toy with me, woman.
Penny: I've got a hot former fat girl with no self-esteem, I got a girl who punishes her father by sleeping around, and an alcoholic who's two tequila shots away from letting you wear her like a hat.
Howard: Thy will be done. [Hangs up, takes out granola bar with peanuts, to which he is allergic, and looks to his crotch] I'm doing this for you, little buddy.

The Tangerine Factor [1.17]

Leonard [while Howard is teaching Sheldon Mandarin] Why are you learning Chinese?
Sheldon: I believe the Szechuan Palace has been passing off Orange Chicken as Tangerine Chicken, and I intend to confront them.
Leonard: If I were you, I'd be more concerned about what they're passing off as chicken.
[Penny comes in with an iPod in her hand.]
Penny: I need to use your window.
Leonard: Oh yeah, sure. Go ahead.
Penny: [opening the window and throwing the iPod out of it] Hey, jerkface! You forgot your iPod!
Leonard: [as Penny closes the window and starts to leave] What's going on?
Penny: Oh, I'll tell you what's going on: that stupid, self-centered bastard [her ex-boyfriend] wrote about our sex life in his blog! [going back to the window and reopening it] Drop dead, you stupid, self-centered bastard! [closing the window] Thank you. [leaves]
Sheldon: [after a short pause, wanting to go back to the Mandarin lessons] Okay, where were we?
Howard: [going to the computer] Not now. I have a blog to find.

[While Sheldon is listening to a tape, Penny comes from behind and touches his shoulder, which scares him.]
Penny: Sorry, Sheldon. Do you have a second?
Sheldon: A second what? Pair of underwear?

Season 2

The Bad Fish Paradigm [2.01]

Penny: Has Leonard ever dated any regular girls?
Sheldon: Well, I assume that you're not talking about digestive regularity, because I've learned that such inquiries are inappropriate.
Penny: No, I mean has he ever dated someone who wasn't a brainiac?
Sheldon: Oh, well there was this one girl who had a PhD in French Literature.
Penny: How is that not a brainiac?
Sheldon: Well, for one thing, she was French. For another, it was literature.

Leonard: What do you mean, you're moving out? Why?
Sheldon: There doesn't have to be a reason.
Leonard: Yeah, there kinda does.
Sheldon: Not necessarily. This is a classic example of Münchhausen's Trilemma. Either the reason is predicated on a series of sub-reasons leading to an infinite regression, or it tracks back to arbitrary axiomatic statements, or it's ultimately circular, i.e. I'm moving out because I'm moving out.
Leonard: I'm still confused.
Sheldon: Leonard, I don't see how I could have made it any simpler.

The Codpiece Topology [2.02]

Howard: Renaissance fairs aren't about historical accuracy. They're about taking chubby girls who work at Kinko's and lacing them up in corsets so tight their bosom jumps out and say "Howdy."
Sheldon: Bosoms would not have said "howdy" in the 15th century. If anything, they would have said "huzzah!"
Howard: I don't care what the bosoms say, Sheldon. I just want to be in the conversation.

Sheldon: Leonard is upstairs right now with my archenemy.
Penny: Your archenemy?
Sheldon: Yes: the Dr. Doom to my Mr. Fantastic, the Dr. Octopus to my Spiderman, the Dr. Sivana to my Captain Marvel...
Penny: OK, I get it, I get it...
Sheldon: You know, it's amazing how many supervillains have advanced degrees. Graduate schools should do a better job of screening those people out.

The Barbarian Sublimation [2.03]

[Penny sneaks into Sheldon's room while he is asleep]
Penny: [whispering] Sheldon!
[She walks up to his bed]
Penny: [whispering] Sheldon.
Sheldon: [Jerking awake] Danger! Danger!
Penny: Sheldon, it's me.
Sheldon: You're in my bedroom.
Penny: I need your help.
Sheldon: People aren't suppose to be in my bedroom.
Penny: Well, can we talk in the living room?
Sheldon: I'm not wearing any pajama bottoms.
Penny: Why?
Sheldon: I spilled grape juice.
Penny: Well, can't you put on other pajamas?
Sheldon: I can't put on other pajamas, these are my Monday pajamas! Penny, people really aren't supposed to be in my bedroom!

Sheldon: Leonard, you have to do something about Penny. She's interfering with my sleep, she's interfering with my work, and if I had another significant aspect of my life, I'm sure she'd be interfering with that, too.
Leonard: Why should I do something? You're the one who introduced her to online gaming.
Sheldon: Yes, but you're the one who said hello to her when she moved in. If you'd simply restrained yourself, none of this would be happening.
Leonard: Why don't you just tell her to leave you alone?
Sheldon: I did! I told her, I texted her, I sent out a very emphatic Twitter, I even changed my Facebook status to "Sheldon Cooper wishes Penny would leave him alone"! I don't know what else to do!
Leonard: Well, what am I supposed to to?
Sheldon: I don't know, but if you don't figure something out, I warn you, I shall become very difficult to live with!
Leonard: You mean up until now we've been experiencing the happy, fun-time Sheldon?
Sheldon: Yes.
Leonard: I'll go talk to her!

The Griffin Equivalency [2.04]

Gablehauser: Hello, boys.
Raj: Dr. Gablehauser.
Gablehauser: Dr. Koothrappali.
Leonard: Dr. Gablehauser.
Gablehauser: Dr. Hofstadter.
Sheldon: Dr. Gablehauser.
Gablehauser: Dr. Cooper.
Howard: Dr. Gablehauser.
Gablehauser: Mr. Wolowitz

Gablehauser: A pile of money, taller than... well taller than you [pats Howard on the head]
Howard: I have a Master's Degree
Gablehauser: Who doesn't?

The Euclid Alternative [2.05]

Sheldon: I bought these Star Wars sheets but they turned out to be much too stimulating to be compatible with a good night's sleep. I don't like the way Darth Vader stares at me.

[Sheldon is trying Howard's driving simulator-with disastrous results]
Leonard: How did you manage to get on the second floor of the Glendale Galleria?
Sheldon: I don't know, I was on the Pasadena Freeway, missed my exit, flew off the overpass and...one thing led to another.
[Screeching tires are heard from the simulator, followed by a crash and barking and meowing]
Leonard: Awwwwww, the pet store?
Sheldon: Remind me to compliment Howard on the simulator. It's remarkably detailed.

The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem [2.06]

Sheldon: Looking out at your fresh young faces, I remember when I, too, was deciding my academic future as a lowly graduate student. Of course, I was 14, and I had already achieved more than most of you could ever hope to despite my 9 o'clock bedtime. Now, there may be one or two of you in this room who has what it takes to succeed in theoretical physics, although it's more likely that you'll spend your scientific careers teaching fifth graders how to make papier-mâché volcanoes with baking soda lava.
Leonard: Oh, good God.
Sheldon: In short, anyone who told you that you would someday be able to make some significant contribution to physics played a cruel trick on you, a cruel trick indeed. Any questions? [No one in the classroom says anything] Of course not. I weep for the future of science. Now if you excuse me, the latest issue of Batman is out.
Leonard: [referring to his earlier failed experiment] That laser's starting to look pretty good now, huh?

Penny: I know this is none of my business, but I just... I have to ask — what's Sheldon's deal?
Leonard: What do you mean, "deal"?
Penny: You know, like, what's his deal? Is it girls...? Guys...? Sock puppets...?
Leonard: Honestly, we've been operating under the assumption that he has no deal.
Penny: Come on, everybody has a deal.
Howard: Not Sheldon. Over the years we've formulated a number of theories about how he might reproduce. I'm an advocate of mitosis.
Penny: I'm sorry?
Howard: I believe one day Sheldon will eat an enormous amount of Thai food and split into two Sheldons.
Leonard: On the other hand, I think Sheldon might be the larval form of his species and someday he'll spin a cocoon and emerge two months later with moth wings and an exoskeleton.
Penny: Okay, well, thanks for the nightmares.

The Panty Piñata Polarization [2.07]

[the guys are playing Klingon Boggle]
Howard: I have "Chorrr",
Sheldon & Raj: Got it.
Howard: "Nekhmakh",
Sheldon & Raj: Yep.
Howard: And "Kreplach".
Raj: Hold on a second, "Kreplach"?
Howard: Yeah.
Raj: That isn't Klingon, it's Yiddish for a meat-filled dumpling!
Howard: Well, as it turns out, it's also a Klingon word.
Leonard: Really? Define it.
Howard: Kreplach: a hearty, Klingon, ...dumpling.
Raj: Judge's ruling?
Sheldon: [makes thumbs-down] Bilurrrbe! [Klingon for "you are wrong"]

Raj: We now have the address of the Top Model house.
Howard: God bless you, Google Street View—registered trademark.
Leonard: Okay, for the record, what you guys are doing is really creepy.
Howard: You know what? If it's creepy to use the Internet, military satellites, and robot aircraft to find a house full of gorgeous young models so that I can drop in on them unexpectedly, then fine, I'm creepy.

The Lizard-Spock Expansion [2.08]

Sheldon: I'm sorry, but I'm not going to watch the Clone Wars TV series until I've seen the Clone Wars movie. I prefer to let George Lucas disappoint me in the order he intended.

Sheldon: Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock. It's very simple. Look -- scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors.
Raj: (pause)...okay. I think I got it.

The White Asparagus Triangulation [2.09]

Sheldon: Leonard! [knock-knock-knock] Leonard! [knock-knock-knock] Leonard!
Leonard: What Sheldon? What Sheldon? What Sheldon?
Sheldon: Tell me what you see here.
Leonard: The blunt instrument that will be the focus of my murder trial?
Sheldon: This is Stephanie's Facebook page. Now where it should say "in a relationship", what does it say?
Leonard: Stephanie Barnett is single.
Sheldon: Furthermore, earlier this evening, she threw a digital sheep at some guy named Mike. Who's Mike? Why does he get a digital sheep and not you?
Leonard: It's just her Facebook page! And we've only been seeing each other a few weeks.
Sheldon: You don't see it, do you? We're losing her.
Leonard: OK, I'm going to make this very simple. You... are not in this relationship. I... am! Ergo, you have noooo say in anything that happens between me and Stephanie.
Sheldon: I'm afraid I can't allow that. Pursuant to Starfleet General Order 104, Section A, you are deemed unfit, and I hereby relieve you of your command.
Leonard: General Order 104, Section A does not apply in this situation.
Sheldon: Give me one good reason why not.
Leonard: Because this is not Star Trek!

[Sheldon is discussing Leonard's failed relationships with Penny]
Sheldon: So what is the "down" and the "low", and don't worry, this is all entirely confidential, so you feel free to include any and all shortcomings in the bedroom.
Penny: We never got to the bedroom.
Sheldon: Because...?
Penny: OK, all right, you know what? I'll tell you what happened. We were young, we were very much in love, but we could only communicate through a time-traveling mailbox at my lake house.
Sheldon: It's not enough that you made me watch that movie, but now you mock me with it?!

The Vartabedian Conundrum [2.10]

Sheldon: Good morning, Dr. Stephanie. I trust Leonard satisfied you sexually last night?

Leonard: Sometimes, I just mosey on down to the third floor and have cereal with Mrs. Vartabedian.
Sheldon: Really? I've never once been invited to have cereal with Mrs. Vartabedian.
Leonard: She doesn't like you.

The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis [2.11]

Leonard: I have just one question for you. While I am perfectly happy with the way things are between us, you said that you didn't want to go out with me because I was too smart for you. Well, newsflash, Lady. David Underhill is ten times smarter than me. You'd have to drive a railroad spike in his brain for me to beat him at checkers. Next to him, I am like one of those sign-language gorillas who knows how to ask for grapes. So my question is, what's up with that?
Penny: [crying] Why are you yelling at me?
Leonard: Sorry! I'm sorry sorry. Never mind. We're cool.
Penny: Dave is not smarter than you. He's an idiot.
Leonard: [chuckling] Really? Why would you say that?
Penny: Because. A smart guy takes the nude photos of his wife off his cell phone before he tries to take nude photos of his girlfriend.
Leonard: He tried to take nude photos of you?
Penny: [screaming] That's what you took from that?! The guy is married!
Leonard: Oh yeah. I'm sorr...oh, that's terrible!

Penny: Sorry the napkin's dirty, he wiped his mouth with it.
Sheldon: [gasps] I possess the DNA of Leonard Nimoy?!
Penny: Well...yeah, I guess. But look, he signed it!
Sheldon: Do you realize what this means?!?! All I need is a healthy ovum and I can grow my own Leonard Nimoy!
Penny: Okay, all I'm giving you is the napkin, Sheldon.

The Killer Robot Instability [2.12]

Sheldon: Your robot is inferior and it will be defeated by ours because ours exceeds yours in both design and execution. Also, I'm given to understand that your mother is overweight.
Raj: Oh, snap.
Sheldon: Now of course if that is a result of a glandular condition and not sloth and gluttony, I withdraw that comment.
Raj: What difference does it make, fat is fat!
Sheldon: There are boundaries!

Leonard: Barry, we can't fight you tomorrow. Our engineer is incapacitated.
Barry: What's wrong with him?
Raj: He's depressed, because he's pathetic and creepy and can't get girls.
Barry: We're all pathetic and cweepy and can't get girls. That's why we fight wobots. If you're not there, you'll be subject to widicule.
Raj: [addressing Barry's speech impediment] I'm just curious, what part of America is that accent from?

The Friendship Algorithm [2.13]

Raj: Gentlemen, I put it to you: the worst tapioca pudding is better than the best pudding of any other flavor.
Sheldon: First off, that's axiomatically wrong, because the best pudding is chocolate.

Penny: What about Howard and Raj, how did he [Sheldon] become friends with them?
Leonard: I don't know...how do carbon atoms form a benzene ring? Proximity and valence electrons.
Penny: Well yeah sure, when you put it that way.

The Financial Permeability [2.14]

Sheldon: I see no large upcoming expenditures, unless they develop an affordable technology to fuse my skeleton with Adamantium like Wolverine.
Penny: Are they really working on that?
Sheldon: I sincerely hope so.

Leonard: [to Sheldon, Howard, and Raj, who have come to assist him in getting money that Penny's ex-boyfriend owes her] Now, we all know the plan?
Howard: Yes. Koothrapalli's going to wet himself, I'm going to throw up, Sheldon's going to run away, and you're going to die. Shall we synchronize our watches?
Leonard: Excuse me, there are four of us and one of him.
Sheldon: Which means his triumph will be even larger. Minstrels will write songs about him.

The Maternal Capacitance [2.15]

[After Sheldon has described who/what he thinks Leonard is talking to/about due to Leonard's behavior while on the phone]
Sheldon: Yes, I'm definitely going with colonoscopy.
Leonard: My mother's coming for a visit.
Howard: Hey, how about that. You were right.

Sheldon: [about Leonard] My theory is that his lack of focus stems from an overdeveloped sex drive.
Leonard's mother: Oh, I don't see where he could have gotten that. Besides a pro forma consummation of marriage, his father and I had intercourse only with the purpose of reproduction.
Sheldon: That seems a fairly efficient arrangement.
Leonard's mother: Yes, we think so. We've both made papers on it. Mine from a neuroscientific point of view and his from an anthropological. Mine of course was the only one worth reading.
Sheldon: Of course, I would very much like to read about your sex life.
Leonard's mother: Well, it's all online, or you can order it from the Princeton University press.
Leonard: Here is your tea, mother. What are you guys talking about?
Sheldon: The frequency with which your parents had intercourse.
Leonard: Well, if you are lucky she might show you the PowerPoint presentation.
[Sheldon looks thrilled]
Leonard's mother: I'm sorry, it's on my other laptop.
Sheldon: Ohhhh.

The Cushion Saturation [2.16]

Sheldon: That is my spot. In an ever-changing world it is a simple point of consistency. If my life were expressed as a function in a four-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system, that spot, at the moment I first sat on it, would be [0,0,0,0].

Leonard: Do you know what baffles me, Sheldon?
Sheldon: Based on your academic record, a number of things, I would imagine.

The Terminator Decoupling [2.17]

Howard: [about Summer Glau] I have eleven hours with her in a confined space. Unless she's willing to jump off a moving train and tuck and roll down the side of a hill, she will eventually succumb to the acquired taste that is Howard Wolowitz.
[pause]
Leonard: My money's on tuck and roll.

Howard: Unlike you, I can actually talk to women when I'm sober.
Raj: You fail to take into account that even mute, I am foreign and exotic. While you, on the other hand, are frail and pasty.
Howard: Well, you know the old saying. 'Pasty and frail…never fail.'

The Work Song Nanocluster [2.18]

Howard: Hey! You know what'd be a great idea: we get some girls over here and play laser-obstacle-strip-chess...
Leonard: Believe me, Howard, any girl who would be willing to play that you don't want to see naked.
Howard: You underestimate me.

Sheldon: I'm a physicist. I have a working knowledge of the entire universe and everything it contains.
Penny: Who's Radiohead?
Sheldon: [after twitching for a minute] I have a working knowledge of the important things.

The Dead Hooker Juxtaposition [2.19]

Howard: Penny, let me take this opportunity to point out that you are looking particularly ravishing today.
Penny: Not with a thousand condoms, Howard.
Howard: So there is a number?
Penny: Okay, new topic, please.

[Penny and Alicia are fighting and rolling around on the floor]
Howard: OH MY GOD! GIRL FIGHT! [restrains Leonard]
Leonard: What are you doing??!
Howard:[venemously] I know you! You're stupid enough to break it up!

The Hofstadter Isotope [2.20]

Sheldon: I've spent the last three hours in an online debate in the DC Comics chatroom and I need your help.
Stuart: Oh, yeah, those guys can be very stubborn. What's the topic?
Sheldon: I am asserting, in the event that Batman's death proves permanent, the original Robin, Dick Grayson, is the logical successor to the Bat Cowl.
Stuart: Oooh! Sheldon, I'm afraid you couldn't be more wrong!
Sheldon: "More" wrong? Wrong is an absolute state and is not subject to gradation.
Stuart: Of course it is. It's a little wrong to say a tomato is a vegetable. It's very wrong to say it's a suspension bridge!

Leonard: I thought you said you were good at this! You're always talking about how you go to bars and meet women!
Howard: I do, all the time!
Leonard: Well what happened? We've been sitting here all night and the longest conversation you had was when your mom called.
Howard: Wow, you're just gonna make me come out and say it aren't you?
Leonard: Say what?
Howard: You're weighing me down! I'm a falcon who hunts better solo.
Leonard: Fine, I'll sit here, you take flight and hunt.
Howard: Don't be ridiculous, you can't just tell a falcon when to hunt!
Leonard: Actually, you can. There's a whole sport built around it. FALCONRY!
Howard: Shut up.

The Vegas Renormalization [2.21]

Howard: Grow up, Raj! There's no place for truth on the Internet.

Sheldon: What exactly does that expression mean, 'friends with benefits?' Does he provide her with health insurance?

The Classified Materials Turbulence [2.22]

Sheldon: You have to check your messages Leonard! The leaving of a message is one half of a social contract which is completed by the checking of the message. If that contract breaks down then all social contracts break down and we descend into anarchy!
Leonard: It must be hell inside your head.
Sheldon: [pause] At times.

Stuart: Sheldon, here is the new edition of Hellboy. It's mind blowing.
Sheldon: Excuse me. Spoiler alert!
Stuart: What?
Sheldon: You told me "it's mind blowing". So my mind goes into it "pre-blown". Once your mind is "pre-blown", it cannot be "re-blown".
Stuart: [Bewildered] I'm sorry.
Sheldon: Said the Grinch to Christmas.

The Monopolar Expedition [2.23]

Howard: You guys are seriously considering this?
Leonard: Yes!
Howard: [incredulous] And you think you can put up with Sheldon?
Raj: Well, I'm a Hindu. My religion teaches that if we suffer in this life, we will be rewarded in the next. Three months at the North Pole with Sheldon and I'm reborn as a well-hung billionaire with wings!

Penny: Leonard, I don't know what to tell you; it was just a hug.
Leonard: Glad we cleared that up.
Penny: Yeah.
Leonard: I guess I'll see you.
Penny: OK, have a safe trip.
Leonard: Thank you. Bye.
Penny: Bye. [closes her door and sighs] It means I wish you weren't going.

Season 3

The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation [3.01]

Sheldon: No, mother, I cannot feel your church group praying for my safety. The fact that I'm home safe does not prove that it worked. That logic is post hoc, ergo propter hoc. [lowers his voice] No, I'm not sassing you in Eskimo talk.

Sheldon: What are they doing here?
Leonard: We came to apologize again and bring you home. So why don't you pack up your stuff, and we'll head back?
Sheldon: No, this is my home now. Thanks to you, my career is over, and I will spend the rest of my life here in Texas trying to teach evolution to creationists.
Mrs. Cooper: You watch your mouth, Shelly. Everyone's entitled to their opinion.
Sheldon: Evolution isn't an opinion, it's fact.
Mrs. Cooper: And that is your opinion.
Sheldon: [to the guys] I forgive you, let's go home.

The Jiminy Conjecture [3.02]

Howard: What's the matter? You chicken?
Sheldon: I've always found that an inappropriate slur. Chickens are not, by nature, at all timid. In fact, when I was young, my neighbor's chicken got loose and chased me up the big elm tree in front of our house.
Raj: Chickens can't climb trees.
Sheldon: Thank God.

Sheldon: [Holding Flash #123] I lost this to Wolowitz in an ill-conceived cricket wager.
Penny: What, do they have Wii Cricket now? Well, that can’t be very popular.

The Gothowitz Deviation [3.03]

Sheldon: Oh Penny, it's as if the Cheesecake Factory is run by witches!

Sheldon: Interesting. Sex works better than chocolate to modify behavior. Wonder if anybody else has stumbled on to that.

The Pirate Solution [3.04]

Leonard: I've always been a little confused abut this -- why don't Hindus eat beef?
Raj: We believe cows are gods.
Sheldon: Not technically. In Hinduism cattle are thought to be like gods.
Raj: Do not tell me about my own culture Sheldon! In the mood I'm in I'll take you out, I swear to cow!

Penny: Hey, wanna get a little crazy?
Leonard: What are you thinking?
Penny: Let's slide over to Sheldon's spot and make out.
Leonard: You are a dirty girl!

The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary [3.05]

[Howard's phone rings]
Howard: Damn, it's my mother.
Bernadette: Are you going answer it?
Howard: I'm torn. She might be dying. You know, I wouldn't want to miss that.
Bernadette: I know how you feel. My mother makes me crazy.
Howard: Not as crazy as my mother makes me.
Bernadette: Oh, yeah, does your mother call you every day at work to see if you've had a healthy lunch?
Howard: My mother calls me at work to see if I had a healthy bowel movement.

Sheldon: Now fetch me Wil Wheaton! bortaS bIr jablu’DI’ reH QaQqu’ nay’
Wil Wheaton: Did that guy just say 'Revenge is a dish best served cold' in klingon?
Stuart: I believe so.
Wil Wheaton: What is wrong with him?
Stuart: Everyone has a different theory.

The Cornhusker Vortex [3.06]

Sheldon: Alright, Poindexter, sit down, shut up, and listen.
Leonard: I'm sorry?
Sheldon: Oh, that's how my father always began our football conversations, and if you'd like, after the game I'll take you outside and teach you to shoot close enough to a raccoon that it craps itself.

Leonard: I think I'm starting to get this.
Raj: Really? The only thing I've learned in the last two hours is that American men love drinking beer, pee too often, and have trouble getting erections.
Leonard: Focus on the game, not the commercials, Raj.
Raj: I'm just saying, maybe if people cut back on the beer, you could get out of the bathroom and satisfy your women without pharmaceutical help.

The Guitarist Amplification [3.07]

Sheldon: All this fighting, I might as well be back with my parents! "Damn it, George, I told you if you didn't quit drinkin', I'd leave you!"
"Well, I guess that makes you a liar, 'cause I'm drunk as hell and you're still here!"
"Stop yelling! You're making Sheldon cry!"
"I'll tell you what's making Sheldon cry! That I let you name him Sheldon!"

Penny: Come on Sheldon, let's go home - we're done fighting.
Sheldon: I've heard that before. Then the next thing you know I'm hiding in my bedroom blaring a Richard Feynman lecture while my mom is shouting that "Jesus would forgive her if she put ground glass in my dad's meatloaf." And my dad's on the roof skeet shooting her Franklin Mint collectible plates.
Penny: There's gonna be no more shouting and no skeet shooting.
Sheldon: Really? Where's your friend Justin going to sleep?
Leonard: Yeah, where's he gonna sleep?
Penny: Oh, my God, would you let this go?!
Stuart: *walking by* I'd let it go.
Leonard: Why do I have to let it go, why can't you just tell the guy to find another place to sleep?! *Sheldon interrupts with his toy robot* Oh, for God's sakes! *turns off the robot* So, you have childhood issues - we all have childhood issues. At some point you just need to grow up and get past them.
Sheldon: *holds up another robot*
Penny: Leonard, will you just let me handle this, please? *takes robot from Sheldon and turns it off* Sheldon, please, try and understand. Look, Leonard and I are in a relationship, and occasionally, we're gonna fight. But - no matter what happens between us, we'll always love you. Right, Leonard?
Leonard: ...Always is a long time. *both look at him* Sure, always.
Penny: You know, how 'bout we buy you this robot and we all go home.
Sheldon: ...I want that one.
Penny: Okay, we'll buy you that one.
Leonard: Ah, come on, he's just gonna play with it twice and then it'll end up in his closet with all the other junk.
Penny: Buy him the robot, Leonard. *he walks off to buy the robot*
Sheldon: Can I get this comic book too?
Penny: *mom-like tone and face* Yes you can. *he runs off*

The Adhesive Duck Deficiency [3.08]

Sheldon: [over phone when Siam Palace wouldn't divide his take-out order] You keep in mind that my sharply-worded comments on yelp.com recently took down a local muffin store.

Sheldon: The 'Check Engine' light is on; we need to find a service station.
Penny: No, the light's been on since I bought the car.
Sheldon: All the more reason to consult with a mechanic before it explodes!
Penny: It's not gonna explode, just keep driving. Warp speed ahead, Mr. Spock.
Sheldon: Mr. Spock did not pilot the Enterprise, he was a science officer, and I guarantee you that if he ever saw the Enterprise's 'Check Engine' light blinking, he would pull the ship over immediately!

The Vengeance Formulation [3.09]

Sheldon: [about his appearance on NPR] My mother is very excited. She's convening her Bible study group to listen in and then pray for my soul.

Sheldon: What are you talking about?
Leonard: The cultural paradigm in which people have sex after three dates.
Sheldon: I see, now are we talking about date, the social interaction, or date, the dried fruit?

The Gorilla Experiment [3.10]

Sheldon: Why are you crying?
Penny: Because I'm stupid.
Sheldon: Well, that's no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad.

The Maternal Congruence [3.11]

The Psychic Vortex [3.12]

Leonard: Look at us, getting ready for a double date with actual women who publicly acknowledge that they're our girlfriends.
Howard: Actual women are the best.
Sheldon: I don't understand I mean what other kind of women are there?
Leonard: Howard artificial women are your department, you wanna take this?
Howard: No, it would just freak him out.

Raj: Great, they get girlfriends and then they just abandon us?
Sheldon: It is great isn't it.

Raj: Well what about me?
Sheldon: Well I understand there are several types of artificial women, maybe you should look into that.

Sheldon: Oh look, there's a sexually attractive line segment, you should chat her up.

Burnadette: When you spend all day in a bio lab watching flesh eating bacteria skeletonize small rodents it really works up an appetite.

Raj: Let's get a drink.
Sheldon: I don't drink.
Raj: Ya well I do, and when my wingman is carrying a green lantern lantern, I drink a lot.

Abby: Hey that's pretty cool, what is it?
Sheldon: It's a limited edition green lantern lantern. My friend is looking for someone to copulate with.

Howard: I don't like to kiss and tell but somebody made it to eight base.
Leonard: What the hell is eighth base?
Howard: Seventh base with the shirt off, my shirt.

Leonard: What am I supposed to do, pretend I believe something I don't whenever I'm with Penny?
Howard: Hey I'm sure Penny fakes all kinds of things when she's with you.

Cast

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The Big Bang Theory
Format Sitcom
Created by Chuck Lorre
Bill Prady
Directed by James Burrows (pilot)
Mark Cendrowski
Starring Johnny Galecki
Jim Parsons
Kaley Cuoco
Simon Helberg
Kunal Nayyar
Sara Gilbert
Opening theme "History of Everything"[1] by Barenaked Ladies
Country of origin
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 63 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Chuck Lorre
Bill Prady
Lee Aronsohn
Producer(s) Steve Molaro
Mike Collier
Faye Oshima Belyeu
Editor(s) Peter Chakos
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 21 minutes (without commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original run September 24, 2007 – present
External links
Official website

The Big Bang Theory is an American situation comedy created and executive produced by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, which premiered on CBS on September 24, 2007.[2]

It concerns two male Caltech prodigies in their twenties, one an experimental physicist (Leonard) and the other a theoretical physicist (Sheldon), who live across the hall from an attractive blonde waitress with show-biz aspirations (Penny).

Leonard and Sheldon's geekiness and intellect are contrasted with Penny's social skills and common sense for comedic effect. Two equally geeky friends of theirs, Howard and Rajesh, are also main characters. The show is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions.[3][4] The Big Bang Theory was recently picked up for a third and fourth season by CBS. [5]

Contents

Main cast

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  • Johnny Galecki as Leonard Leakey Hofstadter, Ph.D.
  • Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.
  • Kaley Cuoco as Penny
  • Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz, M.Eng.
  • Kunal Nayyar as Rajesh Koothrappali, Ph.D.
  • Sara Gilbert as Leslie Winkle, Ph.D. (recurring since season 1)[6][7]
  • Sara Rue as Stephanie Barnett, M.D. (recurring for season 2)[8]
  • Kevin Sussman as Stuart
  • John Ross Bowie as Barry Kripke

Episodes

Season Episodes Original Airing
1 17 September 24, 2007 - May 19, 2008
2 23 September 22, 2008 - May 18, 2009
3 23 September 2009 - May 2010

Production history

The show was first developed for the 2006-2007 television season, but it was fundamentally different to the show we see today. Only Jim Parsons & Johnny Galecki were part of the original pilot, and the character now played by Kaley Cuoco was much meaner to the geeks. CBS did not pick the show up, but gave Bill Prady and Chuck Lorre a second chance. They brought in Kaley Cuoco, along with Simon Helberg & Kunal Nayyar, and retooled the show.[9]

The second pilot of The Big Bang Theory was directed by award-winning television directing veteran James Burrows, who decided not to stay with the show. This reworked pilot led to a 13-episode order by CBS on May 14, 2007.[10] Prior to its airing on CBS, the pilot episode was distributed on iTunes free of charge. The show premiered September 24, 2007, and was picked-up for a full 22-episode season order on October 19, 2007.[11]

Production on the show was halted on November 6, 2007 by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike.[12] As the strike ended, the show was picked up for a second season along with eleven other shows for the 2008-2009 television season.[13]

The show returned on March 17, 2008 with an earlier time slot[14] and nine new episodes.[15] The second season premiered, in the same slot, on September 22, 2008. During the course of this season, the show bucked the trend of many other returning shows and saw its ratings grow, leading to a two-year renewal through what would be the 2010-11 season.[16][17]

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. He says he's more consultant than contributor.[18] Executive producer/co-creator Bill Prady said, "In fact, we're working on giving Sheldon an actual problem that he's going to be working on throughout the [first] season so there's actual progress to the boards ... We worked hard to get all the science right."[19]

Theme song

Barenaked Ladies wrote and recorded the theme song, which describes developments the universe has undergone since the dawn of time. On October 9, 2007, a full-length (1 minute and 45 second) version of the song was released.[20]

DVD releases

DVD NameRelease datesEp #Additional Information
Region 1Region 2Region 4
The Complete First SeasonSeptember 2, 2008January 12, 2009December 9, 2008 (AR),[21] April 1, 2009 (NZ), June 3, 2009 (AU)17The three disc box set includes all 17 episodes. The only extra feature is an 18 minute short entitled Quantum Mechanics of The Big Bang Theory: Series Cast and Creators on Why It’s Cool to Be a Geek. Running Time 374 minutes.

Ratings

Further information: Weekly Episode Ratings

U.S. standard ratings

In the following summary, "rating" is the percentage of all households with televisions that tuned to the show, and "share" is the percentage of all televisions in use at that time that are tuned in. "18-49" is the percentage of all adults aged 18–49 tuned into the show. "Viewers" is the number of viewers, in millions, watching at the time. "Rank" is how well the show did compared to other TV shows aired that week.

Seasonal ratings

Seasonal ratings based on average total viewers per episode of The Big Bang Theory on CBS:

Season Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Monday 8:30 P.M. (September 24 – November 12, 2007)
Monday 8:00 P.M. (March 17 – May 19, 2008)
September 24, 2007 May 19, 2008 2007–2008 #59[22] 8.31[22]
2 Monday 8:00 P.M. (September 22, 2008 – present) September 22, 2008 May 18, 2009 2008–2009 #45 (so far) 10.25

UK distribution and ratings

The show made its UK debut on Channel 4 on February 14, 2008 bringing in an average audience of 1.0 million viewers. The second episode, shown the following week, also received 1.0 million. For the third episode an average of 1.1 million tuned in. The show is also shown as a 'first-look' on Channel 4's digital offshoot E4 the preceding evening, and brings in 400,000 viewers on average. The 5th episode received 880,000 viewers. After the first 5 episodes, the average number of viewers continues to hover around the 1 million mark. Episode 13 was watched by 1.3 million viewers and was the most watched episode.[23]

In December 2008, Virgin Media made the first nine episodes of the first season available to watch on its TV Choice On Demand service, and the rest of Season 1 was made available in January 2009.

International broadcast

The show is also broadcast in:

  •  — Digi+ (since April 19, 2009)
  •  — Warner Channel (since November, 2007)
  •  — Nine Network (Originally broadcast Early 2008 during the rating season, however due to low viewership the show was put on hiatus to be broadcast in the off season starting of November 19, 2008)
  • File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg — La Une (since August 31, 2008)
  •  — Warner Channel (since November, 2007)
  •  — Warner Channel (since November, 2007)
  • - Nova Television (since November 5, 2008)
  •  — CTV (2008–present), A (2007–2008)
  •  — Warner Channel (since November, 2007)
  •  — Warner Channel (since November, 2007)
  •  — Warner Channel (since November, 2007)
  •  — Warner Channel
  •  — Warner Channel
  •  - LTV
  •  — Prima COOL (since April 7, 2009)
  •  — 6'eren (Since January, 2009)
  •  — Warner Channel
  •  — Warner Channel
  • - Mai TV
  •  — Sub (since September 8, 2008)
  •  — TPS Star (since October 18, 2008)
  •  — Warner Channel
  •  — Canal 5
  •  — ATV World (2011)
  •  — Stöð 2 (since August 19, 2008)
  •  — Zee Cafe
  •  — RTÉ Two (since July 11, 2008)
  •  — yes stars Comedy (since July, 2008)
  •  — Steel (since January 19, 2008). The show received a lot of criticism due to the poor quality of dubbing, which allegedly "dumbed down" most of the nerdy-geeky jokes.
  • Latin America — Warner Channel
  •  — ntv7
  •  — Warner Channel
  •  — Veronica (since March 2, 2009)
  •  — TV2 (since September 17, 2008)
  •  — TVNorge
  •  — Zee Cafe
  •  — Warner Channel
  •  — Warner Channel
  •  — Warner Channel
  •  — Jack TV C/S 9
  •  — TVN Siedem (since November 20, 2008) as 'Teoria wielkiego wybuchu' poprawione przez Dr.Lesiu
  •  — SET and RTP2 (since July 14, 2008)
  •  — Kanal A (since February 23, 2009) as Veliki pokovci (The Big Bangers)
  •  — M-Net
  •  — Antena.neox (since June 12, 2008)
  •  — Kanal 5
  •  — Kanal 5
  •  — True Series (since May 26, 2008)
  •  — TV6 (since 2008)
  •  — CNBC-e[24] (since September 9, 2008)
  • - Inter channel
  •  — Channel 4 , E4
  •  — Warner Channel
  •  — Warner Channel

It will also soon be broadcasting in:

References

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