Daily Archives: February 25, 2016

Nothing Theoretical About It

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(City of Pasadena, William Boyer)

This is not a show prop.

To celebrate tonight’s 200th Big Bang Theory episode (with a cameo from TV’s Batman Adam West), the real city where the fictional show takes place made a real proclamation to honor the fictional show’s impact in the real world.

February 25th is officially, “The Big Bang Theory Day” in the southern California city that harbors scientific genius at Caltech and the most delicious cheesecake in Los Angeles. A good question to contemplate is whether the greater achievement is having a day dedicated to a show or that a show filmed its 200th episode with no signs of slowing down?

It’s like asking who wears tighter pants: Penny or Howard?

The science-based sitcom will, years after its finale (whenever that is) leave a sustaining mark on Pasadena. Many sitcoms are based in or generically around large cities, like New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle and Los Angeles. Few are set in a specific, real-life community. The setting for The Big Bang Theory has (evidently) become its own leading character. Real restaurants, streets, destinations and schools are frequently mentioned in the show’s dialogue and plot lines.

The city of Pasadena means many things to many people, residents and visitors alike. The Rose Bowl parade certainly comes to mind. Ultimately, Pasadena is a familiar suburb within opulent Los Angeles.

And now there’s proof that Pasadena is the spot for the amalgamation of science and comedy.