Sitting in the studio audience during the pilot–an unforgettable experience with my dad back in the spring of 2007–‘The Big Bang Theory’ was immediately clear for take-off into the stratosphere of successful network television sitcoms. And it’s still a smash success more than a decade later in 2019.
This NASA-like launch was significantly helped (perhaps fittingly) by eventual NASA astronaut on the show Howard Wolowitz, who is played by the very funny Simon Helberg. His character’s introduction into the show is simply among the best in sitcom history.
And Penny’s intro, played by the funny and beautiful Kaley Cuoco, falls into the very same category, just for slightly different reasons.
Well, I made sure to save this scene for my blog.
Now in its twelfth and final season, the show about men and women who are equal parts science geniuses and socially awkward nerds (plus Penny and Zack) is reaching its summit with less than twelve new episodes remaining.
After tonight, the official count is nine new ‘Big Bang Theory’ episodes.
And there are still plenty of questions to be answered regarding current storylines for major and supporting characters. These lingering unresolved questions will help ensure a thoroughly entertaining final stretch for the show. Relating back to the pilot, there are key questions that need to be answered before the show takes its final bow:
- What is Penny’s last name?
- Why has Howard been wearing an unexplained alien pin on his shirt during every single episode of the series?
Before we discover these fun tidbits in the next couple of months by sitcom royalty Chuck Lorre and Co., let’s venture to a preview of tonight’s episode. Amazingly, I was in the audience for the taping of the following episode, “The Donation Oscillation,” with my mom and dad just a couple of weeks ago!
‘The Big Bang Theory’ is just as funny and entertaining live as I remembered it to be:
Witty and laugh-out-loud hilarious.
It’s getting a little tougher to say it without getting teary-eyed.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ airs on CBS on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ has only one season of fresh “Bazinga!” surprises courtesy of Sheldon Cooper left as the popular CBS sitcom will end after its forthcoming 12th season.
I remember going to the taping of the pilot episode for ‘The Big Bang Theory’ with my dad many moons ago. His hunch about this show that would feature super intelligent yet entertainingly awkward scientists who struggle to deal with the real world as portrayed by the girl next door, Penny, was as spot on as the science boards on the set.
I have so many great memories of that show, which includes seeing a second live taping years later. While I don’t want to confront this show ending with a lengthy article quite yet, I will mention one fun teasing tidbit about the pilot episode:
The original first scene of the series has been cut from reruns on TBS. Not really sure why? Anyways–
I’m gonna save the details of the pilot’s first scene for ‘The Big Bang Theory’ series finale post next year.
That seems fitting, like something Sheldon would do.
What is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) up to these days?
Whether 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apollo 13, Gravity, Interstellar, The Martian or the forthcoming First Man, Hollywood has piqued movie-going audiences into the vast realities and fantastical possibilities of space.
Sorry, a side note:
The older I get, the more I’m amused at the sheer simplicity of calling the ever-complex and unknown space “space.”
“What’s up there with the infinite stars, planets, moon, sun and all-around cosmic mystery?”
I digress. And so does NASA.
What highly-technical, mind-blowing innovations and life-altering journeys are being planned by NASA for this year and beyond?
Things…on a To-Do list.
FYI – If you have not seen the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory, watch the show before watching the deleted scene below.
After that special Big Bang Theory season 11 finale last night, it’s time to let everything sink in. All of the cameos, the story, surprises, plus the fact that this wonderful sitcom has been on the air for 11 seasons. Will season 12 be the final year? The answer is very likely yes. But we’re getting way ahead of ourselves with that right now.
Right now–as in right now–watch a very sweet deleted scene from last night’s episode. Trust me. The showrunners have been promoting this moment throughout today for fans everywhere to check out. And for good reason.
Few other sitcoms these days pull the heartstrings quite like The Big Bang Theory.
Congratulations Amy & Sheldon (ShAmy) in the fictional world and, once again, RIP Stephen Hawking in the real world. At least for a brief moment in time, those two worlds were joined together.