Jim Parsons' decision to leave The Big Bang Theory at the end of season 12 put paid to the show that is loved by so many across the globe. After 12 years and 279 episodes, the show will come to an end in 2019 which will upset devotees, who at least have Young Sheldon to fall back on. Can you believe that the show was originally going to be called Penny, Lenny, and Kenny? It’s got a ring to it but we can’t imagine the show being called anything else. Who’s Kenny? you asked. That was the name originally given to Sheldon.
What’s in a name?
The two central characters were named after actor and producer Sheldon Leonard who passed away in 1997. While we’re on the subject of names, did you realise that each episode is named after a real scientific principle, theory or experiment? All except the unaired first episode which was just called “pilot.”
Did you realise that Kaley Cuoco was not part of the cast when the original pilot was filmed? Instead, Amanda Walsh and Iris Bahr played the main female roles. Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar were also absent from the cast list at that time. Sheldon featured but he wasn’t the man we’ve all come to love. Instead, he was a little sleazy as in one scene he boasts about his sexual conquests at a Star Trek convention. While that sounds like a funny idea, it’s not the sort of thing that we’d expect to hear Sheldon talking about, is it? CBS passed on the pilot but liked what they saw so ordered a second pilot.
The Big Bran Hypothesis
The first episode broadcast was The Big Bran Hypothesis back in October 2007. In that episode, Leonard meets Penny but he doesn’t have any luck getting her attention. When she decides to finally date him in episode 100 during the show’s 5th season, Penny is wearing the same shirt she wore in the first episode.
While we’re on the subject of shirts, you’ll recall that DC comic book hero The Flash is Sheldon’s favourite superhero and that to show his love of the character, Sheldon often wears a Flash shirt. Have you been watching The Flash on TV? Carlos Valdes character Cisco Ramon often wears a T-shirt that refers to The Big Bang Theory. How cool is that?
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