On May 16, 2019, The Big Bang Theory aired its last episode, but there are still some mysteries about the show, which probably even the most loyal fans haven’t heard of. So, without further ado, let’s delve into these untold stories, and relive the magic that was The Big Bang Theory.
The Big Bang Theory has been one of the most-watched sitcoms for years since it first debuted on CBS in 2007. The story that initially started with the adventures of three super-genius scientists and one engineer, each with their own quirks, and their super-attractive, highly lovable neighbour, grew over the years with the addition of a few more characters and an ever-growing loyal fanbase.
- The first pilot was extremely different
- Melissa Rauch doesn’t sound like Bernadette in real life
- Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco secretly dated for years
- The show refers to Blossom and Blossom is weaved into it
- The origins of one our favourite TV catchphrase, ‘Bazinga’, revealed.
Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), Raj Koothrapalli (Kunal Nayyar), Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Amy Farah Fowler (Mayim Bialik), and Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch), will go down in television history as some of the most loved and unique characters. What shouldn’t get lost are some of the untold stories of the show, from the set to the actors’ personal lives and more. So, let’s begin!
The first pilot was very different from what was aired
Though the creators of the show, Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, had to submit another pilot with improvements, it was only after their first pilot was done. The contents of the initial pilot would’ve made the show we currently know completely unrecognizable. Sheldon was outspokenly sexual, Leonard wore suits, and there was no Penny.
Instead, the attractive neighbour was a tough, unpleasant woman named Katie (portrayed by Amanda Walsh). Moreover, the now legendary theme song by Barenaked Ladies was also not the first choice for the show. It was Thomas Dolby’s 1983 hit, She blinded me with science. Imagine , if the show stuck with the original pilot! Would it be as successful? We doubt fans of The Big Bang Theory would agree. No Penny? We couldn’t accept that.
Melissa Rauch doesn’t sound like Bernadette in real life
If voices were a think, we have only one other character from a popular sitcom in mind —Janice from FRIENDS. Then came Bernadette. But it will come as a surprise to many that Melissa Rauch, who plays the high-pitched character, does not sound anywhere close to her reel counterpart in real life. She is actually quite soothing on the ears.
However, her inspiration for Bernadette’s voice does come from closer to home, as Melissa admitted to picking nuances from her mother’s actual voice for the character. The only difference — Bernadette lacks the New Jersey accent of her mother.
Let’s Play A Fun Quiz
Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco secretly dated for years
While people were shipping Penny and Leonard as a couple for the first few seasons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco were secretly dating for two years with nobody knew. It was only after their amicable split thatthe cat got out of the bag in 2010. Both Galecki and Cuoco admitted that their relationship was a huge part of their life but keeping it a secret was important to avoid a conflict of acceptance for Leonard and Penny for the audience. They continue to be very close friends, with both admitting that they are important parts of each other’s lives. Now isn’t that sweet!
The show refers to Blossom and Blossom is weaved into it
Before Mayim Bialik got into the shoes of Amy Farah Fowler, she was the star and titular character of a show called Blossom. Now if anyone remembers, in the first season episode called The Bat Jar Conjecture, Sheldon quits the physics bowl team, and the other three guys are looking for a replacement.
This is when Raj suggests that they should pick the “girl who played TV’s Blossom” as she went onto earn an Ph.D in neuroscience in real life. Even according to the makers, Blossom exists in The Big Bang Theory universe, and proof of that is when “Blossom and Joey” exist in the pop culture couples list of Amy and Sheldon for Halloween. Now isn’t that some Easter egg?
The star of Blossom wasn’t really into The Big Bang Theory
We are talking about Mayim Bialik. Though The Big Bang Theory had already added her earlier character to their universe, Mayim Bialik admits to not having watched any episode of the show prior to her joining the cast as neuroscientist Amy Farah Fowler. Actually, even after she joined, Bialik hasn’t seen any of the episodes produced before her character’s introduction. Her excuse, “I don’t have TV, so I don’t really watch.” Hmmm…Sheldon are you listening?
The origins of one our favourite TV catchphrase, ‘Bazinga’, revealed.
We all came to know over the initial few seasons itself that Sheldon Cooper’s favourite catchphrase while sensing a sense of victory in life or success in a prank ended with him exclaiming, “Bazinga!” It grew on us to a point where we looked for opportunities to do the same. But, where did this catchphrase come from? Who came up with it? Who in the world said ‘Bazinga’ first?!
Well, according to co-creator and producer Bill Prady, he heard it for the first time from staff writer Stephen Engel, who wrote for the show from 2008 to 2009. Stephen loved playing pranks every once in a while, and it was after pulling off one of his trademark pranks about slicing up a grapefruit, he exclaimed, “Bazinga!” It was Stephen’s word for “gotcha”, according to Prady. And well, Sheldon made it his own trademark over the years.
Well, with that we have come to the end of this article and we hope reading it brought back memories as soothing as Penny singing “Soft Kitty” to put Sheldon to sleep.
If you have more little-known facts about The Big Bang Theory to share with us, please let us know in the comments section below.