Was Howard and Bernadette’s Pregnancy on Big Bang Theory an Accident?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: A major Big Bang Theory plot twist wasn’t originally planned for the episode in which it was revealed.

One of the things that writers and producers of television series have to always keep in mind is that they have to be willing and able to adjust plans at the last moment depending on all sorts of unforeseen situations. Like Ally McBeal having to write Robert Downey Jr. out of his own wedding episode or Alias Smith and Jones having to come up with a way to keep the show going even after one of their two leads killed himself. Those are outside influences, though. Sometimes, shows also have to adjust when the show’s writers suddenly go off in a wild and different direction than originally intended. That was the case for the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory last season, when they revealed a major plot twist for the show – a twist that they didn’t even have in mind when they began to write the episode it was revealed in!

Read on to learn how it all went down (Big Bang Theory spoilers ahead!)!
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Did The Big Bang Theory Originate the Term “Bazinga”?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: The Big Bang Theory originated the term “bazinga.”

It is interesting just how long some TV shows take before “classic” attributes of the show actually first showed up. For instance, the Sheldon Cooper of the first episode of The Big Bang Theory is different in a lot of ways than the character he would eventually become (and that’s not even counting the dramatic differences between Sheldon and how he was depicted in the original The Big Bang Theory pilot episode, which we’ve detailed in a past TV Legends Revealed). For instance, Sheldon’s distinctive door knock and the accompanying “Penny. Penny. Penny.” did not come about until the tenth episode of the series. Amazingly enough, Sheldon did not actually use the term “bazinga” (sometimes spelled “buzzinga” in the closed captioning for the show), which he uses to denote that whatever he said before it was meant to be a joke, until the season finale of the second season of the series! It has become wildly popular ever since.

The origins of the term, though, are interesting in their own right. How did it work its way into the show? Did the show actually create the term (which it has been often credited as doing)? Read on to find out!
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Did Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory Originally Have a Typical Sexual Appetite?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory originally had a typical sexual appetite.

One of the hardest parts about any television series is getting the lead characters right. Many legends have developed over the years about some of the difficulties classic series have had with casting their lead characters. Whether it is Brandon Tartikoff claiming that Michael J. Fox could never make it as a lead on Family Ties or The Cosby Show originally looking for a Dominican Clair Huxtable, so much can change before you actually make your pilot episode. Even then, though, things can change dramatically based on audience reactions to the pilot, like audiences loving the killer in the pilot of 77 Sunset Strip so much that they re-cast the villain as one of the show’s lead characters. Negative audience reaction was the issue with the original, unsuccessful pilot of CBS’s hit show The Big Bang Theory.

Jim Parsons stars on The Big Bang Theory as Sheldon Cooper, the egotistical and socially awkward genius who drives many of The Big Bang Theory plots as his friends clash with his fastidious nature. His roommate, the slightly less awkward Leonard Hofstadter (played by Johnny Galecki) bears the brunt of most of Sheldon’s odd behavior, while Leonard’s girlfriend Penny (played by Kaley Cuoco) often challenges Sheldon over his behavior (but in an understanding fashion). Parsons has won three Emmy Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy for the role.

One of the defining characteristics of Sheldon is his asexual tendencies, which constantly frustrate his girlfriend, Amy Farrah Fowler (played by Mayim Bialik). It is fascinating to note, then, that the original vision that show creators Bill Prady and Chuck Lorre had for Sheldon Cooper was much different than the Sheldon we would all come to know and love (well, tolerate).
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