No matter how many times we watch The Big Bang Theory new details just keep on popping up. The show is all about science, comics, nerdy humour, and other geeky stuff, so it’s only natural there’s a ton of Easter eggs, hidden references, and other fun tidbits for the viewers to spot. Here are 8 hidden things in The Big Bang Theory you didn’t notice before.
You’ve probably noticed Sheldon has a limited number of T-Shirts he wears on different days. They are mostly solid-coloured with some comic characters popping up here and there. But did you notice that his mood often corresponds to the colour of the T-shirt he’s wearing? The Green Lantern comics offer a mood and colour connection: red stands for anger, green – for courage, yellow – for fear, and blue – for hope.
Did you know there’s a pilot episode that has never made it to the screens? Apparently it was so bad that the producers didn’t want to pick up the show after they’ve watched it. Things changed for the better when the scriptwriters ditched to female characters – a scientist and a street girl – and introduced a friendly blonde neighbour named Penny instead. It was the best choice in the world!
Wil Wheaton showed up on a show a few times playing a role of himself, and you might have noticed his flat number in one of the episodes when Sheldon came to his place trying to start a fight. The number was 1701 – a truly special number because it’s USS Enterprise’s serial number as well. You probably already know that Wil Wheaton got famous for starring in Star Trek: The Next Generation, so TBBT pays homage to that.
You must be a very dedicated fan to notice this slight detail, but did you ever pay attention to the laundry characters of the show were doing in the laundry room? It might seem completely ordinary at first, but it actually matched the clothes they were wearing the previous episode! Their outfits may not change much from one episode to the other, but the cast was dedicated to keep details like this in order.
When Bernadette first appeared in the third season of the show she sounded pretty normal. As time went by and it became clear she would stay in TBBT for a long time, her way of talking started changing till it became the high-pitched voice we all recognize today. It turns out Melissa Rauch had to change her voice to sound different from Kaley Cuoco, who played Penny.
You might have already watched the TBBT’s spin-off Young Sheldon, but did you notice just how similar young Sheldon’s mother is to his grown-up mother from the original show? One could say they were actually related in real life. Well, as a matter of fact, they were! Laurie Metcalf played Sheldon’s Mom in The Big Bang Theory and for her younger version the showrunners of Young Sheldon casted her daughter – Zoe Perry!
Penny’s Last Name
Did you ever hear someone say Penny’s last name out loud? Well, neither did we! It appears in the beginning of the show it didn’t really matter to the producers and scriptwriters whether she had a last name or not, so they just let it slide. Later in the show it came down to a kind of superstition not to reveal her surname, as if the success of the show depended on it! Believe it or not, but that’s the truth. She got her last name only after marrying Leonard, when she became a Hofstadter.
This one is almost impossible to spot, so no wonder it went completely under the radar for so many seasons. We’ve all seen Leonard wear glasses starting from season 1, but did you ever notice they didn’t actually have lenses? It turns out, the lenses were reflecting too much light, messing up the shooting process, so the only solution was to use empty frames instead. Johnny Galecki was the one who revealed this magnificent piece of information, otherwise we would have never noticed!