“Big Bang Theory” is currently in its 10th season. And for the past 10 years, the show has brought us so many laughs, a lot of entertainment, and joy. And we have rewarded them with our time and attention, making it one of the most popular, if not the most popular, television shows at the moment. “Big Bang Theory” in the sitcom world is what the “Game of Thrones” is in the drama genre. It is no surprise that Jim Parsons wins awards everywhere he goes, and that according to Forbes, he is the highest paid television actor for 2016. Parsons banked $25.5 million between June 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016. And his fellow colleagues from the show are No. 2, 3, and 4, respectively. Johnny Galecki is second on the list with $24 million, followed by Simon Helberg with $22.5 million and Kunal Nayyar with $22 million.
And then there is Kaley Cuoco, the show’s main female character, with earnings of $24.5 million, which puts her in second place among actresses, just behind Sofia Vergara from “Modern Family”. That being said, let’s take a look at several quick facts about the show we all love.
1. The Sales Pitch
Let’s start with the fact that unlike traditional shows, Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady pitched the show to CBS in a different manner. They hired the actors, wrote a complete script, and then put on a show for CBS. The network loved it, and they hired Lorre and Prady to make it work.
2. Two Pilot Episodes?
And while the first experience was “crazy,” CBS didn’t like the original pilot. Chuck and Bill actually filmed two pilot episodes. In the original pilot, Sheldon and Leonard meet with two female characters, one of whom is Penny (played by a different actress). It’s hard to imagine nowadays someone other than Kaley Cuoco playing Penny, but that was the case. Lorre later said that the initial pilot was awful, but because CBS thought the show had potential, they allowed producers to film another pilot.
3. Leonard’s Lensless Glasses
Leonard rarely has lenses in his glasses. Some of the humor in the show comes from his glasses, and we all remember the episode where he bought contact lenses just to get rid of his glasses. His girlfriend at the time, Priya, asked him to, but after he had trouble seeing, he went back to glasses.
4. Bernadette’s Voice Doesn’t Really Sound Like That
Every fan of the show gets chills whenever Melissa Rauch speaks. But in reality, the voice of Bernadette is not how Melissa sounds in real life. She came up with that high-pitched tone, which was actually inspired by her mother.
5. Who Has A PhD?
In the show, every character, with the exception of Penny, has a masters and PhD degree. In real life, however, only actress Mayim Bialik has a PhD, and in neuroscience, nevertheless. She plays Amy Farrah Fowler in the show.
6. Repeat Audition For Jim Parson
Jim Parsons had to replicate his performance at the audition. On his first audition, he nailed Sheldon Cooper. However, producer Chuck Lorre thought that it was a fluke, and that Parson’s audition couldn’t be real. So, he invited the actor back for a second audition, just to see if Parsons could replicate his performance. And what do you know—Jim was even better the second time!
7. What Was Jim Auditioning For Again?
Speaking of that audition, Jim Parsons wasn’t very excited at the beginning—he thought he was auditioning for a game show. He thought his agent called about a show by Chuck Woolery; he didn’t even know of Chuck Lorre at the time.