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February 01 , 2008

The Big Bang Theory: Behind the Scenes of the Hit TV Show


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Who knew that a show about nerds would be so unspeakably cool? That a UCLA particle physics professor would be hired to ensure scientific accuracy throughout a 30 minute CBS sitcom?

Apparently, the producers and creators of the smash hit The Big Bang Theory did, and the show now boasts some 12 million viewers a week. And it seems that the show is also inspiring would-be and current physicists (and other scientists, too); according to the show’s science consultant, Dr. David Saltzberg of UCLA, emails are received from both high school and graduate students asking him about certain scientific aspects of the show.

He also notes that there was a lot of background work that the writers did prior to shooting, such as following graduate students around and exploring what a physicist’s apartment might actually look like. According to Saltzberg, a real physicist’s apartment was a bit too boring, so the producers had to dress up Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment a little. But, the science itself was spot on.


Chris St-Jean is a Canadian teacher who has enjoyed American literature for as long as she can remember. Her daughters, ages three and seven, seem to have inherited her appreciation for books as well. She spends her free time writing short stories, hanging out with her husband and children, and working toward a black belt in karate.


Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz: One of Helberg’s biggest passions was music until he hit the 11th grade. That’s when he played a delivery part in an all-female production. Since then, he’s appeared in shows like Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Joey, often being typecast as the geek. He got the role of Wolowitz in 2007, prior to the show’s start.

Kunal Nayyar as Raj Koothrappali: Nayyar is the newest to the small screen; he was born in London, England and grew up in India. He decided to pursue educational opportunities in the United States and majored in business at the University of Portland in Oregon while taking some acting classes. From there, he went to Temple University in Philadelphia and earned his Masters of Fine Arts. He is a cricket fan and had a guest starring role on NCIS before snagging the part on The Big Bang Theory...

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