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* ActorSharedBackground: Raj was originally going to be an American-born Indian until Nayyar was cast, with him being much more Indian (actually raised in UsefulNotes/{{India}}) than planned. Creator/JimParsons is also from Texas like Sheldon is and although Parsons' accent doesn't come in very often with Sheldon, Sheldon's mother and sister have very thick drawls. Mayim Bialik, who plays neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler, has a [=PhD=] in neuroscience.

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* ActorSharedBackground: A number of examples.
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Raj was originally going to be an American-born Indian until Nayyar (who was cast, with him being much more Indian (actually actually raised in UsefulNotes/{{India}}) than planned. was cast; the character became more "ethnic" in response.
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Creator/JimParsons is also from Texas like Sheldon is and is; although Parsons' accent doesn't come in very often with Sheldon, Sheldon's mother and sister have very thick drawls. drawls.
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Mayim Bialik, who plays neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler, has a [=PhD=] in neuroscience.neuroscience.
** Katie LeClerc, who plays Raj's short-term deaf-mute girlfriend Emily, has Ménière's disease and is in fact hard of hearing.


** In 2019 Creator/NickKroll told ''New York'' magazine that he turned down the roll of Howard because he'd have to move from New York to LA and the money didn't seem great.

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** In 2019 Creator/NickKroll told ''New York'' magazine that he turned down the roll role of Howard because he'd have to move from New York to LA and the money didn't seem great.

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* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: The creators have commented that every season they started with simply the next page. Creator/ChuckLorre apparently has a motto that "This isn't ''Series/{{LOST}}''" and thus they keep everything at the moment and not holding out based on what they have planned. Although looking back it would be easy to believe they did plan out at least a season in advance, given the progression of Leonard and Penny's relationship in the first two seasons and how Howard started to mature in the second season which allows him to start a relationship with Bernadette in the third.


* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Carol Ann Susi, who played Debbie Wolowitz, died in November 2014. Her character died with her. In the episode "The Comic Book Store Regeneration", it is revealed that Mrs. Wolowitz died in her sleep while visiting relatives in Florida.

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* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Carol Ann Susi, who played Debbie Wolowitz, died in November 2014. Her character died with her. In the episode "The Comic Book Store Regeneration", it is revealed CastTheRunnerUp: Bill Prady said that Mrs. Wolowitz died in her sleep while visiting relatives in Florida.Kevin Sussman (Stuart) was a runner-up for the role of Howard.



* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Carol Ann Susi, who played Debbie Wolowitz, died in November 2014. Her character died with her. In the episode "The Comic Book Store Regeneration", it is revealed that Mrs. Wolowitz died in her sleep while visiting relatives in Florida.



** Bill Prady said that Kevin Sussman (who portrays Stuart) was a runner-up for the role of Howard.

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* RealLifeWritesTheHairstyle: In Season 8, Penny has short hair because Creator/KaleyCuoco had cut hers short for the indie film ''Burning Bodhi''.

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** In 2019 Creator/NickKroll told ''New York'' magazine that he turned down the roll of Howard because he'd have to move from New York to LA and the money didn't seem great.

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** That the elevator would be fixed in the final season was something that was guessed for a long time.


* CreatorThumbprint: In "The Gothowitz Deviation", Leonard, Sheldon, and a confused Penny are watching the fictional anime ''"Ochikurru: Demon Samurai"''. In series creator Chuck Lorre's other most famous show, ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', Charlie was once hired to write the theme song for the show when it was being developed.



* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** Penny was missing from a few episodes of season four due to Kaley having a broken leg in a horse riding accident. When she does return she is notably stationary, either sitting or standing in the same place and the camera stays above her knee. She was also seen behind the bar at the Cheesecake Factory more often.
** Amy was DemotedToExtra for a number of episodes in season seven due to Mayim wanting more time to take care of her ailing father. A number of episodes she shows up just for a skype chat with Sheldon.
** Bernadette's second pregnancy less than a year after giving birth to Halley was due to Melissa Rauch's real life pregnancy. Bernadette was put on bed rest in the show to accommodate Melissa's reduced role in the various episodes, usually yelling at Howard off screen or people coming to visit her.



** Kaley Cuoco was considered for the original role of Katie, but was busy with other things at the time and it was felt the cynical character wasn't a good fit for her. When creating Penny they actually had Kaley in mind to reflect a much more bubbly and warm individual, to avoid the trappings of the Katie disaster.

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** Kaley Cuoco Creator/KaleyCuoco was considered for the original role of Katie, but was busy with other things at the time and it was felt the cynical character wasn't a good fit for her. When creating Penny they actually had Kaley in mind to reflect a much more bubbly and warm individual, to avoid the trappings of the Katie disaster.



* Bill Prady originally stated that Penny's maiden name would eventually be revealed, but that never happened.

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* ** Bill Prady originally stated that Penny's maiden name would eventually be revealed, but that never happened.

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* Bill Prady originally stated that Penny's maiden name would eventually be revealed, but that never happened.


* [[AuthorExistenceFailure Actor Existence Failure]]: On November 12th, 2014 Carol-Ann Susi (Debbie Wolowitz) died from cancer. Debbie Wolowitz's death was written into "The Comic Book Store Regeneration". So, RealLifeWritesThePlot.

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* [[AuthorExistenceFailure Actor Existence Failure]]: ActorExistenceFailure:
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On November 12th, 2014 Carol-Ann Susi (Debbie Wolowitz) died from cancer. Debbie Wolowitz's death was written into "The Comic Book Store Regeneration". So, RealLifeWritesThePlot.
** Creator/StephenHawking, who played himself on the show, died on the 14th of March, 2018.


* ActorAllusion:
** In Season 1, Episode 3, "The Fuzzyboots Corollary," Leonard says that if anyone asks why Sheldon cancelled, Sheldon had a chicken carbonera sub at Quizno's for lunch. Creator/JimParsons gained internet infamy for his squicky appearance in the "Hungry Like the Wolf" Quiznos commercials.
** In one episode, Kaley Cuoco's character Penny is talking about an upcoming play and says, "This could be my only chance to play Anne Frank." In ''Series/EightSimpleRules'', Kaley Cuoco's character Bridget was Anne Frank in her school play.
** Penny later got a commercial gig that showed her riding horses. Kaley is an avid rider, and in fact broke her leg the previous season after she fell and the horse trotted over it.
** Courtney Ford showed up as a geeky girl and made a reference to Franchise/{{Superman}}. Ford is not only quite geeky herself, but is married to Brandon Routh of ''Film/SupermanReturns.''
** In an early episode, the boys consider recruiting "TV's Blossom" (Mayim Bialik) to their Physics Bowl team, as Raj has heard she has a Ph.D. in "neuroscience or something." ''Dr.'' Bialik does, in fact, have a Ph.D. in neuroscience, and later appeared on the show as Amy Farrah Fowler, a neurobiologist. After the Bialik suggestion gets shot down, he then suggests "that girl from ''Series/TheWonderYears''" and Danica [=McKeller=] later had a guest spot as Abby, one of the girls Sheldon meets and are impressed by his Franchise/GreenLantern's limited edition Lantern.
** Sara Gilbert appears throughout the series as Leslie Winkle, a sort of friend-with-benefits for Leonard. She and Johnny Galecki (Leonard) played supporting roles on ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', in which they played a couple (eventually married) with essentially the same dynamics of passive guy/sarcastic dominating girl. Amusingly, Chuck Lorre previously worked on ''Roseanne'' as a writer and producer.
** Casey Sander plays Bernadette's RetiredBadass father, an ex-cop. He had played Wade, an active cop, in a previous Creator/ChuckLorre work, Series/GraceUnderFire
** Sheldon makes reference to the theme to ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' as being his favorite tv theme song. A lesser known fact of creator Chuck Lorre is that he used to be a music composer for kids shows before he got into sitcom writing, and one of his songs actually ''was'' that theme.
** When Emily arrives and says "It's so nice to meet you", it's hard not to smile if you're a fan of ''WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries''.
** Emily describes a tattoo she has of Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas that Laura Spencer actually has in real life [[https://twitter.com/itslauraspencer/status/530586521116901376 here]]
** Katey Sagal also played Kaley Cuoco's mother on ''Series/EightSimpleRules.''
** [[Creator/PennAndTeller Teller]] plays Amy's father in "The Bow Tie Asymmetry", and throughout the episode, Amy's mom keeps preventing him from speaking, [[spoiler:until they're gathered for Sheldon and Amy's wedding, when he says "Thank you" to Penny for telling off his wife]].



* CastingGag:
** The actors who play Leonard and Leslie previously played David and Darlene on ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''. Sheldon's mother is played by Laurie Metcalf, also from ''Roseanne''. Christine Baranski co-starred in ''Cybill'', also written/produced by Chuck Lorre (who was writer/producer for ''Roseanne''). Bernadette's father is played by Casey Sander, who co-star Ed in Lorre's Series/GraceUnderFire
** Judd Hirsch as Leonard's father. Johnny Galecki mentioned in interviews that he was inspired by Hirsch's role in ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' when it comes to being the StraightMan of the cast, and was influential in bringing him on the show.
** Katey Sagal is once again Creator/KaleyCuoco's mother, as in ''Series/EightSimpleRules''.


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* WorkingTitle: ''Lenny, Penny, and Kenny''.


* OneOfUs: Nobel Laureate George Smoot made an appearance on the show after expressing his love of the show to the producers, with the episode actually written for him.
** Melissa Rauch said she was a fan of the show before she was cast as Bernadette. On the other hand, Mayim Bialik admitted she didn't watch the show before she auditioned.


* MeanCharacterNiceActor: All four of the guys are varying degrees of perverted, catty and sexist. Their actors are genuinely lovely, charitable, kind-hearted people in real life.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: All four of the guys are varying degrees of perverted, catty and sexist. Their actors are genuinely lovely, charitable, kind-hearted people in real life.


** Casey Sander plays Bernadette's RetiredBadass father, an ex-cop. He had played Wade, an active cop, in a previous Creator/ChuckLorre work, Series/GraceUnderFire



** The actors who play Leonard and Leslie previously played David and Darlene on ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''. Sheldon's mother is played by Laurie Metcalf, also from ''Roseanne''. Christine Baranski co-starred in ''Cybill'', also written/produced by Chuck Lorre (who was writer/producer for ''Roseanne'').

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** The actors who play Leonard and Leslie previously played David and Darlene on ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''. Sheldon's mother is played by Laurie Metcalf, also from ''Roseanne''. Christine Baranski co-starred in ''Cybill'', also written/produced by Chuck Lorre (who was writer/producer for ''Roseanne''). Bernadette's father is played by Casey Sander, who co-star Ed in Lorre's Series/GraceUnderFire

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