During The Big Bang theory’s 12 year run, fans of the show got to see an awful lot of the sitcom’s cast on their televisions. As such, it is all too easy for viewers to associate the actors with their characters but they are complicated human beings who’ve done good and bad things just like the rest of us.
When it comes to the show itself, there is no doubt that it was popular enough that it brought a smile to a lot of people’s faces over the years. On the other hand, some of the aspects of The Big Bang Theory were pretty off-putting, to say the least. With all of that in mind, it is time to get to this list of 7 shady things about The Big Bang Theory and its cast plus 10 great things.
17 Great: Fun Flash Mobs
Even though it may seem really exciting to go see a sitcom like The Big Bang Theory be taped live, in reality, it is a pretty repetitive and long experience. Perhaps for that reason, Kaley Cuoco came up with the idea to have the cast perform flash mob dances in order to show their appreciation for those in attendance.
16 Great: Scientific Inspiration
At one point, an Iowa State University graduate student named Na Hyun Jo tuned into an episode of The Big Bang Theory in which the elements barium, zinc, and gallium were shown combined. Inspired by that fact, they asked a researcher named Paul Canfield to find out if those elements combined for real, which had never been checked at that point. While the elements combined didn’t have any particularly remarkable properties, they named the resulting chemical BaZnGa, which is pretty amazing.
15 Shady: Chuck’s Alleged Joke Theft
As both the creator and executive producer of The Big Bang Theory, there is no doubt that Chuck Lorre’s fingerprints are all over the show’s success. However, at least according to Roseanne Barr, he may not deserve all of the credit he gets since she claims he has stolen her jokes and used them on Two and a Half Men. If that is true, which is far from a given, it begs the question if he did the same thing while working on TBBT.
14 Great: Award Winner
Out since the year 2012, for the most part, Jim Parsons’ orientation thankfully hasn’t been much of an issue. In fact, Parsons has made it clear that he leads a pretty boring life in a lot of ways. Of course, coming out like that was courageous of Parsons since past sitcom stars had their show come to an end shortly after revealing their truth. On top of that, Parsons and his now-husband Todd Spiewak won a GLESN Respect Award for being an inspirational couple in 2013.
13 Great: Helping Hand
Sadly, a lot of mothers struggle with things like breastfeeding in the days after their child’s birth. Fortunately, Mayim Bialik is a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor who offers her services for free to those in need. This may seem like a relatively small act of kindness to the uninformed, but given the emotional toll that lactation problems can take, her efforts are a marvelous thing.
12 Shady: Finale Twist Gut Punch
For the most part, The Big Bang Theory wasn’t a show that was meant to be taken very seriously. However, when Penny revealed that she never wanted to have children and the show handled it with a surprising amount of maturity, it was a big moment for many viewers. Unfortunately, all of that was thrown out the window in an unearned and cheap finale episode twist that Penny was pregnant and happy about it which disappointed those same viewers.
11 Great: Mental Health Advocate
As we all know, many celebrities seem to be chiefly concerned with themselves and their public image. Thankfully, Mayim Bialik seems to be genuinely interested in helping others. For example, she has battled with depression and instead of keeping her struggles to herself, she has spoken about her troubles and even filmed a PSA encouraging people to seek help.
10 Shady: Simon Was a Bad Boyfriend
In the 2014 movie, We’ll Never Have Paris which Simon Helberg wrote and directed, he plays a guy who is about to propose to his girlfriend when he learns a “hot girl” likes him. Once he learns that information, he breaks his girlfriend’s heart by blowing up their lives and has to win her back. Remarkably enough, Helberg revealed that he did just that to his current wife which sucked of him.
9 Great: Supportive Friend
On top of playing romantic interests on the small screen, Johnny Galecki and Sara Gilbert also briefly dated in real-life. However, Gilbert soon realized that she was attracted to women and told Galecki at that time. Despite any personal disappointment he would have felt since he clearly was attracted to Gilbert, Galecki was nothing but supportive of his friend’s truth.
8 Great: Animal Activist
Arguably among the most outspoken actors in Hollywood, Mayim Bialik is very open about her beliefs for better or worse. On top of talking about the things she cares about, Bialik puts her money where her mouth is. For example, she helped found the Shamayim V'Aretz Institute, an organization that helps fight for animal rights which is a great cause.
7 Shady: Producers Force Pay Cut
Throughout The Big Bang Theory’s 12-year run, the show was an absolute behemoth in the ratings and its reruns seem to be on the air nonstop. As such, it is very safe to say that the show is a cash cow for all involved, especially the network. Despite all of that, in order to give Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik a pay raise prior to the 2017-18 season, producers forced the show’s other stars to take a pay cut. Talk about greedy.
6 Great: Charity Performance
As one of the most popular television shows of the last several decades, The Big Bang Theory has turned its cast into massive superstars. As such, getting them all in one place together is a big deal that likely would cost those involved a pretty penny. However, in 2016 the show’s main cast not only came together but performed "You're the One That I Want/We Go Together" from Grease to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.
5 Shady: Scared Cast Member
At times, being an actor means doing something that you are uncomfortable with. However, you’d think the people behind The Big Bang Theory would make sure that their stars didn’t have to do anything that they truly were scared of. Despite that, they allowed a script to include a scene in which Stuart’s head went underwater even though actor Kevin Sussman is terrified of dunking his head in the water.
4 Great: All for One, One for All
Due to the fact that Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik joined the cast of TBBT late, it makes sense that they made less than the original stars. However, after a while the pay imbalance became too great so, as we touched on earlier, the show’s original cast willingly took a pay cut in order to boost their costars’ salaries. Even though we think it was crappy that producers forced that decision, it was awesome of TBBT’s original stars to sacrifice part of their salary like that.
3 Shady: Kaley Cuoco’s Controversial Stance
During a 2015 interview with Redbook, Kaley Cuoco was asked a question that should have been a no-brainer, if she considers herself a feminist. Amazingly enough, she pretty much said no because as she put it, she had “never really faced inequality”. Whether that is true or not, it seems pretty selfish that she was deciding whether or not to support a fight based on whether or not she is affected by it.
2 Great: Kids In Need
Due to the fact that The Big Bang Theory had a large audience that included many children, the show was able to bring a smile to the faces of some truly special kids. This is the case because the show’s cast and crew granted the wishes of many sick kids. In fact, Kunal Nayyar was asked what his biggest takeaway from the show was and he said it was “seeing the kids from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, or the Sunshine Foundation”.
1 Shady: Mayim Bialik Victim Shames
Given the fact that Mayim Bialik has been an actor since she was a child, it makes perfect sense that she would have something to say about the #MeToo movement. However, when she penned an opinion piece for the New York Times called Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World, it was not well received. Essentially implying that the victims of people like Harvey Weinstein were somewhat to blame for what happened to them, she wrote about how she wears modest clothes and doesn’t flirt.
sources: nytimes. looper, vanityfair, glamour, today