The Big Bang Theory has always been one of our “favorite shows”, but we’ve never watched all of them in order or kept up with the big story line (aside from Penny and Leonard’s on again/off again relationship, I know nothing – so no spoilers!). Last Black Friday, Greg and I snagged seasons 1 through 5 on DVD for around $35. Even though we bought them over a year ago – 14 months ago, according to Instagram – we’re just now starting on season one.
The other night, we had a mini Big Bang marathon and, as usual, I was habitually studying the furniture, accessories and such on the set – specifically Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment. It’s so eclectic yet masculine and has a fun mix of textures (which seems to be a common thing for a lot of my favorite TV show sets). During one episode, I made a comment about the card catalog that’s near the back of the apartment set looking similar to the one we have in our dining room. That’s when Greg suggested an “On the Set” post. Why didn’t I think of that first?
I love Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment because no matter how many episodes I’ve watched I always notice something new in each episode. Everything is so busy and covered with geeky paraphernalia like action figures, comic books, vintage radios and, of course, dry erase boards. The show has a resident professor of physics and astronomy who checks scripts for scientific accuracy and provides the mathematical equations and diagrams that you see on the dry erase boards throughout the show. Even though Salzberg has a good handle on the physics, he actually calls on Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler on Big Bang, and previously the main character on the early-90’s show Blossom), who has a Ph.D. in neuroscience, for help from time to time.
In the back of the living area is a little alcove with another desk, more science equipment, robot toys and that great card catalog I mentioned earlier. It looks out on a nice “view” of Pasadena.
There’s a small hallway that goes to Leonard and Sheldon’s bedrooms and a bathroom. Of course, the doors in the hallway don’t actually lead to anything. They’re just “dummy doors” with a small standing area for the actors to walk into during scenes.
To the right of the apartment (from the viewer’s point of view) is a kitchen that’s open to the living area – complete with a Battlestar Galactica toaster, cereal organized by fiber content, and an Adam West era Batman lunch box for lunches on the go.
During my last trip to LA, we had the chance to see the Warner Brothers Studios lot. We didn’t get to see the Big Bang set because they were in the middle of rehearsals that day, but we did see Jim Parsons (who plays Sheldon) leaving the set. He’s my favorite character on the show, so I was a bit excited to see him and geeked out a little. We also saw Chuck Lorre (the show’s creator, executive producer and head writer). He was really nice, and for some reason, he really reminded me of Joe Mantegna from Criminal Minds. By the way, did you guys know Jim Parsons is turning 41 in March?! He totally does’t look like he’s even near his 40’s yet.