Recently, we brought you part one of our list of 15 interesting facts about The Big Bang Theory. Now, check out eight more facts about the hit television show, starring Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik.
Number Eight: There was a Knock-Off of the Show in Belarus. For a short while, there was a knock-off of The Big Bang Theory being produced in Belarus. The Theorists gleaned the names of the characters, the situations and even the dialogue from the originals, and since the show was being aired on a channel owned by the Belarusian government, there wasn’t much that could be done. Chuck Lorre was able to protest the vanity cards at the end of the show, though, and when the actors found out that their show was illegal, the entire cast promptly quit and the show was cancelled.
Number Seven: The Characters of Leonard and Sheldon are Named After One Person. Sheldon Leonard was an actor and producer best known for his work on The Andy Griffith Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show, as well as his starring role in It’s a Wonderful Life. Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady were big fans of his and decided to name the show’s characters after him.
Number Six: “Soft Kitty.” Sheldon’s favorite song when he is sick is actually a classic kid’s song. Written by Edith Newman in the 1930s based on an old folk song, “Warm Kitty,” the actual title of the song, is very popular among children in Australia. The show was recently sued over the song’s usage by the estate of Edith Newman.
Number Five: The Role of Amy Was Almost Given to Someone Else. We all know Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler, but the part was almost given to Kate Micucci. In the end, Bialik was given the role, but casting kept Micucci in mind when they needed someone for the role of Lucy, one of Raj’s love interests.
Number Four: There’s a Bee Named After Sheldon’s Catchphrase. Scientists in Brazil named a new species of orchid bee Euglossa Bazinga or bazinga bee after the species had tricked scientists into thinking it was a different but similar species of bee for many years.
Number Three: Melissa Rauch Based Her Character’s Voice on Her Mother’s. Bernadette’s high, squeaky voice is based on Rauch’s mother’s voice, only without the New Jersey accent.
Number Two: The Actress Who Played Howard’s Mom Passed Away in Real Life. It’s sad but true. When they killed off Howard’s mother in season eight, it was because the voice actress, Carol Ann Susi, passed away in real life.
Number One: Jim Parsons Has Never Seen Star Trek or Doctor Who. Despite Sheldon’s encyclopedic knowledge of these shows, Parsons has never seen either one. What drew him to the role instead was the way the writers wrote for his character. Thank you for reading our list of 15 interesting facts about The Big Bang Theory. We hope you enjoyed it!