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The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom that first aired on CBS on September 24, 2007. It was created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. The ninth season began on September 21, 2015. 231 episodes of the show have aired.

The show centers on five characters: roommates Leonard and Sheldon; best friends Howard and Raj; and Penny, an actress. The guys' nerdy, intelligent, asocial personalities are juxtaposed with the normality of Penny. Over the series, new main characters Bernadette and Amy have been introduced as girlfriends of Howard and Sheldon, respectively. Stuart, the owner of a comic book store is also a main character in some seasons. Leslie Winkle was briefly a main character.
See List of The Big Bang Theory characters for more information.

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"The Hawking Excitation" is the 21st episode of the fifth season of The Big Bang Theory. It aired on April 5, 2012 and features a guest appearance by scientist Stephen Hawking (pictured). The episode received mostly positive reviews.

Hawking had been asked to appear on the show previously, but was too ill to appear. He says he is a big fan of The Big Bang Theory and watched a rehearsal of the episode after his scene was filmed.

In the episode, Howard is hired to maintain Hawking's wheelchair and Sheldon is desperate to meet him. Sheldon is forced to complete various humiliating tasks for Howard, before finally meeting his hero.

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  • ...that Professor Stephen Hawking made an appearance on The Big Bang Theory in "The Hawking Excitation"?
  • ...that CBS rejected the first Pilot of the show, featuring the darker character Katie instead of Penny?
  • ...that although the writers did not have the disorder in mind when creating the character of Sheldon, some viewers have said that he has Asperger's syndrome?
  • ...that the song sung to Sheldon when he is ill is called "Soft Kitty" in the show, but its real title is "Warm Kitty"?

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