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The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the series, along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head writers. The show premiered on CBS on September 24, 2007. In March 2017, the series was renewed for two additional seasons, bringing its total to twelve, and running through the 2018–19 television season. The eleventh season premiered on September 25, 2017. The twelfth season is set to premiere on September 24, 2018.

The show originally centered on five characters living in Pasadena, California: Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, both physicists at Caltech, who share an apartment; Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon's similarly geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali. Over time, supporting characters have been promoted to starring roles including: physicist Leslie Winkle, neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler, microbiologist Bernadette Rostenkowski, and Stuart Bloom, the cash-strapped owner of the comic book store the characters often visit.

The show is filmed in front of a live audience and is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions. The Big Bang Theory received mixed reviews from critics throughout its first season, but reception was more favorable in the second and third seasons. Later seasons saw a return to a lukewarm reception, with the show being criticised for a decline in comedic quality. Despite the mixed reviews, seven seasons of the show have ranked within the top ten of the final television season ratings; ultimately reaching the no. 1 spot in its eleventh season. The show was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series from 2011 to 2014 and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series four times for Jim Parsons. It has so far won 7 Emmy awards from 46 nominations. Parsons also won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series in 2011. The series has so far won 56 awards from 216 nominations. It has also spawned a prequel series in 2017 based on Parsons' character, Sheldon Cooper, named Young Sheldon which originally aired on CBS.

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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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