The Big Bang Theory: The 10 Best Sheldon Cooper Quotes

For nearly 12 seasons now, Jim Parsons has starred on CBS’s beloved sitcom The Big Bang Theory as Dr. Sheldon Cooper, a genius and incredibly eccentric theoretical physicist. Parsons’ work as Sheldon has earned him countless awards and even more nominations – and when you look at some of the work he’s turned in over the years, especially in the early seasons when Sheldon was at his quirkiest, it’s not hard to see why.

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While it could be easy to make the case that The Big Bang Theory was, at least at one point, intended to be Leonard’s show, it’s pretty plain to see that the series became Sheldon’s show a long time ago – which was definitely a marked change for the better. Sheldon’s peculiar and specific routines, obsessive interests in all things science and science fiction, and often oblivious social behaviors have all been perfectly woven together to create a character who became an instant pop culture icon.

And all of that before we even take into consideration hos many hilarious quotes Sheldon has had over the years. Below, we look back at ten of the best of them.

10 “Penny, while I subscribe to the Many Worlds Theory…”

“which posits the existence of an infinite number of Sheldons in an infinite number of universes – I assure you that in none of them am I dancing.”

An unmistakable highlight of the series’ earlier seasons was the back and forth rapport between Sheldon and Kaley Cuoco’s Penny, Sheldon and Leonard’s adorably dimwitted neighbor and Leonard’s on and off love interest. One hilarious season three episode opens with Sheldon waking up in the morning to find a barely dressed Penny making pancakes and dancing around the kitchen to Shania Twain’s “Man, I Feel Like A Woman.”

Penny, clearly relishing in Sheldon’s confuse, invites him to dance along with her – which leads us to the hilarious moment quoted above. Sheldon may not think of himself as much of a social animal, and he very well may be right about that. But that doesn’t make any of his social interactions any less amusing for us viewers.

9 “I think that you have as much of a chance of having a sexual relationship with Penny…”

“as the Hubble Telescope does of discovering that at the center of every black hole there is a little man with a flashlight searching for a circuit breaker.”

From the very beginning of the series, Sheldon was a big naysayer of the prospect of a relationship between Cuoco’s Penny and Johnny Galecki’s Leonard. Of course, as this is a situation comedy, it was also immediately clear from the moment these characters met that Leonard and Penny would become the series’ central will they, won’t they relationship.

But that didn’t stop Sheldon from offering his honest – and, usually, brutally honest – thoughts about the possibility of their eventual coupling. And most of the time, the totally scathing remarks were paired with wonderfully nerdy scientific jokes, such as this amazing one about the Hubble Telescope and black holes.

8 “Oh, on the contrary. I found the Grinch to be a relatable, engaging character, and I was really with him…”

“right up to the point that he succumbed to social convention and returned the presents and saved Christmas. What a buzzkill that was.”

Sheldon hasn’t always been the merriest fellow when it comes to having holiday spirit. An early episode of the series’ second season finds Sheldon decrying the social protocol of buying Christmas presents for other people, and discussing the history of the celebration known as Saturnalia. But in the series’ third season’s holiday-themed episode, viewers really get a better look at how the genius’s mind really works.

And boy, is it wonderfully weird. Sheldon, ever the antisocial one who prefers to be by himself and eschew social traditions, reveals that he considered The Grinch to be a truly relatable, even inspirational character – right up until that darn moment The Grinch’s heart grew three sizes. At least from a scientific standpoint, he may be onto something.

7 “Hard as this may be to believe, it’s possible that I’m not boyfriend material.”

One of the main storylines that The Big Bang Theory has chronicled – for better or worse – has been Sheldon’s gradual transformation from a romantically disinclined individual to a boyfriend, fiance, and eventual husband to Mayim Bialik’s Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler. Early in their relationship, Sheldon struggled greatly with knowing how to appear invested in Amy’s life, and especially her line of work, which he has always felt is inferior to his own.

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To be fair, his thoughts on biology haven’t changed much over the years, but he has gotten a little bit better about biting his tongue and keeping his disinterest and snide comments to himself. But in season five’s twelfth episode, he and Amy got into an argument about his rude behavior, leading to him making the above remark to Leonard about his shocking lack of boyfriend appeal.

6 “Scissors cuts paper. Paper covers rock. Rock crushes lizard.”

“Lizard poisons Spock. Spock smashes scissors. Scissors decapitates lizard. Lizard eats paper. Paper disproves Spock. Spock vaporizes rock. And, as it always has, rock crushes scissors.”

Sometimes, there are certain quotes from characters that give way to entire pop culture trends. The second season episode “The Lizard-Spock Expansion” gives Sheldon one of these such moments. The episode introduces viewers everywhere to the bizarre game known as Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock – the gang’s apparent method of choice when they have decisions to make that none of them really want to make.

Clearly an expansion of the traditional Rock, Paper, Scissors, the game perfectly incorporates aspects of science fiction that appeal to our primary gang of friends – and no character could ever explain things as hilariously, or as succinctly, as Sheldon does.

5 “I’m exceedingly smart. I graduated college at 14.”

“While my brother was getting an STD, I was getting a Ph.D. Penicillin can’t take this away.”

Long before Young Sheldon existed to introduce viewers to the hilarious and heartwarming dynamics of the Cooper family, including that of Sheldon and his older brother Georgie, The Big Bang Theory still managed to occasionally drop hints along the way as to the nature of Sheldon’s family. One of such gems came in the eighth season, when Sheldon was applying to be chosen to travel to Mars.

During his video application, Sheldon immediately got way too personal about himself, lauding his own personal successes as he always does – while also shedding light on some incredibly TMI details about his brother’s own adolescence.

4 “Robert Oppenheimer was lonely.”

“This is Enrico Fermi, Richard Feynman, Edward Teller, Otto Frisch, and Zazzles. I was going to name him Hermann von Helmholtz, but he’s so zazzy.”

Sheldon Cooper probably doesn’t strike most people as a cat person. It also doesn’t help matters that one episode has him claiming he’s allergic to cats, but hey, it’s a sitcom – we can’t expect perfect continuity at all times. Early in season four, however, viewers get to see what it would be like if Sheldon Cooper became the male scientist equivalent of a cat lady – and the results, as to be expected, are hilarious.

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After temporarily breaking things off with Amy, Sheldon decides he needs to get not one, not two, but six cats – almost all of whom are named after scientists who took part in the Manhattan Project. Except, of course, for the lovably zazzy little Zazzles. We’re not sure how Sheldon decided on any of these names, but boy, are we glad he did.

3 “I’m not crazy. My mother had me tested.”

It’d be impossible to count the number of times that characters in the series refer to Sheldon as crazy, or some variation thereof. It’s not his fault, really, considering he’s not fully aware of the social stipulations of basically every possible daily situation. And it also doesn’t help that there is, famously, a fine line between what society thinks of as genius and insanity.

But if you try to insist, seriously, that Sheldon is crazy, he’ll be quick to correct you on that one. As he once famously stated, “I’m not crazy. My mother had me tested.” And knowing Mary Cooper as we do now, both through Laurie Metcalf’s performance on The Big Bang Theory and through her daughter, Zoe Perry’s, work on Young Sheldon, we don’t doubt that this actually happened.

2 “Well, that’s no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad.”

“For example, I cry because others are stupid and it makes me sad.”

Sheldon has never been anything other than unflinchingly confident in his own intellect, especially when compared to – well, almost anyone else. But poor Penny has often born the brunt of his judgment, especially when the two of them are working together, but on no occasion more than when he attempts to teach her the history of physics.

When Penny starts crying because she feels stupid since Sheldon’s lessons aren’t sticking with her, Sheldon is absolutely incredulous. He doesn’t understand why being stupid would make her cry – but, on the other hand, his own reasoning of crying because other people are stupid is perfectly valid. Sometimes, there’s just no point in arguing with Sheldon’s way of thinking.

1 “Bazinga!”

If any of Sheldon’s quotes over the years could come closer to being thought of as a catchphrase, it would undoubtedly be this one word zinger he utters whenever he thinks he’s been hilarious. Usually, he hasn’t been – and in fact, he’s usually been rather annoying, arrogant, or both. But his self-satisfaction, paired with the undeniably goofy little exclamation, makes “Bazinga!” such a real winner of a catchphrase.

Young Sheldon even doubles down on the significance of the utterance, revealing that it was a word Sheldon learned from a series of practical jokes, and therefore, remains one of the few behavioral things (that we know of so far) that he has carried over from his formative years into his adulthood.

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2019-04-18 01:04:08

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Young Sheldon Is Taking A Break – When The Show Returns

Young Sheldon is taking a break, and it won’t return until April. The Big Bang Theory spinoff prequel airs every Thursday night back-to-back with the long-running sitcom making for a solid comedy block for the broadcasting channel. And like its parent series, it’s also going on hiatus for a few weeks.

Fresh off a two-season renewal from CBS, Young Sheldon is already being poised to become the network’s number one comedy show after The Big Bang Theory ends after 12 seasons in the next few weeks. Debuting in 2017, Young Sheldon, which tackles Sheldon’s years of growing with his family in Galveston, TX, is currently its second season. Iain Armitage brilliantly portrays the the titular character first popularized by Jim Parsons. Young Sheldon offers fans the opportunity to learn more about the genius but socially-inept theoretical physicist’s past before coming to Pasadena and becoming roommates with Leonard (Johnny Galecki). For the most part, Young Sheldon and The Big Bang Theory have operated separately despite both existing in the same reality until last year’s crossover event.

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Taking a break in March, Young Sheldon won’t return until April 4. During this time, CBS will be airing reruns of the show instead. This is in conjunction with the so-called sweeps period, which will take place between April 25 to May 22 this year. Data collected during these dates (also done in November, February, and July) are used by advertisers and networks to decide on the advertising rates for the rest of the year – the higher the ratings a station poses, the higher they can drive the prices for advertisements slots.

This explains why CBS intentionally spreads out the remaining episodes of Young Sheldon in the months of January to March until it goes back to its regular programming schedule by April. The same set-up applies to The Big Bang Theory, being the highest-rated sitcom right now on TV. With the two shows raking up high viewership ratings for an hour, CBS is able to increase their rates for their ad slots implementing this strategy.

Unfortunately, while The Big Bang Theory will at most take a week off once it returns on air next month, Young Sheldon is scheduled to take another two-week hiatus after its April 4 return. This is due to the difference in number of episodes for a full season orders for the shows: 24 for The Big Bang Theory, 22 for Young SheldonYoung Sheldon needs an extra two-week break for its season 2 finale to land on May 16 – the same day as The Big Bang Theory‘s series finale. It’s curious, however, whether Young Sheldon will simply be bumped to a 9pm start or if The Big Bang Theory will just begin earlier since the latter’s send-off special will last for an hour.

The last time fans saw the Sheldon and his family, the Coopers were going through some rough patches with Mary (Zoe Perry) surprisingly getting pregnant. This caused George (Lance Barber) to worry about finances, working out a minimal raise in preparation for the arrival of their brand new kid. Unfortunately, his wife loses the baby, explaining why there was no mention of another sibling from Sheldon aside from Missy and Georgie. Whether or not the remaining story for Young Sheldon season 2 will directly reference what’s happened/happening in The Big Bang Theory remains to be seen, but considering that Young Sheldon will take over its parent series’ spot next TV season, CBS might be more interested in emphasizing their connection.

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Young Sheldon airs Thursdays on CBS.

2019-03-14 02:03:31

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Big Bang Theory’s Young Sheldon Crossover Resolves Its Biggest Continuity Issue

The Big Bang Theory‘s crossover episode with Young Sheldon conveniently resolves the shows’ continuity problem regarding Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons/Iain Armitage) father, George Cooper Sr.. Unlike the rest of the family, the Cooper patriarch, played by Lance Barber, has only been described in the long-running sitcom for years, since he’s already dead. This gave fans an idea of what Sheldon’s father was like, but since the debut of the prequel offshoot last year, viewers have seen more of George Sr. and learned how he really was with his wife and kids.

Despite their shared universe, a significant portion of the loyal The Big Bang Theory fandom doesn’t like Young Sheldon, and one of the main reasons is that the offshoot is supposedly rewriting the canon established in its parent series. For the most part, they have a point; Sheldon’s family members are very different in the prequel compared to when they appeared in the main show. It’s difficult to come to terms that Laurie Metcalf’s Mary Cooper is the same person (only younger) as Zoe Perry’s. The same can be said with June Squibb’s and Annie Potts’ Meemaw. This issue, however, is the most apparent when it comes to Sheldon’s father.

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However, it didn’t take long before fans noticed how radically Sheldon’s descriptions of his dad differed to how he was in Young Sheldon. Despite his flaws, George Sr. wasn’t all that bad. He had a loving relationship with Missy (Raegen Revord) and even gave Sheldon valuable life-lessons. He straightened out Georgie (Montana Jordan) when he was wrong, and was quite affectionate towards Mary from time to time. He also made some major sacrifices for his family, including passing up on his dream job to coach the football team of a bigger college because he didn’t want to uproot his family and move them to Tulsa. So where did the disconnect come from?

In a single episode in The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon crossover special, this continuity issue was finally resolved. In “The VCR Illumination,” Sheldon got an unexpected pep talk from his dad after losing all hope on his failed Super Asymmetry paper. As he and Amy (Mayim Bialik) discussed George Sr., they realized that things can be “observer-relative,” meaning that things look different from various perspectives – the same principle they now follow as they continue their study despite an old Russian paper debunking the theory. All this time, fans had only been getting Sheldon’s perception of his dad, which has been clouded by his personal bad memories. Seeing the video reminded Sheldon that George Sr. had a good side as well.

The Big Bang Theory did something similar with Georgie, who was on non-speaking terms with his brother when Sheldon was forced to reach out and invite him to his wedding late last season. During their emotional confrontation, Sheldon was faced with the reality that he was wrong about the eldest Cooper sibling, as Georgie detailed how he carried the burden of being the man of the house when their father died, while Sheldon had nothing to worry about but his academics.

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The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon air Thursday nights on CBS.

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2018-12-09 01:12:58

Big Bang Theory Showrunner Confirms Only One Young Sheldon Crossover

Executive producer Steve Holland confirms that there will only be one crossover of The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon. In its 12th and final season, the long-running CBS sitcom is pulling out all the stops to satisfy its loyal following before it permanently goes off the air this May. That includes a non-traditional crossover special with its prequel spinoff following the early years of young boy wonder Sheldon.

Admittedly, a majority of The Big Bang Theory fans weren’t exactly thrilled when the Young Sheldon crossover episode was announced. There’s a clear divide between those who watch the prequel spinoff and the main series, as many loyal viewers of the latter feel that the former is changing much of what’s been established over the years when it comes to Sheldon’s family. One of the most glaring difference has to do with George Sr. (Lance Barber), who was mostly described by his son as a no-good patriarch. However, Young Sheldon has been doing a good job in humanizing George Sr., which creates some continuity issues. Luckily, though, fans of The Big Bang Theory don’t have to worry about devoting another of the sitcom’s remaining outings to a Young Sheldon-centric episode as there won’t be any more collaborations between the two CBS sitcoms.

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Speaking with USA Today in light of the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory, which featured Young Sheldon characters like Iain Armitage (young Sheldon), Montana Jordan (young Georgie) and Barber, Holland shared that there likely won’t be any more crossovers between the shows moving forward.  Emphasizing the need to allocate more time to The Big Bang Theory’s key players given that it’s their final season, he said:

“We don’t just want to make it a parade of grown-up guest stars from ‘Young Sheldon.’ We really want to focus on this show and these characters.”

Now that its crossover episode with Young Sheldon is over and done with, there are only 14 more episodes left for The Big Bang Theory before it officially wraps up its 12-season run. And, luckily, it seems as though Holland and his team are ensuring that every key character from the long-running sitcom gets the focus they deserve. Aside from Sheldon and Amy’s main storyline, there are several unresolved plot points involving other members of the gang, like the dilemma between Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley  Cuoco) having a kid; Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and Anu’s (Rati Gupta) upcoming wedding; and the mystery of Howard’s (Simon Helberg) dad. Of course, viewers will also want to see the apartment’s elevator finally get fixed.

Fans will have to wait for a while, however, before a brand new episode of The Big Bang Theory rolls out. The sitcom has officially entered its winter break and will have no new content until next year. CBS has yet to announce a specific return date, but it is expected to go back on its regular programming schedule sometime in January.

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The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon air Thursday nights at 8:00pm and 8:30pm EST, respectively, on CBS.

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2018-12-06 10:12:43

15 Sitcoms That Became Massive Hits (And 15 That Completely Flopped)

There are many forms of entertainment, but television is one of the most popular. Watching TV has been a popular pastime ever since the television was created in 1927. Programs can often bring families together or can even give people an escape from reality while they binge-watch their new favorite show. People used to have to pay for cable to watch their favorite shows, but now, watching TV is easier than ever with the mass amount of streaming services that have become available, such as Hulu and Netflix.

Some of the best shows are even exclusive to streaming services such as these. Even YouTube has expanded to include TV shows that come in a variety of genres. Needless to say, there is now a seemingly endless amount of programming that will entertain anybody and everybody.

Much like movies, there are a wide variety of TV shows and genres to pick from. TV networks seem to come out with a variety of different shows each year including sitcoms. While a network might release a few different sitcoms each year, a lot of them seem to flop and be forever forgotten by viewers. Other sitcoms stick around for several years resulting in many seasons worth of laughs.

Some of these shows have stuck around longer than they probably should have, but others were so terrible that they were canceled after only one season.

 Here are the 15 Sitcoms That Became Massive Hits (And 15 That Completely Flopped). 

30 Massive Hit: The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory may have not launched any of the main actors acting careers, but the show certainly boosted them into the spotlight. The Big Bang Theory came on the air in 2007 thanks to creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. The show centers around a group of geeky and socially awkward friends who hang out with a waitress named Penny.

The show has become incredibly popular during its twelve seasons on the air, with many celebrities making cameos on the show.

The Big Bang Theory became so popular that it even received a spinoff about a young Sheldon Cooper.

29 Flopped: Caveman

The Cavemen were a popular marketing image used by the auto insurance company GEICO starting in 2004. While people don’t see a lot of the Cavemen anymore, they used to be incredibly popular. ABC thought they were so popular that they should launch a sitcom featuring the GEICO Cavemen.

The show was a massive failure with viewers and critics and was therefore canceled after one season. Thirteen episodes were created for the first season; however, only six of them aired in the U.S. Caveman was such a flop that it didn’t even get a DVD release to try and make some money back. 

28 Massive Hit: Friends

Friends was a massive win for NBC and ran for ten years from 1994 to 2004. The show just follows the lives of six friends living in Manhattan, but many people loved the idea of the show.

Friends was, and still is, adored by fans and critics. The show even landed the #24 spot on the Writers Guild of America West’s 101 Best Written TV Series. The sitcom did a lot for all of the actors involved in the series, but is often considered a turning point for Jennifer Aniston’s career. 

27 Flopped: Ferris Bueller

John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off starring Matthew Broderick was a hit back in 1986. Fans still love the movie to this day and even launched a “Ferris Fest” in Chicago to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie. While the film was successful, the TV series was not.

The show titled Ferris Bueller followed Ferris and his friends’ everyday life at high school. What made the first movie fun was that Ferris wasn’t in school, but NBC apparently didn’t get that since they picked up the series in the ‘90s. The show didn’t bring back any of the original cast members and ended after one season. 

26 Massive Hit: That ‘70s Show

When That ‘70s Show first came on the air, there was no guarantee that the show would succeed. The show starred primarily new young actors, with little to no acting experience. That ‘70s Show was even the very first acting job for Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, and Laura Prepon. Thankfully, the risk paid off for Fox and became a massive hit.

The series lasted for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006. Besides, Kutcher, Grace, and Prepon, the show also starred Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, and Wilmer Valderrama. The cast did a phenomenal job for a total of 200 episodes, and then went on to have even more enriching careers in Hollywood. 

25 Flopped: That ‘80s Show

While That ‘70s Show was a massive hit, the success could not be repeated for That ‘80s Show. Even when Fox was still broadcasting new episodes of That ‘70s Show, they created a show about the ‘80s in 2002.

The show isn’t a direct sequel to the first show and the only way it connects to That ‘70s Show is that the main character, Corey Howard, is supposed to be Eric Forman’s cousin.

The show was created because of the popularity of That ‘70s Show, but people just weren’t interested in another show about a different decade. 

24 Massive Hit: The Office

The original The Office debuted on the BBC in 2001 and only stuck around for two seasons and a Christmas special. The concept for the show, however, was adapted eight different times for countries across the world.

One of the more popular versions of The Office came in 2005. The show starred Steve Carell as Michael Scott and John Krasinski as Jim Halpert. These two men have probably had the biggest career after the show ended, but the entire cast made a memorable group of characters that kept fans laughing for nine seasons. 

23 Flopped: George

George Foreman may be known for his impressive boxing career or even the famous George Foreman Grill, but he also got his own TV show in the ‘90s. The show ran for ten episodes, only nine of which actually ended up on the air. The show starred Foreman as a retired boxer who took care of troubled kids after school.

While Foreman’s show may have flopped, there is no doubt denying he was an impressive boxer especially since he won a gold medal in the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics. 

22 Massive Hit: How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother was a romantic comedy that aired on CBS from 2005 to 2014. The show centered around Ted Mosby, who would narrate the adventures that led up to him meeting his wife.

Apart from Ted, played by Josh Radnor, the series had several other memorable characters played by Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alyson Hannigan. While the majority of the series was met with critical acclaim, the final two seasons are often criticized for the way it wrapped up the show. A spinoff titled How I Met Your Dad or How I Met Your Father have been in development before, but the spinoff has had some trouble taking off. 

21 Flopped: 1600 Penn

NBC has had some hits over the years, but 1600 Penn was not one of them. The series was about a dysfunctional family who lived in the White House with their father.

Bill Pullman played the President of the United States starring alongside with Josh Gad, Jenna Elfman, and Martha MacIsaac. The show ultimately didn’t do well with critics who slammed the show for having too many sitcom stereotypes and being a failed parody attempt of The West Wing. The show was canceled after one season and people aren’t really begging NBC to bring it back. 

20 Massive Hit: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

There has always been an abundance of cop dramas on TV, but not as many cop sitcoms. Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars the singer of the comedy band The Lonely Island Andy Samberg, as well as Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, and Stephanie Beatriz.

In May, Fox decided to cancel the show, but the very next day, NBC picked it up and renewed it for a sixth season.

So far, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has won two Golden Globes, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and has been nominated for several other awards.

19 Flopped: Dads

The show Dads was created by Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and premiered on Fox in 2013. Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi starred as two video game developers whose fathers move in with them. Not only was the show canceled after only one season, but it also got ripped apart by critics.

The series became known for depending on offensive gags to get laughs and having an array of unlikable characters. Along with Green and Ribisi, Brenda Song and Vanessa Lachey had recurring roles on the show.

18 Massive Hit: Modern Family

Modern Family is about three different families living in Los Angeles. Much like The Office, Modern Family was created as a mockumentary type sitcom. The series was created in 2009 and is still running on ABC. The show has won an impressive 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, which is partly because of the incredible cast.

Actors such as Ed O’Neil, Sofía Vergara, Ty Burrell, and Eric Stonestreet are some of the many talented people in the cast. While the series has been a massive hit so far, there are rumors that the show could be ending after season 10. 

17 Flopped: My Big Fat Greek Life

It isn’t every day that a romantic comedy will spawn its own TV show, but it certainly happens. My Big Fat Greek Wedding came out in 2002 and starred Nia Vardalos and John Corbett.

The movie revolved around the struggles that Vardalos’ character Toula had by marrying someone who wasn’t Greek. The TV series took place after the first film and starred Vardalos, but Corbett did not return. At first, the series had incredible ratings, but by the second episode, people had started to tune out, which led to CBS canceling the show. 

16 Massive Hit: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was created by Rob McElhenney in 2005 and is currently still running on FXX. The comedy is about five friends who run an Irish Bar in Philadelphia. McElhenney stars in the show alongside fellow comedians Charlie Day, Danny Devito, Kaitlin Olson, and Glenn Howerton. The show began with low ratings, which is why FX forced the show to add a big name actor.

Devito was added to the cast and they haven’t looked back since. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has received critical acclaim since the beginning, and now thirteen seasons later, it has become one of the longest-running live action comedies ever. 

15 Flopped: Joey

Many fans were disappointed to see Friends go off the air in 2004. While most of the cast moved on to other acting roles, one friend stuck around to try and get more laughs for NBC.

After Friends ended, Matt LeBlanc played Joey Tribbiani in the spinoff show titled Joey.

The show saw Joey move on with his life and try to make it big in Hollywood as an actor. The show couldn’t live up to the success that NBC saw with the first series and it was ultimately canceled after two seasons. 

14 Massive Hit: Arrested Development 

Arrested Development has been bringing on the laughs ever since the first episode aired in 2003. The show originally ran for three seasons on Fox but was then later picked up by Netflix. Netflix released season four in 2013 and the first half of season five this year.

The show truly has an ensemble cast, including actors Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, and Will Arnett. Tony Hale and David Cross also have the fan-favorite roles of Buster Bluth and Tobias Fünke. The entire series can be found on Netflix. 

13 Flopped: Bad Judge

While shows like Judge Judy or The People’s Court may be hilarious already, NBC set out to make an actual sitcom about a judge in 2014.

Kate Walsh stars as Judge Rebecca Wright, who works at the Los Angeles County Circuit Court by day, but is a party animal by night. NBC canceled the show before the season had even gotten halfway through, although the rest of the series came on the air as planned. Most people gave the show negative reviews, mainly criticizing Walsh’s performance and the fact that the show just wasn’t funny. 

12 Massive Hit: Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation, or simply Parks and Rec., was a massive hit for a couple different reasons. Not only was the show a sitcom, but it doubled as political satire and a mockumentary.

The show ran for a total of seven seasons, but for many people, that wasn’t enough. Parks and Rec. had an incredible cast and memorable characters that only got more hilarious as the series continued. This show most notably included Chris Pratt who has recently blown up in Hollywood, starring in many massive summer blockbusters. 

11 Flopped: Mulaney

John Mulaney is no doubt a funny guy. He is a stand-up comedian and even wrote on Saturday Night Live; however, the sitcom he created in 2014 couldn’t grab people’s attention. The show starred Mulaney himself as a comedian in New York. However, people were concerned about the show before it even came on the air.

The show had an obvious resemblance to Seinfeld and concerns were solidified when the show premiered. With Mulaney doing poorly with critics and with not a lot of people tuning in, the show was canceled after only one season.

10 Massive Hit: Community

Community’s premise centers on Jeff Winger, who is a lawyer who lied about having a bachelor’s degree and is forced to attend a community college. Community lasted for six seasons, five of which aired on NBC and the last on Yahoo! Screen.

The show became a massive hit not just because of the impressive writing team, but because of its cast.

Veteran comedian Chevy Chase stars in the show alongside actors like Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, and Donald Glover. The show also succeeded by parodying several television and movie clichés. 

9 Flopped: Rob

Some actors have a certain time in the spotlight before they fall out of it completely. Fans have seen this happen with Adam Sandler, despite his attempt to stay relevant, and also with his friend and co-worker Rob Schneider.

Schneider attempted to make a sitcom back in 2012 simply titled Rob and CBS actually picked it up. The show focused on Rob, a former bachelor who works as a landscape architect with OCD and who recently got married. Rob was canceled after eight episodes once the show was flooded with horrible reviews pointing out the show’s use of Mexican stereotypes and the weak supporting cast. 

8 Massive Hit: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Before Will Smith was a massive Hollywood star, he starred in a show on NBC called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show was a huge hit and spawned a total of six seasons and 148 episodes. Will Smith starred as a fictionalized version of himself who goes to live with his Aunt and Uncle in Bel-Air after he gets into one little fight and his mom gets scared. We all know how the rest of the story goes.

Besides Smith, the show is known for the talented cast members, the unique story, and the wide range of celebrity cameos.

7 Flopped: AfterMASH

After the show M*A*S*H ended, CBS came out with AfterMASH. Adequately titled, AfterMASH centered around Colonel Potter, Sergeant Klinger, and Father Mulch who end up in a veteran’s hospital after the Korean War ended.

While M*A*S*H did quite well for the eleven seasons it was on the air, AfterMASH only lasted two seasons before getting canceled. AfterMASH just couldn’t capture what made the first show great, but that didn’t stop CBS from trying again. The TV network would try again in 1984 with WALTER, but thankfully that show didn’t even get picked up. 

6 Massive Hit: The Middle

The Middle was just an average show about a lower middle-class family, yet it still became a massive hit. The series was created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, who previously worked on shows like Roseanne and Murphy Brown.

The show was praised for accurately capturing the lives of a middle-class family while still delivering a hilarious story and unique characters. The Middle lasted for nine seasons before going off the air this year. While the show might be over, a spinoff revolving around Eden Sher’s character Sue Heck is currently in the works. 

5 Flopped: Angel From Hell

Those who don’t remember the sitcom Angel From Hell will be forgiven since the show wasn’t really anything to write home about. In the show Angel From Hell, Jane Lynch stars as a guardian angel for a girl named Allison, who was played by Maggie Lawson.

The show came after Lynch starred in the massively popular Glee, yet Angel From Hell didn’t get as big of a fan base.

The show was canceled by CBS after only five episodes at the beginning of 2016. While CBS didn’t initially air the remaining eight episodes, the rest of the season was released starting in July 2016. 

4 Massive Hit: Two and a Half Men

Even though Two and a Half Men often got mixed reviews, it was still a massive hit for CBS. The show ran for twelve seasons before going off the air, but the show started with Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen, and a young Angus T. Jones.

There was a lot of drama surrounding the show, especially after Sheen’s crazed antics, but the show continued never the less. After a feud with show co-creator Chuck Lorre, Sheen was replaced on the show with Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher stayed on for the rest of the series until the show ended in 2015. 

3 Flopped: I Hate My Teenage Daughter

Another one of Fox’s TV shows that flopped was called I Hate My Teenage Daughter. The show was about a pair of moms, played by Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran, who began to notice that their daughters were turning into the kind of teenagers who had bullied them in high school.

The show began its thirteen episode run in November 2011 and ended it in May 2012. After Fox decided to cancel the show, the remaining six episodes were never released in the U.S., but based on viewership, nobody was really watching anyway.

2 Massive Hit: Seinfeld

Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the show Seinfeld began in 1989 and lasted for nine seasons. The show was about a fictionalized version of Jerry Seinfeld who lived in New York and spent time with his friends. The show is often called one of the greatest sitcoms ever made and even landed the #2 spot on the Writers Guild of America West’s 101 Best Written TV Series.

Many shows have since tried to copy Seinfeld’s success, but none have been as original as this NBC hit. 

1 Flopped: My Mother the Car

As strange as it sounds, My Mother the Car was an actual sitcom back in the ‘60s. The show follows David Crabtree, who purchases a car that happens to be a reincarnation of his mother who passed away.

The show aired on NBC and starred Dick Van Dyke’s little brother Jerry, but even the Van Dyke gene couldn’t save the show. My Mother the Car was as strange as it was horrible, and not very many people cared for the show. NBC decided to cancel the program after just one season. 

Are there any other sitcoms that should have made the list? Sound off in the comments!

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2018-10-07 04:10:06 – Christopher Fiduccia

The Big Bang Theory: 20 Things About Sheldon That Make No Sense

CBS’ hit comedy series The Big Bang Theory has been on for a very, very long time. Debuting all the way back in 2007, it has outlived even some of the most famous sitcoms of the modern era. The show’s staying power may be attributed to the brilliant writing and masterful acting, though it could also be said to appeal to a certain niche audience that typically doesn’t get much love from prime time network executives.

That said, much like any show that may or may not have overstayed its welcome, the plot of The Big Banth Theory is slowly starting to lose itself and teeter ever closer into jumping-the-shark territory. For instance, the marriage of Leonard and Penny seems very much like something that should have taken place during the show’s finale, not to mention the bizarre marriage of Sheldon Cooper, the show’s famous anti-socialite.. Yet, with season twelve laying somewhere along the horizon, fans have little choice but to wait and see what will happen.

That isn’t to say that the show is necessarily declining — it continues to draw large TV audiences nearly twelve years after it first aired — but it does mean that some weird, potentially contradictory elements are starting to pop up. With a total of 255 episodes and a full on spin-off show about his childhood, fans have started to notice a few issues with everyone’s favorite nerd Sheldon Cooper.

We all know that he’s already a bit abnormal, but here are the 20 Things About The Big Bang Theory‘s Sheldon That Make No Sense.

20 His Criminal Background

Viewers are no doubt aware that, despite his relatively mild-mannered persona, Sheldon can, at times, be a bit overbearing. Demonstrating a total lack of relationship skills and committing social faux pas so regularly that his presence has become nearly unbearable to some, it isn’t surprising that, on more than one occasion, he’s managed to get on someone’s bad side.

His behavior has earned him restraining orders from two of his favorite celebrities – Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy and comic book icon Stan Lee.

One would think that Sheldon would have learned his lesson after these incidents, yet he still doesn’t seem all that eager to change his strange ways.

19 There’s Nothing Wrong with Him

Fans have long theorized about Sheldon’s inner workings, and many have surmised that he suffers from some sort of mental condition that impairs his social skills. Some believe that he has Aspergers, while others postulate that he has a form of autism. However, series creators have gone on record, claiming that they don’t imagine there to be any diagnosable reason for Sheldon’s behavior.

He apparently suffers from none of the issues that fans have theorized, and it seems like the only logical explanation for his behavior is that he simply adheres to his peculiarities of his own fruition. Fortunately, his friends often exhibit saint-like patience with him, which has helped to keep his social circle in tact after all of these years.

18 Never Mentioning Tam

As previously mentioned, The Big Bang Theory has been one for quite some time at this point. With 255 episodes and counting, it’s fair to assume that we’ve learned practically everything there is to know about Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, and the gang (apart from Penny’s former surname).

With that in mind, it seems odd that Sheldon, having divulged much of his childhood at this point, never made mention of Tam, Sheldon’s young rocket science friend from Young Sheldon. The character was almost certainly created long after Sheldon’s backstory was thought to be set in stone, which is likely why he is never mentioned. It still seems odd that he would choose to omit such a major part of his childhood, though we may get a reason for this in future TBBT episodes.

17 His Donation

Though Sheldon seems to be pretty set in his ways, his weird idiosyncrasies and intense hatred for physical contact weren’t always as apparent as they would become in later episodes of the show. Plus, he both does and claims to have done things that would normally be wildy outside of his comfort zone.

For instance, one of the introductory scenes in the show’s pilot sees Sheldon and Howard attempting to make a donation to an adult fertility depository intended for high IQ individuals.

Sheldon’s intent was to spread his apparently superior genetics without the requisite intimate engagements, though he doesn’t actually go through with it. It’s played up for laughs, but this certainly isn’t something Sheldon would normally do.

16 He Doesn’t Always Knock

Every fan of The Big Bang Theory will know that Sheldon is very careful to knock before entering someone else’s apartment. While courteous, his caution quickly becomes annoying thanks to the fact that he’ll stand there knocking on the door in triplicate while repeating the resident’s name until they answer.

While this is generally thought to be something that he’s always done, he can very clearly be seen ditching this ritual in the fifth episode of the first season. It has been said that Sheldon first adopted this practice during an unfortunate run in with his parents as a child, but, at least for a short time, he seems to have lapsed into his old ways.

15 His Inability To Understand Sarcasm

Despite his vast knowledge of subjects far beyond the bounds of ordinary persons, Sheldon seems to lack the capacity to understand sarcasm. Though he can usually get by, his attempts at such social cues are amateurish at best. His friends frequently point fun at the fact that he tends to take things much too literally, and he’s often keen to point out the technical impossibility of many a sarcastic remark.

However, he manages sarcasm relatively well at several points in the first season, and his sense of humor seems to be much more well-attuned when compared to the social dumbskull he would eventually become. It seems odd that his meager social skills would actually devolve with time, though nobody quite knows just how Sheldon’s brain functions to begin with.

14 His Strict Flag Rules

Sheldon’s love of flags is perhaps eclipsed only by his love of trains, and he has gone so far as to host a flag-centric video series titled “Fun with Flags” online, as well as instituting a flag for the apartment in which he and Leonard live. It depicts, in his own words, “a golden lion rampant on a field of azure.He also demands that Leonard never fly the flag upside down unless the apartment is, for whatever reason, in distress. Later in the episode, as Leonard and his pals scramble to get rid of a science experiment on the verge of going wrong, Sheldon flips the flag upside down.

However, the apartment flag can be seen flying upside down at several other points throughout the series.

While the reason for this is sometimes relatively obvious, there are a few occasions on which the audiences is never totally sure of the reason for the apartment’s distress.

13 His Vanishing Brother

Sheldon brings up his Texas-based mother and sister quite often throughout the course of the show, and both even make brief appearances from time to time. Sheldon’s mother always seems to be there when her son is upset, and there was a memorable episode regarding Leonard’s ill-advised romantic interest in Missy, Sheldon’s sister.

That said, it took him eleven season to ever mention of his brother, who, in the twenty third episode of that season, he and Leonard meet in his tire store in Texas. The two argue over the fact that they haven’t spoken to one another in around ten years, and George — Sheldon’s brother — still seems to hold a good deal of contempt for his sibling. That said, it doesn’t make sense that it took him nearly a decade to even make mention of the fact that he had a brother.

12 He Plays With His Food

Sheldon, as with literally everything else in his life, likes to adhere to a strict set of weird, self-ordained rules. His peculiar diet is often brought up during the gang’s frequent visits to the Cheesecake Factory, much to the ire of Penny. Yet, his mealtime quirks don’t seem to manifest themselves quite as often in the University cafeteria.

The actors aren’t actually supposed to be eating when they film these scenes — that could be just a little gross — but Sheldon really seems out of character during these moments. More often than not, he sort of plays with his food or manipulates it in a way that makes it appear like he actually is eating it. The bottom line here, though, is that the prestigious Dr. Sheldon Cooper shouldn’t be playing with his food.

11 His Dedication To Apple… And Android?

Observant fans will doubtlessly be aware that Apple devices are Sheldon Cooper’s mobile product of choice, and he can be seen using Apple iPhones and iPads at various points throughout the show’s eleven seasons. While his apparent love for the company seemingly doesn’t spill over to laptops — Sheldon seems to prefer Alienware computers — he seems to remain constantly faithful to the same mobile phone manufacturer.

However, in certain episodes, a model of the green robot — the mascot for the competing android mobile operating system — can be seen sitting on his home desk.

This was more than likely a slight oversight by a set designer looking to cram his desk with all sorts of nerdy paraphernalia, but it seems like a strange thing for Sheldon to have.

10 His Inconsistent Flag Knowledge

Sheldon may claim to know everything there is to know about flags, but the one he picked to adorne his own apartment has some surprising flaws. Not only has it been flown incorrectly at several points throughout the show’s long history, but it isn’t even an original flag.

Sheldon’s design — “a golden lion rampant on a field of azure” — was actually the exact design featured for a time on the flag of Leeuwarden, which is a small city in Holland. This may sound like some extremely trivial information, but this is exactly the sort of thing most would expect the a so-called “flag expert” to know. Either Sheldon’s knowledge is lacking, or he shamelessly stole a pre-designed flag rather than coming up with his own.

9 The Soft Kitty Song

Sheldon may not know much about proper protocol in certain social situations, but he’s always there with a hot cup of tea and a shoulder to cry on when someone’s upset (but only because that’s what he was told to do). When those close to him fall ill, however, he gently sings his famous “soft kitty” song, which he attributes to his mother.

However, though many fans believe the song to be a product of the show, it actually stems from an Australian children’s program from the late 1990’s called “Play School.” Though adorable, it’s also strange that Sheldon would love the song so much given his apparent feline allergy.

8 His Disappearing Cat Allergy

In the fourth season of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon, in an attempt to cope with the breakup between him and his not-girlfriend Amy, buys a bunch of cats and names them after scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project (with the exception of Zazzles, who gets his name from his apparently zazziness).

This is odd behavior for Sheldon, as he previously stated that he was allergic to both cats and bees, and animals of any kind tend to bother him.

The theoretical physicist couldn’t even handle a blue jay sitting on his windowsill, and it seems ridiculous to think that he could handle an entire group of cats. In the end, he actually has to pay to have them taken away, though it’s mind-boggling to think that he ever went through with those purchases to begin with.

7 His Father’s History with Leonard

Eagle-eyed fans of both The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon may have noticed that Sheldon’s father bares a stunning resemblance to Leonard’s former high school bully. In fact, those who didn’t know any better might say that they are the same exact man.

In reality, both of these characters are played by the same actor, Lance Barber, though the show’s continuity is only saved by the time difference. Sheldon’s father is said to have passed away at some point during his adolescence, so the two couldn’t possibly be the same person… unless he faked it and moved to another town where he picked on high school kids for fun.

6 His Missing Accent

Though The Big Bang Theory is supposed to take place primarily in Pasadena, California, Sheldon is known to have grown up in Texas. This wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary, but Sheldon’s speech patterns don’t even come close to resembling those of someone born and raised in the American south.

While his mother, sister, and brother all speak with a very noticeable southern drawl, Sheldon’s heritage is not betrayed by his speech. An explanation for this was later given in the show’s spin-off series Young Sheldon, in which a younger Sheldon makes a deliberate effort to rid himself of the dialect because, according to him, people with southern accents “don’t win nobel prizes.” This is a fitting explanation, albeit a small ret-con.

5 His Different Childhood Homes

One episode of The Big Bang Theory features a troubled Sheldon retreating to his childhood home seeking the comfort of his mother. This seems like a perfectly rational thing for the emotionally unrefined Sheldon to do, though it would alter an issue of continuity for the Young Sheldon series.

The house Sheldon is shown returning to is quite clearly not the one shown in the first season of Young Sheldon.

It is entirely possible that the Cooper family moved at some point during Sheldon’s childhood, but it still comes across as an odd oversight. The creators behind the show have stated that they didn’t intend to make sure absolutely everything lined up with pre-established canon, and this may be a small example of such liberties.

4 His Perfect Pitch

Sheldon references his natural talent for replicating musical pitch several times throughout The Big Bang Theory, and his discovery of this ability is later explored in more depth in Young Sheldon. Perfect pitch is an extraordinarily rare gift that allows the musically gifted to decipher and reproduce many of the notes they hear.

In Young Sheldon, Sheldon seems to have learned a piano melody by ear despite never before touching the instrument. With this in mind, it seems bizarre that Sheldon wouldn’t explore a career in music. His love for science may run deep, but he is quite literally a natural at everything from the piano to the theremin. He does explain that he didn’t capitalize on his talents because he dislikes the bohemian lifestyle that most musicians adopt, but it seems like an utter waste of his abilities.

3 His Friends Still Hang Out With Him

Though he has yet to be officially diagnosed with any sort of condition that might explain his bizarre behavior, Sheldon’s inability to process certain social circumstances make him, at times, totally intolerable. For a man with perfect pitch, he can be remarkably tone-deaf. It is, in fact, a wonder that he has managed to maintain a circle of friends for over a decade, as he’s driven them all insane multiple times over the course of the show.

Sheldon seems totally insensitive to the needs of others, barring his programmed “upset person” protocol, yet he seems to demand that his friends go out of their way to accommodate him. Since this is a tell-tale sign of someone with Aspergers, it’s a wonder that the creators of the series haven’t offered any sort of diagnosis for him.

2 He Isn’t Always Sober

Sheldon takes a rigid stances against the use of any mind-altering substances regardless of their legality, and he’s gone so far as to refuse caffeinated beverages to uphold his principles.

This seems to have stemmed from a promise that he made to his mom as a child, and he seems to have taken it much more seriously than anyone else would.

However, he has, on a few occasions, broken this rule. He’s consumed energy drinks several times in an effort to stay awake in keeping with a particularly rigorous work schedule, and there was a particularly hilarious scene in which he lost himself in some adult beverages. He may claim to adhere to a strict rule set, but he isn’t quite as clean as he would have others believe.

1 His Lack Of Compassion Or Empathy

Though most of Sheldon’s more inane comments on The Big Bang Theory are played up for the sake of comedy, he has made some genuinely disturbing quips over the show’s eleven -year timeline. This may seem like a stretch, but Sheldon’s general lack of compassion or empathy may be interpreted as a sign of psychopathy.

He’s seriously insinuated that a lack of computer knowledge should be a capital offense, and that he could permanently eliminate Leonard’s old high school bully. These may have seemed like jokes, but Sheldon seems to have been more sincere than he should have been. This, coupled with his other personality quirks, should have Leonard sleeping with one eye open, though he probably does already.

Are there any other things about The Big Bang Theory‘s Sheldon that make no sense? Let us know in the comments!’

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2018-09-28 07:09:44 – Tanner Fox