“The Big Bang Theory” celebrated their 200th episode this past weekend at Vibiana in Los Angeles, CA with a bunch of familiar faces. Cast members and guests from the past 8+ seasons gathered Saturday evening to honor the milestone achievement.
In addition, the City of Pasdena wanted to recognize the show for their landmark, as well as thank them for their frequent mentions of the City of Roses, by declaring February 25th as The Big Bang Theory Day, within Pasadena city limits.
The entire proclamation reads as follows:
Whereas Warner Bros. Television’s The Big Bang Theory premiered on the CBS Television Network on September 24, 2007, and during its subsequent 200 episodes has featured its main characters living in Pasadena, working as Caltech scientists and even popularizing the “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock” game; and
Whereas the series, now airing in its ninth season, is currently the number one comedy on television, thereby drawing national, international (and even perhaps intergalactic) attention to the City of Pasadena; and
Whereas the talented cast, producers and crew of The Big Bang Theory – including co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, showrunner Steven Molaro, and series stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch – have portrayed the City of Pasadena as not only a city of advanced education and pop culture sophistication but also home to the occasional unexpected “Bazinga!” to countless viewers worldwide;
Now, Therefore I, Terry Tornek, Mayor of Pasadena, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby congratulate and commend the cast, producers and crew of The Big Bang Theory, and proclaim February 25, 2016, in the City of Pasadena as The Big Bang Theory Day.
The Big Bang Theory executive producers Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro and Bill Prady said in a joint statement: “For 200 episodes, The Big Bang Theory has called Pasadena home. Even though we tape the show just down the road at Warner Bros., we’re honored that the city of Pasadena, which has given so much to our characters and our stories, has once again proved itself to be a true inspiration.”
Episode #200, entitled “The Celebration Experimentation,” focuses on Sheldon’s birthday. The episode, taped on February 9th, the gang finally celebrates Sheldon’s birthday with a few special guests, including Christine Baranski, Sara Gilbert, Wil Wheaton and Batman’s Adam West.
Cast members of the show took the opportunity to reflect back to their beginnings. The actors spoke to Variety on memories of their auditions…
Jim Parsons: “I remember spending a lot of time memorizing because it was probably the wordiest audition I’ve ever gone in on. Any humor was not going to be funny if I was struggling with these words, many of which I didn’t know and weren’t easy to say.”
Melissa Rauch: “I was unemployed. I had just been at the unemployment office a few days before my audition. It was some dark, dark times a few days before I got the audition.”
Mayim Bialik: “I had never seen ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ I knew it was a big deal because my manager told me like try and get this part. I was super excited just because I was looking to be a working actress again. That was pretty much all I knew of the show — is that it was really big.”
Simon Helberg: “I know I wasn’t going to audition originally, which was a brilliant choice that I made. I was working on another television show so I thought, ‘Oh you know, I’ll ride out the show that I’m on.’ I heard Chuck [Lorre] laugh almost a couple lines in and he has a very distinct laugh, which has become the source of all validation in my life. And I’ve gotten to hear that laugh thousands of times since when I do my job right. He looked at me in a certain way and I remember he said at the end of my audition, ‘Well, actor goes home knowing he killed.’ That’s what he said. And I thought it was so funny and so kind of odd. It was like he couldn’t help but reveal his hand to me, but was also complimenting me. And I left thinking, ‘I guess I killed.’”
Kaley Cuoco: “I remember sitting next to Jim and I had never met him and I said, ‘Hi, I’m Kaley.’ He had a Blackberry that he couldn’t get working. We were in the waiting room and he’s like, ‘This Blackberry is a new technology and I’m unsure.’ And I remember thinking that guy would make a hilarious Sheldon. I had an inkling about that one.”
The 200th episode of The Big Bang Theory will air this Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 8/7c on CBS. Its synopsis is as follows,
Sheldon’s friends all want to throw a birthday party for Sheldon. Initially Sheldon is scared because of his past experience as a kid, but changes his mind and his friends come up with ideas including inviting Adam West (TV’s Batman).