The exclusive look at the most popular sitcom of the last decade, packed with all-new, revelatory interviews with the producers and cast.
When The Big Bang Theory ended in 2019 after 12 seasons, it wasn't just the end of television's longest-running live-action multi-camera sitcom; it was the last great comedy with massive ratings and broad appeal. Yet, for all that's been written about the show, the most riveting and surprising stories have never been revealed. In The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series, author Jessica Radloff was granted unprecedented access, conducting over 120 hours of new interviews with the co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, executive producers Steve Molaro and Steve Holland, and the cast (Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, and Mayim Bialik). Additionally, Radloff did the first ever interview with the show's original "Penny," Amanda Walsh, and new interviews with beloved guest stars (e.g. Bob Newhart, Mark Hamill, Christine Baranski and Laurie Metcalf). Nothing was off-limits, including the fraught contract negotiations and pay cuts, off-screen romances, mental health struggles, and what really led to the decision to end the show.
From on-set secrets and stories behind the most beloved episodes to never-before-seen photos, the oral history will intrigue everyone from the casual viewer to the most die-hard fan. And yes, you'll get an answer about Penny's last name (if you think you know, you don't).
The Big Bang Theory started off with four 'nerds' obsessed with science, Star Wars, and the hot girl next door, but became so much more—a smart, touching, and witty commentary about career, parenthood, and love, proving why being different was the most important superpower of all.