The most pause-worthy moments in The Big Bang Theory

Although The Big Bang Theory began on a subdued note, it soon gained popularity with a clever mix of humor and geek pop culture references that could also appeal to a wide audience. By the middle of the season, the show was very successful, with a fan following among viewers and celebrities alike.

Soon, being on The Big Bang Theory became an honorary badge for celebrities, especially those associated with geek culture. Take, for example, former Star Trek: The Next Generation star Wil Wheaton, who ended up playing a version of himself in multiple episodes as Sheldon’s longtime nemesis. Or Mark Hamill, who was preceded by fellow Star Wars actors Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones (via Movie mix).

It wasn’t just the actors who took part in the action. The Big Bang Theory was also a hit in the scientific and tech community, with people like Elon Musk and Neil deGrasse Tyson playing versions of themselves in various episodes. However, perhaps most iconic was the appearance of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. It was this cameo, more than any other, that Jim Parsons found nerve-wracking on set. “It was frightening [experience]”, – said the actor. CBS News. “I’d be lying if I said I was comfortable… Finally getting to meet him, it was just overwhelming.”

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