The Big Bang Theory didn’t make the best first impression. Back in September 2007, the CBS sitcom’s pilot episode introduced a pair of California science professors — Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) — who spent much of the next 20 minutes either stammering awkwardly in front of their pretty new neighbor Penny (Kaley Cuoco), or getting humiliated by her hunky ex-boyfriend. Right from the start, the geek community had their worst fears about this show confirmed: based on how it began, The Big Bang Theory promised to be a cliché-ridden weekly mockery of all things nerdy.
For some, that initial disgust with The Big Bang Theory never flagged. Last week, producer Chuck Lorre announced that the show’s…
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