Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory (Updated Edition): An Unabashedly Unauthorized TV Show Companion

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BenBella Books, Inc., Nov 25, 2014 - Performing Arts - 256 pages
REVISED, UPDATED, AND EXPANDED!

The Big Bang Theory – CBS’s surprise hit sitcom – was recently renewed through 2017 after pulling in 19 million weekly viewers in its most recent season. Any fan who tunes in week to week wasn’t surprised. The quirky show does what so few shows manage to do: straddle the fence between cult hit and mega-popular award-winner.

Now, in Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory, longtime sf fan and author George Beahm has put together a guide with photographs for all fans of the show – mainstream tv viewers, sf and comics fans, and science enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re a Penny or a Sheldon, whether you’ve just tuned in or been watching all along, this companion book will help you appreciate The Big Bang Theory to the fullest.

Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory offers a full, comprehensive look at the series: from an analysis of the awful original pilot (that viewers may never get to see) to a tour of the real Cal Tech (which serves as one of the show's main settings), from a fandom terminology guide to enlightening analyses of the endearingly original main characters, all the show’s quirkiest and most appealing elements are put under the microscope.

This updated edition includes a focus on the show's female characters in addition to bringing the content up to date through the show's seventh season.
 

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Contents

INTELLIGENT DESIGNERS
3
TO BADLY GO WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE
7
THE SUCCESSFUL REBOOT
15
Part 2 THE STARS TREKS
19
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
21
THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK
24
GREAT EXPECTATIONS
45
AN AMERICAN LUST IN SPACE
53
8 GREATER LOS ANGELES
150
9 GREATER CALIFORNIA
156
10 THE UNITED STATES
159
11 INTERNATIONAL LOCATIONS
163
12 SPACE
166
Part 4 FANDOM
171
THE NEWCOMERS GUIDE TO FANDOM
173
EXPLORING YOUR INNER GEEK
179

THE INVISIBLE MAN
66
THE VOYAGE HOME
78
THE BLOSSOMING
91
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
95
SHOOTING STARS
101
Part 3 BEAMING DOWN TO PASADENA
125
THE SHELDONIAN UNIVERSE
127
2 DINING
132
3 SHOPPING
136
4 COMIC BOOK STORES
139
5 MOVIES
142
6 MISCELLANEOUS PASADENA LOCATIONS
143
7 CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CALTECH
145
THE INSIDERS GUIDE TO GETTING IN FOR A LIVE TAPING OF THE BIG BANG THEORY
185
THE WARNER BROS STUDIO VIP TOUR
191
GETTING YOUR GEEK ON IN PUBLIC
196
THE NOOBS GAMING GUIDE
206
Part 5 RELIANCE ON SCIENCE
211
A CONDENSED HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE FROM THE BIG BANG TO THE TWENTYFIRST CENTURY
213
SCIENCE MATTERS
217
STELLAR SCIENTISTS STAR ON THE BIG BANG THEORY
221
THE SCIENCE OF THE BIG BANG THEORY
227
AFTERWORD
235
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
237
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
239
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George Beahm is a full-time non-fiction writer who specializes in business books and popular culture. He is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, LA Times, and USA Today bestselling writer, and his books have been published in over 20 countries worldwide and in every major language. His website is at www.GeorgeBeahm.com.

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