It came as kind of a huge surprise to millions of fans across the world a couple of weeks ago when it was announced that the season of The Big Bang Theory that is currently airing will be its last. For many years now, this sitcom about a bunch of nerds and the aspiring actress who lives across the hall from them has been the highest rated comedy series on television. Shows with a fan following of this size are generally milked for as long as the actors are willing to keep doing it, but it appears that a mutual decision has been made that this is The Big Bang Theory's time. It's a bittersweet moment, because a lot of fans will be disappointed that the show is ending, and yet it is also exciting for them to get to see what happens to all their favorite characters at the end. Only the truest fan of The Big Bang Theory will be able to ace this quiz and the show is coming to an end in just a handful of episodes' time. So, get cracking with the quiz before the series finale airs and the show is tragically gone forever!
1How many times does Sheldon knock?
If the title of that classic movie and its many remakes are to be believed, then the postman always rings twice. Sheldon Cooper, a physicist with a PhD, also has a specific number of times that he knocks on a door, all in succession. He'll do a specific number of knocks and then say the person's name on the other side of the door until they open it. How many times does Sheldon knock on a door at a time?
2True or false: Howard’s mother once appeared briefly on camera
The late actress Carol Ann Susi provided the voice of Howard Wolowitz’s mother until she passed away recently. The character also lost her life out of respect for the actor. She made an unseen character a TV icon with her very thick and distinctive New Jersey accent. It became a running gag through the whole show that we would never see the character, although maybe she did make one brief appearance. True or false: Howard’s mother once appeared briefly on camera?
3What broke the elevator in the apartment building?
It has become sort of a running joke throughout all the seasons of The Big Bang Theory that the elevator in the apartment building is broken. It has also created a lot of opportunities for long scenes of dialogue as the show's characters converse on their way up the many flights of stairs. In an episode of season 3, it is revealed exactly how that elevator got broken in a throwaway line. What broke the elevator in the apartment building?
4Who plays Sheldon Cooper?
The actor who stars in The Big Bang Theory in the role of Dr. Sheldon Cooper is arguably the biggest star to have come out of the show. He’s had movie and stage roles. He had a cameo appearance in The Muppets movie that Jason Segel did during one of the musical numbers as he played the human version of Walter, the new Muppet character who was introduced in the film. Who plays Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory?
5How many kids do Howard and Bernadette have?
The character of Howard Wolowitz in The Big Bang Theory has changed a lot over the years. He has gone from being the single guy who is always on the lookout for women while he was living with his mother to being a man in a committed relationship who is in love with just one woman to being a married guy and a father. He’s the last character you would’ve expected to have a baby. How many kids do Howard and Bernadette have?
6Which character’s younger self now has his own spinoff show?
When a TV show becomes a big success in the ratings and gets a ton of viewers in, the executives at the network are usually eager to get spinoff shows off the ground. When Family Guy became a huge hit, the Fox network got the creators to cook up The Cleveland Show. When Cheers attracted a massive audience, NBC got the creators to work on Frasier. Now, The Big Bang Theory has its own spinoff. Which character’s younger self now has his own spinoff show?
7What song does Sheldon like to have sung to him when he's sick?
One of the most popular recurring gags in The Big Bang Theory is the song that Sheldon likes to have sung to him when he's sick. It's the song that his mother used to sing to him whenever he would get sick as a child and now Penny does it. This song actually existed before The Big Bang Theory, but the show is what made it popular. What song does Sheldon like to have sung to him when he's sick?
8Who plays Penny?
The character of Penny has never actually been given a last name. The actress who plays her has become a huge star in the years since the show began. She starred alongside Josh Gad and Kevin Hart in the romantic comedy movie The Wedding Ringer. She has had roles in other TV shows, like 8 Simple Rules and Charmed and she also appeared in the Easter themed kids’ movie Hop. Who plays the role of Penny in The Big Bang Theory?
9What field of science does Raj study?
Whereas Sheldon and Leonard compete with one another in their professional field as a pair of theoretical physicists, the field of science that Raj studies is totally different from that of his three closest friends, so there is no competition with them at work. He has collaborated with Sheldon at work on a number of occasions and they had a story arc where they shared an office and did some theoretical work together. What field of science does Raj study?
10Which show's characters are the guys cosplaying here?
The characters of The Big Bang Theory, or at least the geeky ones, like to travel all over the country to attend a series of comic book conventions and see their favorite stars and writers from the science fiction and fantasy genres of film and television. In this episode, they are cosplaying as the lead characters from one of their favorite science fiction TV shows from the '80s that starred Patrick Stewart. Which show's characters are the guys cosplaying here?
11How many seasons has The Big Bang Theory been on for?
Not many fans expected the highest rated comedy series on television to be coming to an end so suddenly, but it was announced recently that the current season of The Big Bang Theory will be its last. The show has been on for many years and for the actors, it is clearly time to move on. As the producers and the network executives have stated, one of the main proponents of the show ending was Jim Parsons. How many seasons has The Big Bang Theory been on for?
12Who plays Leonard Hofstadter?
The actor who stars in what is technically the lead role of Leonard Hofstadter in The Big Bang Theory has been acting for years. He played the role of the biker boyfriend of Peter MacNicol’s daughter in the first big screen outing of Mr. Bean and he took on the role of Rusty Griswold that has also been played by Anthony Michael Hall and Ed Helms alongside Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Who plays the part of Leonard Hofstadter in The Big Bang Theory?
13What is Howard’s religion?
Some of the characters on TV shows have vague religious backgrounds, or they have had religious upbringings that have not had that much of an impact on their lives as adults, but Howard Wolowitz comes from a religion that has a huge impact on the lives of adults when they grow up. Whether or not they buy into the faith of it, it’s in the bloodline and it does shape their identity and become a huge part of their lives. What is Howard’s religion?
14Who is Raj's younger sister?
There was a long story arc in The Big Bang Theory that concerned Raj's younger sister coming over to visit him. She entered into a romantic relationship with Leonard and Raj was firmly against it. He tried to forbid his sister from seeing Leonard, but he found that he couldn't tell her what to do and had to get used to the idea of her making her own independent decisions to live her own life. Who is Raj's younger sister?
15What US state is Sheldon from?
It is interesting when we hear little tidbits about the characters that we have come to know and love in The Big Bang Theory, or any show for that matter. If you find out who a character's parents are or where they come from, it adds an extra layer or dimension to what makes them the character or the person that they are. The state that Sheldon is from is not what one might expect. What US state is Sheldon from originally?
16Who plays Raj Koothrappali?
The character of Raj Koothrappali in The Big Bang Theory has always been the single guy who can’t talk to women or make a relationship with a woman last. The actor who plays him on the show appeared in the DreamWorks Animation comedy movie Trolls alongside Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick and James Corden. He has written a book about his life entitled Yes, My Accent is Real. Who plays the role of Raj Koothrappali in The Big Bang Theory?
17In what California city is The Big Bang Theory set?
When The Big Bang Theory began, it was not an ensemble show about a bunch of men and women in the mold of Friends. It was about four nerds living in California whose group is joined by a waitress who moves in across the hall from two of them. The show has changed a lot since then, but the city in which the show is set has always stayed the same. In what California city is The Big Bang Theory set?
18Which doll filled the emotional void when Howard’s father left?
Howard Wolowitz can be very crude and tell a lot of crude or lewd jokes, and so it can be a refreshing change of pace when he gets deep and emotional and makes you really feel bad for him. A good way for the writers to do that is to get him talking about his father, who abandoned him and his mother when he was very young. Which popular kids’ doll filled the emotional void for Howard when his father left?
19What is Sheldon's version of rock paper scissors called?
Rock paper scissors is an adapted version of one of the oldest games in the history of the human race. The rules are very easy to grasp and all people need to play it are their hands and so it's a very fun and quick and easy game to play. Sheldon's version has two extra parts, one of which is taken from the reptile world and the other from pop culture. What is Sheldon's version of rock paper scissors called?
20Who plays Amy Farrah Fowler?
The last character on The Big Bang Theory who would be expected to get a girlfriend was Sheldon, but hey ho, he did. The actress who plays Amy on the show has made appearances on other hugely popular comedy TV shows over the years such as Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm in which she occasionally guest stars as Marty Funkhouser's daughter. Who plays Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory and has done since a couple of seasons into the show?
21What is the name of Sheldon's flag-themed web series?
Sheldon has his own web series that he posts online and he hosts in which he occasionally features Amy as a guest and he discusses the various different flags of the world. He does not like when anybody has a criticism about the format or his hosting of the show, and a lot of those criticisms come not just from the commenters in the comments section, but from Amy herself. What is the name of Sheldon's flag themed web series?
22What US state is Penny from?
Sheldon has very little respect for Penny, specifically for her intelligence. When he was potentially looking for a new place to live, he ruled out the entire state that Penny grew up in. She has moved out to California to make it in Hollywood and become an actress. We have met Penny’s extended family over the years as they have come down to California to visit her and they have very thick Southern accents. What US state is Penny from?
23What is Raj's religion?
The fact that Raj is originally from India has influenced a lot of his choices in life and his lifestyle. He comes from a background of religious parents who both follow one of the most popular organized religions in India. Raj is not an overly religious or spiritual kind of guy, but he does still identify as a follower of the religion that his parents originally raised him to follow. What is Raj's chosen religion in The Big Bang Theory?
24Who plays Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz?
The actress who plays the role of Bernadette in The Big Bang Theory was a highly accomplished comic performer before she came on to do the geeky sitcom. She got her start on the VH1 show Best Week Ever, on which Patton Oswalt was also once a contributor, and she has also had a stage show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and starred in a critically acclaimed movie that she wrote with her husband. Who plays Bernadette Rostenkowski Wolowitz?
25Where did Leonard and Penny elope?
When The Big Bang Theory began, no fan could have expected that any of the geeky characters that they were watching in half hour increments every week would ever get into committed relationships, let alone get married. But lo and behold, Leonard got married and Sheldon got married and Howard got married. It was obvious that Leonard and Penny were going to get married from the very beginning when they first met. In which infamous US city did they elope?
26Who performed The Big Bang Theory theme song?
While the creators of The Big Bang Theory were in the process of developing their show, they went to a concert where an alt rock band from Canada were performing, and during the concert, the lead singer did a free style rap about the origins of the universe. So, the next day, they called him up and asked if the band would be interested in performing a theme song for their new show. Who performed The Big Bang Theory theme song?
27Where did Penny and Bernadette used to work as waitresses?
Penny moved out to California in the Los Angeles County area with the intention of being close to where casting agents and movie producers hold auditions. Her plan was to audition for movies and TV shows and try out the whole acting thing until she became a huge star. It didn't exactly work out, but she did end up finding a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, away from her waitressing day job. Where did Penny and Bernadette used to work as waitresses?
28Who plays Stuart?
Stuart is the owner and manager and proprietor of the local comic book store that the guys buy all their comic books from in The Big Bang Theory. He started off with a very small role on the show, but he has since gone on to have romantic connections with Penny and Howard's mother, the latter of whom he ended up living with while he was in a romantic relationship with her. Who plays Stuart in The Big Bang Theory?
29Which rich celebrity did Howard meet in a soup kitchen?
One Thanksgiving, Howard Wolowitz decided to give a little back to the community and volunteered at a soup kitchen to help out. There, he met one of the highest profile guest stars that have ever been featured on the show. This guy is one of the richest people in the world. He is the CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla and he's currently trying to get people to the planet Mars. Which rich celebrity did Howard meet in a soup kitchen?
30Which of the characters has been to space?
The four main geeky characters in The Big Bang Theory always watch science fiction movies and TV shows about people traveling to space and hopping from planet to planet, but only one of them has actually made the leap to the final frontier and gone into outer space. And once he came back, all of his friends just wanted him to stop prattling on about how he had been to space. Which of the characters has been to outer space?
31Which Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles star do the guys meet on a train?
In the episode "The Terminator Decoupling" of The Big Bang Theory, the guys are heading to a conference in San Francisco and take the Coast Starlight train to get there, because Sheldon loves trains and insists that it's a great one to ride on. The others become a lot more interested when they realise that an actress from the show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is on board. Which Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles star do the guys meet on a train?
32Who plays Sheldon's mom?
Sheldon's mother Mary Cooper is a very religious woman from down south and she does not have any understanding of the scientific research or theoretical work that he does. She is proud of her son, although her staunch religious views and his staunch scientific views often clash with one another. The actress who plays the role of Mary Cooper in The Big Bang Theory was already a pretty famous actor in her own right before the show. Who plays Sheldon's mom?
33What online game does Sheldon play with Stephen Hawking?
It was a tragedy felt across the entire scientific community recently when the famed physicist Stephen Hawking lost his life. He had been the subject of the biopic The Theory of Everything and played himself on such TV comedies as The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory, so he had a much stronger presence in pop culture than most scientists do. He was in many episodes of The Big Bang Theory. What online game does Sheldon play with Stephen Hawking?
34Who is Sheldon's research assistant?
This girl is a graduate student from Caltech where Sheldon and the guys work. She had a story arc in the sixth season of The Big Bang Theory in which she began working for Sheldon. He had her go through all of the notes and scraps of material in his kindergarten and elementary school notebooks in case there is any research in there that could make a case for him that he deserves a Nobel Prize. Who is Sheldon's research assistant?
35Who created The Big Bang Theory?
The creators of TV shows are the unseen heroes, as they are the ones who laid down all the groundwork for the show and put in the foundations upon which the whole series was built. All of the characters and the situations and the settings that the fans come to know and love all came from the minds of the show's creators. The creators of The Big Bang Theory also worked on Two and a Half Men. Who created The Big Bang Theory?