The Big Bang Theory by Jessica Radloff (496 pages)
An Ultimate Celebration of an Iconic Show, The Big Bang Theory
For 12 years, The Big Bang Theory dominated the airwaves, winning a multitude of awards. Now, for the first time– with blessings from its co-creators, Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady – Jessica Radloff gives fans an all-access pass to its beloved cast. Radloff is a senior editor at Glamour magazine; she has written more than 150 articles on the show and is considered the foremost expert on it.
This oral history is told by the actors, writers, and producers, with stories never revealed from the set. Radloff was granted unprecedented access and gathered more than 120 hours of interviews, including its many special guests such as Bob Newhart, Mark Hamill, Christine Baranski, and Laurie Metcalf.
Nothing is off limits in this tell-all book, including romances, contract negotiations, health struggles, and ultimately, what led to the show’s end.
For fans of this show, this is a MUST read.
The Big Bang Theory starts off with four friends who are obsessed with science, Star Wars, comics, and the hot girl next door. In the end, this sitcom was so much more; it proved that “nerds” have superpowers, too. This book represents the show’s rich history in pop culture.
The book includes behind-the-scenes stories, cast commentary, and many pages of photos. Overall, 279 episodes were filmed of The Big Bang Theory, making it one of the most successful shows of all time.
The Bottom Line: 4/5 stars
This book is a super-fun and entertaining history of the hit show. Radloff gives fans a chronological account, from its failed pilot to the final episode. The cast reflects on their personal and professional experiences while filming the show – some good and some bad. It was surprising that even the cast members were shocked at the candidness of what was revealed in this book.
To the average viewer, this show was a comedy with relatable characters, but it was so much more for the cast and crew. There is magic in getting to know Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Wolowitz, and Koothrappali. The Big Bang Theory has certainly found its place in today’s pop culture.
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Shannon K. Loar is a small town girl with a passion for reading. Books have played a significant role in her life since her youth where she’d spend hours in the local library where her grandma served as the librarian. In her free time, you can find Shannon reading or listening to a book, practicing yoga or binging a streaming show. Her most precious time is spent with her children ages 20, 18 and 15. Her new favorite fashion trend, athletic leisure.