If you're a fan of The Big Bang Theory, the time between each Thursday night can feel like an eternity. In the meantime, might as well fill the void by going down the rabbit hole of fan theories, or reading behind-the-scenes stories from The Big Bang Theory. Many of these tales are as hysterical as the show, and give audiences a more in-depth look at what makes everyone's favorite sitcom so special.
These tidbits reveal everything from secret relationships to cast member phobias. The show on the air remains much different from the original pilot, and the cast sometimes seem the exact opposite of their television counterparts.
The original The Big Bang Theory pilot was meant to premiere in 2006-2007. It didn't get picked up by the network, though, and never aired. In the pilot, Sheldon was especially different. According to Fandom's wiki for the unaired pilot:
Sheldon is significantly different from his series counterpart: he is sexually active, he frequently masturbates (as opposed to his later counterpart Sheldon) and has multiple fetishes, likes dancing and is a bit more social than his counterpart.
And continuing the theme of a more sexualized version of the character, the wiki says Sheldon's proclivities got further explored:
In the episode, it was revealed early that he had slept with Gilda and has a fetish for women with large hind quarters (butts). He has also seen seven women naked, some of whom aren't even his relatives.
The opening theme song for The Big Bang Theory is so engrained in fans' heads now, it's hard to imagine the show without it. "The History of Everything," composed and performed by the Barenaked Ladies, is played after the cold open of each episode - and it's undeniably catchy. But the first ever episode featured Thomas Dolby's 1982 hit "She Blinded Me With Science" as its theme instead.
For the unaired pilot, the female lead, Katie, was envisioned as "a street-hardened, tough-as-nails woman with a vulnerable interior." In the episode, Amanda Walsh played Katie. Her character was ultimately cut from the series due to a negative audience survey, though, and replaced by the character Penny.
Katie was criticized by the test audience for being too mean to Leonard and Sheldon. In the original pilot, the character is brash, tough, sarcastic, and flirtatious. Only a few elements of Katie remained in the new character, Penny, played by Kaley Cuoco.
In the series, Johnny Galecki's character, Leonard, dresses very casually. In fact, he is almost always wearing a hoodie. But in the unaired pilot, his character wore a dark suit. In the original script, Leonard and Sheldon's fashion is much different - they dress more old-fashioned than in the current version of the show. Leonard's traditional-looking dark suits eventually became the usual costume choice for the character Priya, instead.