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- Leonard is arguably the most normal of the four guys on the show. He tries
to be more social and less of a geek. He works as a physic professor at Cal
Tech and shares an apartment with Sheldon. He dates Penny. Although he tries
to hide his geek interests in scifi, comic books, gaming et al. he is just
as into those things as his friends.
- Sheldon is the alpha nerd in the group. He is the smartest and always has
to be right and have the last word. He doesn't always understand normal
human emotions and sometimes lacks empathy for others. He has a hard time
understanding some types of humor, particularly sarcasm. Even though he is
very smart, he lacks some real understanding about the real world. Like all
of the guys on the show, Sheldon is a huge fan of Star Trek and comic books.
He is a professor of physics at Cal Tech. He was a child prodigy and
graduated early from school. He went to college very young as well. Amy is
his girlfriend and Leonard is his best friend.
- Penny is a waitress at the Cheescake Factory. She's originally from
Nebraska and moved to California to pursue her dreams of becoming an
actress. She is not as educated as the guys is frequently seen as dumb, yet
she has more social skills and common sense. She dates Leonard, despite how
different they are. She's trying to take classes now so she won't feel so
stupid. Leonard has been good for her self-esteem. She pals around with the
two other girls, Bernadette and Amy, and she also is friends with all of
Leonard's guy friends.
- Howard likes to think of himself as a ladies' man, but he really
comes over as completely creepy and weird when he hits on women. He
lived with his mother until recently, and they have a creepy
relationship. Howard is the only one of the men without a PhD. He has a
Master's degree in Engineering and works in the same physics department
as the others. Howard works on projects for NASA and went into space to
the International Space Station. He married Bernadette, a
microbiologist. Although all four guys are friends, Raj is Howard's best
- Like all of the guys here, Raj is very smart and works at CalTech in
the Physics department (as an astrophysicist). He is extremely shy
around women and has trouble talking to them unless he's drunk. Raj is
from India and often says strange things that don't come out right. Raj
and Howard are good friends. However, since Howard got married,
Raj has become close friends with comic book store owner Stuart.
- Bernadette worked with Penny as a waitress while she finished her
Microbiology graduate degree. She is married to Howard, although they
had a rocky road together before finally tying the knot before he went
off into space. She has become friends with Penny and Amy, since they
are all with the guys in the group.
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- Amy is dating Sheldon. She is a neuroscientist and very smart, like
Sheldon, with some of the same lack of social skills. However, Amy wants
a physical relationship, but Sheldon does not. Amy has had a crush on
Penny as well.
Bloom - Stuart runs a comic book store in Pasadena that the guys
visit often. He has become more a part of their group this season and is
close to Raj. His background is design, not science, but he is smart and
knows everything about comic books. Stuart has better social skills than
most of them and dates more, but he often feels like a loser and is very
lonely. When Howard went to space, Raj took his place in the group.
is Howard's loud, obnoxious and over-bearing mother. We hear her raspy
voice from another room, but we have never seen her. She is very needy
and still treats Howard like he's a boy. She acts like the
quintessential Jewish mother. Although we've never seen her, she
is described as quite large.
- Priya is Raj's sister, a Harvard-trained lawyer. She and Leonard
used to date, and she returned to town in the 4th season. We also saw
her some in the 5th season. She was very jealous of Penny and didn't
approve of Leonard and Sheldon's co-habitating. She tried to keep her
relationship with Leonard secret, since her parents didn't approve.
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