How the stars of The Big Bang Theory became the best paid TV stars in the world


The Big Bang Theory has become one of the most popular TV shows in the world and it’s stars, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki, becoming, in the process, the best paid actors on TV – despite it’s nerdist subject matter of video games and physics!

On TV these characters wouldn’t get past the bouncer at a village disco what with their unfashionable hairstyles, weird clothes and strange behavior. In real life, however, they could buy the village.

At first glance, the series has nothing special to offer – just a sitcom about a couple of nerds, Dr. Sheldon Cooper and Dr. Leonard Hofstadte looking for love but without the social skills to know how to find it.

The twentysomething pair are physicists at the California Institute of Technology and share an apartment. In true Odd Couple style this is not always easy. Despite being super intelligent they are socially incompetent. And Sheldon has quirks that are pretty much OCD, he always has to sit in the same place on the sofa and even keeps his toothbrush under UV light for fear of germs.

They do have a few friends though (equally single and nerdish) epecially Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) and Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg). Their world is shaken up when beautiful blonde Penny (Kaley Cuoco) moves into the apartment across the hall.

During the first few seasons the dialogue is super sharp and the stories wonderfully crazy with the nerd quartet managing to apply scientific principles to their everyday life. This is actually one of the main appeals of the series.

And if you don’t understand the technical jokes then on “the big blog theory” David Kit Bailey explains the scientific background for you. The professor at the University of California is a scientific advisor to the series and ensures that the actors are not just spouting nonsense.

All of this has made for an enormously popular series. The Big Bang Theory runs around the globe on television. New episodes regularly notch up 20 million viewers per episode and in countries like Australia re-runs seem to be on permanent loop.

These days Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Jim Parsons (Sheldon) and Kaley Cuoco (Penny) are allegedly earning a million dollars per episode. Warner who make the show for CBS didn’t take long to make up their minds when the stars recently asked for a pay rise either. After all according to industry insiders a one minute advertising slot on the show costs in the region of $700,000 and that’s without overseas sales and syndication rights.