September 10, 2010

The Big Bang Theory: Unaired Pilot

 Before The Big Bang Theory became yet another Chuck Lorre masterpiece, the original pilot was rejected by executives.

The initial pilot featured Sheldon and Leonard, played by Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki, sans Howard and Raj. The female lead, Katie, was played by Amanda Walsh, and the boys also had a nerdy female friend Gilda, played by Iris Bahr (Blossom).

While the premise was the same --- centering around two genius roommates -- there were some big differences. Sheldon wasn't nearly as uptight, Leonard was a much better dresser, and Sheldon even had sex! It reminded me more of Two and a Half Men then Big Bang.

The original unaired pilot has never been released, but we were able to find a snippet on YouTube.


Anonymous said...

I've seen the full un-aired pilot and I have to say Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki were great as always, but the show around them was very mediocre. Instead of Kaley Cuoco's Penny character, you have Amanda Walsh playing Katie. Unlike the naive mid-western Penny, Katie is a rough girl who both Sheldon and Leonard find recently tossed out into the street. Leonard invites Katie to have Indian food with he and Sheldon and subsequently stay with them. There are many more details that apply to this exchange, but are unnecessary to comment on as the basis of this premise are both unbelievable and unlikely. Howard and Raj are not part of this version of the show, instead there is a Gilda character played by Iris Behr. Many say her character was replaced by Sara Gilbert's Leslie Winkel, although she reminds me more of Sheldon's girlfriend in the current season, Amy Farrah Fowler played by Mayim Bialik from Blossom fame (ironicaly Iris Behr had also been on Blossom). Other differences include the apartment which is older, messier and smaller despite the fact they have an extra room for the Katie character. This series also appears to be set in New York City rather than Pasadena (although the horrible set work makes it look as if Sheldon and Howard are walking down Sesame Street). It is an interesting watch for Big Bang Theory fans, but if the show had continued in the vein of the original pilot, it would not have lasted a season.

Jeanine said...

Thanks for the insight! What do you think of Season 4 so far?

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