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Sunday 29 January 2012

Review: Unraveling The Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory by George Beahm

Title: Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory
Author: George Beahm
Series: Nope
Book #: 1
Pages: 312
Reading Level: For Everybody
Book Rating: 
Published: Dec. 6th 2011 
by Smart Pop Books

You don’t have to be a theoretical physicist to understand why The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular shows on television. Brains meet beauty in a calculus of comedy that always adds up to smart and hilarious results.

Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory: An Unabashedly Unauthorized TV Show Companion is a quantum leap beyond the typical TV show guidebook. Exploring every nook and cranny of the Big Bang Theory universe, it provides a wealth of information about our favorite television show:

  • A profile of “intelligent designers” Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady
  • A detailed look at what went wrong with the unaired original pilot—and what went right in the reboot
  • In-depth background on the principle actors and the characters they play
  • A photo-illustrated breakdown of the Sheldonian universe, from couch to cosmos (including the show locations you can visit in real life)
  • How to get your geek on, Big Bang—style
  • A primer on the show’s key scientific concepts, plus its galaxy of guest star scientists
  • A concise guide to every episode and the meaning behind each title, organized by season
  • An A-Z guide to the pop culture miscellanea mentioned in the show
  • And more!

Pull up a seat—just not Sheldon’s, which is in a state of eternal dibs—and get ready to unravel the mysteries of The Big Bang Theory.

Taschima's POV:

Usually I love all Smart Pop books- well, at least those which I have read (The Girl Who Was on Fire, A New Dawn...)- but this one is different from the ones I usually read. This novel was more of a companion to the series. It does not give you essays on the characters or the inside that I was craving. When I usually pick up Smart Pop books is because I am looking for another person's opinion on whatever is it I like, and usually the authors are wonderful, clever and funny. I have to say that this companion was not what I was looking for, I only pretty much only enjoyed the first part of the book since I wasn't interested in the rest, but if you are a die hard Big Bang Theory fan then I would recommend this book for you.

What I truly enjoyed out of this book was reading about the unaired pilot. It was such a freaking mess. I am so glad the people high up had the sense to veto that pilot but encouraged the writers to go back and keep playing with the idea. Because it gave us what we watch now, The Big Bang Theory. Believe me, the other one was... a disaster. In this book it tells you all about it, it explains how and why the pilot sucked, and it tells you details on the past characters.

I also like the part on the description of the characters. As to the rest of it, I wasn't really interested on the real places in Cali that play a role in the Big Bang Theory, or a detailed summary of the extra characters, or even the glossary at the back of the book. It was just a bunch of extra info that I personally wasn't interested in, but I know of a lot of other people who would love the book in its entirety. It's a great addition the Big Bang Collection that's for sure.


  1. I love Big Bang! I might need this for reasons. It's a shame you didn't like it more. Great review anyways!


  2. I had no idea this existed o_o
    The Big Bang Theory is definitely one of my favorite TV shows - I'm very curious about the unaired original pilot and the Sheldonian universe!

  3. This seems like an interesting read, although I myself am not a fan of the series. I've seen many episodes because my roommate watched it but I never understood why it's more popular than shows like Community and Parks&Rec.

  4. I love the tv series so much! Now I want to see this photo-illustrated breakdown of the Sheldonian universe. It seems fun!

  5. Sounds pretty interesting, but not something I'd normally read.

  6. I love The Big Bang Theory! My boyfriend is a bit of a nerd so I actually understand a lot of the scientific and video game references in the show. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the companion book more.


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