The Big Bang Theory is, for me, the best traditional sitcom (ie, filmed in a studio, in front of an audience) to come out of America in recent years.
For those who haven’t seen it yet (the second season is drawing to a close at the moment and the show has been renewed for at least another two seasons), the show revolves around two nerdy twenty-something science prodigies (played by former Roseanne star Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons) who share a flat across the landing from a beautiful blonde waitress (Kaley Cucuo), who dreams of being an actress.
The quality of the laugh-out-loud funny writing is second to none in TV comedy at the moment and the brilliant cast are all perfect in their roles.
But what we are here to celebrate today is the show’s theme tune, called History of Everything, which was specially written for the show and performed by Barenaked Ladies. The lyrics describe the creation of the universe.
Like most network TV shows nowadays, the opening theme is very short, clocking in at just 20 seconds, but is more memorable than most. Here it is:
However, the Barenaked Ladies’ song is longer and the show’s opening titles only feature the first verse. Here, then, is the full song, accompanied by a very cool video of a cartoonist illustrating the the lyrics (which I assume was produced as a promo for the show):