TV Experiment: Re-Casting ‘The Big Bang Theory’ With ‘The Muppets’

One series consistently draws around 14 million viewers in that hallowed Thursday night 8 p.m. timeslot. And one series continually garners ire from fans of anything else that dares go up against it – namely the rabid fans of NBC’s Community (I’m allowed to call them that because I’m one of them). However, fans and haters of CBS’ hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory can likely agree on one thing: the show is comprised of a goofy, colorful cast of characters. So colorful and goofy, in fact, that it got us thinking. We wondered if it was possible to recast the series’s main group using only The Muppets. And as it turns out, it’s much easier than we thought.


Leonard………………………………………….Kermit The Frog

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This one’s fairly easy. Leonard and Penny are the Kermit and Miss Piggy of the series. While Sheldon eventually became the main event due to his mass nerdtastic appeal, the original hook for the series was the would-they-wouldn’t-they romance between Penny and Leonard. And just like Kermit in Miss Piggy’s presence, Leonard was often found willling to bend just about every which way for Miss Penny. (And even now, the sheer idea of the possibility of sex with Penny still does the trick.)


Penny……………………………………………………..Miss Piggy

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Penny’s Muppet goes hand-in-hand with Leonard’s. Obviously she’s the Miss Piggy to Leonard’s Kermie — they’re just on one of those seasons where they try out the whole “just friends” thing. We all know they’re the Ross and Rachel of this bunch. And while Penny may not be as self-centered as Miss Piggy, and she’s certainly calmed down since the first iteration of her character, you can’t deny there are at least a few similarities.


Sheldon…………………………………………….Dr. Honeydew

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I’d like to pick a more central Muppet for Sheldon – and one that isn’t so obviously a nerd and a scientist – but if the shoe fits… Dr. Honeydew is The Muppets’ resident intellectual, and their resident intellectual who can barely see past his own nose. Sheldon has trouble understanding or listening to the people around him, and so does Dr. Honeydew. The only reason Sheldon gets a leg up on this comparison is that he never accidentally sent his lab assistant through a Xerox machine or turned his or her head into a Jack-o-lantern.

Amy………………………………………….Lady Dr. Honeydew

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This one’s a bit of a cheat, but our hands were a bit tied. If Amy is supposed to be a female Sheldon, we had to bend the rules a bit and create a female Honeydew. In all fairness though, she is way better-looking than Ms. Honeydew.


Raj………………………………………………………….Fozzie Bear

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They’re both hapless. They’re both goofy. They’re both constantly fumbling, yet they’re still lovable. Plus, they really seem to share an affinity for awkward, outdated hand gestures.


Howard………………………………………………………….Gonzo

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Come on. If this photo isn’t proof that these two are kindred spirits, then I don’t know what is. Plus, there’s that whole “fancies himself a ladies’ man” quality he’s got going on. Although, Gonzo’s got him beat there; he’s got a harem…of chickens.


Bernadette…………………………………………………….Camille

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Of all of Gonzo’s harem, one in particular steals his heart: fair Hen, Camille. For Howard, it was sort of the other way around – Bernadette is likely the only girl who could love Howard. I mean, he’s lived with his mother for most of his adult life; that’s not exactly lady bait. But like Bernadette, Camille has a slightly grating – but not unnervingly so – funny little voice and has few other characteristics than being completely gaga for Gonzo. Bernadette is a sweetheart and she gets a few good comedic bits, but she’s mostly just that cute girl who agreed to marry Howard.

Celebrity Editor Kelsea Stahler was born in a pile of dirt. Okay, she was actually born in an old Naval hospital in San Diego, which then became a pile of dirt and remained as such for a number of years before becoming a parking lot perfectly sized for circus tents, and finally a museum. She eventually left San Diego to attend New York University, where she studied Journalism and English literature — two less-than profitable liberal arts degrees about which guidance counselors warned her. Against all odds, she now resides in Brooklyn, where she fights the constant fear that the locals will soon discover she isn’t quite cool enough to live there, and makes a living writing absurd, pop culture features about Batman, zombies, vampires, funny people, and Ron Swanson.

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