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The Big Bang Theory Cast: Before They Were Scientists (And a Waitress)

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The Big Bang Theory is a huge hit. It's already been renewed for three more seasons, which will put it through season 10.

When the series began, only two of the five lead actors had ever been on a successful show that ran for multiple seasons. Johnny Galecki played Darlene's boyfriend on the successful Roseanne for several years and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting was best known as Bridget Hennessey on 8 Simple Rules.

In Season 3, Blossom's Mayim Balik and Melissa Rauch joined the show adding more laughs and romance to the comedy.

Before The Big Bang Theory cast played scientists and a waitress (technically, Bernadette was both), they played an wide range of characters.  Who was on Joey? MacGyver? Charmed?

Check out each of their first credited roles and other highlights!

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Parsons first credited TV role was in 2002 on an episode of Ed, while his first movie role was as Tim on Garden State. He most recently starred on HBO's The Normal Heart and earned an Emmy nomination. He's won four Emmys for his portrayal of Sheldon Cooper.
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TBBT Quotes

Penny: Here's a question-- as an alien pretending to be human, are you planning to engage in any post-prom mating rituals with Amy?
Sheldon: There are post-prom mating rituals?
Penny: Not always. Unless your date drives a van with an air mattress, then always.
Sheldon: Well, if it's part of the prom experience, then I'm open to it.
Penny: You're kidding.
Sheldon: I may be an alien, but I have urges.If Amy wants to copulate by firing her eggs into space, well, then, I will happily catch them with the reproductive sac on my upper flermin. I'm not the best at reading facial cues, but I can see that you're a little turned on.

Penny, there's only one cookie with something in the middle that solves life's problems, and that's an Oreo. Or a Nutter Butter, if you're in a pinch.

Sheldon