Sheldon’s best The Big Bang Theory catchphrase is undoubtedly “Bazinga,” but there’s a reason the socially-inept genius just stopped using it.
The Big Bang Theory co-producer Steve Holland explains why Sheldon stopped using the word “Bazinga” on the show. Due to his underdeveloped social skills, Sheldon had a lot of quirks and idiosyncrasies that the Pasadena gang needed to tolerate. That included following strict bathroom schedules to imposing the supposed binding Roommate Agreement. He also liked creating his own words and catchphrases, but nothing is as popular as “Bazinga,” which is used as a verbal cue that he isn’t being serious and is just joking around.
Given how popular “Bazinga” became, it’s curious why CBS didn’t further lean on it and had Sheldon use it more. In fact, the socially-inept genius stopped using it altogether around the middle of The Big Bang Theory‘s run. Despite this, Jim Parsons says that it’s still Sheldon’s best catchphrase. In Jessica Radloff’s book, The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series, Holland says that the popularity of “Bazinga” actually had a negative impact on the series as it was sometimes used to mock it. Read his full explanation below:
We had a complicated relationship with bazinga because it felt like it was becoming a catchphrase in a sort of not-great way, so we retired it almost entirely. After season four or five, we almost never said it, but it was always the thing that was associated with Big Bang. And sometimes in a detrimental way, because people would use it to mock the show sometimes. We maybe said it thirty times—if that—over the course of 279 episodes. But we couldn’t escape it. And yet, people loved it and latched on to it and it was part of the show’s identifying features.
Why Bazinga Became Sheldon’s Catchphrase on The Big Bang Theory?
It’s no secret that Young Sheldon has created many TBBT plot holes, but the prequel would also use its storytelling to offer explanations about some of the oddest parts of the flagship series. That includes establishing the origins of certain aspects of Sheldon’s personality, including how “Bazinga” came out to be. Introduced on The Big Big Bang Theory season 2, the socially-inept genius used the term sporadically throughout the next few years. It wasn’t until Young Sheldon‘s “A Stunted Childhood and a Can of Fancy Mixed Nuts,” that CBS revealed that it was inspired by the tagline from Bazinga Novelty Company that says “If it’s funny, it’s a Bazinga.” From there, he started associating the term with fun and jokes.
Young Sheldon‘s “Bazinga” origins explanation was actually ingenious. That being said, The Big Bang Theory -prequel also barely uses the term. Granted that there haven’t been many instances where Sheldon could use it, but CBS could also create more storylines where his fun side is highlighted. Sadly, Sheldon has been cast aside for a bit as the focus shifted to the Cooper family’s bigger issues. Despite both Young Sheldon and its parent show barely using the tagline, it’s understandable why the public still associates it with Sheldon. For starters, it’s short and catchy. Secondly, Parsons’ delivery of the word and the frequency with which it was used encapsulates just how socially underdeveloped the character was.
While Holland offers an understandable explanation for why The Big Bang Theory stopped using the term “Bazinga,” hopefully, they change their stance on the word in Young Sheldon. Both shows have already established themselves that jokes about them using the term would likely be inconsequential. It would also establish a better connection between Parsons’ adult Sheldon and his younger counterpart played by Iain Armitage.
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Source: The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series