The Big Bang Theory is midway through its 10th season, and shows no signs of its popularity waning around the world.
After more than 200 episodes, the hit CBS comedy has had hundreds of ‘bazingas’, thousands of knocks on Penny’s door and countless arguments about comic heroes.
While fans wait for Sheldon, Penny, Leonard and co to return in 2017, here are 12 of the very best episodes that you should check out once more.
1. The Middle Earth Paradigm
Season 1, episode 6
Title meaning: Penny kisses Leonard who is wearing a Frodo outfit, to which he replies: “That’s how we roll in the Shire”.
Best moment: Sheldon coming to a fancy dress party as the Doppler effect.
This episode perfectly shows the struggles that the Big Bang Theory core four were going through in early seasons. One word: women (apart from Sheldon).
Penny throws a fancy dress party, and the gang show off their love for dressing up with mixed reactions. Leonard has a scuffle with Penny’s ex-boyfriend, Sheldon attempts to be Leonard’s wingman and Raj manages to pull despite not being physically able to talk to women. It also marks the first time that Leonard and Penny kiss.
2. The Barbarian Sublimation
Season 2, episode 3
Title meaning: Refers to Penny’s obsession with online game The Age Of Conan.
Best moment: Penny realising she has to get help on discovering that she was chatting to Howard online.
After Penny hits rock bottom in her love and professional situations, she gets hooked on theWorld of Warcraft-style game Age of Conan, and keeps bugging Sheldon with how to play it properly.
It was one of the first times that we got to see ‘Shenny’, the great comedy pairing of Sheldon and Penny, and it remains one of Penny’s best ever episodes.
3. The Euclid Alternative
Season 2, episode 5
Title meaning: Sheldon says to Penny in the car: “You’re going up Euclid Avenue? Leonard takes Los Robles Avenue.”
Best moment: Sheldon completely failing at a driving simulator and crashing into helpless citizens.
One of the first episodes that showed that Sheldon was clearly the breakout character, and the focus shifted from Leonard to his irritating roommate.
Sheldon demands his friends drive him around for his various errands, annoying the crap out of everyone in the process. In turn they demand that he finally learn how to drive, which doesn’t exactly go to plan.
4. The Panty Pinata Polarization
Season 2, episode 7
Title meaning: A reference to Sheldon’s sarcastic comment about how Penny can retrieve her laundry from the telephone wires across the street.
Best moment: Howard and Raj working out where the America’s Next Top Model house is.