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So I stumbled across the original, unaired pilot of BBT. Good thing they decided NOT to go in this direction! The Big Bang Theory #00x00 - Unaired Test Pilot • VideoSift: Online Video *Quality Control
You do get that it was "unaired", don't you? :rolleyesYou do get it's a pilot. And it got picked, so apparently, it did not kill the show. It in fact worked as is, unless a second pilot turns up with Penny, a la, Kirk replacing Pike in Star Trek.
A lot of the same jokes, some of the same situations, some of the same dialogue carried over. The whole Sheldon's board and "you like boards, this one's mine" up to Leonard's grandmother going naked bit is one that's carried over into the first aired episode.Got to agree, CB2001. Annoying characters? Check. Irritating performances? Check. Unfunny writing? Check.