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'Big Bang' hang

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(CBS 8) - I've just returned from an amazing journey that took me behind the scenes of some of our favorite prime time shows for one-on-ones with the biggest stars in the CBS lineup.

We begin that journey backstage at what has to be one of the wackiest comedies on television. Usually shows go out with a band; this one begins with a "Big Bang".

Take your average everyday theoretical physicist, team him with an experimental physicist, add two geeky friends and flavor with a little sex appeal from their next door neighbor and you have the formula for a quirky comedy hit.

Affable Jim Parsons plays Sheldon the acerbic physicist with an astronomical IQ, which leaves his character discussing a lot of topics that he knows little about.

"I try to get the most cursory knowledge of what I'm talking about, but I don't understand it," Parsons said. "Frankly, as long as I believe it when I say it, then I guess that's all there is to it, but I don't get it."

For Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard, the polysyllabic prattle that makes up the dialogue offers a challenge.

"I don't know what I'm saying half the time. I mean, it's too much to wrap your mind around. I don't have the head for it. Jim doesn't have the head for it. We just learn the lines pretty much," Galecki said.

Kunal Nayyar, who portrays the geeky Rajesh, has a different take on 'Big Bang's' banter.

"The thing with the dialogue, it's hard to learn obviously, but the writing is so good it comes trippingly off the tongue pretty well," Nayyar said.

For Simon Helberg, who plays Howard, the rapid-fire repartee of the characters hits home with 'Big Bang's' die-hard fans.

"We are geared toward a sort of subculture of people that are inherently obsessive, passionate people," Helberg said.

Kaley Cuoco plays Penny, the boys' next door neighbor and Leonard's current love interest.

"I think Leonard and Penny, they grew to be friends, and the relationship is expanding, and the guys have accepted her as one of their own. She's got her own issues and she's a little bit of a nerd at times, too," Cuoco said.

But this cast knows the amazing success of "The Big Bang Theory" is not based on nerds alone.

"The people that watch our show and talk to me about it at least are the sweetest people. People always ask what kind of people are they? They're all over the place," Parsons said.

Even the stars are surprised by the show's success.

"We never saw this coming, especially this year. It's been so huge for the show, but at the same time it's been a nice, steady, healthy climb," Galecki said.

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