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The Big Bang Theory Creator Chuck Lorre Will Never Forget Sheldon's Show-Stopping Couch Scene

Chuck Lorre is one of the esteemed creators of "The Big Bang Theory" who first developed his comedic chops on television series like "Roseanne," "Mom," "Two and a Half Men," and "Mike & Molly." His knack for crafting relatable and funny characters is a clear through line evident in both his work and the positive audience reception of these shows. Arguably, one may never be as iconic or successful as "The Big Bang Theory," which even produced the prosperous spin-off "Young Sheldon."

Among the television graveyard of unaired pilots lies an early draft of "The Big Bang Theory," which Lorre and his fellow creator Bill Prady fondly looked back on in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. This first unseen iteration originally starred Amanda Walsh as Penny (or Katie, as she was first called), who was later rewritten and recast with Kaley Cuoco. Lorre reflects on the ability to learn from these early days and grow the series into something audiences would soon quickly love, which they continued to do over 12 seasons.

While we still have Parsons' singular voice-over narration in "Young Sheldon," there's still much to discover and analyze in the original show. In Jessica Radloff's insightful book, "The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series," exclusive details are shared from her extensive interviews with the cast and creators. This timing of the book's release coincided perfectly with the series' 15th anniversary, which the creators celebrated by reminiscing with EW, revealing Lorre's all-time favorite moment from the series.

It was and will always be Sheldon's spot

One of Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) original lovable quirks is his prime corner spot on the couch. Sheldon is always willing to explain, at length, why the spot is his and his alone. It's the perfect position to watch television, while also engaging in conversation — without getting a neck cramp, he adds. The spot is also the ideal place to stay warm, or cool, given the temperature of the day. This usually results in Leonard (Johnny Galecki) responding with an eye roll and Sheldon ending up in his preferred seat. With Entertainment Weekly, Chuck Lorre broke down how important that moment in the series' first episode was to Sheldon's character, which ended up being his favorite.

"Jim Parsons' speech about why he sits in that particular spot on the couch in the pilot episode ... I think we all watched that and understood something remarkable was happening," Lorre said. "There were no real jokes in the speech, it was just a worldview that was so precise, and he brought it to life. It was an astounding moment I'll never forget."

This moment expertly showcases Sheldon's enduring specificity and stubbornness that is consistently depicted on the show. In less capable hands, Sheldon would be unbearable, however, Parson's astute ability to humanize Sheldon makes him irresistibly empathetic. This single moment, in particular, encapsulates why this scene has always stood out to both Lorre and the audience.