9 Shows Like The Big Bang Theory To Watch If You Still Love The Big Bang Theory


The Big Bang Theory ran for 12 seasons on CBS and was the most popular comedy series on television for eight of them. It generalized scientific concepts and positive portrayals of deeply corny passions and transformed its talented cast into astronomically wealthy superstars. It’s a good meta-joke that the show about scientists succeeded because of chemistry (ha!). The show followed the romantic woes of a group of brilliant but socially awkward Caltech scientists who can figure out how to build a rocket to Mars but can’t figure out how to talk to a woman.

There is no comedy as great as The Big Bang Theory now that it’s over, and you’re probably missing it. The good news is that there are many shows similar to The Big Bang Theoryand we have compiled the best of them in this list.

We have recommendations for comedies and light dramas with like the one between Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco), quirky characters like Sheldon (Jim Parsons), an appreciation for the scientist, a The Big Bang Theory actor, or a combination of all. We stopped Friendswho has similar friend group dynamics, and two and a half menwhich was also produced by super-producer Chuck Lorre and set The Big Bang Theory‘s hits, because they’re a bit too obvious. But all of these shows will have you saying “bing bong.” (You thought we were going to say “bazinga,” right? Bazinga!)

Looking for more recommendations on what to watch next? We have a ton! And if you’re looking for other handpicked recommendations based on the TV shows you love, we have them tooas well as recommendations for Netflix (movies/shows), Amazon Prime Video (movies/shows), Hulu (movies/shows), Disney+ (movies/shows), HBO Max (movies/shows), AppleTV+and peacock.

call me kat

Swoosie Kurtz and Mayim Bialik, call me kat

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The Big Bang Theory veteran (and Peril! host) Mayim Bialik, who played Sheldon’s wife Amy Farrah Fowler, a brilliant neurobiologist who didn’t always understand social cues, has her own starring role in this Fox sitcom, which is currently in its second season. She plays Kat, the owner of a cat cafe, who is 40, single, and dances to the beat of her own drum. The series follows Kat as she tries to reconcile her desire for a romantic relationship with the fact that she is actually content with her life as it is. Kat is somewhat similar to Amy in her quirky, independent personality – although unlike Amy, she speaks directly to the camera. call me kat is not as funny as The Big Bang Theory, but it has a lot more cute cats, so it has it all. And speaking of Mayim Bialik, we recommend watching Peril!, too. It’s always great!

The stewardess

Kaley Cuoco, flight attendant

Kaley Cuoco, The stewardess

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After The Big Bang Theory done, Kaley Cuoco has found a project that taps into the strengths of her bubbly personality while allowing her to push herself in a darker, more dramatic direction. The stewardess, produced by Cuoco, is a fun, fast-paced thriller about Cassie Bowden (Cuoco), who tends to drink too much from those airline-sized liquor bottles and makes bad decisions. One such bad decision gets her caught up in an international conspiracy after waking up next to the murdered body of the handsome passenger (Michiel Huisman) she ended up with in Bangkok. She tries to piece together what happened and clear her name, but she can’t remember. If Penny was your favorite part of The Big Bang Theoryyou have to watch The stewardess, which is essentially what would happen if the FBI suspected Penny of spying. Season 2 is coming this year, featuring new cast member Sharon Stone.

Young Sheldon

Iain Armitage, young Sheldon

Iain Armitage, Young Sheldon

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Well, we have to include a super obvious show, because it’s essential for any big snap fan. Young Sheldon East The Big Bang Theory‘s spin-off about the early life of its most popular character, telling the story of boy genius (Iain Armitage) as he grew up misunderstood in East Texas in the late 80s and early 90s His parents (Zoe Perry and Lance Barber) love and protect him, but they can’t always relate to him. It’s cute, wonderful years-influenced sitcom that is more family friendly than The Big Bang Theory and has a very different look and style (it’s a single-camera comedy). But Sheldon has always been Sheldon, and Jim Parsons as adult Sheldon tells of the future.

how I Met Your Mother

Cobie Smulders, Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother

Cobie Smulders, Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris, how I Met Your Mother

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For a large part of The Big Bang Theoryhe shared space on the CBS program with how I Met Your Mother, which also followed a group of mostly single friends as they fell in love and fell in love. The New York series has a unique setting device for a sitcom, in that the show is a story told by Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) to the future to his children about his life as a young man. As TBBTit’s an ensemble comedy with a breakout character that puts the show on its back. HIMYMSheldon’s version is Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), a womanizing d-bag you can’t help but love, because there’s just something about him. You can skip the new spin-off how i met your fathercorn.

new girl

Hannah Simone, Max Greenfield, Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson and Lamorne Morris, New Girl

Hannah Simone, Max Greenfield, Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson and Lamorne Morris, new girl

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This highly rewatchable Fox sitcom is, like The Big Bang Theory and countless other sitcoms, about the romantic ups and downs of a group of friends in New York or Los Angeles (Los Angeles, in this case). What sets it apart are the truly hilarious performances from Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, and Lamorne Morris, as well as the generally well-executed run between Johnson’s Nick Miller and Zooey Deschanel’s Jessica Day. It’s like Penny is adorkable and Leonard is a total lunatic.


Elyes Gabel, Scorpion

Elyes Gabel, Scorpio

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Scorpio was conceived as a dramatic counterpart to the corny comedy of The Big Bang Theory. The premise is basically “What if the Big Bangers were action stars?” The four-season CBS action drama follows a computer genius named Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel), who leads a team of scientists, hackers, and other super-smart nerds as they carry out missions technological security for clients, most often the Department of Homeland Security, but also individuals and companies who need their expertise. Penny’s role is filled by Katharine McPhee, who plays a non-nerdy waitress who helps geeks understand the “real world.”


Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Bones

Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Bones

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Another nerdy light drama that TBBT fans might find attractive is Bones. Emily Deschanel plays Temperance “Bones” Brennan, a forensic anthropologist who helps FBI agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) solve crimes with the help of science. Bones has a lack of social skills similar to Sheldon’s, and there are several seasons of willpower between Booth and Brennan. And while Bones isn’t exactly a comedy, it provides plenty of laughs.


Anna Faris and Allison Janney, mom

Anna Faris and Allison Janney Mom

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This underrated CBS sitcom ran quietly and steadily for eight seasons from 2013 to 2021. It is produced by TBBTby Chuck Lorre, one of the most successful comedy producers of all time, and tells the story of Christy Plunkett (Anna Faris) and her mother Bonnie (Allison Janney), who are both in Alcoholics Anonymous and try to get their lives back together. Track. Mom had a heart like The Big Bang Theory developed in its later seasons from the start, and covers addiction and recovery more thoroughly than most shows. Janney won back-to-back Emmy Awards for supporting actress in 2014 and 2015.

3rd Rock of the Sun


French Stewart, John Lithgow, Kristen Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 3rd Rock of the Sun

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This sitcom aired from 1996 to 2001 on NBC and is still funny today. It stars John Lithgow as the leader of a group of aliens who are on a research mission to Earth and pose as family in order to observe the behavior of these curious human creatures. And they’re not very good at it. He has a quirky sense of humor similar to The Big Bang Theory, and is about a group of strangers finding their place in the world. Lithgow’s character, Dick Solomon, even worked at a university, as did the big Bang gang.


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