Bill Prady

How The Big Bang Theory made it to 200 episodes

The Big Bang Theory may be America’s No. 1 comedy now, but CBS’ geeky sitcom about a quartet of comic book-obsessed scientists and their out-of-their-league neighbor once struggled to get off the ground.

The series, created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, debuted in 2007 to roughly 9.5 million viewers — certainly not ratings to balk at now, but the writers’ strike would prove to be an obstacle just a month after the show bowed. “We did seven or eight episodes and then the writers’ strike hit,” star Johnny Galecki tells EW. “We had a lot of things that were stacked against us. I know everyone feels like their show is the little show that could, but I feel like we really overcame a lot.”

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