Visitors to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Hollywood will soon get to see some of the most famous sets from The Big Bang Theory, following the show's recent conclusion. The Big Bang Theory followed the exploits and mishaps of four geeky scientists as they charted a course from the pinnacle of nerdom to becoming functional members of society with love interests and cameo-worthy celebrity pals. Although the series was critically divisive, The Big Bang Theory achieved record breaking success within the sitcom genre. But after an impressive 12 seasons on air, the show came to a conclusion last month with a memorable finale episode.
Based in Hollywood, California, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour takes movie fans on a trip through the world of cinema, giving guests a glimpse at props, costumes and sets from a multitude of iconic movies and TV shows from throughout the ages. Famous attractions currently on the tour include the Central Perk set as seen on Friends, a DC Universe exhibit full of superhero memorabilia and a section dedicated entirely to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, allowing muggles a chance to see behind the making of the famous franchise based on the books by J. K. Rowling.
As reported by Deadline, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour will soon be adding several sets from The Big Bang Theory as part of a new exhibition. Since the show was filmed in front of a live studio audience, the sets are the original real deal and have simply been shifted a few stages over.
The tour will feature Leonard and Sheldon's apartment, Penny's neighboring apartment, the famous broken elevator that sat between the two and the lunch cafeteria at CalTech where the central characters would often begin each episode. Tour patrons will be able to have photo opportunities and see genuine costumes from the show's filming, all of which will open on June 28th at Stage 48: Script To Screen.
It's always a thrill for fans to see a prop or costume used in the production of a much-loved film or TV show but to witness an entire film set in person takes that feeling of excitement to a whole new level. While The Big Bang Theory may have been criticized for sticking to a fairly rigid formula or for misrepresenting certain fandoms and subcultures, there's no denying its popularity and many tour guests will undoubtedly be looking to take a rest in Sheldon's "spot" when the exhibition is officially unveiled.
The prospect of visiting the sets may also act as some sort of small consolation to viewers who are still coming to terms with The Big Bang Theory's ending. Thankfully, the relocation of all the show's major sets should put the brakes on any premature calls for a revival but, having said that, Central Perk's presence on the tour hasn't stopped the rumors of Friends returning to TV.