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Sheldon's surprised.

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Half the fun of watching Young Sheldon is spotting nods to the mothership, The Big Bang Theory. Eagle-eyed fans: How many of these references do you remember?

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Professor Proton

A close up look at two hands weilding tape in front of a torn publicity photo of Professor Proton

Sheldon idolizes Professor Proton.

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S4 Episode: “The Wild and Woolly World of Nonlinear Dynamics”

During an argument, Missy (Raegan Revord) rips Sheldon’s (Iain Armitage) autographed Arthur Jeffries poster in half. Bob Newhart’s alter ego, the host of a kids’ science show, is Sheldon’s childhood idol—and will make several appearances in TBBT.


Young Sheldon sits in the principals office in front of a black board arguing

Sheldon was always ahead of the class.

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S3 Episode: “A Secret Letter and a Lowly Disc of Processed Meat”

Sheldon’s presentation on why he should go to college looks an awful lot like his future “Fun with Flags” video series.

Wait, Was That …?

Young Sheldon rests in bed under the covers with a thermometer sticking out of his mouth

A sick Sheldon

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S3 Episode: “Teenager Soup and a Little Ball of Fib”

Some TBBT cameos are more heard than seen. When Sheldon dreads taking a swim test in gym, he’s taunted by a bacteria-infested pool during a nightmare—voiced by Kaley Cuoco.

A Catchphrase Is Born

Young Sheldon holds up a fake can of mixed nuts as he tries to convince someone that there is no snake inside


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S2 Episode: “A Stunted Childhood and a Can of Fancy Mixed Nuts”

The boy genius visits a novelty shop and learns about a line of prank products. The tagline? “If it’s funny, it’s a Bazinga!”

The Brainiac’s a Trainiac

Young Sheldon stands among an array of model trains smiling with glee

Sheldon has always loved his trains.

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S1 Episode: “Pilot”

Close-up on young Sheldon’s model locomotive set. “I’ve always loved trains,” says adult Sheldon, voiced by TBBT star Jim Parsons. “In fact, if my career in theoretical physics hadn’t worked out, my backup plan was to become a professional ticket taker. Or a hobo.”

“Soft Kitty”

Young Sheldons mother sits on a couch cradling a surgically masked Sheldon under an afghan blanket

Sheldon and his mother, Mary

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S1 Episode: “A Sneeze, Detention, and Sissy Spacek”

The germaphobe’s go-to “get well” lullaby was first sung by his mother, Mary (Zoe Perry), after Sheldon contracted a cold.

The First Relationship Agreement

Young Sheldons Meemaw sits at a kitchen table talking to Dr. Sturgis over a bowl of ice cream

Relationship agreements are an integral part of budding romance.

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S1 Episode: “Vanilla Ice Cream, Gentleman Callers, and a Dinette Set”

Long before Sheldon drafted a 31-page contract after he and Amy became a thing, 10-year-old Sheldon drew up the Cooper-Sturgis-Tucker Behavior Agreement, which set ground rules for Meemaw’s (Annie Potts) relationship with his mentor, Dr. John Sturgis (Wallace Shawn).

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By Robert Rorke

In honor of Valentine's Day, we're taking a loving look at some of the most popular and groundbreaking duos that have brightened TV screens over the past five decades. Some were mismatched, others destined for one another, and a few were not romantic but rather two people who shared a deep connection. Because at the end of the day, all you need is love.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, January-February 2021.

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When we aren't watching Melissa Rauch as the smart and endearing Bernadette Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory, we are seeking every stunning photo we can find. See the Big Bang beauty like you've never seen her before, out of character and more beautiful than ever. Watch! curated this exclusive collection of editorial photographs and portraits of the CBS leading lady, and she's exquisite in every single one.

Up close and personal

Melissa Rauch black and white photo

Photography by Brian Higbee / Art Partner Licensing.

All eyes on Melissa Rauch in this steamy portrait.

Pretty in pinks

Melissa Rauch in tank top

Photography by Chad Griffith.

Chic combination for Melissa Rauch: A hint of strawberry blonde hair and a pink background hue.

Sophisticated lady

Melissa Rauch in black mesh dress

Photography by Brian Higbee / Art Partner Licensing.

Looking fashion forward and gorgeous in a fishnet frock.

Sapphire stunner

Melissa Rauch smiling blue eyes

Photography by Daniel Bergeron / Contour by Getty Images.

Don't her pretty peepers just take your breath away?

Sexy star

Melissa Rauch looking at camera black and white

Photography by Brian Higbee / Art Partner Licensing.

Melissa Rauch is a vision in black and white.

Photogenic perfection

Melissa Rauch wearing a black sweater

Photography by Daniel Bergeron / Contour by Getty Images.

Melissa Rauch is beautiful inside and out.

Bright young thing

Melissa Rauch cable knit cardigan

Photography by Chad Griffith.

Melissa Rauch is flirty, fun, and fabulous!

Fowl play

Melissa Rauch holding a rubber chicken

Photography by Seth Olenick / Contour by Getty Images.

Melissa Rauch shows off her silly side.

Pretty in plaid

Melissa Rauch wearing a blue plaid shirt long blonde hair

Photography by Victoria Will/Invision/AP.

Flannel looks fabulous on this Big Bang lady.

Casual chic

Melissa Rauch leaning against staircase

Photography by Chad Griffith.

Lovely Melissa Rauch leans into this white linen look.

Toothsome talent

Melissa Rauch beautiful smile big blue eyes long blonde hair

Photography by Daniel Bergeron / Contour by Getty Images.

Isn't she lovely?

Strike a pose

Melissa Rauch wearing vintage skirt with geometric pattern

Photography by Chad Griffith.

Melissa Rauch rocks this 70s-inspired style.

Sweet smile

Melissa Rauch

Photography by Victoria Will/Invision/AP.

We can't get enough of her captivating charm.

Beautiful soul

Melissa Rauch

Photography by Austin Hargrave / AUGUST.

Melissa Rauch truly is a Big Bang beauty, inside and out.

Laced up

Melissa Rauch black lace dress

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

There are few things better than a little black dress with pockets.

Purple passion

Melissa Rauch wearing purple dress

Photography by Joe Pugliese/AUGUST.

The Big Bang bombshell finds the keys to a major fashion win in this hue.

Fresh face

Melissa Rauch

Photography by JB Lacroix/WireImage.

Melissa Rauch's bright smile and rosy cheeks will make your day.

Hey, good looking!

Melissa Rauch looking into camera with look of surprise

Photography by Austin Hargrave/AUGUST.

She's got our attention.

The Big Bang Theory cast

Photography by Mark Mann.

Over the years, TV's #1 geek squad has posed for Watch!, and the fabulous photos don't disappoint. Here's a look at The Big Bang Theory cast members Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg dolled up like you've never seen them before!

Gal pals

Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch smiling at each other

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Melissa Rauch makes the best pal. We love how Big Bang beauties Mayim Bialik and Melissa are close in real life!

Try not to stair

Johnny Galecki wearing gray suit on staircase

Photography by Mark Mann.

Hollywood vet Johnny Galecki makes laying on the floor look so cool.

Lots of laughs

Johnny Galecki laughing wearing scarf

Photography by Mark Mann.

Something tickles Johnny Galecki's funny bone on set of this glamorous photo shoot.

Deep thoughts

Kunal Nayyar wearing dark blue suit

Photography by Mark Mann.

Kunal Nayyar reflects while resting in The Pierre hotel's lobby in New York City.

Pucker up!

Simon Helberg man's pompadour hairstyle

Photography by Mark Mann.

Simon Helberg practices his best duck face on set.

Empire state of fashion

kaley cuoco wearing black and white gown

Photography by Mark Mann.

City chic is another smoldering look Kaley Cuoco pulls off to perfection.


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