Sheldon (Jim Parsons) rarely kids on The Big Bang Theory, but when he does, you'll know it by the use of the word "bazinga." His "gotcha" catchphrase of choice has taken on a life of its own since Sheldon first uttered it in Season 2. Here are our favorite bazinga moments from the last six seasons (and no, his spontaneous trip in the season finale — watch it here — was not just one big bazinga).
Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch
[Warning: The following article contains major spoilers about HBO's The Normal Heart. Read at your own risk!]
HBO's The Normal Heart chronicles the emergence of AIDS in New York City in the early 1980s. Ryan Murphy's adaptation, based on the 1985 play by Larry Cramer, offers a shattering examination of both the physical effects of the disease itself, as well as the personal and political implications of the government's lack of response to the growing epidemic. The film tells the story through a group of characters who are struggling to make their voices heard amid the crisis. Here are 10 ways the movie broke our hearts:
Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo
If The Normal Heart, which premieres Sunday at 9/8c on HBO, were a work of fiction, it would be tragic. But knowing that it's rooted in actual events makes it nothing short of devastating.
Based on Larry Kramer's 1985 play (which was revived on Broadway in 2011) and adapted for the small screen by Ryan Murphy, The Normal Heart takes a brutal, unflinching look at the onset of the AIDS epidemic in New York City in the early 1980s. The story is told through the eyes of a group of activists who founded the organization Gay Men's Health Crisis to help patients living with the disease.
Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch
The heart breaks while tempers violently flare in HBO's The Normal Heart (Sunday, 9/8c), Ryan Murphy's emotionally and politically explosive film version of Larry Kramer's provocative stage drama about the early response, within and outside the gay community, to the '80s AIDS crisis.
Teeming with anger, sorrow, passion and purpose, this powerful and harrowing movie is part tragic love story in plague times, part agitprop manifesto and tribute to tireless activism. "We're not yelling loud enough!" bellows Ned Weeks (an engagingly abrasive Mark Ruffalo), the story's pushy moral conscience, a belligerent scold who refuses to play nice when so many lives are at stake.
Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki
Leonard and Penny may have finally gotten engaged on The Big Bang Theory, but bigger developments are in store for Thursday's Season 7 finale (8/7c, CBS).
"There are a lot of moves made by different people in the finale," executive producer Steve Molaro tells TVGuide.com. "This season is more of a cliff-hanger ... and what happens affects everyone, not just one person."
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But the focus will be Sheldon (Jim Parsons), who, unsurprisingly, is struggling with ...
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[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers about Thursday's episode of The Big Bang Theory. Read at your own risk.]
Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo
HBO has released a new full-length trailer for Ryan Murphy's upcoming film The Normal Heart.
Based on Larry Kramer's Tony Award-winning play, The Normal Heart explores the on-set of the HIV/AIDS crisis...
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CBS has given The Big Bang Theory a three-season renewal, the network announced Wednesday.
The decision comes after Big Bang's current seventh season garnered its highest ratings to date, averaging 19.79 million viewers and a 6.1 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic.
Saturday Night Live has been on hiatus for a month... and this is the best they could come up with?
The episode that marked the debut of Seth Meyers' replacement Colin Jost at the "Weekend Update" desk was disappointingly low on laughs, featuring one-joke sketches that went on too long (see: Aidy Bryant's hefty Tinkerbell stand-in "Tonkerbell"). Even Kate McKinnon's typically hilarious Ellen impersonation was a bit lackluster. As far as "Weekend Update," there are of course going to be some growing pains in that department but... we miss Seth already.
Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch
HBO's Ryan Murphy-directed version of The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer's Tony Award-winning play about the AIDS crisis, will premiere on Sunday, May 25, the network announced Thursday.