The Big Bang Theory

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Deliberate mistake: Very often, during Skype or other video chat conversations, the people on the computer screen look left or right when talking to someone who is not directly in front of the screen. Although it certainly helps the viewers understand who's talking to whom (which is why I assume it's a 'deliberate mistake'), it isn't realistic, since it implies that the people on the screen are actually constantly looking away from their computer instead of at their screen or webcam.

The Hamburger Postulate - S1-E5

Audio problem: When Leonard and Leslie continue to practise together after the other two musicians have left (Leslie now being the only violinist), vibrato from a violin can be heard - from observing Leslie's left hand she is not applying it.

The Nerdvana Annihilation - S1-E14

Other mistake: In the scene where Leonard threatens to open his production era, we see the Star Trek The Next Generation Geordi LaForge (w/o visor) action figure. The uniform worn by the action figure is only worn by Geordi in Star Trek Generations the movie, not the television series.

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The Russian Rocket Reaction - S5-E5

Continuity mistake: Bernadette holds her wine glass in her left hand, holding it from the base of the glass; in the next shot she's drinking from her right hand holding the top of the glass and in the immediate next shot she's once more holding the glass from her left hand. (00:14:40)

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The Vengeance Formulation - S3-E9

Continuity mistake: When Howard is proposing to Bernadette she is holding a tray with two glasses on it. The glasses are next to each other, side by side for two shots of her. Then in the third shot the glasses move so one is behind the other. Then in the fourth shot they are side by side again.

The White Asparagus Triangulation - S2-E9

Continuity mistake: When Sheldon, Raj and Howard are talking in the cafeteria, Sheldon's drink keeps moving position.

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The Loobenfeld Decay - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: In nearly every episode, Sheldon demonstrates his OCD when he knocks three times on a door, says a person's name, and repeats that sequence twice, for a total of three iterations, but in this episode he radically departs from that behavior not once but twice. First, wanting to talk to Leonard, he knocks four times, says "Leonard" and repeats the sequence three times for a total of four iterations. Later, wanting to talk to Penny, he knocks four times and says her name, repeating that sequence at least four more times. Given that this was the first season, I assume the writers had not yet settled upon the 3x3 routine as a comic behavior.

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The Long Distance Dissonance - S10-E24

Continuity mistake: When Sheldon takes a plane to see Amy in Princeton, the plane he is on has 2 engines when it takes off and 4 engines when it lands. It's a direct flight from LAX so he wouldn't have changed planes.

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The Habitation Configuration - S6-E7

Continuity mistake: When Wil first enters Fun with Flags, he has his flag partly on the table in front of him. In the next shot, the flag is not on the table at all.

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The Septum Deviation - S8-E9

Continuity mistake: In this episode Leonard has a snoring problem (a result of a deviated septum, which in all probability he was born with, plus Amy says Sheldon has always complained about Leonard's snoring, and Sheldon says after 5 or 6 years he's gotten use to Leonard's snoring), but in episode 14 of season 3 when Sheldon brings up snoring Penny says, "Leonard doesn't snore." And in episode 8 of season 6, Sheldon lists not snoring as one of Leonard's positive traits.

The Rhinitis Revelation - S5-E6

Other mistake: When Mary is rubbing VapoRub on Sheldon's chest, she makes a comment that last time she saw that there was no hair, to which Sheldon replies "Yeah it filled in last year." In Season 1, Episode 11, Penny rubs VapoRub on Sheldon's chest and a very clear remark about chest hair was made. Season 1 for the show was 4 years ago.

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Suggested correction: Sheldon is probably joking when he tells Mary his chest hair filled in the previous year.

Sheldon doesn't make jokes.

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He doesn't understand sarcasm, hence, doesn't know when to be sarcastic.

ckbyers

If Sheldon didn't make jokes, the term "Bazinga" would have never came into play. Ever.

ckbyers

And nearly all instances of Bazinga are not used in a funny circumstance. Indicating poor judgement and lack of knowledge regarding jokes.

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They were funny to him. And to the audience.

lionhead

Google "how many times has Sheldon said "Bazinga" " - and it'll explain that he does, indeed - joke.

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The Cooper/Kripke Inversion - S6-E14

Character mistake: As Leonard is leaving the Mechanical Engineering lab, the sign on the door is spelled incorrectly as 'resticted area' instead of 'restricted area'. (00:04:07)

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The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis - S2-E11

Continuity mistake: Near the start, when the camera is on Raj, David Underhill is seen in the top left-hand corner of the screen shaking someone's hand, already in the cafeteria. Then, when the camera is on Wolowitz, David is just walking into the door of the cafeteria. David sits down to the right of the man sitting at the table, then shortly afterwards David is now sitting where the other guy was, originally.

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The Financial Permeability - S2-E14

Continuity mistake: When Sheldon asks Penny if he lent her enough money, the container he is holding opens on its own. (00:09:25)

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The Vartabedian Conundrum - S2-E10

Continuity mistake: When Stefanie and Leonard are talking in bed towards the end, Stefanie's arm moves from on her head to on her pillow instantly. (00:16:30)

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The Euclid Alternative - S2-E5

Continuity mistake: When driving down Euclid Avenue, the background is constantly changing between shots. In one shot it's a busy main street and in another it's a suburban street. (00:04:50)

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The Euclid Alternative - S2-E5

Continuity mistake: When Penny turns on to Euclid Avenue, the car behind her just vanishes into thin air. (00:03:50)

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The Griffin Equivalency - S2-E4

Continuity mistake: When discussing what qualities their new friend should have, the container Howard has changes position instantly. (00:17:20)

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The Comic Book Store Regeneration - S8-E15

Continuity mistake: While Bernadette is talking with Howard about Stuart living in Mrs. Walowitz's home, she is taking items out of a grocery bag. One of the bags of food changes spots on the table in the next shot.

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The Spoiler Alert Segmentation - S6-E15

Other mistake: When Leonard and Sheldon are about to make up, you see green lights flash in the hallway. The next shot you see the hallway and it's completely normal.

The Extract Obliteration - S6-E6

Stephen Hawking: Do you like brain teasers?
Sheldon Cooper: Oh, I love brain teasers.
Stephen Hawking: What do Sheldon Cooper and a black hole have in common? They both suck. Neener, neener.

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The Holographic Excitation - S6-E5

Trivia: In this episode, Sheldon and Amy are trying to decide on couples' themed Halloween costumes. Sheldon is standing in front of the dry erase board. There are 2 columns written on the board. One named "Couples I Like" and the other "Couples You Like." Under the "Couples You Like" column, one of the couples is Blossom and Joey. Blossom is the name of the television character played by Mayim Bialik in the 90s and Joey was one of her brothers.

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