The Big Bang Theory: 5 Things We Learned From the PaleyFest Panel

The stars of The Big Bang Theory gathered at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles Wednesday night, appearing before an enthusiastic audience at the PaleyFest fan festival. The cast, along with showrunner and executive producer Steven Molaro and co-creators/executive producers Bill Prady and Chuck Lorre, kept the audience LOL-ing while talking about the environment on set and answering questions from fans. They also revealed that we'll finally meet Leonard's (Johnny Galecki) dad, who'll be played by TV veteran Judd Hirsch.

What other gems did they share Wednesday night? Here are five standout moments:

1. New episode scoop: Fans were treated to a preview of the March 31 episode in which Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) need for a new computer causes a big secret to come to light, which he shares with Amy (Mayim Bialik). Leonard and Howard (Simon Helberg) meanwhile, tell a white lie to Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), but they're later exposed by Raj (Kunal Nayyar).

2. Jim Parsons never saw Sheldon and Amy's hookup coming: Bialik says the cast never gets scripts until the night before their table read. When she passed Parsons in the hall she asked him if he'd read the script for when they finally go all the way. He said he asked her, "Why, do they f---?" as the audience roared laughing. It felt organic, Parsons said, even though it was unexpected. "I never thought Sheldon would have sex," he admitted. But he's come to enjoy reciting lines in bed and says he "can't wait to be in bed again."

3. Interesting wardrobe note: A fan posed an interesting question... Why are the characters always wearing layers? (Sheldon is often wearing a long T-shirt under a short one, Amy loves a good vest-shirt combo, and Leonard is particularly fond of hoodies.) According to Bialik, that's the work of costume designer Mary Quigley, who ensures that the characers look like they're experiencing the seasons.

4. Yup, they all still get nervous, even Chuck Lorre: The show is a hard and tricky thing to get right, and despite its massive success, it's not always a home run. "When it's not good," Lorre said, "you can hear the 134 freeway. It's quiet." Over the years, fans have let them know when things aren't funny, or too risqué. "It's not Two and a Half Men," Lorre notes.

5. They still get starstruck, too: Adam West 's appearance in the 200th episode was a milestone moment - especially for Bialik. "I cried when I met him," she said, later explaining that she was a huge comic book fan growing up. "That was the Batman of my youth."

The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8pm on CBS.


This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Mar 18, 2016
3. Wardrobe with the Seasons.

SoCal has seasons? Dat a lie.
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Mar 17, 2016
Sheldon still makes me laugh. Jim Parson still impress me. Caley Cuoco still sexy as ever. Bernadette and Howard are the weirdest couple on TV, in a good way.
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Mar 17, 2016
I still love this show - the earlier seasons were funnier, but it's still good. And btw - I'm a geek and I don't understand these people who criticise the show, because it (supposedly) mocks geeks - I don't see it this way and I think that these people are jerks:)
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Mar 17, 2016
Aww, Mayim Bialik got emotional over Adam West, that's so awesome. She's my age, so when she says that's her Batman, the one she grew up with, that means reruns. This is why classic shows need to rerun beyond their years, they affect people.

And speaking of which, Leonard's dad will be played by Taxi's Alex Rieger.
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Mar 24, 2016
Perfect casting. Love his dry humor.
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Mar 18, 2016
I brought up Taxi just the other day, so this is the second time in a week I've had the Taxi theme playing in my head... very pleasant. Taxi, Barney Miller, and WKRP--the trinity.

Batman was in syndication forevah! I'm older than you two and it had been in reruns for ages when I was watching as a kid.
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Mar 17, 2016
NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA BATMAN!!! Who doesn't remember the theme song composed by Neal Hefti? The show also contained valuable life lessons like: do your homework, eat vegetables, and my personal favorite drink milk. Quick! to the batmobile!
Atomic batteries to power. Turbines to speed.... If i feel depressed i just put one of the complete series DVDs in my player and all is good with the world... or something
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Mar 17, 2016
Alex Rieger was played by Judd Hirsch.
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Mar 17, 2016
The show worked because of the awkwardness between the streetwise girl and the socially inept nerds. The show stopped being funny when they added the other girls to the cast.
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Mar 18, 2016
Stopped being funny---to you. The socially inept nerds could not remain in stasis once their own Big Bang occurred,
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Mar 18, 2016
Not as fun as it used too, though
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Mar 17, 2016
Still a big fan. Not tired yet!!!!
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