‘The Big Bang Theory’: 3 Ways Leonard and Penny Were Just Like Ross and Rachel of ‘Friends’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Each week followers turned in to Friends to see if Ross Geller and Rachel Green would get it proper. A decade later, viewers have been enamored with Leonard Hofstadter and Penny’s love affair on The Big Bang Theory. It is smart that followers could be concerned about Penny and Leonard’s romance. After all, they shared a whole lot of similarities with the basic TV couple that got here earlier than them.

Leonard and Penny and Ross and Rachel each had differing pursuits and academic pursuits

Ross and Rachel appeared like an unlikely couple from the beginning. The fashionista, Rachel, was markedly completely different from bookworm Ross, and it was apparent from the present’s pilot episode. The pair did find yourself collectively, however their distinction frequently precipitated the couple’s points and finally led to their breakup.

Penny and Leonard Hofstadter kiss in the kitchen on 'The Big Bang Theory'
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Penny and Leonard have been additionally opposites in some ways. The science-minded Leonard didn’t perceive Penny’s curiosity in appearing or her need to spend the weekends dancing together with her buddies. On the opposite hand, Penny had a tough time following the conversations that Leonard and his buddies had. Their variations additionally led to a breakup, though they in the end figured it out and received married.

Ross and Leonard each pined for the ladies they beloved

The two basic TV {couples} had extra in frequent than simply their completely different instructional pursuits and hobbies. Their relationship dynamics have been strikingly related, too. Ross and Leonard have been each enamored with their respective loves lengthy earlier than their women seen them, they usually each pined for the relationships after they ended.

Ross was in love with Rachel from the time they have been in highschool collectively. His curiosity continued when Rachel confirmed again up in his life as an grownup, too. While Penny and Leonard solely met as adults, Leonard was immediately concerned about Penny, whereas she didn’t initially see him in a romantic mild. Later, when every relationship ended, Ross and Leonard each pined for his or her misplaced loves, whereas the ladies appeared to maneuver on.

Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt Le Blanc, Lisa Kudrow, and David Schwimmer in promotional photos for 'Friends'Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt Le Blanc, Lisa Kudrow, and David Schwimmer in promotional photos for 'Friends'
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Penny and Rachel had rather a lot in frequent, too. Both skilled jealousy when their accomplice appeared to maneuver on. Both women additionally had issue making up their minds when it got here to whether or not they needed to get severe with their respective pursuits. Penny and Leonard found out their emotions faster than Ross and Rachel, although.

Their buddies have been at all times concerned of their romantic lives

The dynamic between the {couples} isn’t the one related factor. In reality, the dynamic of the friendship teams was remarkably related, too. In Friends, the gang was intensely concerned in Ross and Rachel’s romantic lives, and, later, within the romantic lifetime of Chandler Bing and Monica Geller. The similar was true on The Big Bang Theory.

Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch, Kunal Nayyapose, Mayim Bialik and Simon Helberg pose for a portrait at the 2016 People's Choice Awards at the Microsoft TheaterKaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch, Kunal Nayyapose, Mayim Bialik and Simon Helberg pose for a portrait at the 2016 People's Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theater
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In the early seasons, Howard Wolowitz, Sheldon Cooper, and Raj Koothrappali took an curiosity in Leonard and Penny’s will-they-won’t-they trope. Later seasons confirmed that Leonard and Penny weren’t the one romantic couple that garnered the group’s curiosity. Howard, Raj, and Leonard have been simply as concerned about Sheldon’s romance with Amy Farrah Fowler as they have been in Leonard and Penny’s romantic journey. 

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