VIDEO: Sheldon Builds Transporter For New Big Bang Theory Promo

The nerdy CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory is well known for referencing sci-fi and especially Star Trek, and so to announce their move from Monday to Thursday they made a Trek-errific promo, check it out below.


Big Bang Beams To Thursday

Here is the new promo (from thebigbangtheory)

Season 4 of The Big Bang Theory kicks off Thursday September 23rd at 8:00. This season is sure to have more Trek gags, including a guest appearance by George Takei and possibly the return of Wil Wheaton.

Shatner paired with Big Bang + behind the scenes w/ Bill’s promo shoot

CBS also seems to be seeing some kind of geek synergy by following The Big Bang Theory with the new William Shatner sitcom $#!* My Dad Says, which premieres this Thursday at 8:30.

William Shatner also just released this behind the scenes video from his $#!* My Dad Says promotional photo shoot.

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September 21, 2010 5:44 pm

Sorry Big Bang, Community is what I watch Thursdays at 8PM. CBS should not have moved you guys.

September 21, 2010 5:46 pm

PS: The ad was funny…not only is it a transporter, but a time-travel device.

Also: sorry Shat, but Parks & Recreation is a terrific show. When it comes back, it’s on.

Good thing I have a DVR I guess.

September 21, 2010 7:24 pm

Shat looks like he’s having fun. Nice to see.

Fletch Gannon
September 21, 2010 7:34 pm

Shat looks good for 79; thanks goodness he’ll be around with us for a long time…more Shat means more Kirk.

September 21, 2010 8:01 pm

Who watches TV when it’s broadcast anymore?

September 21, 2010 8:06 pm

Community is tough competition for BBT- far too much viewer overlap (and I’m going to want to watch 30Rock right after).
They would have done better against The Office, and would have wiped the floor against Outsourced.
At 9:30 they would have won the timeslot and been a good lead-in for whatever CSI-leftover CBS shows at that time of the night.

September 21, 2010 8:26 pm

This will become the ONLY night I watch broadcast TV “live” (i.e. realtime):

8:00 PM – Big Bang Theory
8:30 PM – Tina Fey – er, 30 Rock

September 21, 2010 8:29 pm



September 21, 2010 8:52 pm


Me too.

September 21, 2010 8:52 pm


Me too.

Harry Ballz
September 21, 2010 9:02 pm


Me three!

September 21, 2010 9:59 pm

Not really a time machine. Just keep everyone in the pattern buffer for the correct amount of time. Odd the food is cold but thats probably just a bug. Those homemade jobs are a little ‘iffy’ sometimes.

September 21, 2010 10:44 pm

Now I’m glad I never got into TBBT, because Fringe owns Thursdays and I wouldn’t miss it for anything.

I’ve managed to survive without a DVR.

Captain Conrad
September 21, 2010 10:46 pm

Each show is uploaded to its broadcast website anyway

Well, another Fall season and still no Star Trek TV series… maybe next year

September 21, 2010 10:56 pm

It is pretty ordinary when a promo is blocked because you are in the wrong country.

One day, when Australia establishes the federation, we will remove these parochial restrictions. Qapla’

September 21, 2010 11:08 pm

Could someone post a link to a Big Bang Theory trailer that will play outside the USA, please?

Infuriating, getting that “you can’t watch this, you’re not in the States, nyah, nyah” message.

TJ Trek
September 21, 2010 11:17 pm


I live in the states and I can agree on that one. If the show is as good as you sat it is (and I’m sure they are saying it’s good) then let the world watch it previews, trailers, and all (oh my.)

Harry Ballz
September 21, 2010 11:20 pm

Every time it says I can’t watch a clip (I live in Canada), I simply go to Youtube and watch the same clip there. No restrictions. Easy!

September 21, 2010 11:33 pm

I love Shatner.

Some day someone will Google my name and see how many times I’ve said that.

September 22, 2010 12:10 am

“The Big Bang Theory” is my favorite!!!!!! To bad CBS moved it to Thursday nights, I’ll have to DVR it!

Phaser Guy
September 22, 2010 12:28 am

All the “Dramedy”s” on NBC are just terrible. Big Bang Theory is great.

September 22, 2010 2:06 am


Me too

September 22, 2010 2:45 am

Community FTW on Thursday, but I love ya, Big Bang.

September 22, 2010 4:26 am
Kirk, James T.
September 22, 2010 5:06 am

I hate CBS – It seems that they don’t really have a clue how to handle anything Sci-Fi even if that Sci-Fi is a comedy – that (bad word) Les Moonves seems like a right (another bad word).

I hope in time Star Trek get’s bought by Paramount outright.

September 22, 2010 5:58 am

How insulting…I cant watch the video as “This video contains content from CBS, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds”

What do you think im gonna do CBS? god forbid me copying a few minutes of video!

Anthony Thompson
September 22, 2010 6:30 am

The background sounds are from the bridge, NOT the transporter room! DISASTER!!!

September 22, 2010 7:18 am

Notice the TNG transporter sound effect?

September 22, 2010 7:49 am

Ugh, guys, stop supporting this piece of shit. It’s a completely traditional (=unimaginative, insultingly stuipid, boring) sitcom that just pays the vaguest of lip service to “nerd” culture while completely shitting on it.

Just go watch Full House or something equally “awesome.” 3-camera laugh-track comedies?…no. Just say no.

September 22, 2010 9:32 am

If they really wanted an inside joke at tBBT, they’d have gotten Chris Doohan in a guest role as the “transporter operator” :)

September 22, 2010 10:01 am

There’s another TBBT promo about moving to Thursdays with another Star Trek reference in it. Sheldon and Leonard are playing 3D chess with what appears to be an authentic TOS 3D chess board, although we don’t get a clean shot of it. I can’t find a link to it on the CBS website, but it goes something like this:

Sheldon and Leonard are playing chess.
Sheldon: If we were characters on a television show, and that show was moved to Thursday night, would we be aware of it?
Leonard, focusing intently on the board: No.
Sheldon: OK
Announcer: The Big Bang Theory, now on Thursday night!
Sheldon: Did you hear that?

September 22, 2010 12:48 pm


Please, figure out which side of the bed is the wrong one and avoid it, cranky.

September 22, 2010 1:24 pm


Just for that, I will set some time aside to watch the thing, just because you told me not to, Herbert!

John from Cincinnati
September 22, 2010 1:46 pm

Who’s the owner of the ugly arm with all the freckles on it?

Trek Or Treat
September 22, 2010 3:43 pm

LOVE this show!

September 22, 2010 3:59 pm

They actually say “Bleep” my dad says. They say the word bleep. It’s YouTube, have some fun. Say the title. It’s Shit my Dad Says. Emphasis on the word shit.

September 22, 2010 4:59 pm

Finally a reason to watch more than half an hour of CBS. Should be a solid hour of entertainment. Big Bang is already a great hit and hopefully Shat’s got enough $#!* in him to make this go more than 13 episodes or 1 season.

September 22, 2010 6:23 pm

13… Just FYI: “Big Bang Theory” is on CBS at 8/7 Central. “Fringe” is on Fox at 9/8 Central. No DVR necessary.

September 22, 2010 6:57 pm

#36 They’d have been fine just to say “My Dad Says”. We get the rest. Literally saying ‘bleep’ is really dopey.

Robert Bernardo
September 23, 2010 9:25 am

And Sheldon uses the correct upward slide motion on the transporter to beam away people. ;)

September 23, 2010 11:35 am

Blocked in this country.

September 23, 2010 3:22 pm

This just in–They’re doing a Gorn this season, too. It shoots either next week or the week after.

September 23, 2010 11:06 pm

#24 Thank you!


September 28, 2010 6:34 pm

I want that transporter thingy in my living room.

to change the channel or beam in some beverages and whatnot.



October 7, 2010 11:51 pm

I want that transporter thingy in my living room.

to change the channel or beam in some beverages and whatnot.