For as many as 12 seasons, the CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory” has been winning more and more audiences every single year. In fact, when series started back in 2007, the show only attracted 8.4 million viewers during its first season. However, according to data from Statista, this immediately grew to 10 million in the second season. And during the third season, viewership of the show climbed further to 14.4 million. Later on, during the show’s ninth season, “The Big Bang Theory” went on to attract as many as 20.37 million viewers.
The cast of “The Big Bang Theory” includes Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bialik, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar. Aside from the main cast, there are also other stars who appeared on the show and delivered memorable performances. These include Regina King, Rick Fox, Nathan Fillion, Bill Nye, Judy Greer and more. Moreover, some of them also went on to portray recurring roles.
As you might expect, achieving celebrity success comes with a high level of expectation. All of sudden, fans pay more attention to everything you own. That includes your house, your clothes and yes, your car.
Despite achieving stardom though, some of these ‘Big Bang’ stars opted to stay simple. Perhaps, it’s better to drive around a regular car so that the waiting paparazzi would not notice you driving down the road. On the other hand, there also stars from the show who have decided to splurge on some really cool cars.
Curious to find out which stars are driving regular rides and which stars have decided to go all out? Well, we’ve come up with a list that you can check out:
18 Regular: Jim Parsons, Ford Mustang
On “The Big Bang Theory,” Jim Parsons portrays the role of Sheldon Cooper, a brilliant scientist with a quirky personality. Aside from the show, Parsons has also guest-starred on the ‘Big Bang’ spinoff “Young Sheldon.” Meanwhile, this actor has also appeared on films such as “Gardener of Eden,” “School for Scoundrels,” “On the Road with Judas,” “The Great New Wonderful,” “Garden State,” “Happy End,” “Hidden Figures” and “A Kid Like Jake.”
Even today, Parsons is rarely seen driving himself around town. However, several reports have indicated that the actor owns a Ford Mustang. For anyone who is looking to drive away with a muscle car, this is one of the most affordable models you can consider.
17 Regular: Johnny Galecki, Hyundai Sonata Sport
Aside from his motorbike, Galecki can also sometimes be seen using a Hyundai Sonata Sport.
Today, the 2019 Sonata Sport comes with a starting price of $22,050. Under its hood is a 2.4-liter engine that can deliver as much as 185 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 178 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. In addition, this car has an estimated efficiency rating of 25 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway, giving you a combined rating of 28 miles per gallon. Meanwhile, standard safety features for the Sonata Sport include Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Assist, rearview camera and Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire pressure indicator.
16 Regular: Mayim Bialik, Chevrolet Trailblazer
On the show, actress Mayim Bialik portrays the role of Amy Farrah Fowler, Sheldon’s girlfriend and eventually, wife. Aside from “The Big Bang Theory,” she has also appeared in shows such as “MacGuyver,” “The Facts of Life,” and “Til Death."
Meanwhile, Bialik also happens to be accomplished in the academic circle. After earning a BS in Neuroscience and Hebrew & Jewish Studies in 2000, the actress went on to also earn a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the UCLA. This is precisely why many believe that her ‘Big Bang’ role is perfect for her. When Bialik needs to attend events, she can sometimes be seen using a Chevy Trailblazer.
15 Regular: Mayim Bialik, Volvo Sedan
Aside from her Chevy Trailblazer, actress Mayim Bialik likes to keep things low-key by driving a simple and reliable car such as a Volvo sedan. Unfortunately, this was the very car that she was driving when she got involved in a car accident back in 2012.
According to a report from TMZ, Bialik’s white Volvo sedan was struck by another vehicle with tourists from Chile. Bialik was driving her car along the corner of La Brea and Hollywood Blvd. when the accident occurred. Following the accident, Bialik had reportedly suffered significant injuries to her left thumb. Since then, however, Bialik has recovered nicely. However, it is unclear what happened to her Volvo car.
14 Regular: Johnny Galecki, Yamaha Motorbike
On “The Big Bang Theory,” actor Johnny Galecki portrays the role of Hofstadter, an experimental physicist and more importantly, Sheldon’s roommate. Aside from this show, Galecki has also appeared on other television series such as “LAX,” “Norm,” “Billy,” “ABC TGIF,” “American Dreamer,” “My Name is Earl,” “Hope & Faith,” “My Boys” and “Roseanne.” Aside from this, Galecki also starred as himself on the HBO series “Entourage.”
Without a doubt, Galecki has a strong love for motorbikes. In fact, he once posted a photo of himself riding a Yamaha bike. He captioned the photo, “A few more days in the beautiful dirt.”
13 Regular: Nathan Fillion, Arcimoto SRK
On “The Big Bang Theory,” actor Nathan Fillion guest starred as himself. According to Insider’s recount of the episode, “Fillion first denies that he's an actor, but then finally gives in. Fillion gets frustrated as Raj then questions whether or not Fillion actually is the "Firefly" star.”
Meanwhile, Fillion is perhaps best known for his work on the television series “Castle.” At the same time, he also starred in other television shows such as “Modern Family,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Santa Clarita Diet” and most recently, “The Rookie.” Today, Fillion is also the proud owner of an Arcimoto SRK. On Twitter, Fillion once referred to this three-wheeled car as his “spaceship.”
12 Regular: Brian Patrick Wade, Ram Longhorn
As you might expect, the female characters on “The Big Bang Theory” happen to have some ex-boyfriends. And for Kaley Cuoco’s Penny, one of them is Kurt who is played by Brian Patrick Wade. Aside from his work on the show, Wade has also worked on other television shows, including “Two and a Half Men,” “Generation Kill,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Teen Wolf,” “Hello Ladies” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Meanwhile, when he’s not working on anything, it seems likes to go out on an adventure with his black Ram Longhorn truck. In fact, sometimes, he even uses it to tow his boat. If you are interested to own a Ram truck yourself, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 comes with a starting price of $31,795.
11 Regular: Regina King, Chevrolet Suburban
On “The Big Bang Theory,” actress Regina King has been playing the role of Janine Davis. Janine is a Human Resources administrator who has had to deal with Sheldon after a complaint was made against the scientist.
Aside from guest starring on ‘Big Bang,” King has also starred in a number of other television series. These include “The Boondocks,” “The Strain,” “Southland,” “24,” “Leap of Faith,” “The Leftovers,” “Seven Seconds” and most recently, “Watchmen.” Aside from this, King has also starred in films such as “Our Family Wedding,” “This Christmas,” “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde” and “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous.” Sometimes, when attending events, King is driven by a Chevrolet Suburban.
10 Regular: Jerry O'Connell, Ford Flex
Actor Jerry O'Connell is perhaps, best known for his 1986 film “Stand By Me.” Since then, however, O’Connell has been pretty busy, even taking on a guest role on “The Big Bang Theory.” On the show, he played the role of George Cooper, Jr. who is none other than Sheldon’s brother. If you recall, Sheldon’s mom insisted that George be invited to Sheldon and Amy’s wedding. Aside from this, O’Connell has also starred in shows such as “We Are Men,” “Burning Love,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Scream Queens,” “Drunk History,” “Marry Me,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and most recently, “Billions.”
Among O’Connell’s vehicles is an old Ford Flex which is reportedly his “family car,” according to Alamy. At one point, he was photographed having it repaired.
9 Regular: Rick Fox, Cadillac Escalade
Rick Fox is a former basketball star turned actor who ended up doing a guest stint on “The Big Bang Theory.” On the show, Fox plays the role of Glenn, a college professor that Melissa Rauch’s Bernadette dated for a year. Aside from this show, Fox also worked on several other television series. These include “Shoot the Messenger,” “Hit the Floor,” “K.C. Undercover” and “Greenleaf.” Aside from this, he also appeared on movies such as “Krystal,” and “Killing Hasselhoff.”
Sometimes, around town, you can catch Fox going around in his Cadillac Escalade. At one point, he was also spotted washing the car along with his family.
8 All Out: Kaley Cuoco, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT
On “The Big Bang Theory,” actress Kaley Cuoco portrays the role of Penny, the girl next door who eventually married Leonard. Aside from working on the show, Cuoco has also starred in television series such as “Secrets of a Small Town,” “Monster Allergy,” “Charmed,” “8 Simple Rules,” “Prison Break,” “The Nightmare Room” and “First Monday.” At the same time, she also provided voice talent for shows such as “Bratz” and “Brandy & Mr. Whiskers.”
When Cuoco is not working, you can sometimes see her driving around in her gorgeous Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT. It seems she was first spotted with this matte gray car back in 2014. According to Auto World News, Cuoco had most likely paid more than $250,000 for her ride.
7 All Out: Kunal Nayyar, BMW i8
On the show, Kunal Nayyar portrays the role of Dr. Rajesh Koothrappali. He may be smart, but he definitely needs help when talking to the ladies. And this is exactly the aspect of his life where his best friend Howard tries to be helpful. Aside from this, show, Nayyar has also had roles in television series such as “CollegeHumor Originals,” “Sullivan & Son,” “The Mindy Project” and “Sanjay and Craig.” Moreover, Nayyar has also done voice work for the television series “Fantasy Hospital.”
According to several reports, one of Nayyar’s daily drives happens to be a BMW i8. In fact, he has been seen driving this car to the ‘Big Bang’ set and parking it rather awkwardly.
6 All Out: Kunal Nayyar, Porsche Cayenne
Aside from the BMW i8, Kunal Nayyar has also been spotted driving around in his Porsche Cayenne. At one point, he was seen leaving a dinner with the car while accompanied by his beautiful wife, model and beauty queen Neha Kapur.
For anyone thinking of starting a family, the Cayenne is the most ideal Porsche to get. As Porsche refers to it, this car is a “sports car for five.” Hence, you get comfort and speed without any need to compromise. The Cayenne comes with a starting price of $65,700. What that gets you is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that delivers 335 horses and 332 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, its recorded top track speed is 152 miles per hour.
5 All Out: Kunal Nayyar, Ferrari 458
Aside from his Porsche and BMW, Nayyar had also decided to splurge on a white Ferrari 458. He proudly showed off his Italian supercar on Instagram saying;
“Ever since I was a kid, my idea of success was a Ferrari. And when I was lucky enough to make a living doing the very thing that I love, I realized that I was afraid of having nice things because people would judge me. I waited a long time to get this car, and the only reason I didn't, as I thought people would think I was a show-off, or pretentious or whatever other words one can use to put you in a box. But now I know what a waste of time it is- to live life on other people's terms.”
4 All Out: Sara Gilbert, Lexus RX 450
On “The Big Bang Theory,” actress Sara Gilbert starred as Dr. Leslie Winkle. This character recurred for several episodes since Dr. Leslie happens to be a colleague of Leonard. Not to mention, the two also used to date. Moreover, Dr. Leslie also appeared during the show’s 200th episode. Here, she was a guest at Sheldon’s birthday party.
Aside from this show, Gilbert has also appeared “Bad Teacher,” “Web Therapy,” “The Millers,” “Hawthorne,” “ER,” “The Class,” “Roseanne,” “Living Biblically,” “Happy Together” and most recently, “The Conners.” Sometimes, when she is running around town, Gilbert had been spotted using a Lexus RX 450.
3 All Out: Melissa Rauch, Lexus 450 Hybrid
On “The Big Bang Theory,” actress Melissa Rauch stars as Bernadette Rostenkowski and later on, Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz. She may be small in stature, but Bernadette is known in the series for her big personality.
Off the set, Rauch is a loving wife and mother. And because she’s got family in mind, Rauch picked out the Lexus RX 450 Hybrid as her daily driver. In the article she wrote for Vroom Girls, Rauch talked about how helpful the car’s features were, especially when it comes to blind spots. The actress explained, “The Lexus 450 also has sensors to let you know when there is something you could be in danger of hitting or when another vehicle is entering your blind spot.”
2 All Out: Howie Mandel, Range Rover
On the show, actor and television host Howie Mandel ended up appearing as himself. In one episode, Howard ‘Howie’ Wolowitz has just returned from space. And upon his arrival at the airport, he was welcomed by people who seemed to be shouting his name. Unfortunately, the moment of elation would not last long. As it turns, fans had been cheering for Mandel all along.
When he’s not working, Mandel can sometimes be seen driving his trusty white Range Rover. In fact, he told Motor Trend that his wife prefers that he goes out with this car. He explained, “My wife says that she feels safer if I'm in a Range Rover, and it gets me from A to B and I haven't hit anything.”
1 All Out: Brian Patrick Wade, Harley Davidson
Aside from his Ram Truck, “The Big Bang Theory” guest actor Brian Patrick Wade also happens to be a proud owner of a Harley Davidson motorbike. Just recently, he posted a photo of his incredible white ride, saying, “When it looks like art sitting still but sounds like a masterpiece when alive!!!.” It turns out his Harley Davidson was worked on by BX Custom Designs. Wade also said, “You guys make the sickest #baggers on the planet! So stoked on this bike!” Meanwhile, he also posted a photo of himself giving taking the bike for a little spin.
In case you also want to own a Harley, the price starts at $6,899 for the Street 500.
Sources - Statista, Twitter, CBS, Vroom Girls, Motor Trend & Auto World News