The Biggest 'The Big Bang Theory' Lawsuits No One Talks About

may have concluded in 2019 after 12 successful seasons, but it’s still widely talked about as one of the best sitcoms of all time, up there with the likes of Friends and Seinfeld as an adjacent show about a group of friends. Sheldon Cooper, Leonard Hofstadter, and Penny were the focal point of the friend group and were equal parts hilarious and educational. Because of success, it’s been said that it cost production in the final season to continue the friend group’s story. Stars like from , but as is the case with many top shows, lawsuits soon followed the show’s craze.

was such a strong force to behold that many of the lawsuits against the show were buried in the newsroom.

Creating a negative spin on the series, its content, or its stars was seemingly impossible because of strong fan base.

Sheldon’s “Soft Kitty” Caused Some Controversy

Sheldon Cooper had his fair share of unique qualities that made him stand out in the friend group. One of those qualities was the ability to make those around him feel sorry for him, even though he didn’t always treat them fairly. This was especially the case when he was sick. Being away from home, Sheldon—who was a stereotypical “mama’s boy”—missed his mom when he was feeling under the weather. One of the things he missed most was when she sang “Soft Kitty.

” The first time fans heard the lullaby was when Cooper demanded Penny sing it for him before he went to bed since his mom wasn’t there.

, and the short song won audiences over and it soon became a part of Sheldon’s character. What some fans don’t know, however, is that the song was allegedly used without the creator’s permission, according to . The daughters of the song’s creator, Ellen Newlin Chase and Margaret Chase Perry, filed a suit against CBS in 2015 for copyright violation. Because of how popular the song became, the family was bothered the network used it without permission.

The lawsuit, however, was eventually dismissed by a judge because, as it turned out, production did get permission to use the lyrics from the parent company that produces “Soft Kitty” in one of its children’s books.

The problem was that Newlin Chase and Chase Perry were left in the dark over the deal. Because the network did seek permission from the start, the case was dropped.

TBBT’s Very Popular Theme Song Went To Court

It’s rare to have a theme song that’s as popular (if not more) as the show itself, but proves itself successful in all aspects. Written by The Barenaked Ladies, as it was tailored to the “Big Bang’s” concept and talked about the world’s creation in a fun, creative way.

In an interview with , the band’s frontman Ed Robertson was approached by creators to write the theme.

Robertson, however, wasn’t sure the job was right for him and the band because of past TV work that didn’t end well. Once Robertson learned that Chuck Lorre was behind the series, he knew could be a hit and wound up writing the song with the help of his band.

According to , In 2015 (eight years after the song’s creation), former band member Steven Page filed a lawsuit against Robertson. the Barenaked Ladies’ theme generated due to the syndication factor of one of the most successful sitcoms of all time, Page sought money he claimed he was promised. The site revealed that Page agreed to 20% of the song’s revenue but never wound up seeing those earnings.

The outcome of the lawsuit has never been released, but it's hinted that the case was settled when Page joined the band for a concert in 2018.

There Was An Age Discrimination Suit Brought Against Warner Bros.

In August 2016, former assistant director Christopher Klausen filed a discrimination lawsuit against Warner Bros. Television after feeling pushed out by executives after working on  for seven years. shared that Klausen believes he was allegedly fired after turning 50 and was shunned by the cast and crew.

According to , Klausen's duties were reassigned to other assistant directors who were in their '20s and '30s.

After Season 8, he received a call that his contract was terminated based on performance. As one of , Klausen believed he was wrongfully terminated and filed a 25-page suit. Shortly after the filing, the lawsuit was settled but neither Warner Bros. nor Klausen commented on the matter.

Copy Cat

After releasing in 1007,  was easily one of the most popular sitcoms on TV. The combination of a "geeky" scientific friend group and the beautiful neighbor across the hall worked with viewers. In fact, it worked so well that another production company in Belarus essentially copied the series.

 shared that  creators were made aware of a very similar show airing in Belarus called In a card that appeared at the end of an episode, Lorre wrote, "Belarus does have a bustling TV production industry. One of their most recent hits is a sitcom about four nerdy scientists who live next door to a beautiful blonde waitress. The characters are named Sheldon, Leo, Hovard, Raj, and Natasha, and the show is entitled, ." This was Lorre's way of getting back at the copycats for stealing his work and rebranding it despite how huge  was (and how notable .)

In the end, a lawsuit never came to be because shared that once the Belarus actors found out that they were working on a stolen show, they quit in unison. was later canceled and  lived on.

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