The Big Bang Theory is one of the world’s most popular television shows – and now, the CBS sitcom has announced an entire episode centered around bitcoin.
That episode, called “The Bitcoin Entanglement”, will air on November 30, 2017. It’s the ninth episode of the 11th season of the long-running hit TV show.
Some members of the bitcoin community are excited about the episode. They believe it will give bitcoin more mainstream exposure. They see it as a sign that bitcoin has truly become a household name.
Others are worried about how bitcoin will be portrayed by the TV show. The Big Bang Theory has a reputation of “dumbing down” topics to appeal to a mass audience. Some fear that bitcoin could be painted as a dangerous, unsecure asset by the TV show.
Obviously, we won’t know the effect of the episode until after it airs. We do, however, have some early information about the show’s storyline.
The Bitcoin Entanglement Plot
During the episode, the guys find an old laptop with bitcoin on the hard drive. The computer belongs to Penny’s ex-boyfriend Zack.
We know that Zack returns after last being seen in the episode The Cognition Regeneration. He’ll return for his second appearance in a flashback scene.
The Bitcoin Entanglement has already concluded filming. Filming took place on October 31, 2017. It will guest star Kevin Sussman as Stuart and Brian Thomas Smith as Zack. The teleplay was written by Dave Goetsch, Maria Ferrari, and Anthony Del Broccolo, while the story was created by Steve Holland, Andy Gordon, and Jeremy Howe, according to data posted on the Big Bang Theory Wikia page.
Aside from this very basic bit of information, we have no further details about what to expect from the episode.
The Big Bang Theory Isn’t the First TV Show to Mention Bitcoin
Bitcoin, as you might expect, has appeared in a growing number of TV shows over the past few years. The Big Bang Theory is hardly the first to mention cryptocurrency.
Mr. Robot, for example, has previously used bitcoin as a plot point. In an episode from October 2017 called Currency Wars, Mr. Robot depicted a future where there’s a war between a fictional global digital currency called “Ecoin” and the real bitcoin.
The Simpsons also mentioned bitcoin on an episode from December 2013 called Yellow Subterfuge, when Krusty briefly references the currency. The Good Wife, Jeopardy, Person of Interest, Almost Human, House of Cards, Parks and Recreation, and Silicon Valley have also mentioned bitcoin at various points.
However, few of these shows have used bitcoin as a central plot piece for an entire episode. Most of these are passing references. You can view the full list of bitcoin references in TV shows at the Bitcoin.it Wiki here.
Ultimately, The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular sitcoms in history. Whether you love it or hate it, the long-running show still gets 17 million viewers per night on average. The Bitcoin Entanglement will introduce cryptocurrency to a mass audience of people across all demographics. We’ll see whether that’s a good or bad thing for the world of bitcoin after the episode airs on November 30.