Fall TV Preview

Big Bang Theory Season 10: Our Hopes for 'Shamy,' Penny's Mom and More

The Big Bang Theory will return this fall with an absurd amount of potential for a sitcom entering its 10th (!) season.

When the Chuck Lorre mega-hit resumes, Leonard and Penny will host a wedding redo, Howard and Bernadette will be on the cusp of parenthood and Raj will have his pick of two very different ladies vying for his affection.

Meanwhile, there are endless possibilities for the couple known as “Shamy,” as Sheldon and Amy are bound to take another gigantic leap forward in their relationship.

Keeping all of this in mind, we at TVLine have compiled a wish list of sorts — a mix of do’s and (please!) don’ts — ahead of Big Bang‘s season premiere on Monday, Sept. 19, at 8/7c. (The show returns to Thursdays on Oct. 27.)

Amy moving in with Sheldon? A Leonard and Penny baby? A new romance for Stuart — with Leslie Winkle!? Check out our ideas in the gallery below — or click here for direct access — then share your Season 10 wish lists in the comments!

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30 Comments
  1. A. D. says:

    Please don’t let it be Lisa Kudrow!

    • Shar says:

      I agree, not Lisa Kudrow but Katy Sagal would be heaven.

    • Laura says:

      If they cast any super thin actress, it would be breaking with the canon of the show, which unfortunately they have done in the past, though with smaller things. In one of the episodes, Penny steals the last dumpling from Sheldon and he says to her ‘I’ve seen pictures of your mother. Keep eating’. So unless they plan on writing into the story her mother’s miraculous weight loss, it wouldn’t be accurate with how she’s been described

      • Piers says:

        They’ve had many egregious inconsistencies over the years. They’ve had plot points revolve around Leonard being asthmatic, yet had the apartment filled with cats. They’ve made a point of him being allergic to sulfites in wine, then had him drinking wine with Penny. The biggest what the??? for me is that Penny’s apartment apparently overhangs the street because it is directly over the street door downstairs and when they do an outside the lobby shot the curb is right there.

  2. I still want Katy Sagal to be her mom. If we stick to the Lorre-verse, Jenna Elfman would be fun. Or keep the Roseanne reunion going and get Sandra Bernhard.

    In true sitcom fashion, Sheldon should be the one present when Bernadette’s water breaks while they’re trapped somewhere. (Ooh, they could re-open the elevator and get stuck there, pull a Saved by the Bell.)

  3. Adam says:

    Penny’s mom should be played by Cybil Shepherd so we can see her reunite with Christine Baranski.

  4. Mark says:

    Penny’s mother I would go for either Lauren Graham or Sasha Alexander – but the they need to get Leonard and Penny to go back to Penny’s home in Omaha as there is her convict brother and other colourful family we have been teased about for years but never met — we have seen Sheldons family now imagine the fun that episode would look like Leonard on moonshine I’m just saying — plus we might actually get her surname one way to reveal

  5. My hope is that this will be the last season. I’ve enjoyed this show for the most part over the years, but it has gotten fairly repetitive and long in the tooth the past couple of seasons.

    • Exactly, because you find it repetitive and long in the tooth at times, no sense in allowing anyone that doesn’t share your opinion enjoy it. Good for you, you can put your selfishness out there and be proud of it, congrats

  6. I just want Penny to get pregnant and Sheldon and Amy to get married.

  7. abaker20 says:

    Hopefully season 10 will be its last. But I know CBS would love to keep it on the air for 10 more seasons.

  8. DV says:

    People do realize there is an alternative to wishing it’s the last season simply because they are tired of it right? I don’t watch anymore (gasp) but clearly it’s still popular so it should stay on for those who enjoy it.

  9. CMG says:

    I disagree with the suggestion of getting Stuart together with Leslie, or anyone else for that matter. Stuart was first introduced as a fairly well-adjusted character, an accomplished artist and art school graduate, who was able to have a successful date with Penny (until getting distracted by Sheldon at the end). Ever since then, the show has done far too much damage to his character, turning him into a sad-sack loser with no hope of having any kind of a normal relationship with anyone. It would be rather unbelievable to reverse course on that now.

  10. Charles says:

    This might sound fairly out there, but I’ve always thought Janeane Garofalo would be a great choice to play Penny’s mother.

  11. pickles says:

    I hope they skip an episode of when the baby is delivered. It’s always the same story .

  12. mario says:

    Wholeheartedly agree with yr wishes for Leonard and Penny to move across the hall permanently and for them to have a formal ceremony. Also, suggestions for Penny’s mom: Lisa Kudrow (maybe a little too young), Gail O’Grady, Jean Smart (who played a great mid-western role in Designing Women) Katey Sagal

  13. Vicki Lawrence, would like to see her farther come back,

  14. Lusa says:

    I want love to see Roseanne Barr play Sheldon Aunt.

  15. Sarah Shea says:

    I would love to see Sheldon as a teacher or professor. Either for gifted students or private school. The difference between schools in Sweden/The Netherlands and American schools is that the Finnish/Swedes value their teachers, pay them well, and treat them like the magical king-makers that they are.
    We need to reanimate our education system, we need American kids to be leaders. Not drug kingpins, gang members and pimps.
    I think it could be very comical and provide a long running storyline for Sheeldon and Amy as they start their own little fictional family.

  16. Belin says:

    Put more Zake in the show. He is Penny in male form. He would drive Sheldon crazy

  17. Julia says:

    My chief hope for Season 10 is that they rediscover funny. Last season was almost entirely a snooze (IMHO), and that was a big disappointment after how great Season 8 was. Season 9 will be the first season I won’t bother picking up on DVD – not even as part of the Black Friday sales – because I have no desire to watch any of it again. I really hope Season 10 is better.

  18. Jeann Smar from Designing Women, Reese Witherspoon, Christina Appletgate, the first two because they have southern accents. Maybe the blonde mom from Modern Family?

  19. Wildflower says:

    -Katey Sagal for Penny’s mom
    -Amy & Penny pregnant at the same time (Amy always wanted their menses to sync up)…also, this would be a great Segway for Sheldon’s bible-fearing mom to announce “the Lord will understand…I’M GETTING A GRANDCHILD!!!” And then let it be twins
    -I do not remember them announcing who got the tenured professor position
    -definitely hook-up Stuart w/Leslie Winkle
    -Raj should elope…leading his parents to reignite their feelings for each other and reconcile