Production Designer: John Shaffner
Outstanding production design creates spaces that reveal the inner lives of the characters. The script is what characters say to each other or to themselves but, spaces, when in the hands of a talented team of designers, can reveal a great deal about who an individual is, especially when it comes to their quirks and their obsessions. The sets on “The Big Bang Theory,” which is now in its tenth season, are no exception. Every week, John Shaffner’s living rooms reach millions of viewers in their own living rooms. The show’s popularity makes it as iconic as “Friends” was to previous generations. Just as Monica’s living room set the tone and the stage for much of the interaction between characters, such is the case with the masterful environments created by Shaffner, along with set decorator Ann Shea and art director Francois Cherry Cohen. The attention to detail exhibited in the apartments of each of the characters (from action figures to comics to science memorabilia) allows fans to really connect with Sheldon, Penny, Howard, Bernadette, Leonard, and Raj. It makes them truly relatable and authentic. This is a team deserving of acknowledgement for their expertise in creating rich, textured worlds that deepen the audience’s understanding of the characters each time they watch the show.
By James Pearse Connelly (“The Apprentice,” “The Voice,” “Top Chef,” “The Biggest Loser,” “24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching”)