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Pasadena City Hall which can be seen from Leonard and Sheldon's apartment window.

"I’ve seen the underbelly of Pasadena, this so-called City of Roses, and it haunts me."
Sheldon Cooper, The Bozeman Reaction

Pasadena (pronounced /ˌpæsəˈdiːnə/) is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Famous for hosting the annual Rose Bowl football game and the Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena is the home of many leading scientific and cultural institutions, including the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena City College (PCC), Art Center College of Design, the Pasadena Playhouse, California School of Culinary Arts Pasadena, the Norton Simon Museum of Art and the Pacific Asia Museum. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 137,122, making it the 180th-largest city in the United States. Pasadena is the sixth largest city in Los Angeles County, and the main cultural center of the San Gabriel Valley. It is also the host city to numerous TV shows, including Chuck Lorre's sitcom The Big Bang Theory. The tower of the Pasadena City Hall (above) can be seen from Leonard and Sheldon's apartment window.

It is the home of the fictional characters of Leonard Hofstadter, Sheldon Cooper, Rajesh Koothrappali, Penny and Amy Farrah Fowler. Howard Wolowitz lived with Mrs. Wolowitz in Altadena directly north of Pasadena, until he moves out in "The Habitation Configuration" (S6E07). Guest star Wil Wheaton does actually live in Pasadena.

Other movies and television series filmed in Pasadena include Dexter, The Mentalist, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inception, True Blood, Bones and The Office.

On February 25, 2016, the mayor of Pasadena declared it, The Big Bang Theory Day on honor of their fictional residents at the time of their 200th episode. 


Pasadena Proclamation.

Other Locations[]


  • The Pasadena in Harris County, Texas, is more populated than the Pasadena in California.

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