What Star Wars Movie Did the Big Bang Theory?

Have you ever wondered what Star Wars movie did the Big Bang Theory? Well, wonder no more! In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the Star Wars movies that the beloved TV show has referenced over the years.

The Big Bang Theory and Star Wars

The Big Bang Theory is a popular sitcom that aired for 12 seasons from 2007 to 2019. The show follows a group of nerdy friends who work in scientific fields and enjoy various fandoms, including Star Wars. Throughout the series, there are numerous references to Star Wars movies, characters, and even merchandise.

The Phantom Menace

In season one of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon (played by Jim Parsons) mentions that he has tickets to see The Phantom Menace on opening night. Later in the episode, he becomes obsessed with getting into a screening of the movie after his plans fall through. This episode aired in 2007, which was the same year that George Lucas released The Phantom Menace in 3D.

A New Hope

In season two of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon dresses up as Obi-Wan Kenobi for Halloween. He also frequently wears t-shirts featuring characters from A New Hope throughout the series.

The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back is perhaps the most referenced Star Wars movie in The Big Bang Theory. In season two, Sheldon and Leonard (played by Johnny Galecki) have a lightsaber battle while dressed as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker respectively. Later in the season, Sheldon uses a quote from The Empire Strikes Back when he tells Leonard “I love you” and Leonard responds with “I know.”

Return of the Jedi

In season four of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon plans a Star Wars Day celebration on May 4th (as in “May the fourth be with you”). He even bakes a cake in the shape of Jabba the Hutt from Return of the Jedi.

The Force Awakens

In season nine of The Big Bang Theory, the gang goes to see The Force Awakens on opening night. They even dress up in costumes and bring lightsabers to the theater.


Overall, The Big Bang Theory has referenced various Star Wars movies throughout its 12-season run. From The Phantom Menace to The Force Awakens, the show has paid homage to this beloved franchise in many ways. So if you’re a fan of both Star Wars and The Big Bang Theory, keep an eye out for these references on your next rewatch!