Stephen Hawking was undoubtedly one of the brightest minds of our century. Today as the world mourns his loss, the world of popular culture can only celebrate the little time he spent engaging with audience outside science seminars. Rightfully one of the most loved scientist, he gained his popularity with prized appearances in popular sitcoms. Here is a complete rundown of all the times we saw the theoretical physicist charm us on television.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
In this 1993 episode of the famous space based television series, the scientist was seen playing a hand of poker with the brightest minds from the world of modern physics like Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. “The uncertainty principle will not help you now, Stephen,” Einstein had warned him during a hand. In the Episode, Hawking had featured as his own hologram.
The Big Bang Theory
One of the most celebrated science sitcoms, Big Bang Theory saw Hawking interact with physics nerd Sheldon Cooper. As a jittery Sheldon met Hawking, a taciturn exchange of words served the perfect medicine for Sheldon’s ‘I am the smartest person alive’ attitude. When his mistake gets pointed by Hawking and Sheldon faints out of embarrassment, the ‘Great! Another fainter’ comment gives us the ultimate giggle.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Famed talk show host John Oliver traveled to Hawking’s university to meet the black hole scientist. Keeping the discussion simple and sarcastic, John asked Hawking a series of questions to which he replied with smart punch lines. It altogether made for a funny episode where John got beaten for pretending to be smart.
The world of the Simpsons was called Fruitopia by Hawking in this episode for all its bizarreness. Followers of the show even got to see Hawking in his meanest avatar with a punching hand and jet pack attached to his mechanic chair.
Another animated series which featured Hawking, this yet again showed the great scientist shooting laser from his eyes as the ultimate show of ‘you don’t mess with him’. He featured in two episodes of the show. In one of them, Hawking teams up with fellow geeks Al Gore and Nichelle Nichols to form the Vice Presidential Action Rangers, dedicated to saving the universe.