These are the top moments of Stephen Hawking cameos in pop-culture. A Stephen Hawking tribute.
On the 14th of March, the world lost one of, if not the single, greatest minds, Dr Stephen Hawking. He reminded us to look up into the stars, despite being a star himself.
Even in his condition, Hawking did not shy away from participating in pop culture. So in tribute to the passing of this great man, here are some of the most iconic Stephen Hawking cameos from TV.
Hawking made several appearances in the futuristic animated sitcom. Whether he was a literal talking head or a member of Al Gore’s vice-presidential action Rangers, he always brought the laughs.
Throughout the series, Hawking brought plenty of science and sarcasm to all of his scenes. Especially when he was forced to interact with Fry, whose intellect is, how to say this politely, not good.
He may not have been the nicest guest character to appear on the show, but he was definitely one of the funniest. Especially when they gave him the ability to shoot lasers from his eyes. Damn that was cool.
The Big Bang Theory
Considering this long running sitcom follows a group of friends consisting of two physicists, an astrophysicist and an aerospace engineer, it’s not surprising that Hawking’s been mentioned many times. It was only in season 5 that he made the first of multiple appearances.
The episode, “The Hawking Excitation”, is all about the build-up to Sheldon meeting one of his heroes. When the moment finally comes, Hawking brings him down a notch by easily finding fault with his work.
Hawking always let his humour shine and his appearances brought a smile to our faces. Although the many appearances of Hawking in the show are all to be highlights, his first cameo in TBBT is his most memorable.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Hawking made the journey to the final frontier for this cameo in a Poker game with Mr. Data, Einstein and Newton. He proved to be the smartest and funniest person in the room as he cleaned out their pockets with a smile on his face.
Hawking actually made history by being the one of the first Trek guest stars to appear as themselves. In fact, his season 6 cameo was so anticipated, the crew members who weren’t even needed on set showed up anyway to see the genius do his thing.
According to the producer, Hawking even wrote some of his own lines. Showing how brilliant he can be, even on Star Trek.
Stephen Hawking called The Simpsons the best thing on American television and his appearances on the show not only earned him a following, they also bridged the gap between intellectualism and pop culture media.
Hawking’s Simpson counterpart first showed up in Springfield in Season 10, when he tried to save the town from rogue Mensa members and shared a beer with Homer.
The friend of the show made an appearance a few more times over the years. Whether he was solving mysteries, cheating his way out of a maze, or… rapping, he always proved that he had a healthy sense of humour to match his more than healthy IQ.
You will be missed Dr. Hawking, for your intellect and wisdom, but also, without question, your sense of humour.
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