No, Big Bang Theory, That Is Not A First-Edition Of The HitchHiker's Guide To The Galaxy…

I can't believe I'm doing this.

But I'm doing this.

In the most recent episode of The Big Bang Theory, Penny tries to be romantic by giving Leonard a first edition copy of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Except he's already got one.


But what he doesn't say is that the book he's been given isn't a first edition copy of Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

Because it's in hardback. The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy was a paperback release from Pan, following the successful radio series. And looked like this.


Look it's on Wikipedia and everything. In the US, Harmony Books release it as a hardcover… but that's not a first edition. Maybe Leonard was just being even more diplomatic to Penny, and I've fallen into the trap. But I couldn't help myself. And it's been a lot less The Television Show That Hates You of late. But… dammit, they got me.

But yes, it was a sweet song.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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