The Big Bang Theory: Penny’s Slow Change Over The Years (In Pictures)

The Big Bang Theory: Penny’s Slow Change Over The Years (In Pictures)

The Big Bang Theory focused on four brainy friends who combined their love of science and friendship. Before Bernadette and Amy came along, the resident female was Penny. As the beautiful girl next door, she quickly became the apple of Leonard’s eye, and the rest was history. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

She’s A Spring Chicken In Season One

Who can forget the first outfit we saw Penny in. It was in the series pilot, and she was wearing Ugg boots with denim shorts and a paisley blue t-shirt. It was such a memorable outfit that the costume director had Penny wear it two more times in the series (when Leonard asks her out again and in the series finale).

She’s One Of The Guys In Season Two

By season two, Penny slowly became part of the group. As someone outside who didn’t understand the same hobbies or interests as Leonard, Sheldon, Raj, and Howard, she was a breath of fresh air for the group. She offered what the others lacked.

Penny Is Lost & Confused In Season Three

At the beginning of the third season, Penny and Leonard begin dating after spending months apart due to Leonard doing a study at the North Pole. The two slowly find a rhythm after realizing it’s not as easy as they thought. Penny tries to learn physics, Leonard tries to understand football… Sadly, it fails. The two break up towards the end of the season, which leads her into the arms of Zach. During this time, Penny remains friends with everyone while trying to ignore the awkwardness with Leonard.

Penny Was Single & Soul Searching In Season Four

In season four, Penny was single and finding herself. After dating Leonard, she realized that she couldn’t date “normal” guys anymore. She loved Leonard’s brilliant and was looking for that on each of her dates.

Feeling Refreshed In Season Five

Leonard and Priya break up in the fifth season, and Penny and Leonard resume their friendship. She’s also closer with Bernadette and Amy, something she never thought possible. She’s asked to be a bridesmaid in Bernadette and Howard’s wedding, and Amy has an oil painting done of their friendship. For once, Penny is thriving in life without a boyfriend. Her style has also transformed her into a mature woman instead of a sorority sister.

Penny Was Thinking Of Her Future In Season Six

Penny almost sabotages herself in season six when she begins to question her relationship with Leonard (yet again). Sheldon catches wind that Penny could potentially break his roommate’s heart and advises against it. Similarly, Penny and Sheldon have reached a point where they’re more like siblings than friends in season six. They have comfortability and an understanding unlike anyone else’s in the group.

Big Life Choices Were Made In Season Seven

Penny appeared to find her stride in season seven. Her style was very relaxed and girly but comfortable enough to feel at home in both apartments. But after a failed acting gig didn’t cut TV, Penny made a huge decision: she quit the Cheesecake Factory and focused on acting full-time.

Penny Was On A Rollercoaster In Season Eight & Nine

As outsiders, it’s fantastic that Penny had the perseverance to get through seasons eight and nine. She cut off all her hair, started a new career (thanks to Bernadette), got married to Leonard on a whim, took care of Sheldon and Amy during their breakup, and beyond. A lot happened to Penny and those around her in those two seasons.

Penny Has Finally Reached Her Peek In Seasons 10 & 11

It has been quite a journey, but by seasons 10 and 11, Penny has finally transformed into the woman she was always meant to be. She took the plunge and married Leonard again and kicked butt at work. Usually, Penny runs away from trouble, but she faces it head-on in these two seasons.

She Came Full Circle In The Series Final Season

After 12 seasons, Penny grew from a hopeful actress to a career woman and expecting mother. She and Leonard were on the fence about having children for a while, but when it finally happened, no one was better by her side than good ole “Lenny.”

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