Chuck Lorre’s 700. Vanity card is a tribute to “Young Sheldon” at 100

Chuck Lorre chose physics for his landmark 700th vanity card. Lorre’s 700th card happened to coincide with the 100th episode of Young Sheldon, which he co-created and executive produced with Steve Molaro. So, given the scientific nature of Sheldon Cooper’s character, it made sense to share a physics equation that adds up to…100.

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Immediately following “Young Sheldon” on CBS That Thursday Night, another show Lorre executive produced was “United States of Al,” which ended with Lorre’s 701st card. Which, of course, made fun of the 700th card:

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Lorre’s handwritten vanity cards have been a signature part of most of his series for 25 years, from “Dharma and Greg” to “Two and a Half Men”, “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mike & Molly” and “Mama” . The cards have also appeared in his recent series Young Sheldon, Bob Hearts Abishola, B Positive, and United States of Al. (However, Lorre opted out of his Netflix single-camera series The Kominsky Method.)

Lorre started the tradition with “Dharma and Greg” in 1997, when he had one second at the end of each episode to show a vanity card — usually a logo of the author’s production company.

Instead, Lorre decided to use the time to write an essay on network interference. It was the pre-DVR era, so few noticed. But as he wrote new ones week after week, viewers began to slowly pause their VCRs to make out the tiny words.

“It was a great opportunity to write something that isn’t a script,” Lorre told us in 2012. “I got into a lot of trouble when people started reading it. For every vanity card I’ve written in the last four or five years, there’s probably 10 sets of attorney’s eyeballs on each one. It’s an interesting process to even make them now, there’s so much testing.”

In 2012, Lorre put together selected cards for the book “What doesn’t kill us makes us bitter”. Proceeds from the sale of the book benefited many health-related charities and educational efforts, including the Venice Family Clinic. The entire map collection can be viewed at Chuck Lorre’s 700. Vanity card is a tribute to “Young Sheldon” at 100

Charles Jones

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