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

Penny may have started as just the neighbor on The Big Bang Theory, but over time she came into her own, and these pictures show how much she changed!

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.

Penny has had plenty of ups and downs in 12 seasons, both mentally and physically. Fans have stayed with Penny’s haircuts and wardrobe changes as often as her heartaches and highs. In fact, it’s safe to say that Penny is one character who’s transformed the most throughout the series. To be reminded of how Penny’s changed over the years, keep reading!


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).

In season one, Penny had a high-pitched voice and was super bubbly. She was all-consumed with the boys’ brains and how intelligent they were. And as different as they were, she barged right into their lives and made herself home.

She’s One Of The Guys In Season Two

By season two, Penny slowly became part of the group. As someone from the 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.

In this season, she stuck with a lot of pink shirts, messy buns, and pigtails. She also became brazen enough to let herself into the boys’ apartment when she wanted, which disturbed Sheldon for far too long. It was also in this season that Leonard slowly started to grow on Penny romantically.

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 in the North Pole. The two slowly find a rhythm after realizing it’s not as easy as they thought it would be. 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.

When it comes to Penny’s style, she chose more colorful tops and jeans this season. Her style presented her more as a tom-boy than in previous seasons.

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