By Margaret Lyons
Updated August 27, 2009 at 08:02 PM EDT
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Oh man, after watching Jim Parsons on Letterman last night, I was a-dying for some Big Bang Theory fun today. And my television prayers were answered! Check out these photos from the season premiere (Sept. 21, I am counting the days), and say it with me now: Beards!

Yes, it looks like the braintrust gives in to their inner Zach Galifianakises during their North Pole trip, though predictably, Sheldon’s beard is impeccably groomed but a tiny bit strange. (I think Parsons looks better clean-shaven, but I’m not much of a goatee person.) There’s a group shot after the jump, and no, I won’t spoil anything about the plot other than scruffiness:

BBT, I have missed you. Are you eagerly awaiting its return, too, PopWatchers? Or have you yet to revel in its dorky pleasures?

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