After 12 Seasons and 279 episodes, The Big Bang Theory has finally come to an end. Rounding off Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady’s hit sitcom, we finally found out what happened to Penny, Leonard, Sheldon, Raj, and Howard. However, did you spot the secret meaning hiding in the May 16 finale?
It was a strange ol’ episode in typical Big Bang Theory style. There were plenty of nods to the first episode that aired all the way back in 2007. Penny wore the same floral top, Sheldon had his Flash tee, and Howard was sporting the same belt.
While there was a seemingly random jump of 139 hours and 30 minutes into the future to see Leonard and Sheldon complete their atomic model, it was also a clever nod to the series. In case you haven’t guessed by now, the time it would take to watch The Big Bang theory from start to end clocks in at 139 hour and 30 minutes.
It’s nearly six days worth of Big Bang bingeing, but trust me, it’s worth it. The runtime means CBS’ comedy takes longer to watch than The Walking Dead (5 days and 11 hours) Lost (5 days and 1 hour), and The Office US (4 days and 3 hours). Still, it’s eclipsed by the likes of Grey’s Anatomy (14 days and 6 hours) and The Simpsons (13 days and 21 hours)
Interestingly, The Big Bang theory closed the door on the world’s longest running multi-camera sitcom. While some wanted it to go on for even longer, Jim Parsons (Sheldon) was ready to call it quits at 12 seasons.
In a candid interview with Entertainment Weekly, Parsons has opened up about the decision to turn down CBS’ offer to make another season.
“It’s both as complex and as simple as just feeling innately that it was time,” he explained. “It speaks to a lot of things, none of them bad.
“There is no negative reason to stop doing Big Bang. It felt like we have been able to do this for so many years now, it doesn’t feel like there is anything left on the table. Not that we couldn’t keep doing it, but it feels like we’ve chewed all the meat off this bone. I guess at a personal level, it feels like the right time in my life.”
He went on: “I don’t know what’s next for me. It’s not like there is something specific I am aiming for. I’m firmly in my middle age now. I don’t know how much longer I can wear [the T-shirts] without looking really long in the tooth. In a way, it’s exciting. What is this next chapter of life?
“What is this next chapter for all of us? It will be very, very sad when it does end, even knowing [I am] okay with it. People are okay when they graduate but there are frequently tears at graduation. It’s hard to say goodbye to people that you have worked with for so long.”
It just wouldn’t have been The Big Bang theory without Sheldon, so I guess it’s for the best that it ended when it did. Either way, it was a pretty epic conclusion to those glorious geeks.
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