The Big Bang Theory ends final episode with bombshell

Friday - 17/05/2019 11:55
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) get an important call in the final episode of The Big Bang TheorySource:Supplied
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) get an important call in the final episode of The Big Bang TheorySource:Supplied
America’s top-rated comedy has gone out with a, um, bang. But not before a series of shocks for our favourite nerds. WARNING: MASSIVE SPOILERS

The Big Bang Theory finished off its long and successful run as television’s top-rated comedy with an emotional farewell to the intrepid gang of nerdy misfits.

The long-running series concluded with two back-to-back episodes, The Change Constant and The Stockholm Syndrome, in an hour-long finale.
 

The cast of The Big Bang Theory have ended their run. Picture: Supplied
The cast of The Big Bang Theory have ended their run. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

 

Fox News reports that the series exited the airwaves with the most episodes for a multicamera series ever with 279 episodes.

It edged past Cheers, which aired for 12 seasons and 275 episodes.
 

The Big Bang Theory ended its run with more episodes than Cheers, which also ran for 12 seasons. Picture: Supplied
The Big Bang Theory ended its run with more episodes than Cheers, which also ran for 12 seasons. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

 

The finale was followed by a behind-the-scenes look at the show in Unravelling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell with Johnny Galecki, who played Leonard, and Kaley Cuoco, who played Penny, as hosts.

During the finale, the show’s friends took one last trip together to support married couple Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) after they won the Nobel prize in physics.
 

Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) find out they have won the Nobel prize. Picture: CBS
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) find out they have won the Nobel prize. Picture: CBSSource:Supplied

 

The couple waited anxiously by the phone while friends prank called them before receiving the actual decision.

The final episodes were filled with a few bombshell surprises including news of Penny’s pregnancy, a surprise cameo from Sarah Michelle Gellar and the elevator finally being fixed after it had been broken for much of the series.
 

Sarah Michelle Gellar made a cameo and was Raj’s plus-one. Picture: CBS
Sarah Michelle Gellar made a cameo and was Raj’s plus-one. Picture: CBSSource:Supplied

 

Penny’s pregnancy may be the most surprising given she has spent all season telling everyone that she does not want kids but now seems excited to keep the baby.

It included a scene in which Bialik, who is a neuroscientist in real life, urges young girls to pursue careers in science during her Nobel acceptance speech. “Little girls who dream about science” should ignore naysayers, she said.
 

Scenes from the final episode of The Big Bang Theory. Picture: CBS
Scenes from the final episode of The Big Bang Theory. Picture: CBSSource:Supplied

 

In a fitting end, the often self-absorbed Sheldon followed his wife with his own heartfelt speech about the importance of friendship where he finally thanked the gang for putting up with his various eccentricities over the years.

The Big Bang Theory debuted in 2007 and overcame early doubts to become a cult classic after some questioned the show’s chances of survival.

The elevator starts working in time for the final episode. Picture: CBS
The elevator starts working in time for the final episode. Picture: CBSSource:Supplied

 

With its live audience and use of multiple cameras, the series is a throwback to comedies from the early days of television, but its formula proved popular.

The show was led by a crew of nerdy misfits starring Parsons, Cuoco, Galecki, Bialik, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar and Melissa Rauch.
 

(L-R) Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch from the cast of The Big Bang Theory attend their handprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. Picture: Getty
(L-R) Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar,
Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch from the cast of The Big Bang Theory
attend their handprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX.
Picture: GettySource:AFP

 

It won 10 Emmy Awards, including four for Parsons.

The comedy leaves on a high as one of television’s most popular shows.
 

The cast from the television comedy series The Big Bang Theory (from L) Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. Picture: AFP
The cast from the television comedy series The Big Bang Theory (from L) Johnny Galecki, Ji
m Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.
Picture: AFPSource:AFP

 

Last week’s episode was the most-watched program on broadcast or cable TV with 12.5 million viewers, beating out HBO’s Game of Thrones, which ends its series on Sunday after an eight-year run.

Parsons has said the end of the series feels like a “real rite of passage moment,” which was full of memories and some tears.

Galecki said the show has touched “so many hearts.”

This article originally appeared on Fox News and is republished here with permissiona

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