‘The Big Bang Theory’: When Is the Finale?

After 12 seasons, it’s time to say goodbye to our favorite TV nerds. The cast of The Big Bang Theory will take its final bow this year and fans are eagerly anticipating what kind of send-off Sheldon and his pals will get. Fans are also curious about other potential spin-off shows.

‘The Big Bang Theory’ is CBS’ most successful comedy

The Big Bang Theory has been a long-standing fixture at CBS. The seven-time Emmy winner has brought break-out success to its cast and made them the highest paid cast on television. Over the years, the show has developed a loyal fan base and has created recognizable catchphrases like “Bazinga” and “Rock, paper, lizard, Spock.” The show is famously regarded as the show that made nerds cool.

‘The Big Bang Theory’ led to a successful spin-off series

CBS has found major success with its Big Bang spin-off, Young Sheldon. The show follows a young Sheldon Cooper through his childhood years and is executive produced and narrated by Big Bang star Jim Parsons. The prequel gives fans a chance to see the family and childhood that created the theoretical physicist we all love to be annoyed with.

The show premiered to 17 million viewers and has continued to stay strong, averaging 12 million viewers per episode. It is currently in its second season and recently got renewed for seasons three and four.

Jim Parsons felt the ‘The Big Bang Theory’ had run its course

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Many shows come to an end because they see a fall in ratings. This isn’t the case for The Big Bang Theory, which is still a strong performer for CBS. Instead, the show’s lead felt that it was time to say goodbye.

Parson’s told Entertainment Weekly: “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.”  Parsons also said that on the personal side, it’s also the right time to make the move, joking, “I don’t know how much longer I can wear [the T-shirts] without looking really long in the tooth.”

Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy on the hit show, took to YouTube last month to express her feelings about the show’s upcoming finale. Bialik noted that she is going through the five stages of grief with the show. When it comes to denial, she doesn’t want to believe the show is ending. She says though she’s seen the articles and social media posts, she has emotionally “kind of pushed it aside.” She’s also depressed. She said it’s really sad to see the show end and face the possibility of losing touch with the show’s cast and crew. But when it comes down to it, there’s acceptance. She said, “It’s time. We had a long run.”

What’s next for the cast of ‘The Big Bang Theory’?

Bialik told her YouTube viewers that she has written a screenplay that she plans on directing. She’s also producing different projects. John Galecki (Leonard) will become more of a regular on the ABC show The Conners. Kaley Cuoco (Penny) and Simon Helberg (Howard) both have TV shows in the works. Parsons will continue to executive produce Young Sheldon and narrate the show. As for Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj), they both have movies set to be released this year.

When does the final episode of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ air?

Fans can catch their favorite scientists for a few more episodes before they finally say goodbye. The show aired episode 17 on March 7, meaning there are seven episodes left. The series finale will air on CBS on May 16, 2019.