The Big Bang Theory is one of the longest running comedies on television, And this week the series comes to an end.
One of my favorite series, I own all the DVD’s and Blu-rays. And I watch reruns every evening, this is my calming show that helps me to relax before bed.
Before I talk about the brilliant actors, I want to applaud the writing staff. Their brilliantly fleshed out characters, with all their idiosyncrasies, foibles and quirks, have been brilliant. Some of the story lines took years to reach a conclusion, making them all the more delicious. What a wonderful set of minds, thank-you for writing 12 brilliant seasons!
Nerds win in this one! Trips to the comic book store, intense conversations about super-heroes (and then the one where the ladies are caught arguing about super powers), are all done in a relatable and smart manner. Did I mention that I love this show?
Jim Parsons is the lead character. He portrays genius Sheldon Cooper. I am stymied by every interview where he claims he is horrible at science and math, that just proves his acting ability is fantastic, because the way he recites those theorems and other facts is mind boggling! He has the most incredible set of idiosyncrasies and foibles, and he portrays them well. The entire world knows what “That’s my spot” refers to as Sheldon has to sit in the same place on their couch, every episode, for 12 years. That space has become a character on the show!
Mayim Bialik, who many of us grew up with, watching her as Blossom from the series of the same name, started several seasons in and portrays Sheldon’s love interest. Her first year of episodes are my favorite. From the moment she and Sheldon met, she was as robotic and methodical as he was. Her Amy Farah Fowler portrayal has been sheer brilliance. This was award winning acting.
Penny and Leonard as played by Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, are as different as different can be. Their love story was years in the making, and it was beautiful. And funny.
Kunal Nayyar’s Rajesh was yet another interesting and different character. He could not talk to women when we first met him, and this selective mutism lasted for several seasons. On the day he has a drink and is then able to converse with Penny, the whole world gasped!
Simon Helberg was annoying as hell when we first met him. Not attractive, and yet quite the pushy ladies man. Oy Veh, and one of my fellow Jews as well. It took several years for the show to utilize the vast talents of this man. From his voice work, to music talents, to his magic tricks! The character of Howard Wolowitz probably gets the award for the most individual growth. And that is a tough call as all our favorite nerds grew up a lot over these 12 seasons, as well as our cool lady characters! And Howard’s mom! She was only a voice throughout her many seasons on the show, and what a strong. loud, hysterical Jewish mother voice she was! Her passing was a sad day for the show and all of its fans, but she lives on in:
Melissa Rauch is Bernadette Wolowitz. She starts out as a mousy young lady who grows to be a formidable woman in the workplace and a strong spouse for Howard, almost turning into his mother. In fact, the episode where she thinks she caused her future MIL to have a heart attack at the thought of her son marrying a shiksa, is a turning point. Bernadette starts to sound like Mrs. Wolowitz! Melissa’s ability to copy the original Mrs. Wolowitz’s very distinctive voice is incredible, and another one of my favorite moments of the show!
There are also many notable guest regulars. Laurie Metcalf brilliantly plays a religious woman who is mom to Sheldon (did you know her real life daughter plays Sheldon’s mom in the spin-off, Young Sheldon!). Christine Baranski is incredible as the distant and clinical mother of Leonard. And the occasional love interest of Leonards was played by Sara Gilbert, who was his love interest in the Roseanne show for many years prior!
Farewell Big Bang Theory, and thanks for 12 incredible seasons! You will be sorely missed, even though I will be seeing reruns of this show forever! We bid you adieu with this rendition of Penny learning to sing Soft Kitty: