The Big Bang Theory Season Finale Review: An ending that would make Sheldon Cooper proud

The Big Bang Theory Season Finale Review: The final episode of TBBT had the tried and tested cheesy formula for a sitcom ending that actually worked and left the loyalists on a happy note.

Karishma Shetty
Written by Karishma Shetty , Journalist
Updated on May 17, 2019 | 10:59 PM IST | 1.3M
Check out Pinkvilla's review of the last episode of The Big Bang Theory.
Check out Pinkvilla's review of the last episode of The Big Bang Theory.

"It all started with the big bang!" has been a constant murmur in our ears for 12 years and while there were times, a few of us gave up, the rest of us stuck by and watched four geeky scientists and a pretty blonde worm their way into our television screen and hearts. Guaranteed, it was way past due to reach its end, the finale was the cheesy and quirky closure the loyalists like myself deserved.

*SPOILERS ALERT* In the 42-minute series finale, the central focus of the show was Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler finally getting the call for the Nobel Prize in Physics. It was a defining moment interspersed with Leonard finally having his dream come true, slap Sheldon Cooper! The moment was very reminiscent of FRIENDS when a defining moment was filled with the live audience's gasp and loud cheers. The subtle odes to the gimmicks from the past, most notably the elevator (It finally works guys!), were a welcome callback to the 12 years.

Thank you Thank you for your words Thank you for your encouragement Thank you for tuning in night in and night out Thank you for the stories you shared about how this show made you feel Thank you too, for the not so nice times Thank you, for lifting us up when we were down Fame can feel like a cage, so Thank you for making us feel safe enough to be free. Thank you for letting me share my birthday on stage with my six best friends, And Thank you, for you, because without you- there would be no us. So this goes out to you, the fans... One last time. In love and gratitude, -Kunal



When Penny tells Sheldon, that change is the one thing constant in our lives, it's the very testament of the character of Sheldon Cooper. We loved him for his eccentric quirkiness but we also saw him grow into a less obnoxious version of himself. TBBT's strength lies in its characters and Sheldon's growth is proof of that. Leonard Hofstadter and Penny were the love story no one thought would work but the writers cleverly gave the other two important characters their due. While they did not overdramatize the pregnancy revelation to take away from the Nobel Prize announcement, their story was given a befitting ending. 

Amy's defining moment came when she encouraged young female scientists to overcome all the hazards and come out strong because science is awesome. We finally got to see Howard Wolowitz and Bernadette Rostenkowski's children which was a welcome sight. As the only Indian on the show, I was a bit disappointed that the makers went the Joey Tribbiani way with Raj Koothrappali and that he did not get his Simran. But, hey! Buffy The Vampire Slayer, is pretty cool too.

Final group scene That’s a wrap @bigbangtheory_cbs

Was The Big Bang Theory's last episode predictable? Yes! But, was it worth it? Yes! The best thing the writers did was focus on the key element which is the friendships that have developed over the years. Sheldon's acceptance speech was not just an ode to his friends, but to the actors as well who made science just as entertaining as any other professional field. Keeping the guest stars to a minimum while indulging in beloved supporting characters like Stuart Bloom and Barry Kripke to a t, the main six were given their due credit.

There were moments that made you laugh out loud and moments that made you shed a tear. It was less about science and more about relationships. It wasn't a finale that shocked you but it was a finale that made sense. It had the tried and tested cheesy formula for a sitcom ending that actually worked and left the loyalists on a happy note.

First rehearsal of the final scene. @bigbangtheory_cbs @kaleycuoco @therealjimparsons #simonhelberg @kunalkarmanayyar @themelissarauch @missmayim Director: @cinder9la


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On an ending note, to Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch; Thank you! For 12 glorious years and making nerds look cool!

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