The Big Bang Theory stops after twelve seasons
The popular American comedy series The Big Bang Theorystops after the upcoming, twelfth, season. The last episode will be aired in May 2019, producer Warner Bros. announced Wednesday. The program is currently the most popular comedy series on American television according to news agency AP with an average of fifteen million viewers per episode during the previous season.
The Big Bang Theory is also the longest-running sitcom with multiple cameras in American television history, according to Warner Bros. 279 episodes were made after the coming season, aired from 2007. For comparison: from the sitcom Friendswerden from 1994 up to and including episodes made. Cheerse ended in 1993 after 275 episodes. In the Netherlands Veronica broadcasts The Big Bang Theory.
The series, conceived by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, was nominated for 52 Emmy Awards and won ten, but never for best comedy series. As the socially awkward Sheldon Cooper, lead actor Jim Parsons won four awards for best actor in a comedy series. The spinoff Young Sheldon, about a younger Sheldon Cooper, is also well received.
In March 2017 the series was extended with an eleventh and twelfth season, which will premiere on 24 September. The protagonists Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg earned tons per episode according to the new contract.
The series began with two nerdy physicists and roommates Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon, who work at Caltech, a private university in California. Their friends, girlfriends and later wives joined them. Several celebrities made their appearance there, such as the recently deceased scientist Stephen Hawking.