The Big Bang Theory closed with a 139 and a half hour time jump as Leonard and Sheldon were forced to rebuild the atomic model that crumbled ahead of the Nobel Prize.
Obviously it was high drama, cementing Leoldon’s eternal friendship as we waved them off into a destiny of re-runs and question marks over a spin-off, but it was also more poignant than fans may have realised.
It turns out that watching the very first second of The Big Bang Theory right through to the moment the final credits rolled takes exactly 139 hours and 30 minutes to sit through – a nod to becoming the longest running multi-camera sitcom of all time.
TBBT closed with a fitting end as Sheldon (played by Jim Parsons) finally won his Nobel Prize in science and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) announced she was pregnant after spending the past 12 seasons insisting she was never going to have Leonard’s (Johnny Galecki) babies.
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Although, Raj (Kunal Nayyar) pulled the short straw after being dumped by Anu (Rati Gupta) right at the final hour – but he did meet Sarah Michelle Geller – aka Buffy The Vampire Slayer and geek goddess – so you win some you lose some.
As well as the cryptic time jump, the last ever episode, The Stockholm Syndrome, also paid nod to the very first episode with the leading five – Leonard, Penny, Sheldon, Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj – wearing subtle items of clothing lifted straight from the moment we met them.
While we’re still struggling to move on, Kaley Cuoco has already announced the release date for her highly-anticipated Harley Quinn series as she crash-lands into the DC Universe, and Johnny Galecki is having a baby boy… after admitting he wanted a girl.
The Big Bang Theory is available to stream on Netflix.
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