April Barbe

Well, I've been in mourning for the past couple of weeks … the last episode of “The Big Bang Theory” aired May 16 on CBS.

The show about nerds that became wildly popular, spanned 12 seasons with a record-breaking 279 episodes.

“The Big Bang Theory” has received more than 50 Emmy nominations, with many wins, as well has several Golden Globe nominations.

But awards aren't what makes a show … “Leonard,” “Penny,” “Sheldon,” “Amy,” “Raj,” “Howard” and “Bernadette” are characters forever engrained in the hearts of their fans.

This show was for all of those science-loving people out there who never fit in with the popular crowd. I'll admit that I'm a founding member of the Central High School Science Club in Pollok, Texas. So, obviously, I became a fan of “The Big Bang Theory.”

However, I introduced the show to a few of my not-so-nerdy friends, and the comedy transcended beyond the science. These characters were funny, and their chemistry was undeniable.

Watching the last episode, about half-way through, I got sad. It was really coming to a close. There were a few tears when “Sheldon” gives a particularly emotional speech.

The show's creative team tied the series up with a bow and sent it off into cinematic history, and I'm thankful it remained a source of entertainment for so many years!

However, I noticed that some online reviews of the last “Big Bang” were critical of the lack of storyline for “Leonard” and “Penny.” SPOILER: “Penny” announces that she is pregnant in the last episode. In previous episodes, she has been adamant about how she did not want children. This topic had caused some tense moments in the show, because “Leonard” did want children. I agree with those unhappy with the accidental pregnancy for the couple, because I would have liked to have seen more on it, too. But I was happy for them!

I am disappointed that we didn't get to see more resolution for the character of “Raj.” His character was often depressing with little success in his work or relationships. But I guess it does reflect real life, because not everyone can be super successful. Some of us just struggle through life, but we are happy to have our friends, as “Raj” was portrayed.

One of my All-Time favorite episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” is the one where “Penny” falls in the shower, and “Sheldon” has to help her get dressed and then he takes her to the emergency room. The comedic one-liners while he is filling out her paperwork get me every time. Of course, it's the same type of comedy throughout the series, and that's why we loved it!

The episode that pulled at my heartstrings the most was the episode where “Sheldon” and “Amy” get married. It was so sweet and perfect.

I'm sure I will watch the re-runs of the show many more times in my life, and I will smile each time.

Thanks to actors Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik, Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg and Melissa Rauch for sharing their talents.

As a longtime fan of TV sitcoms, I currently rank “The Big Bang Theory” in my Top 10 favorites. Here's my list in order of greatness:

1. “The Andy Griffith Show”

2. “Golden Girls”

3. “Seinfeld”

4. “Friends”

5. “I Love Lucy”

6. “The Big Bang Theory”

7. “Roseanne”

8. “Cheers”

9. “Three's Company”

10. “Laverne & Shirley”

Honorable Mention: “The Jeffersons”

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