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Bazing-awww: 'The Big Bang Theory' Is Ending After 12 Seasons

The CBS ratings juggernaut will end in 2019 after 279 episodes.
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Today, in a complete shock to the fictional science community, The Big Bang Theory is coming to an end after 12 seasons. This news comes at a time in our culture when science is actively being dismissed by people like the Republican Party, Jenny McCarthy, and Facebook commenters who insist that GMOs are being placed in your baby's food to eat them from the inside out. Am I saying that The Big Bang Theory is curbing scientific illiteracy? No. Actually, I might dare to say that it enabled it. But there's still something particularly sad about knowing that Kaley Cuoco is leaving CBS without having memorized the entire periodic table.

The Chuck Lorre creation, which by its end will have spanned 279 episodes, will hold the title as the longest running multi-camera sitcom in history. I, for one, can say that I've seen at least two minutes of at least 200 of those episodes on TBS before realizing that Blue Bloods had ended. God, I love Blue Bloods.


In a joint statement from CBS, Chuck Lorre Productions, and Warner Bros. television, the announcement to end the series after season 12 comes on the heels of 52 Emmy nominations and 10 wins. They also note, with light shade to the Television Academy, that The Big Bang Theory has never won for Outstanding Comedy Series. The program managed to hold strong as television's number one comedy until this year, when Roseanne bumped it down to number two. But since she's made a habit of playing racist hopscotch, that ship has sailed. The big takeaway? If you want a successful show, put Johnny Galecki on it. What are people supposed to watch now? Modern Family? Jesus.

I'm going to be really honest: I have no idea what happens on The Big Bang Theory. I always believed it was like a cross between Pinky and the Brain and Bill Nye the Science Guy, but a Twitter account with an egg profile image recently told me that "it's more nuanced than that you cuck," so I assume that I was mistaken.

As Season Twelve begins, it appears that two of the main characters (Blossom from Blossom and the chauvinist from Hidden Figures) have made a scientific breakthrough. If you want to lend a hand to the world, CBS, then you better make this breakthrough a good one. Maybe that climate change is real. Or that vaccinations work. Or that cargo shorts, while functional, cause debilitating disease later on in life.

Either way, with an average of nearly 19 million viewers a week, you have the capability to go out with a, dare I say it? Impactful message. But please, put it in the first two minutes because that's the window you have before I switch from Tom Selleck to reruns of NUMB3RS.

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Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture. Prior to Esquire, his work appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, and USA Today. He is from East Tennessee and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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