279 episodes ago, the story began on September 24, 2007 revolving initially five characters who live in Pasadena, California. It was a rough start with both negative and positive reviews pouring in, but the show began to earn their place in the viewers’ heart.
The episodes began with couple Sheldon Cooper and Amy receiving the happy news that they have been granted the Noble Prize in physics thanks to their achievements in the theory of super asymmetry. Everything was well, except that they didn’t exactly have the happiest reactions.
Sheldon was trying to adjust to the new changes to his everyday life. For example, he now has a fully functional elevator which had been hilarious since its appearance in the first season. Penny and Leonard are also expecting a baby but did not gain the kind of congratulations they expected from Sheldon.
Their outrage threatens Sheldon and forced him to enter a self-reflection moment.
As he receives the Noble Prize, Sheldon learned from his self-reflection. He realizes that he has always been self-centered and the speech he just crafted also has a self-centered tone. He realizes at the end that he wants to set them aside and honor everyone who has helped him in his life and research.
“I was under a misapprehension that my accomplishments were mine alone. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have been encouraged, sustained, inspired, and tolerated, not only by my wife, by by the greatest group of friends anyone ever had.”
He even took the chance to reveal the big news of Penny’s baby before their parents knew about it. And after it, the show came to a close with a scene familiar to many.
The group had Chinese takeout and were enjoying their meals in Leonard’s living room. The primetime show finally came to an end with the show’s theme played by Barenaked Ladies in stripped down version.
Chuck Lorre says that the show has never really ended. It’s a ‘transition’ as life goes on and we move on from a show that seems to have become part of our life for the past 12 years.