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GOING OUT WITH A BANG

AS THE JUGGERNAUT PREPARES TO SAY FAREWELL, WE BREAK DOWN 12 SEASONS OF THE BIG BANG THEORY FROM AMY TO ZERO AND ALL THE BAZINGAS IN BETWEEN.
Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, and Jim Parsons photographed exclusively for EW by Justin Stephens on Nov. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles

Look at it this way: They may finally fix the elevator. Though CBS wasn’t exactly jonesing for The Big Bang Theory to end after 12 seasons—it’s TV’s longest-running multicamera sitcom—the writers are giddy about the chance to go out on top. Here are 26 reasons TBBT remains the most popular comedy on TV.

A AMY FARRAH FOWLER

Mayim Bialik

OCCUPATION Neurobiologist at Caltech. BIGGEST BREAKTHROUGHS Bedding and domesticating Sheldon; making tiaras great again. ESSENTIAL EPISODES “The Lunar Excitation” (S3, Ep 23) Sheldon and Amy first meet; “The Proposal Proposal” (S11, Ep 1) the lovers are finally engaged; “The Bow Tie Asymmetry“ (S11, Ep 24) Sheldon and Amy get married.

B BAZINGA

It took only 12 seasons before fans learned the origin story of Sheldon’s favorite word, and the answer actually came in the Dec. 6 episode of Young Sheldon, the TBBT spin-off. In an attempt to inject more frivolity into his life, Sheldon (Iain Armitage) goes to a local comic-book store and buys several novelty tricks from a Toledo, Ohio, company called Bazinga. “If it’s funny, it’s a Bazinga,” reads the display. From then on, whenever Sheldon would trick a friend with his newly acquired whoopee cushion or his mixed-nuts can with a pop-out snake, he’d proclaim, “Bazinga.”

C COMIC CENTER OF PASADENA

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