Taking over our screens since 2007, The Big Bang Theory finally wrapped up after 12 seasons, 279 episodes, and being one of the most popular series on television. The cast was also one of of the most paid on TV, once getting a million dollars an episode!
Sadly, all good things must come to an end. Big Bang’s last episode concluded in May of this year with happy endings for all. (Well, Raj is always kind of sad, but that’s for another time.) Now that the cast and crew no longer need to be on set every day, what’s next for the stars of this CBS favorite? From movies to animated series’, something tells us the buddies of Big Bang Theory are going to be alright.
10 Jim Parsons
The star of it all, Jim Parsons played Dr. Sheldon Cooper, a theoretical physicist at Caltech who was so smart he didn’t know how to interact with humans. Fans of the show loved watching Sheldon and his cooky ways, but they also admired him for growing and evolving over the past 12 years.
Parsons did an unbelievable job portraying Sheldon, and it’s thanks to his character that he’s now the executive producer of its prequel, Young Sheldon. Aside from working on Young Sheldon (because who else knows Sheldon Cooper better than Parsons?), he’s also wrapping up Boys in the Band – a play made into a movie, set to release in 2020.
9 Johnny Galecki
Although Johnny Galecki is most known for his role as Leonard, Sheldon’s best friend, fans of his also know him for his time on the show Roseanne.
After 12 years of playing Sheldon’s roommate, fans knew there was no one better for the role of Leonard Hofstadter than Galecki. Now that he’s done filming The Big Bang Theory, though, Galecki is welcoming a new role into his life: fatherhood. Around the same time Big Bang wrapped up, Galecki announced that he and his girlfriend were having a baby boy. He did, however, have brief roles in A Dog’s Journey and The Connors this year.
8 Kaley Cuoco
Kaley Cuoco played Penny in The Big Bang Theory, and boy did she nail the part. Acting as the “normal” one in the group, Penny never knew what the guys were talking about, all she knew was that she enjoyed their company.
She also grew a lot as a person after meeting Leonard and his squad, along with becoming more successful. Off set, Cuoco is leaving Penny behind and is the voice and executive producer of Harley Quinn; the animated series from the DC Universe. On top of that, she’s also the host of the YouTube show, The Great Travel Hack.
7 Simon Helberg
Howard Wolowitz was the “acquaintance” of Sheldon Cooper. They were in the same friend circle, yet despised each other every other day. Howard was really the only person who would call Sheldon out for being selfish, but in the end, these two did have a deep bond together.
In real life, Simon Helberg is a very private person; he doesn’t even have an Instagram account! He does have Twitter, which he uses from time to time for work-related posts, but that’s really it.
According to IMDb, he has nothing in the works for now and only did a short back in 2018 called End of the Line; but considering how smart and talented Helberg is, we’re sure to see him on screen again.
6 Kunal Nayyar
Kunal Nayyar played the incredibly adorable Raj. Raj was the only one in the friend group who didn’t have his perfect ending. He was essentially the only male in the group who wanted to get married and have babies as soon as he could; but as fans know, that wasn’t in the cards for him.
After 12 years of playing Raj, Nayyar told Parade that he’s heading back to India to spend time with his family before partaking on anything else. However, according to his IMDb, he’s in post-production for Think Like a Dog, Trolls World Tour, and Sweetness in the Belly.
5 Melissa Rauch
As you can see, the cast and crew of The Big Bang Theory definitely aren’t short on work (if they want it), and that includes Melissa Rauch, who played Bernadette Rostenkowski Wolowitz. Married to Howard, these two go on to have two babies together and live the sweet family life we all knew Bernadette would learn to love. Since filming, she starred in Ode to Joy, which made its way to the film festival, along with The Laundromat, whom she stars alongside Meryl Streep. Rauch has also landed another TV gig, staring in Black Friday.
4 Mayim Bialik
Ah, sweet Mayim Bialik played Sheldon Cooper’s girlfriend, Amy Farrah Fowler. She was just as brilliant as Sheldon, but she did something he couldn’t: connect with people. Amy had great depth and an urge to learn and grow with her new friends. It was delightful watching Amy and Sheldon become the couple they were always destined to become, but their love story is done now that the show ended.
Now that Mayim is no longer playing Amy, it was just announced that she’s voicing The B.O.O.T.H in The Inspector Chronicles. As a single mother of two kids, I’m sure she’s also using this downtime to connect with her children as well.
3 Laurie Metcalf
While Sheldon’s mother Mary wasn’t in every single episode, her presence was adored due to the fact that she and Sheldon couldn’t be more different. She’s a devoted Catholic while Sheldon believes in the sciences. Whenever “Shelly” has a hard time, though, we all know Mary is just a phone call away. While we’ll miss seeing Mary Cooper, we can always hear Laurie Metcalf’s voice as Andy’s mom in Toy Story. And, like Galecki, she also starred on the Roseanne spinoff, The Connors.
2 Wil Wheaton
One of the best parts about seeing Wil Wheaton on The Big Bang Theory is that he played himself. As a former star on Star Trek, the gang was obsessed with knowing him. Sheldon got along with him for the most part but the two definitely butted heads then and again.
Now that his reoccurring role on Big Bang has ended, he’s in the post-production stage of filming Max Reload and the Nether Blasters. During filming, though, he also completed being Aqualad in Teen Titans Go! and Stretch Armstrong & the Flex Fighters.
1 Chuck Lore
So, Chuck Lorre may not have been in front of the camera, but you better believe that he was behind. Together with Bill Prady, Chuck Lorre helped create, write, and executive produce the show that we all know and love. After seeing how well Parsons and Galecki worked together, the storyline fell in his lap and we have him (and his team) to thank.
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The busy man that he is, Chuck has a new series in the works, a show titled Bob Hearts Abishola, a show about a man falling in love with his Nigerian nurse. He also created the Big Bang spinoff, Young Sheldon, which is still going strong.