With a show that has been a ratings juggernaut soon to go off the air, CBS will air the special “Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell” to help send off the comedy series in style. The special is set for Thursday, May 16.
The big night will start with the one-hour series finale of “The Big Bang Theory” from 8-9 p.m., followed by the 30-minute special at 9 p.m. and the season two finale of the show’s prequel, “Young Sheldon,” at 9:30 p.m.
During the 30-minute special retrospective, series stars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco will take viewers behind the scenes of the longest-running multicamera comedy series in television history.
“In the special, Galecki and Cuoco will lead fans on a trip down memory lane, sharing some of the best-kept backstage secrets and personal memories from the past 12 years,” CBS said in announcing the retrospective. “They will reveal their favorite moments playing beloved characters Leonard and Penny, and revisit some of the most memorable stories from ‘The Big Bang Theory Stage.’ In addition, the special will feature a tour of the iconic sets, including Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment. This special farewell will include unforgettable clips and interviews to celebrate this beloved series.”
The series, which debuted in 2007 and continues to air in syndication around the world, will go off the air on CBS after 279 episodes. The show has received 52 Emmy Award nominations with 10 wins to date and seven Golden Globe nominations.
“In addition to centering many of its episodes in the worlds of science and technology, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ enjoys support from the scientific community at large, including having a bee species (Euglossa bazinga), a jellyfish species (Bazinga Rieki) and a monkey at the Columbus Zoo (Dr. Sheldon Cooper) named in the show’s honor,” CBS noted. “In 2015 the first-ever UCLA scholarship was created by and named for a television series, The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment, which supports undergraduate students in need of financial aid who are pursuing their higher education and majoring in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”
The series stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. It is executive produced by Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady, Steven Molaro and Steve Holland. “The Big Bang Theory” is produced by Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television.