Penny, Penny, Penny, Penny, Penny… Sheldon knocking on the door of girl-next-door is one thing that the internet is never getting enough of. Sheldon’s Knock from the Big Bang Theory is a pop culture phenomenon and so is actor Jim Parsons.
Parsons’ decision to quit on the character broke million hearts around the globe. The Big Bang Theory ran for a good 12 seasons and had two more charted out before coming to an abrupt halt. A year down the line fans still expect a Season 13.
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From Buddy Sitcom to International Recognition
CBS’ The Big Bang Theory made its debut on the TV in 2007. The show presented Sheldon Cooper (Parsons), a physicist who is also a superhero geek living with long-suffering friend Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki). They are joined by friends Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and next-door neighbour Penny aka actor Kaley Cuoco. As the show progressed Mayim Bialik was cast as nerdy Amy Fowler and Melissa Rauch as Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz. The ensemble showed their various point of views.
For 12 long years, the characters grew from young chaps to Nobel receiving laureates living happily ever after. No show can find fame such as The Big Bang Theory. Another that remotely comes close to its success is Friends. Parsons told THR “Will there be a show like ours again that will succeed at that level and in territories and syndication? It’s hard to imagine.”
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The years of The Big Bang Theory brought the whole cast and crew worldwide fame. The show proved to be CBS’s greatest asset with the 12-season run collecting 52 Emmy nominations — including 10 wins — and seven Golden Globes in its 279-episode run. The multi-camera set-up show became TV’s highest-rated comedy series and made the cast among TV’s richest billing $1 million per episode.
From Big Bang To Hollywood
The Big Bang Theory came to an end because actor Jim Parsons decided to walk away from the show. As shocking as it was for the fans, show maker Chuck Lorre was always sure, if one cast member walks away, the show would come to an end. He told THR, “I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of going on without the whole ensemble — and the whole ensemble is why we succeeded.”
And Parsons had his own reasons to leave the show. He said, “It was the first time in my life of doing this show that it occurred to me that I might want to not do another contract after [Season] 12 was up.” He further said it might be because he is Aries or ‘just because maybe I’m in touch with myself.’
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Parsons moved on because he couldn’t relate to the character anymore. “It has been fascinating to think about who I was 12 years ago… it’s like, you’re not the same person you were. There is a possibility that this actually became more difficult for you in a way. And I don’t know what that means but it’s like you just change.”
Well, Jim Parsons hasn’t left The Big Bang Theory universe completely. He narrates his own story in the spin-off Young Sheldon. In the past year, he has made The Boys in The Band and recently starred in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix mini series Hollywood.
Working on a sitcom for 12 years of his life paid off in many ways. But after it, Parsons is conflicted about his newfound freedom. He told Collider, “But more specifically to the Hollywood business of it all, this sounds so hippie, but I’m trying to learn how to listen to myself and really hear what it is that I want.”
He finds himself in a hard spot where he doesn’t have to hustle. “It really is an unbelievably fortunate position that I’m in, and the hardest part is that it’s such a new position for me.”
He further explains, “It’s nice to hear, ‘Now what do you really, really, really want to do?’ as opposed to saying, ‘Well, I need to do this now. It makes sense to do this now. I feel like an astrology reading hippie, saying it like that, but it’s the truth…”
It might sound hippie but 47-year-old Parsons is letting time and experience answer things for him. While looking for inspiration in things that are not even acting related like taking an art class. Yet if inspiration calls he is willing to work some more. Moving forward he sees himself doing more meaningful work, “If everything could feel like this, I would just try to work back to back to back to back.”
And till then we’ll have to make do with binging Big Bang Theory reruns!