Let us tell you why ‘The Big Bang Theory’ star Kaley Cuoco finds the later seasons of the sitcom impossible to watch.
Many actors have trouble watching themselves on screen, and the newest one on the block is Kaley Cuoco! ‘The Flight Attendant’ actor played Penny on ‘The Big Bang Theory’ through 12 seasons, and the sitcom catapulted her steady career to global fame.
- Kaley Cuoco can only watch the early episodes of the sitcom
- Kaley Cuoco is distanced from her character Penny’s early days
- ‘The Big Bang Theory’s’ legacy after its long run
Even though her character was portrayed as a ditzy, scatter-brained blonde without a mind of her own, Penny was the most relatable one! Cuoco portrayed her to perfection and made her stand out as the most individualistic of them all.
The show was primarily dominated by male actors: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar. Their characters were depicted as highly intelligent, nerdy, and science-enthusiasts, but Penny often outshined them all. Her street smarts and sarcastic jabs made Cuoco a recognizable figure, and the later seasons gave her character more depth than ever before.
It is unclear why Kaley Cuoco is unable to watch the later seasons of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ for the same reason. Is it because she’s upset with Chuck Lorre‘s treatment of her character or because it’s awkward to see her character’s romance bloom with her ex-boyfriend, Johnny Galecki? Keep reading to discover the real reason!
Kaley Cuoco can only watch the early episodes of the sitcom
Several television and movie stars have often admitted to their inability to watch older films or TV shows they starred in. While ‘The Big Bang Theory’ fans have no problem watching reruns; old and new episodes, the show’s actor isn’t as comfortable about it.
Kaley Cuoco made the surprising revelation during an episode of Conan O’Brien’s podcast ‘Conan Needs a Friend’. The actor explained that while she still watches the earlier seasons of the sitcom, the later episodes make her very emotional.
After being a crucial part of the show’s story for 12 years, it was heart-breaking for Kaley Cuoco to say farewell. This was the sitcom that marked her rise to fame, and re-watching episodes pulled her back into the emotional headspace.
Kaley Cuoco is distanced from her character Penny’s early days
The reason behind Kaley Cuoco’s acceptance towards watching the earlier seasons of the Chuck Lorre created sitcom is unexpected. She first portrayed Penny in September 2007, which is 13 long years ago.
The actor finds herself in a different stage of life now and loves to revisit the person she was in the show. In the podcast, Kaley shared,
“The early episodes of Big Bang – I can’t believe how many different hairstyles I had and all the different clothes”.
“It’s very weird because I’m much more okay watching the earlier seasons as opposed to the most recent ones. The recent ones are still too emotional for me”. The actor took the opportunity to share her reasons, “The early, early ones feel like a different person and a different time so I’m able to watch it and laugh. But the recent ones are tough, it was strange getting out of that and figuring what the next step was going to be. In my mind, I was going to be on it for 27 years”.
‘The Big Bang Theory’s’ legacy after its long run
It’s frustrating to imagine that the show could have two more seasons worth content for fans if Jim Parsons had agreed to go on! Several online sources have reported that creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady had a script in mind and hoped to see the show go on.
After Jim Parsons revealed his wishes to discontinue his nerdy, genius character, the team behind the show went the other way. Parsons’ character Sheldon Cooper was the break-out star of ‘The Big Bang Theory’, so the creative team found it impossible to go on without him.
Kaley Cuoco and the rest of the cast were upset at first but recognized that life must move on. Since then, Jim Parsons has taken up different projects, and Kaley Cuoco stars in and executive produces the HBO Max series ‘The Flight Attendant’.
Fans have nothing to worry about the show’s legacy though! ‘Young Sheldon’, a TBBT spin-off which sees the early life of Sheldon Cooper, is returning with a third season. Jim Parsons narrates the show, and fans have been raving about it ever since it first premiered!