If you are a lover of sitcoms, then you know that the title ‘king of sitcoms’ belongs to none other than Chuck Lorre (born as Charles Michael Levine). The king of sitcoms teamed up with Bill Prady and Steven Molaro as both producers and head writers to create the Big Bang Theory series, it definitely came as no surprise that the series has been a big bang.
Episode 1 of The Big Bang Theory Season 12 began with Sheldon and Amy’s honeymoon in New York. Sheldon displays queer desire to schedule their sex life much to Amy’s chagrin. Raj instigates a feud on Twitter with renowned American astrophysicist, Neil Degrasse Tyson as Mr. Fowler, Amy’s dad, is seen hiding from his wife but is scared into returning home by Penny.
The newlyweds had a hard time figuring out their wedding gift from Leonard and his wife which turned out to be a gift from Raj to Howard and then from Howard to Leonard. Raj, on the other hand, is desperate for a relationship and turns to his father for help in finding a wife. His father chooses Anu whose domineering attitude leads to her proposing marriage to Raj. Yes, he accepted and upped it by giving Leonard and Penny, a relationship questionnaire to complete. This reveals that Penny doesn’t desire a child while Leonard does but comes to accept her wish. Meanwhile, Stuart ‘stupidly’ began to bring Denise home at night.
Sheldon made up with Tam, his Texan childhood friend who abandoned him for a girlfriend as Penny and Bernadette try to form a friendship with Anu, embarrassing Raj in the process. Like all newlyweds, Sheldon and Amy have challenges with balancing their career and time together; Sheldon hurts his wife but apologizes. Also, after much skepticism, Raj allows Leonard to join him on his show and they do just fine.
Halloween comes with lots of drama and hurtful actions for the group and just after that, Bernadette starts going to Haley for some alone time and is soon joined by Penny. Anu finally has sex with Raj after a failed attempt while Sheldon bonds with his mother-in-law as a means of spiting his father-in-law who prefers Howard and his magic to him.
Furthermore, Leonard’s finding of a paper which disproves Sheldon and Amy’s work on super asymmetry leads them into depression until an old VHS tape gives them hope again. Subsequent episodes of The Big Bang Theory Season 12 promises more interesting drama even as the sitcom winds to an end.
The Big Bang Theory Season 12 Release Date
Season 1 began on the 24th of September 2007 and now, we are on to the 12th and last season of the multiple award-winning series. The Big Bang Theory Season 12 premiered exactly 11 years after the 1st, on the 24th of September 2018. It comprises of 24 episodes like the previous seasons, 4 through 11. After its release, it took to the normal weekly Thursday showing on TV.
The decision for this season to be the last was reached when Jim Parsons announced his decision to leave the show despite a further renewal. He allegedly turned down $50 million for another season, forcing CBS and Warner Bros to announce The Big Bang Theory Season 12 as the finale.
How To Watch It Online
The Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) is the original network of the TV sitcom. Subscribing to the All Access streaming service of the network gives unlimited viewing. Well, US residents have the opportunity of watching 5 free episodes on the site.
Amazon Prime Video also offers the CBS All Access as an add-on and live streaming is an added advantage for subscribers of this service. Previous episodes are available on iTunes and also on Amazon Prime Videos. Subscription goes for about $14.99 on both platforms.
Over the years, users of video platforms like Netflix and Hulu have searched for BBT to no avail. This is because Netflix has failed to obtain rights to stream the episodes as they air. However, some previous seasons can be found on Netflix in some regions like The Netherlands, Brazil, Thailand, Colombia, South Korea, and Luxembourg, with some having up to season 7. Netflix UK has as much as season 10. Also, Netflix DVD has seasons 1 through 11 up for rent on DVD box sets. Season 11 was recently added on September 11, 2018.
The Big Bang Theory Season 12 Cast
Generally, The Big Bang Theory Season 12 cast members aren’t different from those of previous seasons. The story revolves around the following cast:
Almost every successful comedy has that guy who remains so serious even in the face of a hilarious storm. When this serious man is a nerd with an amazing IQ of 173; if he loves experimental physics, obtained a Ph.D. at 24, enjoys reading comic books, playing video games, and ends up marrying his long-crush neighbor, then he is definitely Leonard Leakey Hofstadter.
Leonard is a graduate of the private Ivy League research university, Princeton University and is really a brilliant character. John Mark Galecki plays this role most conveniently, after almost being cast as Sheldon, and earns a whopping ~$900,000 for each episode since season 10. Galecki has earned nominations for several awards for this character, he won the Satellite Award as Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical in 2012.
Jim Parsons (born as James Joseph Parsons) is an incredible American Actor credited for several films and television series. He is most popularly known for his beautiful portrayal of Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory for which he has been nominated for multiple awards out of which he’s won a handful. These include the Golden Globe Award as the Best Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy in 2011, Primetime Emmy Awards as an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series four different times (2010, 2011, 2013 & 2014) and People’s Choice Awards as Comedy TV Star of the Year in 2018.
Sheldon Cooper obtained his Ph.D. at age 16, thanks to his photographic memory and IQ of 187. The Texan, however, is really awkward in most social situations, preferring to brag about his brilliance and have his way. He is a theoretical physicist and works at Caltech, just like his roommate and ‘best friend’, Leonard Hofstadter. In season 11, Sheldon married the brilliant Amy much to viewers’ delight. You shouldn’t be told he’s part of The Big Bang Theory Season 12 cast.
Kaley Cuoco is an American actress and producer. In 2014 Hollywood Walk of Fame, the actress was given a star. Her performance as Penny remains one of her best till date as she has won several awards for it. In 2012 and 2013, she earned the Satellite Award for Best Actress and the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Kaley has also received the People’s Choice Awards as Favorite TV Comedy Actress in both 2013 and 2014 amongst several other nominations.
Unlike her neighbors, Penny lacks educational qualifications but aptly makes up with her beauty and social skills. She is an aspiring actress from Omaha, Nebraska, but worked for a long time at Cheesecake Factory as a waitress. Penny finally dropped her acting dreams when she hit a huge pharmaceutical rep job. Somehow, she fell in love with Leonard following so much drama and the duo got married in season 9. She is a major part of the story and it’s only natural for her to be a member of The Big Bang Theory Season 12 cast.
Simon Maxwell Helberg was raised as a Jew and uses his profound knowledge in Judaism to deliver an almost perfect (if not perfect) role as Howard Wolowitz. Howard is a Masters Degree holder in aerospace engineering. He graduates from being a ‘womanizer’ and being thought of having an affair with Raj, his best friend, into dating and later marrying Bernadette. Unlike his friends and wife, he doesn’t have a Ph.D. and isn’t a Physicist.
Simon has won several awards as an actor but none, surprisingly, for Big Bang Theory. Like other members of the cast listed above, it is difficult to imagine a season of the series without the Wolowitz character.
Kunal is a British comedian cum actor from Punjabi who is reputed to earn as much as $20 million as salary. He holds a Master of fine arts from the Temple University in Philadelphia. His character in The Big Bang Theory, Rajesh Ramayan ‘Raj’ Koothrappali, is however, an Astrophysicist and a Ph.D. holder. He is a co-worker of Leonard and Sheldon at Caltech. Raj displays selective mutism until the close of season 6.
Kunal’s performance has seen him being nominated for five consecutive years (2012- 2016) for the Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series) but he has clinched none.
MAYIM CHAYA BIALIK
Mayim is an American author, actress, and neuroscientist who plays the role of Amy Farrah Fowler. Amy is also a neuroscientist on the show. She holds a Ph.D. and is almost as socially awkward as Sheldon is until she begins to hang out more with Penny and Bernadette.
After many unsuccessful attempts to be intimate with Sheldon, they ultimately got married. Mayim has won the Critics’ Choice Television Award in two years (2016 and 2018) for her role as Amy. The Big Bang Theory Season 12 would be illogical without her as a cast member.
MELISSA IVY RAUCH
Bernadette Maryann Rostenkowski begins her time on the show as a waitress at Cheesecake factory and a student hoping to bag a Ph.D. in microbiology, a feat she accomplished in season 4. She entered a somewhat tumultuous relationship with Howard; they broke up for a while and finally came together as man and wife. She is highly manipulative and is seen to exert that influence on her husband, father, and even Sheldon. She gave birth to a beautiful ‘screaming’ baby girl named Halley in season 9 and by the end of season 11, is again pregnant, this time being confined to six-month bed rest.
Melissa Ivy Rauch acts this role. Her voice in real life differs greatly from her voice on the show. The high-pitched voice of Bernadette is modeled after her mom’s while the mimicking of Mrs. Wolowitz’s eerie voice is after her dad’s.
Kevin is known for Ugly Betty and BBT. He was first a guest cast as Stuart Bloom on BBT but became a regular in season 6. Stuart runs the comic store that Leonard and friends visit in Pasadena. He battles with loneliness and low self-esteem but somehow manages to clinch dates with Penny and then Amy before they each get serious with Leonard and Sheldon respectively. He loses his business, moves in with Howard’s mum as her nurse till her death in season 8. In season 11, he is linked romantically to Denise, his employee and is also Bernadette’s live-in domestic help.
Other recurring casts in season 12 include Brian Posehn (as Dr. Bert Kibbler), Brian George (as Dr. V.M. Koothrappali), Lindsey Kraft (as Marissa Johnson), Keith Carradine (as Wyatt), Bob Newhart (as Dr. Arthur Jeffries or Professor Proton), Lauren Lapkus (as Denise), Joshua Malina (as President Siebert), Rati Gupta (as Anu) and John Ross Bowie (as Dr. Barry Kripke).