After 12 seasons and over a decade on screens, The Big Bang Theory still remains one of the most popular sitcoms in recent years. Now the iconic show has come to an end on CBS, and internationally on Netflix, Kunal Nayyar has revealed the highs and lows of working on one of the USA’s most beloved comedies.
Reactions to The Big Bang Theory have certainly been divisive over the years, but there’s no denying its impact on the sitcom scene.
Paving the way for even more geeky, pop culture heavy comedy shows to come, the popular scientific comedy still pulled in millions of viewers each week up to its 12th and final season.
Unfortunately, the series pulled the plug last year after lead actor Jim Parsons decided to depart from his star-making role of Sheldon Cooper.
Although later seasons of the series received mixed reviews from fans and critics alike, Big Bang made comedy legends out of its ensemble cast.
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While Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrapali) has stuck to comedy in films like the Trolls franchise, the shy TV astrophysicist took a dramatic turn in his latest small screen role.
This year’s second season of Criminal received major acclaim, and special attention was given to Nayyar’s brilliant portrayal of a shrewd convicted killer.
Now free from his demanding sitcom schedule, Nayyar has already been able to take on more challenging roles, much like his co-star Jim Parsons.
Speaking to Metro, Nayyar revealed he won’t miss playing the character of Raj after encompassing the role for well over a decade.
Season 12 wrapped up in May 2019 with a perfect tribute to the long-running series, and finally awarded Sheldon and his wife Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) the coveted Nobel prize.
Many fans were saddened to see The Big Bang Theory air its final episode, though the cast have agreed it went out at the right time.
Though Nayyar doesn’t specifically miss playing the character of Raj for weeks at a time, the star has plenty of fond memories from his time on set.
The actor praised the show’s creator, Chuck Lorre, and his family of co-stars, attributing them for creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere during production.
He continued: “I miss that stage so much, it was probably one of the only places in the entire universe where I felt absolutely free to be myself without any kind of outside influence, because it was such a safe place.”
“That safe place was created by Chuck Lorre, by the actors, by the crew… we all protected each other. So every day on that set was being at home.”
Finally, Nayyar confirmed there are plenty of things he does miss about Big Bang, especially as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep family and friends apart.
He added: “It’s not just I miss the actors, I miss all of the crew, I miss all of the writers, I miss it. It was such a happy place, always so happy!”
Thankfully, The Big Bang Theory is still available on multiple streaming platforms so devoted fans can relive the sitcom’s glory days by returning to some classic episodes.
The Big Bang Theory is available to stream on Netflix.