Last year I came up with an article about The Big Bang Theory, covering the fact that their show was coming into it’s seventh season and still gaining viewers. (Yahoo) The show has been an anomaly for a while, it’s a comedy revolving around science and highly intelligent people, yet it has become one of the highest rated shows on television. Chuck Lorre is no stranger to successful shows, and right now his crown jewel is The Big Bang Theory which currently averages just shy of twenty million viewers each week. (TVByTheNumbers) CBS has had great success with comedies over the years from All in the Family and Mash, The King of Queens and Everybody loves Raymond, to the current lineup which features Two and a Half Men, Two Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother, and Big Bang Theory is the lead dog in the pack racking up awards and recognition. (Wikipedia) As if all of this wasn’t enough the show has now reached another milestone, making history with it’s latest deal being struck, keeping Big Bang Theory on the air for three more seasons. (Variety) Ten seasons is no small feat, especially for a sitcom, and at this point the show is essentially guaranteed to reach that milestone.
The signing of this deal is only part of the equation, but it is the first step in guaranteeing the show will be around, the next is locking down the actors. The cast is due to be resigned next, including Johnny Galeki, Jim Parsons, and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, if those pieces are kept together the show will continue on and likely continue to grow. (CBS) The cast and creators have said they could easily see Big Bang Theory running at least twelve seasons before all is said and done, that they can keep the stories going, and keep them interesting for that length, which is a nearly unheard of accomplishment. (Ranker) Classics like Friends, MASH, All in the Family, Everybody Loves Raymond, Roseanne, and even the vaunted Cheers couldn’t reach twelve seasons, this would make Big Bang Theory the longest running successful sitcom in history. I’ve watched, and enjoyed, every one of these shows and the plots we’re given in Big Bang Theory are just as interesting as anything provided by the massive hits. One last thing to think about is how much success Bob Newhart (a key guest actor on Big Bang Theory) has had in sitcoms, including what’s considered the greatest finale in TV history. (RollingStone) As much success as Mr. Newhart has had through the years, if Big Bang Theory makes it twelve seasons we may need to consider Johnny Galeki in contention for his spot as the most prolific sitcom actor when you combine his run with Roseanne and Big Bang Theory. Galecki is sitting at twelve seasons over two shows while Newhart has fifteen over three series as major/title roles, only time will tell how it unfolds.