In case you didn’t know, Game of Thrones isn’t the only show that ended this month. Big Bang Theory, the hit sitcom that gave a voice to geeks, nerds, and science-lovers everywhere, came to an end just a few weeks ago. After 12 seasons and countless great moments, we’ve picked the best Big Bang Theory episodes ever!
Season 1, Episode 17 – “The Tangerine Factor”
“The Tangerine Factor” takes place at the end of Big Bang Theory‘s first season. It’s also the episode many fans point to as the moment they truly fell in love with the show. In it, Penny goes through an awful break-up and agrees to go on a date with Leonard, something the show had set up from the beginning. However, they both experience doubts and aren’t sure they want this relationship – so both turn to Sheldon for advice. Meanwhile, Sheldon conspires that Szechuan Palace is selling orange chicken as “tangerine chicken.” It’s a excellent side-plot that provides plenty of laughs during a dramatic episode.
Season 3, Episode 22 – “The Staircase Implementation”
Most fans consider “The Staircase Implementation” the best episode of Big Bang Theory. Some critics even theorized that this episode is one reason fans remain so loyal to the show. In “Staircase,” we got back in time, witnessing the beginning of Sheldon, Leonard’s, Raj and Howard’s friendship. However, perhaps more importantly, we finally learn why their apartment building’s elevator is broken! Audiences love these type of episodes, as they reveal previously unknown character backstories. It’s both funny and touching, all at the same time!
Season 5, Episode 10 – “The Flaming Acquisition”
This episode is a Hall of Famer because Sheldon finally asks Amy out! In classic Big Bang Theory style, however, he and the guys get in a whole lot of trouble beforehand.
Big Bang Theory, like most sitcoms, doesn’t show us the gang outside of their homes or work very often. However, in this episode, everyone is out and about! The guys go to their weekly trip to the comic book store, and Sheldon’s friend, Amy, tags along. She catches the eyes of the owner of the store, Stuart. Obviously, something has to go wrong – Leonard ruins Stuart’s intention of asking Amy out, by pointing out that Amy is a famous neurobiologist, so why would she be interested in a book shop owner? However, things turn out all right when Stuart and Amy do go out; which makes Sheldon jealous – which sends him on a Stuart-stalking binge on social media. He even asks out Penny, to make Amy jealous! It’s a real roller-coaster episode.
Season 9, Episode 4 – “The 2003 Approximation”
Many fans feel that, like many sitcoms, Big Bang Theory went downhill in the later seasons. However, “The 2003 Approximation” is a home-run episode. “Approximation” is a fan-favorite – nearly every moment is hilarious, and it’s filled with iconic lines and scenes. In the ep, Penny and Leonard finally tell Sheldon that they moved in together, which causes Sheldon to become quite upset. So upset, in fact, that he tries to go back in time. Meanwhile, Raj and Howard form a… rock band, of all things, after Stuart tells them he wants to host live music to entertain customers in the store. The song, the rehearses, the performance…all legendary moments.
We know it’s hard to say goodbye to a great show like Big Bang Theory! However, it’s nice to know we’ll always have these classic episodes to rewatch for years to come!