“Big Bang Theory” Gets Series Finale Date

Jim Parsons in "The Big Bang Theory"

The Big Bang Theory will officially wrap mid-May. 

CBS has announced the final episode of its ever-popular series will air May 16 and that fans will have an hourlong series finale to say their goodbyes. 

The series, which starred Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar, aired its first episode on September 24, 2007. According to The Wrap, by the time the series ends, it will be the longest-running multi-camera series in television history with 279 episodes.

Producers and stars have been tight lipped on how they’ll end. A few months ago all that Chuck Lorre told Deadline was: “we have a general idea of what we are aiming for with May and the finale.These days there’s a lot of melancholy in the background at all times. It’s been a 12-year project that has been really just a joy. It’s going to be very, very sad to let it go.”

Parsons and Cuoco did give a small hint of what they wish happens in the series finale telling Entertainment Weekly, “That’s one of my wishes for the final episode,” says Parsons. “The elevator gets fixed, at least for a minute, and then we all get stuck in it.” “It would be a great show ending for me!” added Cuoco.