'The Big Bang Theory' comes to an end after 12 seasons

(CBS) -- We’re just a week away from the series finale of The Big Bang Theory and saying goodbye to Sheldon, Penny, Leonard & the rest of the gang.

We’re just a week away from the series finale of The Big Bang Theory and saying goodbye to Sheldon, Penny, Leonard & the rest of the gang. Photo: Melissa Rauch / Instagram

After 12 seasons and 279 episodes, how will the longest-running multi-cam comedy series be remembered? During their final days on set, the cast shared their thoughts on the show’s legacy.

Mayim Bialik – I think I would like our show to be remembered as a really strong four camera sitcom. That films in front of a live audience in an era when not a lot of people want to do that. Not a lot of people can do that. And not a lot of people can do it as well as Chuck Lorre does it.

Kaley Cuoco – I think it’s going to live on in everyone’s hearts. Good characters last forever and these characters are winners. They started out in a way as losers and they are winners at the end of the day.

Kunal Nayyar - It doesn’t have to be so life-changing sometimes. It can also just be a show that was well written and people loved the characters and it made people laugh and it brought people together. Grandparents and kids could watch it together.

Johnny Galecki - I would like the show to be remembered as one that…no one saw coming. We didn’t get a lot of critical love to begin with. And then it just kind of kept climbing. And I’m really proud of that.

Simon Helberg - If people remember their experience with these characters. Which is “oh I watched this with my mother.” This wouldn’t exist without people that invested their time and, and connected.

Melissa Rauch - Think the way I’d like the show to be remembered in that it just made people happy. That just warms my heart.

Jim Parsons - It’s different for everybody I guess what they get from it. If it brought joy I think that’s good.

Kaley Cuoco - We all have shows that we watch over & over that probably were on so many years ago that we love, that brings us comfort. And I believe that The Big Bang Theory brings people comfort.

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