It’s been five years since The Big Bang Theory’s final episode aired on CBS, but it’s still one of the most popular sitcoms, with great lessons about friendship and plenty of geek culture references. The show ended, but its seven leading characters and the memorable theme song will live on in the hearts of fans.
Fans may have been curious about what projects Sheldon, Penny, Leonard, Amy, Howard, Raj, and Bernadette have worked on since the show ended. The good news is that the cast of The Big Bang Theory has been active in film and television, and many have found critical and commercial success with their follow-up projects. With Kaley Couco’s latest Hulu original series, Based on a True Story, receiving a second season renewal, it’s the perfect time to catch up with the cast and see if they have any new projects coming out.
Character: Stuart Bloom
Stuart Bloom (Kevin Sussman) is a comic book store owner whose place is the gang’s frequent hangout spot. Although he initially appears confident and even mildly successful with women, Stuart’s characterization shifts throughout the season, eventually becoming a socially awkward, lonely, and outright creepy man who struggles to connect with others. Despite this, Stuart becomes a close friend of the gang and is often involved in their misadventures.
After The Big Bang Theory concluded in 2019, Sussman continued to work on various projects. He appeared in Little Fish alongside Olivia Cooke and Jack O’Connell. He also had a recurring role in the TV show Utopia and appeared in an episode of The Goldbergs. Additionally, Sussman voiced several projects, including Star Trek: Lower Decks and Harley Quinn. He will soon appear in Apple TV+’s Lessons in Chemistry as Walter.
Character: Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz
Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch) began her career as a server and Penny’s coworker at The Cheesecake Factory, where she used her earnings to fund her graduate studies in microbiology. She’s a bright, short-tempered, cutthroat, manipulative bully and an often ambitious young woman with a squeaky voice who can also be pleasant and friendly. Bernadette is Howard’s wife and best friend of Penny and Amy. Although she can come across as mean-spirited and outright cruel, Bernadette is arguably the best The Big Bang Theory character, largely thanks to Rauch’s hilarious performance.
Rauch’s work in the TV industry continued beyond The Big Bang Theory, with cameos in Robot Chicken, Animaniacs, and The Chicken Squad. She also co-starred in The Laundromat, a Netflix comedy-drama with Meryl Streep. Most recently, Rauch appeared in Night Court, which has already been renewed for season 2, and voiced Beth Bayani in an animated series, Firebuds, for 8 episodes.
Character: Rajesh Koothrapalli
Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) is a Caltech Department of Applied Physics aerospace engineer. Unlike Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, Bernadette, and Amy, Howard does not have a PhD, and as a result, he is frequently mocked, particularly by Sheldon. Howard lives with his overbearing, demeaning, and unseen mother until he marries Bernadette in season 5. Although he is creepy and off-putting at first, Howard endures significant changes through the seasons, eventually becoming one of the show’s best characters. Indeed, Howard plays a large role in many of The Big Bang Theory’s best episodes.
Helberg returned to acting with a musical drama, Annette, after taking a break following the end of The Big Bang Theory. Helberg also voiced his character’s younger self in The Big Bang Theory’s spin-off, Young Sheldon, alongside other original cast members. Helberg starred as Nathan in As They Made Us, a drama written and directed by his former co-star Mayim Bialik. Most recently, he made appearances in the comedy Poker Face and the animated sitcom American Dad!
Character: Amy Farrah Fowler
Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) is a neuroscientist who studies addiction in primates and invertebrates and occasionally mentions addiction experiments. Amy is Sheldon’s love interest and Penny and Bernadette’s best friend. She is sweet and caring, yet she can also be stern and determined when necessary. Every Amy-centric episode in The Big Bang Theory is hilarious, thanks to Bialik’s comedic timing, which earned her four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
After the show concluded in 2019, Bialik starred in the now-canceled Call Me Kat and hosted several episodes of Jeopardy! following Alex Trebek’s passing. Bialik has also appeared in several television episodes, including Little Tikes’ STEM Jr., Vampirina, and The News Tank. Her newest project, The Inspector Chronicles, which is about a space traveler who can also travel through time, is now in development.
Penny (Kaley Cuoco) lives across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon. She is an aspiring actor who hails from a tiny town outside Omaha, Nebraska. Penny worked as a waitress and occasional bartender at the local Cheesecake Factory until season seven. She is kind-hearted and outgoing, maturing throughout the series and becoming a successful pharmaceutical sales representative. Penny ends the show married to Leonard and expecting her first child with him.
Cuoco’s next project after The Big Bang Theory was The Flight Attendant, which earned her critical acclaim, including Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG Award nominations. Since 2019, Cuoco has voiced the titular character in the Max animated series Harley Quinn. Other projects Couco took part in include the action comedy The Man From Toronto, the romantic comedy Meet Cute, and most recently, the Hulu original Based on a True Story.
Character: Leonard Hofstadter
Sheldon’s roommate and best friend, Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), is an experimental physicist with an IQ of 173. Unlike his equally nerdy friends, Leonard is interested in and skilled at forming bonds with others. Leonard’s true love is Penny, his across-the-hall neighbor, whom he pledges to marry the moment he sees her. Many of the funniest episodes in The Big Bang Theory feature a clash between Leonard and Sheldon, whose bond is a weird combination of tough love and genuine affection.
Following The Big Bang Theory, Johnny reprised his role as David Healy in the television series The Conners, reuniting with his Big Bang co-star Sarah Gilbert. He has also appeared in many films, including Rings, A Dog’s Journey, and The Master Cleanse.
Character: Sheldon Cooper
Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) is a genius-level theoretical physicist at Caltech with an IQ of 187 and an eidetic memory. He has a fundamental lack of social skills, a shaky grasp of comedy, and a hard time discerning irony and sarcasm in others; even so, he truly cares about his friends and family despite his lack of social graces. Sheldon is the star of The Big Bang Theory, with Parsons winning a whopping four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
After the sitcom concluded in 2019, Parsons continued to work on voiceovers for Young Sheldon. Also, in Call Me Kat, Parsons served as executive producer alongside his on-screen wife, Mayim Bialik. Parsons earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his role in Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood. Additionally, he frequently appeared in television shows like The Simpsons and Pete The Cat and feature films like The Boys in the Band and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile. Most recently, Parsons starred in Spoiler Alert, a comedy-drama, and will soon appear in Just by Looking at Him, which is now in pre-production.