Kunal Nayyar, Johnny Galecki on 'The Big Bang Theory' completing 200 episodes
Breakout stars of 'The Big Bang Theory', Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali) in an interview talk about their show completing 200 episodes
One wouldn't expect a show about four socially awkward physicists and geeks extraordinaire to become one of the biggest sitcoms on television. And yet, after enjoying nine seasons on air and completion of 200 episodes recently, the show seems to be still going strong. Breakout stars of 'The Big Bang Theory', Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali) in a brief chat:
Q. How did the 200th episode feel?
Kunal: It feels like just yesterday when we began. We have had such good times. It's just great when you are having fun and love everyone around. You don't come to know how time passes. This (the set) is like our second home.
The cast of The Big Bang Theory
Q. It has been many years since you guys came together for the show.
Johnny: At this point of time, we have been through births, deaths, marriages and divorces. But to top it all, this has been a wonderful experience.
Q. Bernadette got pregnant and then there was the 200th episode. There's a lot happening this season, right?
Kunal: Yes, Bernadette and Howard are having a baby, and that was a huge shocker. That was right after Sheldon and Amy had sex. And Leonard and Penny got married. There's so much happening this season. It's definitely one of my favourite seasons.
Q. What do you think works for this show?
Johnny: The thing is there are hundreds of ingredients that have to go into a show, but there is no one recipe for success. You can put together an incredible group of talent with everyone being as committed as possible and still, sometimes, things don't work. But, sometimes they do. If there were a secret, some kind of code to follow, then all shows would last for 10 years.
Kunal: The one thing is that the quality of writing has not meandered in any way. We are still as solid as we had been for nine years. Our writers have been incredible.
Q. How do you think your show has created an iconic mark in pop culture on TV?
Johnny: We have always said that we are not creating a world; we are just reflecting the world that exists outside. We just had a spotlight on that. We don't think of ourselves as culture icons. We just do our jobs the best we can.
Kunal: It's very difficult to think about yourself as a cultural icon when you are in it. You show up to work, and then at times, you wonder, 'Wow! I am a part of this crazy world!'