updated 09/03/2015 AT 7:49 PM ET
•originally published 08/24/2014 AT 5:50 PM ET
With apologies to Modern Family, it’s time for the Pritchett-Dunphy clan to step aside.
There’s a reason why The Big Bang Theory – which is nominated for outstanding comedy series – is the most-watched comedy for four years running: the stars are revered, the jokes are ample, and Sheldon’s wardrobe of superhero T-shirts make us wish we could all do our clothes shopping at San Diego Comic-Con.
But enough with limiting the accolades to Jim Parsons, Emmy voters; though we can’t deny his comedic chops, his irresistibly fussy Sheldon isn’t the only reason for the show’s overwhelming success.
Here’s looking at you, Amy (Mayim Bialik) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch).