I loved every minute of this finale and felt it was pretty true to life.
I'm down with the way they handled Penny's pregnancy. Penny didn't want kids, then drunken SURPRISE! I have friends who didn't want kids end up with a surprise baby and they are awesome parents.
Not moving from the apartment or moving on from jobs - why should they? All of them have successful careers. Leonard toyed with the idea of moving on and is happy with the path the University offered him. I would have been annoyed if it ended 'Friends style" with them giving up the apartment and moving into a house. Nothing in the last season or last few episodes built up to that. Their apartment is awesome.
I do think Sheldon finally saw how his behavior impacted others and he looked beyond crushed when Amy included herself in the people that tolerate him.
Life goes on, a big award doesn't have to mean a lifestyle upgrade and neither Shelon or Amy are materialistic. I loved Amy's makeover and Raj helping her. I follow MB on Instagram and saw her new hair cut, I had no idea it was part of the show.
I'm going to miss this show so much. Thankfully it looks like it's going to become the next Law and Order and will always be broadcasting on some station.