Young Sheldon (stylized as young Sheldon) is an American television comedy on CBS created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro. The series is a spin-off prequel to The Big Bang Theory and follows the character Sheldon Cooper at the age of nine, living with his family in East Texas and going to high school. Iain Armitage stars as young Sheldon, alongside Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Montana Jordan, Raegan Revord, and Annie Potts. Jim Parsons, who portrays the adult Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, narrates the series and serves as an executive producer.
|Narrated by||Jim Parsons|
|Opening theme||"Mighty Little Man" by Steve Burns|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||22 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||September 25, 2017– present|
|Related shows||The Big Bang Theory|
Development of the prequel series began in November 2016, from an initial idea that Parsons passed along to The Big Bang Theory producers. The following March, Armitage and Perry were cast, and the series was ordered by CBS. The series premiered as a special preview on September 25, 2017, and two days later, CBS picked up the series for a full season of 22 episodes. On November 2, 2017, new episodes began airing weekly. In January 2018, CBS renewed the series for a second season.
Set in 1989, the series follows 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper as he attends high school in the fictional town of Medford, Texas, and tries to fit in the world around him while his family and friends attempt to deal with his unique intellectual capabilities and social challenges.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Iain Armitage as Sheldon Cooper, a 9-year-old child prodigy with a "once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science". While well-versed in all types of math and science, he is shown to prefer theoretical physics, stating that he decided to pursue the field around the same time as the show began. While academically gifted, Sheldon lacks a full understanding of social cues and behaviors, in addition to having a sense of superiority over everyone around him due to his intelligence. Sheldon is prone to travel his own path even if he gets into trouble along the way. Nevertheless, Sheldon has proven to love his family and almost always has his heart in the right place.
- Zoe Perry as Mary Cooper, Sheldon's mother. She is very protective and patient with Sheldon but also struggles to understand him at times. She is a devout Christian and so has friction with Sheldon's atheism and derision of Christianity. Nevertheless, she deeply loves her son and wants to protect him for as long as she can.
- Lance Barber as George Cooper Sr., Sheldon's father and the head football coach at Medford High. While often a voice of reason, George is not the brightest member of the family, leading others, especially Meemaw, to doubt him being Sheldon's father. While he may struggle with understanding his intellectually gifted son, George is a loving father and has defended Sheldon on multiple occasions, earning Sheldon's love and appreciation.
- Montana Jordan as George "Georgie" Cooper Jr., Sheldon's older brother. Georgie openly despises Sheldon and never hesitates to bully him. He is not very intelligent and so is mocked and teased by the rest of the family, particularly Sheldon and Meemaw. While he is outwardly confident in himself, Georgie hides deep insecurities over feeling inferior to his genius brother and thus copes by trying to belittle Sheldon's intelligence in any way he can. He attends Medford High with Sheldon and plays on the football team.
- Raegan Revord as Missy Cooper, Sheldon's twin sister. She teases Sheldon along with Georgie but not as much. She does not share Sheldon's intelligence but is very perceptive. While she does not always get along with Sheldon, she finds in her twin brother a solid confidant and has admitted to not feel as whole without him.
- Jim Parsons as the voice of adult Sheldon Cooper, who narrates the series as the older, present-day version of the character.
- Annie Potts as Constance[A] 'Connie' Tucker, Sheldon's maternal grandmother. Sheldon affectionately refers to her as "Meemaw". She is very close with Mary and her grandchildren but does not think highly of George and often jokes about him. She is the most patient and understanding of Sheldon's quirks and advises Mary to trust that Sheldon will find his way.
- Wyatt McClure as Billy Sparks, the son of a neighbor to the Cooper family, who is not very intelligent.
- Billy Gardell as Herschel Sparks, Billy's father.
- Melissa Peterman as Brenda Sparks, Billy's mother who works at the bowling alley frequented by Meemaw.
- Ryan Phuong as Tam Nguyen, Sheldon’s Vietnamese-American childhood best friend and classmate. Tam is responsible for introducing Sheldon to many of his non-scientific interests, including comic books and role-playing games.
- Matt Hobby as Pastor Jeff Hodgkins, the upbeat pastor at the Cooper family’s church. Like Mary, he has friction with Sheldon's atheism, but he challenges Sheldon to explore their line of thought through logic exercises.
- Valerie Mahaffey as Ms. Victoria MacElroy, Sheldon's homeroom teacher at Medford High.
- Rex Linn as Principal Tom Petersen, the principal of Medford High.
- Danielle Pinnock as Ms. Evelyn Ingram, Sheldon's math teacher at Medford High.
- Brian Stepanek as Mr. Hubert Givens, Sheldon's science teacher at Medford High.
- Doc Farrow as Assistant Coach Roy Wilkins, Sheldon's P.E. teacher and the assistant football coach at Medford High.
- Sarah Baker as Ms. Sheryl Hutchins, the Medford High librarian.
- Wallace Shawn as Dr. John Sturgis, a college physics professor who is romantically interested in Meemaw with Sheldon's encouragement.
- Melissa Tang as Ms. Fenley, a music teacher at Sheldon's high school. Tang had previously played the character Mandy Chao in an episode of The Big Bang Theory.
- Bob Newhart as Arthur Jeffries, a scientist who plays the title character of Professor Proton, Sheldon's favorite educational television series. Newhart reprises his portrayal of the character from The Big Bang Theory.
- Vernee Watson as Nurse Robinson, a nurse who caters to George when he suffers a mild heart attack. Watson also plays a nurse named Althea in numerous episodes of The Big Bang Theory, including its pilot.
- John Hartman as Dr. Goetsch, the psychiatrist Sheldon sees when he has Phagophobia and when he loses at the Medford High science fair.
- Ray Liotta as Vincent, Meemaw's bookie.
- Jason Kravits as Dr. Ronald Hodges, a NASA engineer and college roommate of Mr. Givens. He makes a presentation about his work to Mr. Givens' science class, which intrigues Sheldon to solve the challenges of reusable launch systems.
- Dave Florek as Dr. Eberland, Sheldon's doctor.
- Karly Rothenberg as Mrs. Janice Veazey, Dr. Hodges' secretary.
- Frances Conroy as Dr. Flora Douglas, headmaster of the boarding school Sheldon briefly attends.
- Harry Groener as Elliot Douglas, Dr. Douglas' husband.
- Paul Yen as Le Nguyen, Tam's father. He runs Medford Mart with his wife.
- Vyvy Nguyen as Trang Nguyen, Tam's mother and Mr. Nguyen's wife.
- Richard Kind as Ira Rosenbloom, one of Meemaw's boyfriends.
- Jason Alexander as Mr. Lundy, Medford High School's resident drama teacher.
- Ella Allan and Mia Allan as Bobbi Sparks, Billy Sparks' younger sister with a reputation for tormenting Sheldon.
- Cleo King as Mrs. Costello, a Medford High School counselor.
- Michael Cudlitz as a NASA supervisor who appears in Sheldon's daydream sequence
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.
|1||"Pilot"||Jon Favreau||Chuck Lorre & Steve Molaro||September 25, 2017||T12.15551||17.21|
|Sheldon Cooper, a 9-year-old genius, begins his first day of high school in the ninth grade with his older brother, George "Georgie" Cooper Jr. Having shown more skills than a typical child his age, he skipped several grades. On his first day, he questions his teachers and informs students of their rule-breaking. He tries to find his place in the new school and Georgie must deal with having a much younger sibling in his class.|
|2||"Rockets, Communists, and the Dewey Decimal System"||Michael Zinberg||Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro||November 2, 2017||T12.15552||12.66|
|Sheldon learns that his mother is worried about his not having any friends. He therefore gets a copy of How to Win Friends and Influence People from the school library and tries its methods on various students and teachers without success. Missy recommends that he try to make friends with other people who checked out the book, since they too are looking to make friends. That also fails. He eventually meets a Vietnamese American boy named Tam who sees him with the book and they share how difficult it has been for them to make friends. As they start speaking, they realize that they also share an interest in rocketry. Sheldon's mother is so happy that she insists Sheldon invite Tam over for dinner and lifts the ban on Sheldon's model rocketry hobby. The dinner turns awkward when Sheldon's parents exhibit cultural insensitivity as Tam tells them the story of his life. After dinner, the boys' launch attempt goes out of control just as FBI agents arrive to ask Sheldon why he was trying to buy uranium.|
|3||"Poker, Faith, and Eggs"||Michael Zinberg||Story by : Damir Konjicija & Dario Konjicija
Teleplay by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro
|November 9, 2017||T12.15553||12.39|
|Sheldon debates the relationship between religion and science with Jeff Hodgkins, his family's pastor, while Billy Sparks brings some eggs for Missy. George suffers a mild heart attack, so Mary takes him to the hospital after calling Meemaw to watch the children. While she is sleeping, Georgie "borrows" her car and takes the other children to see their father. In the hospital chapel, Sheldon prays to Blaise Pascal for his father's recovery. When he does recover, Sheldon briefly doubts his atheism, but immediately gets over it after his family eats Billy's eggs and suffers from food poisoning. When Sheldon gets into another debate with Pastor Jeff, George pretends to have heart trouble in order to get his family out of the church service.|
|4||"A Therapist, a Comic Book, and a Breakfast Sausage"||Jaffar Mahmood||Story by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro
Teleplay by : Rob Ulin & Dave Bickel
|November 16, 2017||T12.15554||11.83|
|Sheldon chokes on a sausage and becomes fearful of solid foods. His parents take him to a psychiatrist, Dr. Goetsch, who talks to his parents first, and tells Sheldon that he can read any of the comic books that are in the waiting room whilst waiting for him. Although Sheldon had previously not been interested in comic books, he starts reading X-Men, which inspires him. He then leaves Dr. Goetsch's office and wanders away to a comic book store to read the next volume of X-Men. He runs into Tam, who is eating licorice at the store. Due to his fear of solid foods, Sheldon initially refuses the licorice that Tam offers him, but eventually gives in and eats one, solving his eating disorder. Meanwhile, Meemaw babysits Georgie and Missy and comforts them on their feelings of being invisible because of Sheldon's quirks taking most of their parents' attention.|
|5||"A Solar Calculator, a Game Ball, and a Cheerleader's Bosom"||Chris Koch||Story by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro
Teleplay by : Damir Konjicija & Dario Konjicija
|November 23, 2017||T12.15555||11.43|
|Sheldon uses sports analytics to help his school's football team, coached by his father, win games, but immediately becomes too popular for his taste as a result. Georgie struggles with his father neglecting him in favor of spending time with Sheldon, while Missy and Tam revel in Sheldon's new popularity. Meanwhile, Meemaw also asks for his advice for her sports bets. Sheldon gets a B+ on a math test from his exhaustion after accompanying Tam to a party and decides that he cannot keep helping the team and continue giving Meemaw advice. He tells on his family to Mary, which prompts her to reprimand them on their actions. George begins ignoring Sheldon again for being a "snitch" and reconciles with Georgie.|
|6||"A Patch, a Modem, and a Zantac®"||Don Scardino||Story by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro
Teleplay by : Anthony Gioe & Nick Mandernach
|November 30, 2017||T12.15556||12.11|
|Dr. Ronald Hodges, a NASA engineer, appears as a guest speaker in Sheldon's science class and does not take his idea about VTVL technology seriously, making Sheldon go to great lengths to prove him wrong. He does the calculations himself and mails his notebook to NASA. Frustration from receiving no replies give Sheldon a stress ulcer, prompting George to impulsively drive the family to the Johnson Space Center and demand that Hodges listen to Sheldon's idea. Hodges admits that it is theoretically valid, but that NASA lacks the technical capability to implement it. Sheldon asks to be contacted when they do before leaving and thanks George for standing up for him. A flashforward shows the successful SpaceX CRS-8 mission, followed by SpaceX founder Elon Musk looking over Sheldon's old notebook, then hiding it in a desk drawer.|
|7||"A Brisket, Voodoo, and Cannonball Run"||Mark Cendrowski||Story by : Nick Bakay
Teleplay by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro
|December 7, 2017||T12.15557||12.49|
|Meemaw's disdain for George emerges when she refuses to give him her brisket recipe. George later complains that Mary always takes her mother's side. To get back at George for secretly searching her home for it, Meemaw gives him a fake recipe which requires him to go to great lengths to get the ingredients. After George spends 14 hours cooking in vain, he attempts to ban her from the household. When Georgie and Missy fear their parents might divorce over this, Sheldon suddenly recalls a memory of Meemaw telling him her recipe when he was 23 months old, so he threatens to reveal it unless the two of them make up. While he initially shows his interest in the recipe, George states that he is more bothered by the fact that she never thought he was good enough for her daughter. He acknowledges being a disappointment when they first met, but he also believes that he has grown since then. Meemaw seemingly accepts him as a worthy son-in-law, only for George to get the recipe from Sheldon as soon as she leaves.|
|8||"Cape Canaveral, Schrödinger's Cat, and Cyndi Lauper's Hair"||Howie Deutch||Story by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro
Teleplay by : David Bickel
|December 14, 2017||T12.15558||11.64|
|George takes the boys to Florida to see a Space Shuttle launch to cater to Sheldon's interests for a change, but it gets rained out. To cheer him up, George pretends to act dumb and asks Sheldon how lightning and thunder work, leading the latter to appreciate the former more. Meanwhile, Mary, Missy and Meemaw go to a beauty salon. Mary and Meemaw get into a heated argument after the latter comments on the former for being "no fun" for forbidding Missy to dye her hair, but both later make amends with one another.|
|9||"Spock, Kirk, and Testicular Hernia"||Peter Lauer||Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro||December 21, 2017||T12.15559||11.32|
|Sheldon tutors Georgie for their math test, only to discover that the latter cheated to pass. Since Star Trek character Captain Kirk also got away with cheating on the Kobayashi Maru test, Sheldon decides to adapt the "playing fast-and-loose with the rules" lifestyle he believes both Georgie and Kirk embrace by forging Mary's signature on a note excusing him from P.E. class and not checking out the school library books. He eventually gets caught after Coach Wilkins shows George the note, prompting Mary to tell off Sheldon to make amends by making him return the books and go back to P.E., where Coach Wilkins makes him climb the gym rope.|
|10||"An Eagle Feather, a String Bean, and an Eskimo"||Rebecca Asher||Story by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro
Teleplay by : Rob Ulin & David Bickel
|January 4, 2018||T12.15560||14.70|
|Sheldon's principal asks Mary and George to consider sending Sheldon to a school for the gifted in Dallas. Sheldon and his teachers are delighted by the idea, but his family (except for Georgie) quickly begin to miss him. Sheldon enjoys the intellectual stimulation but dislikes the folk rock-singing family that he lives with. When George impulsively drives to Dallas to bring him home, Sheldon is happy to go back home.|
|11||"Demons, Sunday School, and Prime Numbers"||Howie Deutch||Story by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro
Teleplay by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro & Eric Kaplan
|January 11, 2018||T12.15561||14.17|
|Mary becomes worried when she finds Sheldon playing Dungeons & Dragons with Tam and Billy. She tries to ask Tam's and Billy's parents' help to try to put an end to the game, but they see the game as harmless. Mary then seeks advice from Pastor Jeff, who with Mary, convinces Sheldon to study Baptist theology. Sheldon, however, takes it a step further and starts researching all of the major religions, but is ultimately unsatisfied with any of the major religions. One night he has a dream about two living numbers, a 1 and a 0, who almost reveal the secrets of the universe to him before Georgie wakes him up. He then decides to start his own religion which he calls "Mathology" and in which the only sin is being stupid.|
|12||"A Computer, a Plastic Pony, and a Case of Beer"||Richie Keen||Story by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro
Teleplay by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro & Tara Hernandez
|January 18, 2018||T12.15562||13.33|
|Sheldon asks Mary to buy him a Tandy 1000 SL computer. George insists that they cannot afford it, but Mary reveals that she has been secretly saving money. They get into a heated argument about the secret fund, which prompts Mary to take Sheldon and Missy to live with Meemaw for a while. She buys Sheldon the computer to make a point to George and, while Sheldon is initially overjoyed, he finds that its ELIZA psychotherapy program's advice on how to fix his parents' marriage proves to be useless. Meemaw eavesdrops on Sheldon and forces Mary to feel out George to get her out of her house. Meanwhile, Georgie advises George to apologize to Mary, which the latter eventually does. In the ensuing days, the family finds various uses for the computer.|
|13||"A Sneeze, Detention, and Sissy Spacek"||Howie Deutch||Story by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro
Teleplay by : Eric Kaplan & Jeremy Howe
|February 1, 2018||T12.15563||12.92|
|Sheldon's mysophobia surfaces when influenza hits his school. He is successively sentenced to detention and suspension for leaving his class and the school. He then uses his suspension time in an attempt to convert the garage into a closed ecological system. While George, Missy and Meemaw are mostly amused by his behavior, Mary is the only member of the family to be really worried about it. Meanwhile, Georgie takes advantage of Sheldon's situation to gain sympathetic hugs from girls at school. With numerous attempts to get him out of the garage proving to be futile, Meemaw finally coaxes Sheldon out by appealing to his pride as a Texan. Nevertheless, he gets sick, but feels better when his mother sings "Soft Kitty" to him.|
|14||"Potato Salad, a Broomstick, and Dad's Whiskey"||Howie Deutch||Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro & Tara Hernandez||March 1, 2018||T12.15564||12.42|
|Mary gets a job as church secretary, but Pastor Jeff quickly begins asking her for advice, since his beautiful new wife does not speak English and is spending all his money. Since Mary does not get home until 6 pm, and Meemaw refuses to watch them until then, Missy and Sheldon become latchkey kids. When Meemaw peeks in on the twins, they think that she is a burglar and spray her with a fire extinguisher. When Sheldon gets a splinter in his finger, Missy searches all over the house for tweezers with which to extract it. She eventually finds them in an Operation game and successfully removes the splinter.|
|15||"Dolomite, Apple Slices, and a Mystery Woman"||Mark Cendrowski||Story by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro
Teleplay by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro & Tara Hernandez
|March 8, 2018||T12.15565||12.52|
|Sheldon and Tam befriend Libby, an 11th-grade girl with an interest in geology. During one of their lunches at the library, Libby offers to drive the three of them to the Houston Museum of Natural Science to see an IMAX film. However, Sheldon is devastated to learn that Libby thinks of him as a child during her talk with Mary. While Sheldon resolves never to make any more friends, Mary assures him that he will be surrounded by a lot of them who are also smart. Tam and Libby end up going to Houston without Sheldon to see the film, where Tam's advances are rejected by Libby. Sheldon and Tam later revert to a two-man social group, where Sheldon reconsiders geology as "not a science" to the point where he considers it as more of a hobby.|
|16||"Killer Asteroids, Oklahoma, and a Frizzy Hair Machine"||Howie Deutch||Story by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro
Teleplay by : Steven Molaro
|March 29, 2018||T12.15566||11.91|
|At the school science fair, Sheldon is devastated when his asteroid impact avoidance project loses to another student's Van de Graaf generator, and vows to quit science. After a therapy session with Dr. Goetsch, Sheldon decides to become an actor. In an acting class, he impresses the drama teacher, Mr. Lundy, and gets the lead role in Annie. His parents worry about him playing a female role, but Sheldon dismisses their concerns until he experiences stage fright on opening night and refuses to perform, leaving Mr. Lundy to take over his role.|
|17||"Jiu-Jitsu, Bubble Wrap, and Yoo-Hoo"||Jaffar Mahmood||Story by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro
Teleplay by : Tara Hernandez & Jeremy Howe
|April 5, 2018||T12.15567||11.66|
|Sheldon is being bullied by Bobbi Sparks, the six-year-old neighbor girl. His parents have different ideas about how to handle the situation, neither of which is effective. In the end, George and Bobbi's dad hang out and plan to tell their wives the made-up story of them being involved in a deadly fight. Sheldon even tries paying Missy to warn Bobbi off using his life savings, but that plan eventually fails.|
|18||"A Mother, A Child, and a Blue Man's Backside"||Jaffar Mahmood||Story by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro & Teagan Wall
Teleplay by : David Bickel & Damir Konjicija & Dario Konjicija
|April 12, 2018||T12.15568||11.70|
|After Mary confiscates Sheldon's comic books, due to the rather explicit content in an issue of Watchmen, Sheldon demands to be treated like an adult and fails his every attempt to live like one, but a tornado warning reminds Sheldon of family values.|
|19||"Gluons, Guacamole, and the Color Purple"||Alex Reid||Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro & Tara Hernandez||April 19, 2018||T12.15569||11.67|
|Meemaw drives Sheldon to a nearby college so that he can audit a weekly class on quantum chromodynamics. The professor, Dr. John Sturgis, asks Meemaw out on a date. She has a nice time, but finds that he is like an older version of Sheldon. The following week, she has to leave the class because her presence is too distracting for Sturgis. Meanwhile, Missy gets Georgie to help her with her homework. Stimulated by Sheldon's example, they actually make some progress.|
|20||"A Dog, A Squirrel, and a Fish Named Fish"||Jaffar Mahmood||Story by : Damir Konjicija & Dario Konjicija & Teagan Wall
Teleplay by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro & David Bickel
|April 26, 2018||T12.15570||11.15|
|Sheldon's cynophobia surfaces when the Sparks family begins taking care of a relative's dog, which shows a strange attraction to Sheldon. The families are unable to agree about how to control the dog until Pastor Jeff mediates. Sheldon tries to overcome his fear by dressing in protective clothing and petting the dog, but this backfires when the dog licks him, apparently stimulated by the smell of his Brylcreem. Meemaw tries to get Sheldon accustomed to animals by buying him a fish, but the fish bites both him and George.|
|21||"Summer Sausage, a Pocket Poncho, and Tony Danza"||Alex Reid||Story by : Steven Molaro & Eric Kaplan & Stacey Pulwer
Teleplay by : Chuck Lorre & Tara Hernandez & Connor Kilpatrick
|May 3, 2018||T12.15571||11.67|
|Sheldon invites John to dinner without telling anyone. The next evening, John comes to Meemaw's house to cook her some Sichuan cuisine, after which she invites him to stay for the night. Sheldon monitors the event through binoculars. George takes Missy, who is dressed as a princess, to dinner at Red Lobster. That leaves Mary and Georgie to have dinner together, where he quizzes her about the chronology of his conception.|
|22||"Vanilla Ice Cream, Gentleman Callers, and a Dinette Set"||Jaffar Mahmood||Story by : Jeremy Howe & Damir Konjicija & Dario Konjicija
Teleplay by : Chuck Lorre & Steven Molaro & Eric Kaplan
|May 10, 2018||T12.15572||12.44|
|Meemaw tries to date John and Ira simultaneously, but then decides to dump Ira, who tries to win her back by giving her furniture. John goes to confront Ira, and they reach an understanding. Meemaw is furious that John did that without her permission, and that Sheldon is meddling in their relationship. It then occurs to Sheldon that he can draw up a relationship agreement which covers the three of them.|
In November 2016, it was reported that CBS was in negotiations to create a spin-off of The Big Bang Theory centered on Sheldon Cooper as a young boy. The prequel series, described as "a Malcolm in the Middle-esque single-camera family comedy" would be executive produced by The Big Bang Theory co-creator Chuck Lorre and producer Steven Molaro, with The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady expected to be involved in some capacity, and intended to air in the 2017–18 season alongside The Big Bang Theory. The initial idea for the series came from Jim Parsons (who portrays the older Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory), who passed it along to The Big Bang Theory producers. On March 13, 2017, CBS ordered the spin-off Young Sheldon series, which was created by Lorre and Molaro. Jon Favreau directed and executive produced the pilot. Parsons, Lorre, Molaro and Todd Spiewak also serve as executive producers on the series, for Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television. On September 27, 2017, CBS picked up the series for a full season of 22 episodes. On January 6, 2018, the show was renewed for a second season.
In early March 2017, Iain Armitage was cast as the younger Sheldon, as well as Zoe Perry as his mother, Mary Cooper. Perry is the real-life daughter of Laurie Metcalf, who portrays Mary Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. Lance Barber stars as George Cooper Sr., Sheldon's father; he had previously appeared in one episode of The Big Bang Theory. Raegan Revord stars as Missy Cooper, Sheldon's twin sister; and Montana Jordan as George Cooper Jr., Sheldon's older brother. Jim Parsons reprises his role as adult Sheldon Cooper, as narrator for the series. In July 2017, Annie Potts was cast as Meemaw, Sheldon's grandmother.
Young Sheldon began airing weekly episodes on CBS from November 2, 2017, after The Big Bang Theory. It premiered as a special preview on September 25, 2017.
|1||"Pilot"||September 25, 2017||3.8/13||17.21||1.7||5.25||5.5||22.46|
|2||"Rockets, Communists, and the Dewey
|November 2, 2017||2.2/8||12.66||1.1||3.89||3.3||16.74|
|3||"Poker, Faith, and Eggs"||November 9, 2017||2.2/8||12.39||1.2||4.07||3.4||16.47|
|4||"A Therapist, a Comic Book, and a Breakfast
|November 16, 2017||2.0/8||11.83||1.2||3.54||3.2||15.37|
|5||"A Solar Calculator, a Game Ball, and a
|November 23, 2017||2.6/11||11.43||1.3||4.10||3.9||15.53|
|6||"A Patch, a Modem, and a Zantac"||November 30, 2017||2.1/8||12.11||1.0||3.60||3.1||15.71|
|7||"A Brisket, Voodoo and Cannonball Run"||December 7, 2017||2.2/8||12.49||1.1||3.71||3.3||16.20|
|8||"Cape Canaveral, Schrödinger's Cat, and Cyndi Lauper's Hair"||December 14, 2017||2.0/8||11.64||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|9||"Spock, Kirk, and Testicular Hernia"||December 21, 2017||1.8/8||11.32||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|10||"An Eagle Feather, a String Bean, and an Eskimo"||January 4, 2018||2.6/10||14.70||1.1||3.73||3.7||18.43|
|11||"Demons, Sunday School, and Prime Numbers"||January 11, 2018||2.6/10||14.17||1.1||3.81||3.7||17.99|
|12||"A Computer, a Plastic Pony, and a Case of Beer"||January 18, 2018||2.4/9||13.33||1.2||4.04||3.6||17.37|
|13||"A Sneeze, Detention, and Sissy Spacek"||February 1, 2018||2.3/9||12.92||1.3||4.03||3.6||16.95|
|14||"Potato Salad, a Broomstick, and Dad's Whiskey"||March 1, 2018||2.1/8||12.42||1.3||4.30||3.4||16.72|
|15||"Dolomite, Apple Slices, and a Mystery Woman"||March 8, 2018||2.1/9||12.52||1.2||4.09||3.3||16.61|
|16||"Killer Asteroids, Oklahoma, and a Frizzy Hair Machine"||March 29, 2018||2.0/9||11.91||1.2||4.06||3.2||15.97|
|17||"Jiu-Jitsu, Bubble Wrap, and Yoo-Hoo"||April 5, 2018||1.9/8||11.66||1.2||4.02||3.1||15.69|
|18||"A Mother, A Child, and a Blue Man's Backside"||April 12, 2018||1.9/8||11.70||1.1||3.67||3.0||15.37|
|19||"Gluons, Guacamole, and the Color Purple"||April 19, 2018||1.9/8||11.67||1.1||3.89||3.0||15.56|
|20||"A Dog, A Squirrel, and a Fish Named Fish"||April 26, 2018||1.8/7||11.15||1.0||3.62||2.8||14.78|
|21||"Summer Sausage, a Pocket Poncho, and Tony Danza"||May 3, 2018||1.9/8||11.67||1.2||3.76||3.1||15.44|
|22||"Vanilla Ice Cream, Gentleman Callers, and a Dinette Set"||May 10, 2018||2.2/9||12.44||1.1||3.96||3.3||16.41|
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 76% approval rating with an average rating of 6.81/10 based on 41 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Young Sheldon's appealing cast and relatable themes bring a fresh—and overall enjoyable—perspective to its central character's familiar story." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 63 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
- A ^ revealed in the episode "Vanilla Ice Cream, Gentleman Callers, and a Dinette Set".
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- Porter, Rick (January 8, 2018). "'The Four,' 'Will & Grace,' everything else unchanged: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
- Porter, Rick (January 12, 2018). "'Big Bang Theory,' 'Young Sheldon' and 'The Four' adjust up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
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- Porter, Rick (April 13, 2018). "'Big Bang Theory,' 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Superstore' adjust up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
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- Porter, Rick (April 27, 2018). "'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Young Sheldon' and 'Supernatural' adjust up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
- Porter, Rick (May 4, 2018). "'Gotham' and 'Big Bang Theory' adjust up, 'Life in Pieces,' 'Showtime at the Apollo' and 'Station 19' adjust down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
- Porter, Rick (May 11, 2018). "'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Young Sheldon' adjust up, 'Supernatural' & 'Arrow' down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
- Andreeva, Nellie (November 7, 2016). "'The Big Bang Theory' Eyes Young Sheldon Spinoff Prequel Series on CBS". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
- Goldberg, Lesley (November 7, 2016). "'Big Bang Theory' Sheldon Prequel Series in the Works at CBS". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
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- Andreeva, Nellie (January 6, 2018). "'Young Sheldon' Renewed For Season 2 By CBS". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
- "Young Sheldon interview: Lance Barber on playing Sheldon's father George Cooper Sr". CarterMatt. September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
- Porter, Rick (October 13, 2017). "'This Is Us' and 'The Good Doctor' score big in premiere week broadcast Live +7 ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
- Porter, Rick (November 17, 2017). "'This Is Us' and 12 more shows double in week 6 broadcast Live +7 ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
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- Porter, Rick (December 7, 2017). "'Chicago Med' premiere makes solid gains in week 9 broadcast Live +7 ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
- Porter, Rick (December 15, 2017). "CW crossovers get another bump in week 10 broadcast Live +7 ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
- Porter, Rick (December 21, 2017). "'Agents of SHIELD' gets a good bump in week 11 broadcast Live +7 ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- Otterson, Joe (January 12, 2018). "Delayed Viewing Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' Winter Premiere Starts 2018 Strong". Variety. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
- Porter, Rick (January 26, 2018). "'The Brave' goes from low to... less low: Week 16 broadcast Live +7 ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
- Porter, Rick (February 1, 2018). "'This Is Us,' 'The Good Doctor' both double in week 17 broadcast Live +7 ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
- Porter, Rick (February 15, 2018). "Closing the book on the Super Bowl 'This Is Us': Week 19 broadcast Live +7 ratings". TV by the numbers. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
- Porter, Rick (March 15, 2018). "'Agents of SHIELD,' 16 other shows double in week 23 broadcast Live +7 ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
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