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 9, 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||11 (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 1989–90, 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".
- Zoe Perry as Mary Cooper, Sheldon's mother. She is very protective and patient with Sheldon but also struggles to understand him at times.
- Lance Barber as George Cooper Sr., Sheldon's father and the head football coach at Sheldon's high school.
- 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 bright and thus is mocked by Sheldon. However, Georgie hides deep insecurities over feeling inferior to his genius brother and thus copes by trying to belittle Sheldon's intelligence in anyway 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. 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 Meemaw (Connie), Sheldon's maternal grandmother. She is very close with Mary and her grandchildren but does not like George. 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.
- Ryan Phuong as Tam Nguyen, Sheldon’s Vietnamese-American childhood best friend and classmate.
- Matt Hobby as Pastor Jeff Hodgkins, the pastor at the Cooper family’s church.
- Valerie Mahaffey as Ms. Victoria MacElroy, Sheldon's homeroom teacher at high school.
- Rex Linn as Principal Tom Petersen, the principal at Sheldon's high school.
- Danielle Pinnock as Ms. Evelyn Ingram, Sheldon's math teacher at high school.
- Brian Stepanek as Mr. Hubert Givens, Sheldon's science teacher at high school.
- Doc Farrow as Assistant Coach Roy Wilkins, Sheldon's P.E. teacher and the assistant football coach at high school.
- Sarah Baker as Ms. Sheryl Hutchins, the school librarian at Sheldon's high school.
- 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. Jeffries plays the character Professor Proton on television. The television character is a scientist and Sheldon’s favorite television host. Newhart is reprising his portrayal of this character from The Big Bang Theory.
- 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.
- Karly Rothenberg as Mrs. Janice Veazey, Dr. Hodges' secretary
- Frances Conroy as Dr. Flora Douglas, headmaster of the boarding school Sheldon briefly attended
- Harry Groener as Elliot Douglas, Dr. Douglas' husband
- Billy Gardell as Herschel Sparks, Billy's father
- Paul Yen as Le Nguyen, Tam's father
- Vyvy Nguyen as Trang Nguyen, Tam's mother
- Richard Kind as Ira Rosenbloom, one of Meemaw's boyfriends.
|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 had 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, she insists that 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 of his life story. 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 his family's pastor. 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. When Sheldon gets into another debate with his pastor, 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 food. His parents take him to a psychotherapist, Dr. Goetsch. Dr. Goetsch suggests to talk to the parents first parents before talking with Sheldon, and tells Sheldon that he can read any of the comic books that are in the waiting room while waiting for him. Although Sheldon had previously not been interested in comic books, he starts reading X-Men, and that comic book inspires him. Sheldon therefore leaves Dr. Goetsch's office and wanders away to a comic book store to read the next volume of X-Men. At the store, he runs into Tam, who is eating licorice. Due to his fear of solid foods, Sheldon initially refuses the licorice that Tam offers him, but eventually gives into temptation and eats one. This solves Sheldon's eating disorder. Since Sheldon had to go with his parents to see Dr. Goetsch, Meemaw babysits Missy and Georgie and she 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 becomes too popular for his taste as a result. Georgie struggles with his father neglecting him in favor of spending time with Sheldon. Missy and Tam, however, revel in Sheldon's new popularity. 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 he cannot keep helping the team. He also gives Meemaw bad advice. George begins ignoring Sheldon again 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|
|Sheldon's science class gets a visit from a NASA engineer who does not take his idea about VTVL technology seriously, so Sheldon is determined to show him up. He does the calculations himself and mails his notebook to NASA. Frustration from receiving no reply gives Sheldon a stress ulcer, so George drives the family to the Johnson Space Center and demands that the engineer listen to Sheldon's idea. The engineer admits that it is theoretically valid, but that the technology required to implement it is still a long way off. Sheldon is satisfied and leaves. 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. As payback for George 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 tries 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. George says 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 believes he has grown since then. Meemaw seemingly accepts him as a worthy son-in-law, only for George to get the recipe from Sheldon after leaving.|
|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, but it gets rained out. Still, Sheldon enjoys the trip and becomes closer to his father. With the boys gone, Meemaw, Mary and Missy go to a beauty salon.|
|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 "being 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 with help to try to put an end to the game, but they don't share her concerns. Failing with that effort, she asks Pastor Jeff for advice. Together, they convince Sheldon to study Baptist theology. This effort backfires when Sheldon takes it a step further and starts researching all of the major religions. Not satisfied with any of the major religions, he decides to start his own religion which he calls "Mathology".|
|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||TBD|
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 creators Chuck Lorre and 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||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|9||"Spock, Kirk, and Testicular Hernia"||December 21, 2017||1.8/8||11.32||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|10||"An Eagle Feather, a String Bean, and an Eskimo"||January 4, 2018||2.6/10||14.70||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|11||"Demons, Sunday School, and Prime Numbers"||January 11, 2018||2.6/10||14.17||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|12||"A Computer, a Plastic Pony, and a Case of Beer"||January 18, 2018||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 76% approval rating with an average rating of 6.75/10 based on 34 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".
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- Andreeva, Nellie (March 2, 2017). "'Big Bang' Sheldon Spinoff Inches Closer With Iain Armitage & Zoe Perry Castings". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
- Goldberg, Lesley (July 18, 2017). "'Young Sheldon' Taps Annie Potts to Play Key 'Big Bang Theory' Role (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
- Abrams, Natalie (October 24, 2017). "Young Sheldon books Mike and Molly star". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
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- Porter, Rick (November 10, 2017). "'Big Bang Theory' and 'Thursday Night Football' adjust up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
- Porter, Rick (November 17, 2017). "'Supernatural' and NFL adjust up, 'Young Sheldon' adjusts down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
- Porter, Rick (November 28, 2017). "Primetime NFL adjusts up on Thanksgiving: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
- Porter, Rick (December 4, 2017). "'Supernatural,' 'Big Bang Theory' and NFL adjust up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
- Porter, Rick (December 8, 2017). "'Supernatural' and NFL adjust up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
- Porter, Rick (December 15, 2017). "'Thursday Night Football' adjusts up, still at season low: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
- Porter, Rick (December 22, 2017). "'Young Sheldon,' 'Great News,' 'SNL Christmas' adjust up, 'SWAT' adjusts down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- 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.
- "(#YS112) "A Computer, a Plastic Pony, and a Case of Beer"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
- 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.
- Andreeva, Nellie (September 27, 2017). "'Young Sheldon' Gets Full-Season Order From CBS After Strong Debut". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
- 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.
- Porter, Rick (November 27, 2017). "'This Is Us' rides high in week 7 broadcast Live +7 ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
- Porter, Rick (December 5, 2017). "'Jane the Virgin,' 10 other shows double in week 8 broadcast Live +7 ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
- 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.
- "Young Sheldon: Season 1 (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
- "Young Sheldon: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
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