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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 25, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: The spinoff from The Big Bang Theory focuses on a nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) as he begins high school in East Texas.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Dana Schwartz
    Sep 25, 2017
    91
    It’s that focus on family, with Sheldon as an oddity and an outsider but still loved, that makes Young Sheldon sweeter than The Big Bang Theory. ... Although the humor--in the show’s pilot at least--is less reliant on what most people would call “jokes” and more reliant on “a tiny child in a bowtie saying the word ‘brassiere,’” as far as sitcoms go, it’s inoffensive and as comforting as Mrs. Cooper’s tater tots.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Sep 25, 2017
    80
    Young Sheldon has a certain Wonder Years glow to it. The challenge for the show going forward is to keep young Sheldon a believable, likable kid while also emphasizing the eccentric qualities that make him an effective comic creation. From this first episode, it really feels as though that’s not going to be a problem.
  3. Reviewed by: Terry Terrones
    Sep 25, 2017
    75
    Young Sheldon is a smarter, more humorous and heartfelt show than "The Big Bang Theory." Adult Sheldon is entertaining, but young Sheldon is even better.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 22, 2017
    63
    What’s funny in Sheldon/adult is grating in Sheldon/child.
  5. Reviewed by: Lily Moayeri
    Sep 26, 2017
    50
    With all these elements working in its favor, scale back on the titular character and give Missy and the mom some more individual airtime and you might have something worth its timeslot.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Sep 25, 2017
    50
    Basically, the brilliant brat is amusing, but in The Big Bang Theory, what's more amusing is the people who choose to be with him; in Young Sheldon what's more amusing is the people who don't have the choice but have to be with him. The pilot for Young Sheldon isn't there yet. It's too hung up on a main character we know isn't going to and can't change for the better.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 23, 2017
    20
    One thing everybody will be able to agree on, though, is that the 9-year-old version of Sheldon in the Big Bang spinoff Young Sheldon is not ready for prime time or even the pre-dawn hours of a public-access channel. This prequel about Sheldon's childhood in rural Texas, surrounded by an uncomprehending family and a hostile town, is hideously misconceived.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 28
  2. Negative: 8 out of 28
  1. Nov 25, 2017
    10
    Great show, it could be longer 35 to 40 minutes long and it is good that it has NO laughs. If I may, the laughs in other comedies are not wellGreat show, it could be longer 35 to 40 minutes long and it is good that it has NO laughs. If I may, the laughs in other comedies are not well accepted outside the US and even there the audience doesn't always likes it. Let us laugh as we please. Thank you. And for those who say one must be part of the show to like it, I answer that I only wish to be part of it. Expand
  2. Feb 5, 2018
    10
    Well, it's fun to watch Sheldon Cooper as a child as we already seen how brilliant he is in the Big Bang Theory. It's a mixture of comedy,Well, it's fun to watch Sheldon Cooper as a child as we already seen how brilliant he is in the Big Bang Theory. It's a mixture of comedy, emotions. Loved the show. I love Meemaw ;-) Expand
  3. Sep 26, 2017
    10
    Pretty good pilot. They played Sheldon to make him a likeable child. And we feel more sympathetic to him now that we actually see hisPretty good pilot. They played Sheldon to make him a likeable child. And we feel more sympathetic to him now that we actually see his upbringing. I really thought the mom was a great choice and so much like the sitcom mom. I like that it's more of a drama/comedy than a sitcom. And no laugh track is refreshing as that really is a dated practice. Works for Big Bang, but not every funny show can pull it off. Looking forward to the next episode! Expand
  4. Sep 26, 2017
    7
    though I did expect to laugh out loud more than I did during the show but I really did enjoy this and loved the family they reminded me a lotthough I did expect to laugh out loud more than I did during the show but I really did enjoy this and loved the family they reminded me a lot of my own family I adored sheldons sister she was adorable and hilarious you just cant go wrong watching this one and I highly recommend it to anyone exspesualy the southern familys in America need to see there are more them Expand
  5. Sep 30, 2017
    5
    É um spinoff de The Big Bang Theory contando a vida do Sheldon. Apesar de também estar sendo produzido pelo Chuck Lorre, a série foge doÉ um spinoff de The Big Bang Theory contando a vida do Sheldon. Apesar de também estar sendo produzido pelo Chuck Lorre, a série foge do padrão de Sitcom que o diretor esta acostumado a fazer. Acredito que é uma série que vai dar certo se não tiver muitos episódios pois, detalhar a vida do Sheldon quando criança, com cenas externas, animais, fobias e TOCs , há uma grande probabilidade da série se tornar irritante e desnecessária. Expand
  6. Nov 29, 2017
    2
    I really wanted to like this show, but it just does not work for me.

    As I mentioned back in September (see below), I don't look at this
    I really wanted to like this show, but it just does not work for me.

    As I mentioned back in September (see below), I don't look at this show purely as a comedy but more of a bio-sit-com.

    My main issue with the show is that it is aggressively boring.

    There's no laff track, but to compensate for that feature, there's the intrusive and annoying Sheldon commentary track.

    Sometimes I feel as if I'm listening to the audiobook of Sheldon's childhood, read by Sheldon himself. That's not why I watch TV.

    The cast seems quite capable, but even great actors can't carry a poor premise of a show..

    I still like that scene in the first episode about the musical chords. If only that spark could have been conveyed through the subsequent episodes of the show. But that brilliance of script has been lost somewhere after episode 1. It now seems to be little more than a 'family with children' show.

    Young Sheldon appears to be an unnatural spin-off of BBT. A failed attempt to capitalize upon the success of the early BBT years.

    And it's off the ToDo list of shows for my DVR to record.

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    my previous comment from Sept 27, 2017 follows...

    Based solely upon the pilot:

    On the plus side,...

    Iain Armitage fills out the character quite well, in spite of the script let-downs.

    The lack of a laugh track is most welcome as the canned laughter on BBT has become most annoying and distractive. Any canned laughter here would be completely out of place, as this does not look to be a typical sitcom, but I'm sure that wouldn't stop the producers from over-using it.

    I liked the music scene with the chords, and how it explained a trait of the BBT Sheldon. That was one of the better scenes in the pilot.

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    Not on the plus side...

    Is there any way to turn off the Sheldon commentary track? It would be much better if any needed details that Mr Parsons blabs on top of a scene were conveyed by the characters themselves, it certainly would give character development a needed boost. Because of the association to his character on BBT, Mr Parsons' voice is annoyingly grating whenever it appears.

    That segues to the writing. It could be stronger. The dramatic scenes were too sappy in their efforts to evoke emotion. They became tedious to watch. Was the incorporation of the Sheldon commentary track a cave-in to allow Mr Parsons to participate, or was it to cover weak writing? I think it may be a combination of the two.

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    I don't want to write too much, as I saw only one show, usually I like to watch three before I give my opinions. Now there's a wait of more than a month before any more episodes appear. I'll have to see if I retain enough interest to track it down and watch. If I do, I'll probably be back around Thanksgiving time with more comments. :)
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  7. Nov 2, 2017
    0
    Was horrified by tonight's episode. Anyone with connection to the Vietnam War or feelings about racism, sexism, probably more I may haveWas horrified by tonight's episode. Anyone with connection to the Vietnam War or feelings about racism, sexism, probably more I may have missed would be horrified. is this the same writers that do such a terrific job of Big Bang? I hope not. I understand about taking jabs at some of the ideologies but really? Soooo disappointed with the blatant references that I think this is my last viewing. FYI, my brother was a soldier in Viet Nam and he always spoke with respect for the people of the country. Expand

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