This touching television show that premiered in 2017 was created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, and is a spin-off prequel to the popular television show The Big Bang Theory. The show captures the quirky life of a nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper, a genius among geniuses, and is played by the talented Iain Armitage. The show is set in East Texas in the late 1980s and captures the challenges and poignancy of growing up as a child of unique abilities.
One of the most impressive aspects of Young Sheldon is its ability to maintain the essence of the original show in the characters of Sheldon and his mother, while also creating its own unique identity. The show does an excellent job of capturing the humour and versatility of Sheldon’s character, while also exploring the challenges he faces growing up in a world that doesn’t always understand him. Something most of us will relate to. Armitage captures the essence of Sheldon’s character perfectly, and his comedic timing is spot-on. His portrayal of Sheldon is both endearing and hilarious, and he is able to bring a level of depth to the character that is not always present in the original show. Another standout performance in the show is Zoe Perry, Sheldon’s mother’s performance that makes her instantly likable and relatable. Her relationship with Sheldon is one of the driving forces of the show, and their scenes together are often the most touching and memorable. Sheldon’s twin sister often steals the show with her pithy sarcasm, and along with the other members of the show present a world we all still long for. Where family, friendship and individuality are embraced and celebrated. In a world of television where sensationalism and glamour are what sells, Young Sheldon reverts to basics of good writing, clean values and storytelling that make each episode watchable over and over again.