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Young Sheldon
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Title card used in the first two seasons
GenrePeriod sitcom
Created by
Based onThe Big Bang Theory
by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady
Starring
Narrated byJim Parsons
Theme music composerSteve Burns
Opening theme"Mighty Little Man" by Steve Burns
Ending theme"Mighty Little Man" (instrumental)
ComposersJeff Cardoni
John Debney
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes115 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerTimothy Marx
CinematographyFred "Buzz" Feitshans IV
EditorBrian Merken
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time18–21 minutes
Production companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseSeptember 25, 2017 (2017-09-25) –
present (present)
Chronology
RelatedThe Big Bang Theory

Young Sheldon is an American coming-of-age sitcom television series created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro for CBS. The series, set in the late 1980s and early 1990s, is a spin-off prequel to The Big Bang Theory and begins with 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 is also an executive producer.

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. Young Sheldon premiered as a special preview on September 25, 2017, and was picked up for a full season that began airing weekly from November 2, 2017. In March 2021, CBS renewed the series through to a seventh season. The sixth season premiered on September 29, 2022.

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Sitcom

Sitcom

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Chuck Lorre

Chuck Lorre

Charles Michael Lorre is an American film & television director, writer, producer, composer and actor.

CBS

CBS

CBS Broadcasting Inc., commonly shortened to CBS, the abbreviation of its former legal name Columbia Broadcasting System, is an American commercial broadcast television and radio network serving as the flagship property of the CBS Entertainment Group division of Paramount Global.

Sheldon Cooper

Sheldon Cooper

Sheldon Lee Cooper, Ph.D., Sc.D., is a fictional character in the CBS television series The Big Bang Theory and its spinoff series Young Sheldon, portrayed by actors Jim Parsons and Iain Armitage respectively. For his portrayal, Parsons won four Primetime Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a TCA Award, and two Critics' Choice Television Awards. The character's childhood is the focus of Young Sheldon: the series' first season is set in 1989 when nine-year-old prodigy Sheldon has skipped ahead five grades, to start high school alongside his older brother.

East Texas

East Texas

East Texas is a broadly defined cultural, geographic, and ecological region in the eastern part of the U.S. state of Texas that comprises most of 41 counties. It is primarily divided into Northeast and Southeast Texas. Most of the region consists of the Piney Woods ecoregion. East Texas can sometimes be defined only as the Piney Woods. At the fringes, towards Central Texas, the forests expand outward toward sparser trees and eventually into open plains.

Iain Armitage

Iain Armitage

Iain Armitage is an American child actor. He is known for starring as Sheldon Cooper in Young Sheldon, a prequel to The Big Bang Theory, and Ziggy Chapman in Big Little Lies. In 2018, Armitage received the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor for the former role. He also provided the voice for young Shaggy Rogers in Scoob! (2020), and for the police puppy Chase in PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021).

Lance Barber

Lance Barber

Lance Barber is an American actor. He is best known for playing George Cooper, Sr. on the CBS sitcom Young Sheldon (2017–present), as well as Bill Ponderosa on the FX show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Montana Jordan

Montana Jordan

Montana Jordan is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Georgie Cooper in Young Sheldon.

Annie Potts

Annie Potts

Anne Hampton Potts is an American actress. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Corvette Summer (1978) and won a Genie Award for Heartaches (1981), before appearing in Ghostbusters (1984), Pretty in Pink (1986), Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986), Who's Harry Crumb? (1989), and Ghostbusters II (1989). She voiced Bo Peep in the first, second and fourth films of the Toy Story franchise.

Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons

James Joseph Parsons is an American actor. From 2007 to 2019, he played Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He has received various awards, including four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. In 2018, Forbes estimated his annual salary to be $26.5 million and named him the world's highest-paid television actor.

Executive producer

Executive producer

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Premise

The series takes place in the late 1980s and early 1990s and follows Sheldon Cooper attending high school in the fictional town of Medford, Texas. As a nine-year-old boy (in the first season[1]) attending high school, he tries to fit into a world full of more socially normal people, including his own family and friends, who do not quite understand how to deal with his unique intellectual capabilities and social ineptitude.[1][2] At age 11, Sheldon graduates high school and begins attending the fictional university East Texas Tech full time.

In the series premiere, adult Sheldon states "nobody I knew in East Texas in 1989 cared about Newtonian physics".[3][a] Several other episodes make spoken or written references to, or reference historic or pop cultural events from the early 1990s.[4][5][b]

Cast and characters

Main

  • Iain Armitage as Sheldon Lee Cooper, a child prodigy well-versed in various branches of mathematics and science. He states that he decided to pursue physics around the same time as the show began. While academically gifted, Sheldon sometimes lacks a full understanding of social cues, in addition to having a sense of superiority over everyone around him. Nevertheless, Sheldon has proven to love his family and almost always has his heart in the right place.[2][6] He is Georgie's younger brother and Missy’s fraternal older twin brother. He is age 9 in the first season and age 13 by the sixth .
    • Jim Parsons is the voice of adult Sheldon Cooper, who provides the perspective of an adult recalling his childhood.[1]
  • Zoe Perry as Mary Cooper (née Tucker), mother of Sheldon, Missy, and Georgie. She is very protective and patient with Sheldon, but also struggles to understand him at times. She is a devout Southern Baptist, working at her local church, and sometimes objects to Sheldon's atheism. Nevertheless, she deeply loves her son and wants to protect him for as long as she can.[6] Perry's mother, Laurie Metcalf, played Mary on The Big Bang Theory.
  • Lance Barber as George Cooper Sr., Sheldon, Missy, and Georgie's father; a Vietnam veteran; and the former head football coach at Medford High. George does not share Sheldon's intellect, which sometimes leads others, especially Meemaw, to doubt his genetic relationship to Sheldon. He is often at odds with his children and particularly struggles to understand Sheldon, but he does try to be a caring and responsible father. In The Big Bang Theory, it is stated that George Cooper Sr. will die when Sheldon is 14 years old in 1995. Barber appeared in a Season 5 episode of The Big Bang Theory as one of Leonard's high school bullies, Jimmy Speckerman, before making an appearance via a '90s videotape as his Young Sheldon character in a final season episode.
  • Montana Jordan as George Marshall "Georgie" Cooper Jr., Sheldon and Missy's older brother. (His middle name was revealed by Connie to Mandy in S5:Ep22.) Georgie resents the attention his parents pay to Sheldon. He does not do well at school and gets mocked and teased for it by the rest of the family, particularly Sheldon and Meemaw. He does not get along with his brother Sheldon because he's tired of always being compared to his brother. He attends Medford High with Sheldon and plays on the school's football team.[1][2] At age 17, he drops out of school to work full-time and discovers a talent for sales that will lead him to become the wealthy owner of a tire store chain in The Big Bang Theory, on which he is played by Jerry O'Connell.
  • Raegan Revord as Melissa "Missy" Cooper, Georgie's younger sister and Sheldon's younger twin sister. She teases Sheldon along with Georgie but not as much. She does not share Sheldon's intelligence, but is very perceptive. Occasionally, she does not get along with Sheldon, but she finds in her twin brother a solid confidant and has admitted to not feeling as whole without him. She also shows love for her brother even though she constantly denies it.[1] Courtney Henggeler plays adult Missy in The Big Bang Theory.
  • Annie Potts as Constance "Connie" Tucker, Sheldon, Missy, and Georgie's maternal grandmother, whom they refer to as "Meemaw". She is a fun-loving woman who can be sarcastic and often mocks those around her, especially George. On the other hand, she is patient with Sheldon and sometimes struggles to understand him, whom she affectionately calls 'Moonpie', and advises Mary to trust that Sheldon will find his way.[7] In the fourth season, she was said to be 68 years old. June Squibb plays old Constance in The Big Bang Theory.
  • Matt Hobby as Pastor Jeff Difford (season 3–present; recurring seasons 1–2), the upbeat pastor at the Cooper family's Baptist church. Like Mary, he too sometimes has friction with Sheldon's irreligious side and often challenges Sheldon to explore their line of thought through logic exercises.
  • Wyatt McClure as Billy Sparks (season 5–present; recurring seasons 1–4), the son of Herschel and Brenda, whom his mother implies is in no danger of going to college. He was originally portrayed as Sheldon's nemesis, but becomes much friendlier early in the series. He has an unrequited crush on Missy.
  • Emily Osment as Mandy McAllister (season 6;[8] recurring season 5), Georgie's 29-year-old girlfriend, whom he gets pregnant

Recurring

  • Wallace Shawn as John Sturgis (season 1–present), a college physics professor whose class Sheldon attends as his first college course. He dates Meemaw with Sheldon's encouragement in seasons 1 through 3. He also works for a grocery store from later season 4 to early season 5 after being fired from working on a hadron super collider, before getting fired again.
  • Ryan Phuong as Tam Nguyen (season 1–4), 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. Tam is Sheldon's only friend who consistently puts up with him. Robert Wu plays adult Tam on The Big Bang Theory.
  • Billy Gardell as Herschel Sparks (seasons 1–2), Billy's father and Brenda's husband, who owns a garage and divorces his wife in season 4
  • Melissa Peterman as Brenda Sparks (season 1–present), Billy's mother, Herschel's wife until season 4, and Mary's initial nemesis and eventual friend, who works at the bowling alley frequented by Meemaw
  • Doc Farrow as Assistant Coach Wayne Wilkins (season 1–present), Sheldon's P.E. teacher and the former assistant, now head football coach at Medford High. He was originally given the name Roy, but it was changed to Wayne as of the episode "A Broom Closet and Satan's Monopoly Board".
  • Valerie Mahaffey as Victoria MacElroy (seasons 1–3), Sheldon's homeroom and English teacher at Medford High
  • Danielle Pinnock as Evelyn Ingram (seasons 1–4), Sheldon's math teacher at Medford High.
  • Brian Stepanek as Hubert Givens (season 1–present), Sheldon's science teacher at Medford High
  • Rex Linn as Tom Petersen (season 1–present), the principal of Medford High
  • Sarah Baker as Sheryl Hutchins (season 1–present), the Medford High librarian
  • Jason Alexander as Gene Lundy (season 1–present), Medford High School's resident drama teacher
  • Nancy Linehan Charles as Peg (season 1–present), Pastor Jeff's chain-smoking secretary
  • Chris Wylde as Glenn (seasons 1–3), the owner of the comic book store King Kong Comics
  • Isabel May as Veronica Duncan (seasons 2–3), Georgie's Halloween date who is introduced in "Seven Deadly Sins and a Small Carl Sagan". She becomes a Christian after witnessing the "lust" room in Mr. Lundy's haunted house and loses interest in Georgie, who continues trying to win her over. She starts liking Georgie but backs off after he starts dating Jana.
  • Ed Begley Jr. as Dr. Grant Linkletter (season 2–present), a colleague of Dr. Sturgis. He regularly pursues Connie but is continually rebuffed.
  • Mckenna Grace as Paige Swanson (season 2–present), a child prodigy whom Sheldon views as his rival.
  • Andrea Anders as Linda Swanson (seasons 2–4), Paige's mother
  • Mary Grill as Officer Robin (seasons 2–3), Pastor Jeff's second wife who works as a police officer
  • Craig T. Nelson as Dale Ballard (season 3–present), Missy's baseball coach and Meemaw's new boyfriend after Dr. Sturgis breaks up with her;[9] he owns a sporting goods store and hires Georgie and George to work there.
  • Reba McEntire as June (season 3–present), Dale's ex-wife, the local hairdresser whom Meemaw befriends.
  • Ava Allan as Jana Boggs (season 3–5), Georgie's girlfriend after he gives up pursuing Veronica, but she breaks up with him in season 5 since she is upset that he decided to drop out of school
  • London Cheshire as Marcus Larson (seasons 3–4), Missy's boyfriend
  • Wendie Malick as President Linda Hagemeyer (season 4–present), the president of Sheldon's university
  • Dan Byrd as Pastor Rob (season 5), a young, unorthodox pastor hired by Pastor Jeff to teach Sunday school. He and Mary appear to become mutually interested in one another during the fifth season, which upsets George.
  • Caleb Emery as Darren (season 5), one of Sheldon's new college dorm room neighbors
  • Ivan Mok as Oscar (season 5), one of Sheldon's new college dorm room neighbors
  • Rachel Bay Jones as Audrey McCallister (season 6), Mandy's mother[10]
  • Will Sasso as Jim McCallister (season 6), Mandy's father[10]

Guest

  • 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.
  • Vernee Watson as Nurse Althea Robinson, a nurse who caters to George when he suffers a mild heart attack and then to Sheldon when he has his gall bladder removed. 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.
  • Elon Musk makes a cameo appearance in the episode "A Patch, a Modem, and a Zantac®" in a flashforward scene set 27 years into the future.
  • 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.
  • Phil Morris as the voice of One and Anjali Bhimani as the voice of Zero in a dream Sheldon has.
  • Richard Kind as Ira Rosenbloom, one of Meemaw's boyfriends.
  • Zuleyka Silver as Selena, Pastor Jeff's ex-wife
  • Anjelika Washington as Libby, an eleventh grade student who aspires to be a geologist and whom Sheldon and Tam befriend.
  • Ella 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.
  • Josh Cooke as Barry Swanson, Paige's father.
  • Ella Anderson as Erica, Paige's sister, who bonds with Georgie and Missy because they share common experiences being siblings of child prodigies
  • Paul Fusco appears as ALF in "A Race of Superhumans and a Letter to Alf" when he reads Missy's letter.[11]
  • Mauricio Lara as Ricky, Sheldon's hospital roommate in "A Tummy Ache and a Whale of a Metaphor"
  • John Rubinstein as Rabbi Schneiderman
  • Benjamin Stockham as Preston
  • Maree Cheatham as Dorothy, Veronica's grandmother.
  • Diedrich Bader as the voice of Batman in one of Sheldon's daydreams.
  • Steve Burns as Nathan. Burns also is the performer of the show’s theme song.
  • Taylor Spreitler as Sam, a member of Sheldon's project group.
  • Nolan Bateman as Keith, a member of Sheldon's project group.
  • Louie Anderson as Ralph, the owner of a trophy shop where Mary wants to buy one for Missy.
  • Ryan Stiles as Dr. Bowers, Sheldon's dentist.
  • Melanie Lynskey as Professor Dora Ericson, Sheldon's college philosophy professor
  • Dave Foley as Gary O'Brien, Sheldon's university benefactor
  • David Hasselhoff as himself
  • Julia Pace Mitchell as Darlene Wilkins, Coach Wilkins' wife
  • Diane Ladd, Alan Rachins and Marla Gibbs as Hortense, Vern and Doris, Meemaw's friends.
  • Bill Fagerbakke as Jake, a police officer and Dale Ballard's acquaintance.
  • Lance Reddick as Professor Boucher, a former Army engineer and a professor of engineering at Sheldon’s university.
  • Stephen Hawking as himself (voice-only).
  • Ming-Na Wen as Dr. Carol Lee, a physicist from UC Berkeley brought in to lead a project that Sheldon, Dr. Sturgis, and Dr. Linkletter are working on.
  • Penn Jillette and Teller as Pimple and Pus, Sheldon's imaginary personifications of his first pimple and its pus, who appear when he begins going through puberty. Teller also appeared in multiple episodes of The Big Bang Theory as Larry Fowler, the father of Sheldon's future wife Amy.

Original cast cameos

  • Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler, Sheldon's wife and the mother of his son, Leonard Cooper, as well as at least one other child. This role is reprised from The Big Bang Theory. She appears as part of the narration.
  • Kaley Cuoco as the voice of the pool water in one of Sheldon's nightmares. Cuoco previously played Penny in The Big Bang Theory.[12]
  • Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz, an aeronautical engineer and one of Sheldon’s adulthood friends. This role is reprised from The Big Bang Theory. He appears as part of the narration.
  • Bob Newhart as Arthur Jeffries, a scientist who plays the title character of Professor Proton, Sheldon's favorite educational television series. The character is an homage to Mr. Wizard.[13] Newhart reprises his portrayal of the character from The Big Bang Theory.

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The American television sitcom The Big Bang Theory, created and executive produced by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, premiered on CBS on September 24, 2007, while the American comedy spin-off prequel television series Young Sheldon, created and executive produced by Lorre alongside Jim Parsons and Steven Molaro, premiered on CBS on September 25, 2017.

Iain Armitage

Iain Armitage

Iain Armitage is an American child actor. He is known for starring as Sheldon Cooper in Young Sheldon, a prequel to The Big Bang Theory, and Ziggy Chapman in Big Little Lies. In 2018, Armitage received the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor for the former role. He also provided the voice for young Shaggy Rogers in Scoob! (2020), and for the police puppy Chase in PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021).

Child prodigy

Child prodigy

A child prodigy is defined in psychology research literature as a person under the age of ten who produces meaningful output in some domain at the level of an adult expert. The term is also applied more broadly to young people who are extraordinarily talented in some field.

Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons

James Joseph Parsons is an American actor. From 2007 to 2019, he played Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He has received various awards, including four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. In 2018, Forbes estimated his annual salary to be $26.5 million and named him the world's highest-paid television actor.

Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf

Laura Elizabeth Metcalf is an American actress. Often described as a character actor, she is known for her complex and versatile roles across the stage and screen. She has received various accolades throughout her career spanning over four decades, including two Tony Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards, in addition to nominations for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and three Golden Globe Awards.

Lance Barber

Lance Barber

Lance Barber is an American actor. He is best known for playing George Cooper, Sr. on the CBS sitcom Young Sheldon (2017–present), as well as Bill Ponderosa on the FX show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Heritability of IQ

Heritability of IQ

Research on the heritability of IQ inquires into the degree of variation in IQ within a population that is due to genetic variation between individuals in that population. There has been significant controversy in the academic community about the heritability of IQ since research on the issue began in the late nineteenth century. Intelligence in the normal range is a polygenic trait, meaning that it is influenced by more than one gene, and in the case of intelligence at least 500 genes. Further, explaining the similarity in IQ of closely related persons requires careful study because environmental factors may be correlated with genetic factors.

Jerry O'Connell

Jerry O'Connell

Jerry O'Connell is an American actor and television host. He is known for his roles as Quinn Mallory in the television series Sliders, Andrew Clements in My Secret Identity, Vern Tessio in the film Stand by Me (1986), Joe in Joe's Apartment (1996), Frank Cushman in Jerry Maguire (1996), Derek in Scream 2 (1997), Michael in Tomcats (2001), Charlie Carbone in Kangaroo Jack (2003), and Detective Woody Hoyt on the drama Crossing Jordan. He starred as Pete Kaczmarek in the single 2010–2011 season of The Defenders. He also had a starring role in the comedy horror film Piranha 3D (2010). Currently, he voices Commander Jack Ransom on the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks, is co-host of The Talk, and hosts a version of Pictionary syndicated on Fox stations.

Courtney Henggeler

Courtney Henggeler

Courtney Healy Henggeler is an American actress known for her starring role as Amanda LaRusso in the Netflix comedy-drama television series Cobra Kai. She is also known as playing the adult version of Sheldon Cooper's twin sister, Missy, in The Big Bang Theory.

Annie Potts

Annie Potts

Anne Hampton Potts is an American actress. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Corvette Summer (1978) and won a Genie Award for Heartaches (1981), before appearing in Ghostbusters (1984), Pretty in Pink (1986), Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986), Who's Harry Crumb? (1989), and Ghostbusters II (1989). She voiced Bo Peep in the first, second and fourth films of the Toy Story franchise.

June Squibb

June Squibb

June Louise Squibb is an American actress. In 2013, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film Nebraska.

Matt Hobby

Matt Hobby

Matt Hobby is an American actor and comedian, known for his portrayals of Pastor Jeff in Young Sheldon, Philip in the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire, Rudy Truitt in Hart of Dixie and Pat Landy in The Grinder.

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankAvg. viewers
(millions)
First airedLast aired
122September 25, 2017 (2017-09-25)May 10, 2018 (2018-05-10)616.30[14]
222September 24, 2018 (2018-09-24)May 16, 2019 (2019-05-16)514.37[15]
321September 26, 2019 (2019-09-26)April 30, 2020 (2020-04-30)811.45[16]
418November 5, 2020 (2020-11-05)May 13, 2021 (2021-05-13)129.45[17]
522October 7, 2021 (2021-10-07)May 19, 2022 (2022-05-19)89.21[18]
6TBASeptember 29, 2022 (2022-09-29)TBATBATBA

Production

Development

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.[19][20] The initial idea for the series came from Jim Parsons (who portrays the adult Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory), who passed it along to The Big Bang Theory producers.[6] 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 and Warner Bros. Television.[1] On September 27, 2017, CBS picked up the series for a full season of 22 episodes.[21] On January 6, 2018, the show was renewed for a second season, which premiered on September 24 of that same year.[22][23]

On February 22, 2019, CBS renewed the series for both a third and a fourth season.[24] The third season premiered on September 26, 2019.[25] Warner Bros. Television suspended production on March 13, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving the third season with only 21 episodes.[26] Production for the fourth season began on September 22, 2020, but was paused on October 9, 2020, for one month, due to a positive COVID-19 test.[27] The fourth season premiered on November 5, 2020.[28]

Production for the fourth season concluded on March 15, 2021.[29]

On March 30, 2021, CBS renewed the series for a fifth, sixth, and seventh season.[30] The fifth season premiered on October 7, 2021.[31] The sixth season premiered on September 29, 2022.[32]

Casting

In early March 2017, Iain Armitage was cast as the younger Sheldon, and 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.[6] Lance Barber stars as George Cooper Sr., Sheldon's father; he had previously appeared in one episode of The Big Bang Theory.[33] Raegan Revord stars as Missy Cooper, Sheldon's twin sister; Revord only got the part after repeatedly asking her mother to be allowed to read for the role.[34] The show also stars Montana Jordan as George Cooper Jr., Sheldon's older brother. Jim Parsons reprises his role as adult Sheldon Cooper, as narrator for the series.[2] In July 2017, Annie Potts was cast as Meemaw, Sheldon's grandmother.[7]

Overlap with the parent series

In most cases different actors are used to portray a given character in the two series, to account for the age difference. Jim Parsons is a notable exception in that he appears in both series as the same character, though in this series his appearance is limited to voice only. In the Season 4 episode "Graduation", Mayim Bialik (as Amy, the wife of adult Sheldon) has a brief voice-over role while Sheldon describes the graduation party for their son Leonard, whom he reveals was named after Leonard Hofstadter and Leonard Nimoy. Bob Newhart appears as Professor Proton in both series; with the appearance in this series, the character is made to look younger. Iain Armitage (Sheldon), Lance Barber (George), and Montana Jordan (Georgie) make a guest appearance in the parent series in a scene in which a VHS tape recorded decades earlier is played.[35] There are other actors who appear in both series but as different characters. This includes Barber, who had another guest appearance in the parent series as a different character, and Kaley Cuoco who stars in the parent series and makes an uncredited voice appearance in this series, voicing an inanimate object.[36][12] Elon Musk makes cameo appearances as himself in both series.[37][38]

The second-season finale episode aired immediately following the one-hour series finale of the parent series. In a tribute to the parent series finale, several references are made to it in the Young Sheldon episode. The references are both general to the entire parent series, as well as to the series finale in particular. In one scene in the Young Sheldon episode, Sheldon promises his father that when he wins the Nobel Prize, Sheldon will mention him in his acceptance speech. In the parent series finale, Sheldon wins the Nobel Prize, and he does mention his father (amongst others) in the acceptance speech. In another scene in the Young Sheldon episode, Nobel Prize winners are announced out over a montage showing the main characters from the parent series Leonard, Penny, Raj, Howard, Bernadette, and Amy as children. Christine Baranski and Carol Ann Susi, who respectively portray Leonard's mother and Howard's mother in the parent series, make a voice appearance in the montage (a posthumous appearance in the case of Susi). Following the montage, adult Sheldon says that he was wrong about feeling at the moment of the Nobel prize announcement that he would be all alone for the rest of his life.[39]

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CBS

CBS

CBS Broadcasting Inc., commonly shortened to CBS, the abbreviation of its former legal name Columbia Broadcasting System, is an American commercial broadcast television and radio network serving as the flagship property of the CBS Entertainment Group division of Paramount Global.

Chuck Lorre

Chuck Lorre

Charles Michael Lorre is an American film & television director, writer, producer, composer and actor.

Bill Prady

Bill Prady

William Scott Prady is an American television writer and producer who has worked on American sitcoms and variety programs, including Married... with Children, Dream On, Star Trek: Voyager, Dharma & Greg, Two and a Half Men and Gilmore Girls and is the co-creator of The Big Bang Theory and The Muppets.

2017–18 United States network television schedule

2017–18 United States network television schedule

The 2017–18 network television schedule for the five major English-language commercial broadcast networks in the United States covers prime time hours from September 2017 to August 2018. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series canceled after the 2016–17 season.

Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons

James Joseph Parsons is an American actor. From 2007 to 2019, he played Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He has received various awards, including four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. In 2018, Forbes estimated his annual salary to be $26.5 million and named him the world's highest-paid television actor.

Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau

Jonathan Kolia Favreau is an American actor and filmmaker. As an actor, Favreau has appeared in films such as Rudy (1993), PCU (1994), Swingers (1996), Very Bad Things (1998), Deep Impact (1998), The Replacements (2000), Daredevil (2003), and The Break-Up (2006). He has also appeared in films such as Four Christmases (2008), Couples Retreat (2009), I Love You, Man (2009), People Like Us (2012), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Chef (2014), and several films created by Marvel Studios.

Chuck Lorre Productions

Chuck Lorre Productions

Chuck Lorre Productions is an American television production company founded in January 2000 by producer Chuck Lorre, best known for producing the long-running television series Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mom, and Young Sheldon.

COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The novel virus was first identified in an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. Attempts to contain it there failed, allowing the virus to spread to other areas of Asia and later worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020, and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 1 February 2023, the pandemic had caused more than 670 million cases and 6.83 million confirmed deaths, making it one of the deadliest in history.

Iain Armitage

Iain Armitage

Iain Armitage is an American child actor. He is known for starring as Sheldon Cooper in Young Sheldon, a prequel to The Big Bang Theory, and Ziggy Chapman in Big Little Lies. In 2018, Armitage received the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor for the former role. He also provided the voice for young Shaggy Rogers in Scoob! (2020), and for the police puppy Chase in PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021).

Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf

Laura Elizabeth Metcalf is an American actress. Often described as a character actor, she is known for her complex and versatile roles across the stage and screen. She has received various accolades throughout her career spanning over four decades, including two Tony Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards, in addition to nominations for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and three Golden Globe Awards.

Lance Barber

Lance Barber

Lance Barber is an American actor. He is best known for playing George Cooper, Sr. on the CBS sitcom Young Sheldon (2017–present), as well as Bill Ponderosa on the FX show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Annie Potts

Annie Potts

Anne Hampton Potts is an American actress. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Corvette Summer (1978) and won a Genie Award for Heartaches (1981), before appearing in Ghostbusters (1984), Pretty in Pink (1986), Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986), Who's Harry Crumb? (1989), and Ghostbusters II (1989). She voiced Bo Peep in the first, second and fourth films of the Toy Story franchise.

Title sequence

The show's title sequence is played to the song "Mighty Little Man" by Steve Burns. The song is the first track in Burns' 2003 album Songs for Dustmites.[40] The background in the first two series shows mountains and a desert, whilst the foreground has Sheldon (usually in bow tie, checked shirt, shorts and cowboy boots) walking out, standing triumphantly, before he notices a cow and backs away from it, before resuming his triumphant look as the logo appears and pans to the sky. Occasionally, a tumbleweed appears, instead of the cow. The title sequence was changed from Season 3 onwards to include the entire Cooper family, as well as showing Sheldon in different costumes, such as Albert Einstein, Mr. Spock, The Flash, an astronaut, and a train engineer.[41] Season 5 features a black bull in place of the cow.

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Title sequence

Title sequence

A title sequence is the method by which films or television programmes present their title and key production and cast members, utilizing conceptual visuals and sound. It typically includes the text of the opening credits, and helps establish the setting and tone of the program. It may consist of live action, animation, music, still images, and/or graphics. In some films, the title sequence is preceded by a cold open.

Steve Burns

Steve Burns

Steven Michael Burns is an American actor, television host, singer and musician. He is best known as the original host of the long-running children's preschool television program Blue's Clues from 1996 until 2002, for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2001. Burns has also done voiceover work for advertising, including Rubbermaid, Gillette, Oral-B, and is the voice of the Snickers satisfies advertising campaign.

Songs for Dustmites

Songs for Dustmites

Songs for Dustmites is the debut album by American musician, actor and former Blue's Clues host Steve Burns. It was released on August 12, 2003, by PIAS America. The album was produced by Dave Fridmann, member of alternative rock band Mercury Rev and the producer of most of the albums by The Flaming Lips; and Ed Buller.

Bow tie

Bow tie

The bow tie is a type of necktie. A modern bow tie is tied using a common shoelace knot, which is also called the bow knot for that reason. It consists of a ribbon of fabric tied around the collar of a shirt in a symmetrical manner so that the two opposite ends form loops.

Tumbleweed

Tumbleweed

A tumbleweed is a structural part of the above-ground anatomy of a number of species of plants. It is a diaspore that, once mature and dry, detaches from its root or stem and rolls due to the force of the wind. In most such species, the tumbleweed is in effect the entire plant apart from the root system, but in other plants, a hollow fruit or inflorescence might detach instead. Xerophyte tumbleweed species occur most commonly in steppe and arid ecosystems, where frequent wind and the open environment permit rolling without prohibitive obstruction.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest and most influential physicists of all time. Einstein is best known for developing the theory of relativity, but he also made important contributions to the development of the theory of quantum mechanics. Relativity and quantum mechanics are the two pillars of modern physics. His mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which arises from relativity theory, has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory. His intellectual achievements and originality resulted in "Einstein" becoming synonymous with "genius". Einsteinium, one of the synthetic elements in the periodic table, was named in his honor.

Release

Broadcast

Young Sheldon began airing weekly episodes on CBS on November 2, 2017, after The Big Bang Theory. It premiered as a special preview on September 25, 2017.[2]

Syndication

Young Sheldon entered off-network syndication on Nick at Nite as of November 30, 2020.[42][43]

In the United Kingdom, Young Sheldon is aired on the free-to-air channel E4, with season 1 premiered on February 22, 2018.[44] Subsequent seasons premiered on November 8, 2018, and October 10, 2019, for seasons 2 and 3 respectively.[44] Season 4 of Young Sheldon premiered on October 20, 2021, on E4 at 9 pm [45] Season 5 of Young Sheldon premiered on April 24, 2022 at 8pm on E4.[46] On September 27, 2021, the series entered syndication in local markets, covering roughly 90% of the United States.[47] The series also entered off-network syndication on TBS and began airing on September 27, 2021.[48]

Streaming

In May 2020, it was announced that the first three seasons of the series would stream on the WarnerMedia's HBO Max service; no release date was announced at that time.[49] The first three seasons were added on September 2, 2020.[50] The fifth season debuted on September 7, 2022.

In October and November 2021, Netflix in Australia and the United Kingdom picked up the streaming rights to the show.[51]

Home media

The first season of Young Sheldon was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Warner Bros. on September 4, 2018.[52][53] The second season was released on DVD and manufacture-on-demand Blu-ray on September 3, 2019.[54] The third season was released on DVD and manufacture-on-demand Blu-ray on September 1, 2020 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Archive Collection respectively.[55] The fourth season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 7, 2021.[56] The fifth season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 6, 2022.[57]

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The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom served as executive producers on the series, along with Steven Molaro, all of whom also served as head writers. It premiered on CBS on September 24, 2007, and concluded on May 16, 2019, having broadcast 279 episodes over 12 seasons.

Nick at Nite

Nick at Nite

Nick at Nite is an American nighttime basic cable television channel that broadcasts over the channel space of Nickelodeon. It typically broadcasts Mondays to Thursday nights from 9 p.m. - 6:30 a.m. ET/PT, Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. - 6 a.m. ET/PT, and Sunday nights from 8 p.m. - 6:30 a.m. ET/PT. The channel is similar to Adult Swim, the channel that shares channel space with Nick rival Cartoon Network.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a country in Europe, off the north-western coast of the continental mainland. It comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands within the British Isles. Northern Ireland shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland; otherwise, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel, the Celtic Sea and the Irish Sea. The total area of the United Kingdom is 242,495 square kilometres (93,628 sq mi), with an estimated 2020 population of more than 67 million people.

E4 (TV channel)

E4 (TV channel)

E4 is a British free-to-air public broadcast television channel owned and operated by Channel Four Television Corporation. The "E" stands for entertainment and the channel is primarily aimed at the 16/18–34 age group. Programmes currently shown on the channel include Hollyoaks, Made in Chelsea, Coach Trip, Celebs Go Dating and various versions of Married At First Sight. The most successful broadcast of the channel to date was on 11 October 2010 when an episode of The Inbetweeners received over 3.7 million viewers.

TBS (American TV channel)

TBS (American TV channel)

TBS is an American pay television network owned by the Warner Bros. Discovery U.S. Networks division of Warner Bros. Discovery. It carries a variety of programming, with a focus on comedy, along with some sports events, including Major League Baseball, Stanley Cup playoffs, NCAA men's basketball tournament and professional wrestling show AEW Dynamite. As of September 2018, TBS was received by approximately 90.391 million households that subscribe to a pay television service throughout the United States.

HBO Max

HBO Max

HBO Max is an American subscription video on-demand over-the-top streaming service owned by Warner Bros. Discovery. Launched in the United States on May 27, 2020, the service is built around the libraries of HBO, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and their related brands. The service also carries first-run programming from the HBO pay television service, original programming under the "Max Originals" banner, and content acquired via third-party library deals and co-production agreements.

Netflix

Netflix

Netflix, Inc. is an American subscription video on-demand over-the-top streaming service and production company based in Los Gatos, California. Founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Valley, California, it offers a film and television series library through distribution deals as well as its own productions, known as Netflix Originals.

Blu-ray

Blu-ray

The Blu-ray Disc (BD), often known simply as Blu-ray, is a digital optical disc data storage format. It was invented and developed in 2005 and released on June 20, 2006 worldwide. It is designed to supersede the DVD format, and capable of storing several hours of high-definition video. The main application of Blu-ray is as a medium for video material such as feature films and for the physical distribution of video games for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. The name "Blu-ray" refers to the blue laser used to read the disc, which allows information to be stored at a greater density than is possible with the longer-wavelength red laser used for DVDs.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. is the home video distribution division of Warner Bros.

Warner Archive Collection

Warner Archive Collection

The Warner Archive Collection is a home video division for releasing classic and cult films from Warner Bros.' library. It started as a manufactured-on-demand (MOD) DVD series by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on March 23, 2009, with the intention of putting previously unreleased catalog films on DVD for the first time. In November 2012, Warner expanded the Archive Collection to include Blu-ray releases, Some Warner Archive releases, such as Wise Guys, previously had a pressed DVD release but have lapsed out of print and have since been re-released as part of the Warner Archive collection.

Reception

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per season of Young Sheldon
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Viewership
rank
Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49
rank
Avg. 18–49
rating
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Thursday 8:30 p.m.[c] 22 September 25, 2017 (2017-09-25) 17.21[58] May 10, 2018 (2018-05-10) 12.44[59] 2017–18 6 16.30 10 3.3[14]
2 22 September 24, 2018 (2018-09-24) 10.58[60] May 16, 2019 (2019-05-16) 13.60[61] 2018–19 5 14.37 11 2.6[15]
3 Thursday 8:00 p.m.[d][63] 21 September 26, 2019 (2019-09-26) 8.24[64] April 30, 2020 (2020-04-30) 10.14[65] 2019–20 8 11.45 20 1.6[16]
4 18 November 5, 2020 (2020-11-05) 6.77[66] May 13, 2021 (2021-05-13) 7.21[67] 2020–21 12 9.45 22 1.2[17]
5 22 October 7, 2021 (2021-10-07) 7.12[68] May 19, 2022 (2022-05-19) 7.06[69] 2021–22 8 9.21 16 1.0[18]
6 TBA September 29, 2022 (2022-09-29) 6.88[70] TBA TBD 2022–23 TBD TBD TBD TBD

Critical response

For the first season, the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 76% approval rating with an average rating of 6.6/10 based on 46 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."[71] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 63 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[72]

Accolades

The fourth season was one of 101 out of the 200 most-popular scripted television series that received the ReFrame Stamp for the years 2020 to 2021. The stamp is awarded by the gender equity coalition ReFrame and industry database IMDbPro for film and television projects that are proven to have gender-balanced hiring, with stamps being awarded to projects that hire female-identifying people, especially women of color, in four out of eight key roles for their production.[73]

Accolades received by Young Sheldon
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Artios Awards January 31, 2019 Television Pilot & First Season — Comedy Nikki Valko, Ken Miller, and Peter Pappas Nominated [74]
Critics' Choice Television Awards January 13, 2019 Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Zoe Perry Nominated [75]
Annie Potts Nominated
March 13, 2022 Best Actor in a Comedy Series Iain Armitage Nominated [76]
January 15, 2023 Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Annie Potts Nominated [77]
Golden Reel Awards February 17, 2019 Broadcast Media: Live Action Under 35:00 "An 8-Bit Princess and a Flat Tire Genius" Nominated [78]
Golden Trailer Awards May 29, 2019 Best Comedy Poster for a TV/Streaming Series "Norman Rockwell" Won [79]
July 22, 2021 Best Animation/Family Poster for a TV/Streaming Series "Chalkboard" Nominated [80]
People's Choice Awards December 6, 2022 The Comedy Show of 2022 Young Sheldon Nominated [81]
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards May 2, 2020 Favorite Family TV Show Young Sheldon Nominated [82]
March 13, 2021 Favorite Family TV Show Young Sheldon Nominated [83]
Favorite Male TV Star Iain Armitage Nominated
April 9, 2022 Favorite Family TV Show Young Sheldon Nominated [84]
Favorite Male TV Star (Family) Iain Armitage Nominated
Teen Choice Awards August 12, 2018 Choice Breakout TV Star Iain Armitage Nominated [85]

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Eastern Time Zone

Eastern Time Zone

The Eastern Time Zone (ET) is a time zone encompassing part or all of 23 states in the eastern part of the United States, parts of eastern Canada, the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico, Panama, Colombia, mainland Ecuador, Peru, and a small portion of westernmost Brazil in South America, along with certain Caribbean and Atlantic islands.

2017–18 United States network television schedule

2017–18 United States network television schedule

The 2017–18 network television schedule for the five major English-language commercial broadcast networks in the United States covers prime time hours from September 2017 to August 2018. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series canceled after the 2016–17 season.

2018–19 United States network television schedule

2018–19 United States network television schedule

The 2018–19 network television schedule for the five major English-language commercial broadcast networks in the United States covers the prime time hours from September 2018 to August 2019. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series canceled after the 2017–18 season.

2019–20 United States network television schedule

2019–20 United States network television schedule

The 2019–20 network television schedule for the five major English-language commercial broadcast networks in the United States covers the prime time hours from September 2019 to August 2020. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series canceled after the 2018–19 season.

2020–21 United States network television schedule

2020–21 United States network television schedule

The 2020–21 network television schedule for the five major English-language commercial broadcast networks in the United States covers the prime time hours from September 2020 to August 2021. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series canceled after the 2019–20 television season.

2021–22 United States network television schedule

2021–22 United States network television schedule

The 2021–22 network television schedule for the five major English-language commercial broadcast networks in the United States covers the prime time hours from September 2021 to August 2022. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series canceled after the 2020–21 television season.

2022–23 United States network television schedule

2022–23 United States network television schedule

The 2022–23 network television schedule for the five major English-language commercial broadcast networks in the United States covers the prime time hours from September 2022 to August 2023. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series canceled after the 2021–22 television season.

Review aggregator

Review aggregator

A review aggregator is a system that collects reviews of products and services. This system stores the reviews and uses them for purposes such as supporting a website where users can view the reviews, selling information to third parties about consumer tendencies, and creating databases for companies to learn about their actual and potential customers. The system enables users to easily compare many different reviews of the same work. Many of these systems calculate an approximate average assessment, usually based on assigning a numeric value to each review related to its degree of positive rating of the work.

Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes is an American review-aggregation website for film and television. The company was launched in August 1998 by three undergraduate students at the University of California, Berkeley: Senh Duong, Patrick Y. Lee, and Stephen Wang. Although the name "Rotten Tomatoes" connects to the practice of audiences throwing rotten tomatoes in disapproval of a poor stage performance, the original inspiration comes from a scene featuring tomatoes in the Canadian film Léolo (1992).

Metacritic

Metacritic

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of films, television shows, music albums, video games, and formerly books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999, and is owned by Fandom, Inc. as of 2023.

The ReFrame Stamp

The ReFrame Stamp

The ReFrame Stamp for Gender-Balanced Production certification is awarded by ReFrame to corporations and media that show progress toward gender equality and greater representation of women in key roles.

ReFrame

ReFrame

ReFrame is a US non-profit organization founded by Women in Film LA and the Sundance Institute together with over 50 leaders and influencers in Hollywood, with the goal of providing research, support, and a practical framework to its partner companies to give them a way to "mitigate bias during the creative decision-making and hiring process, celebrate successes, and measure progress toward a more gender-representative industry on all levels". Alison Emilio serves as the director.

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Notes
  1. ^ Dr. Sturgis and Dr. Linkletter, two college physics professors who teach the classes in which Sheldon enrolls, are not introduced until Season 1 Episode 19 and Season 2 Episode 13 respectively.
  2. ^ In the clip, ALF is reading a fan letter from Missy, so the footage is not from the original show.
  3. ^ Both seasons premiered on a Monday, with all the other episodes in the respective seasons broadcasting at the designated time slot.
  4. ^ The eleventh episode of the fourth season aired at 8:30 p.m. due to President Biden's address on the one-year anniversary of the Covid-19 shutdown which aired on 8:00 p.m. on March 11, 2021.[62]
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