I’m a huge fan of sitcoms and when it comes to TV shows, if I’m not watching a comic or book adaptation, I’m most likely watching a sit-com.
For readers who do not know, Young Sheldon is a new sit-com on the CBS Network based on the life of Sheldon Cooper from the hit series The Big Bang Theory.
From the time talks of ‘Young Sheldon’ started to appear on the internet, I had a couple of reservations and concerns about proposed the show. The first was simple; I hate spin-offs.
Historically speaking they just never pan out as well as the original. It’s either the spin-off falls below standards (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Angel) or the spin-off borrows so much from the original series and leaves everything a weird soggy mess (Vampire Diaries, Originals).
That’s not to say that I don’t still watch some of these shows regardless, and this brings me to my second reservation. I already had my reservations about the original show, The Big Bang Theory. It started out as one of my favorite sitcoms but at about the ninth season, the pacing and the general length began to worry me (I’ll rant about this later).
Honestly, I didn’t want another show set in the same universe but after seeing the pilot I had to reevaluate my stand.
Young Sheldon is set in the same universe as The Big Bang Theory but it’s not a spinoff. Not really.
The shows’ biggest strength is the fact that most viewers are familiar with Sheldon Cooper. Therefore, the writers do not need to work too hard on setting the foundation for the characters. All they need to work on is the ability to translate those behavioral traits into a 9-year old boy who has absolutely no filter or restrictions.
From the pilot, the weight of the show lies in the hands of the supporting cast particularly Zoe Perry who plays his mum and she seems equal to the task. Zoe Perry interestingly is the daughter of Laurie Metcalf who plays Sheldon’s mum in The Big Bang Theory.
Young Sheldon, however, isn’t immune to all the elements that make for terrible sitcoms. In some way, its biggest strength is its biggest weakness. Most viewers are familiar with the way Sheldon Cooper was at the beginning of The Big Bang Theory.
Ten seasons down the road, he has come a long way from being that man. However, for a prequel, he needs to maintain those initial traits, particularly as a young boy. Keeping this in mind, the end of the pilot episode scared me a bit (no worries, I’m not dropping any spoilers).
All I’m going to say is, I hope it doesn’t become a show with 20 minutes of comedic prowess and a 2-minute life lesson because honestly, Sheldon Cooper shouldn’t be learning these lessons just yet.
Still, I have a good feeling about this and I’m excited to see where it goes.