Young Sheldon

Young Sheldon is an American coming-of-age sitcom television series created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro that aired on CBS from September 25, 2017, to May 16, 2024.

The series is a spin-off prequel to The Big Bang Theory that takes place during the late 80s and early 90s and follows child prodigy Sheldon Cooper as he grows up with his family in East Texas. Iain Armitage stars as Sheldon, alongside Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Montana Jordan, Raegan Revord, and Annie Potts. Jim Parsons, who portrayed the adult Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, narrated the series and was also an executive producer.

Young Sheldon
Young Sheldon
Title card used in the first two seasons
GenrePeriod sitcom
Created by
Based on
Showrunners
Starring
Narrated byJim Parsons
Theme music composerSteve Burns
Opening theme"Mighty Little Man" by Steve Burns
Ending theme"Mighty Little Man" (instrumental)
ComposersJeff Cardoni (the rest of the series only)
John Debney (pilot only)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes141 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerTimothy Marx
Cinematography
  • Tim Suhrstedt (pilot only)
  • Fred "Buzz" Feitshans IV
Editors
  • Jeff Seibenick (pilot only)
  • David Helfand
  • Brian Merken
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time18–21 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkCBS
ReleaseSeptember 25, 2017 (2017-09-25) –
May 16, 2024 (2024-05-16)
Related

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 on November 2, 2017. In March 2021, CBS renewed the series through to a seventh season, which premiered on February 15, 2024. In November 2023, CBS announced that the series would end after its seventh season. The one-hour series finale aired on May 16, 2024. Since its release, the series has received positive reviews from critics and fans alike.

In January 2024, it was announced that a spin-off series focused on Georgie Cooper and Mandy McAllister was in development. In March 2024, CBS greenlit the series, titled Georgie & Mandy's First Marriage.

Premise

The series follows Sheldon Cooper's early life as a child prodigy in the fictional town of Medford, Texas. As he grows up, he tries to fit into a world of people, including his own family and friends, who struggle to cope with his intellectual capabilities and social ineptitude. While the timeline begins in the fall of 1989, the passage of time is indicated by episodes referencing historic or pop cultural events from the early 1990s, some of which are unique to the US.

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 begins. While academically gifted, Sheldon lacks a full understanding of social cues and behaviors. Regardless of his intellect, he often shows a sense of superiority over everyone, which leads him to be oblivious to the effect on other people, including his family. Nevertheless, Sheldon has proven to love his family. He is Georgie's younger brother and Missy's fraternal older twin brother. He begins attending high school at age 9 and college full-time at age 11, then earns his undergraduate degree and moves to California at age 14 in the final episode, where he begins his graduate studies at Caltech,his future employer. Armitage appears as part of videotaped footage playing the character in The Big Bang Theory through an episode in the final season.
    • Jim Parsons is the voice of adult Sheldon Cooper, who provides the perspective of an adult recalling his childhood. Given a host of retroactive continuity issues explored within the series, he has since been considered an unreliable narrator by some observers.
    • Parsons also physically reprises his role as adult Sheldon in the series finale, where he is revealed to have been writing his memoir. Years after the finale of The Big Bang Theory, he now lives in suburban Los Angeles with his wife, Amy Farrah Fowler, their son Leonard and daughter.
  • Zoe Perry as Mary Cooper (née Tucker), mother of Sheldon, Missy, and Georgie. She is strict and overprotective of her children, and she worries about them because of her own troubled past. 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. Perry's mother, Laurie Metcalf, played Mary on The Big Bang Theory.
  • Lance Barber as George Cooper Sr., father of Sheldon, Missy, and Georgie; a Vietnam veteran and the head football coach at Medford High. George did not share Sheldon's intellect, which sometimes leads others, especially Meemaw, to question his genetic relationship to Sheldon. He was often at odds with his children and particularly struggled to understand Sheldon, but he did try to be a caring and responsible father. In the episodes leading up to the series finale, he is offered a prestigious coaching job at Rice University, but dies of a heart attack shortly afterward. Barber appeared in a Season 5 episode of The Big Bang Theory as one of adult Sheldon's future roommate Leonard Hofstadter's high school bullies, Jimmy Speckerman, before making an appearance via a 1990s videotape as his Young Sheldon character in a final season episode.
  • Montana Jordan as George Marshall "Georgie" Cooper Jr., older brother of Sheldon and Missy. Georgie resents the attention his parents, especially his mother, 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 well with Sheldon and is tired of being compared to him. He attends Medford High with Sheldon and plays on the school's football team. 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, appearing in the final portions of the penultimate season for Sheldon's wedding. In season 5, he becomes attracted to a weather forecaster 12 years older than he is and unintentionally gets her pregnant, but starts acting more maturely and responsibly as he goes forward with raising their child and marrying her. On March 5, 2024, CBS announced a new spin-off series, Georgie & Mandy's First Marriage, starring Georgie and Mandy for their 2024–2025 TV season.
  • Raegan Revord as Melissa "Missy" Cooper, younger sister of George, and younger twin sister of Sheldon. 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. Courtney Henggeler plays adult Missy on The Big Bang Theory, appearing twice: once in the first season during a visit to Sheldon's place where his roommates flirt with her for attention, and the other time in the penultimate season finale for his wedding, when she meets his future wife Amy.
  • Annie Potts as Constance "Connie" Tucker, maternal grandmother of Sheldon, Missy, and Georgie, whom they refer to as "Meemaw". She is a fun-loving woman who can be sarcastic and often mocks those around her, especially her son-in-law George. On the other hand, she is patient with and sometimes struggles to understand Sheldon, whom she affectionately calls "Moonpie", and advises Mary to trust that Sheldon will find his way. In the fourth season, she is said to be 68 years old. June Squibb plays old Connie in The Big Bang Theory.
  • Matt Hobby as Pastor Jeff Difford (seasons 3–7; 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 William "Billy" Sparks (seasons 5–7; recurring seasons 1–4), the son of Cooper family neighbors Herschel and Brenda, who, his mother implies, may not attend college due to his seeming lack of intelligence. The pilot episode depicts him as Sheldon's nemesis, but he becomes much friendlier early in the series. He has an unrequited crush on Missy.
  • Emily Osment as Amanda "Mandy" McAllister (seasons 6–7; recurring season 5), Georgie's 12-years-older girlfriend and later wife, with whom he has a daughter they name after Connie, nicknaming her "CeeCee". On March 5, 2024, CBS announced a new spin-off series, Georgie & Mandy's First Marriage, starring Georgie and Mandy for their 2024–2025 TV season.

Recurring

  • Wallace Shawn as John Sturgis (seasons 1–7), 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 ends their relationship after having a mental breakdown and spending some time in a psychiatric hospital. After being fired from a post working with a hadron super collider, he works for a grocery store from late season 4 to early season 5 and gets fired again before returning to the university. Sheldon says he is the only adult who understands him.
  • Ryan Phuong as Tam Nguyen (seasons 1–4, 7), Sheldon's Vietnamese-American childhood best friend and classmate. Tam introduces Sheldon to many of his non-scientific interests, including comic books and role-playing games. 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 (seasons 1–7), 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 (seasons 1–7), Sheldon's P.E. teacher and the former assistant, now head football coach at Medford High. He was originally going to be called "Roy", but was named "Wayne" as of the episode "Spock, Kirk, and Testicular Hernia".
  • 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 (seasons 1–7), Sheldon's science teacher at Medford High.
  • Rex Linn as Tom Petersen (seasons 1–7), the principal of Medford High.
  • Sarah Baker as Sheryl Hutchins (seasons 1–7), the Medford High librarian.
  • Jason Alexander as Gene Lundy (seasons 1–5), Medford High School's resident drama teacher.
  • Nancy Linehan Charles as Peg (seasons 1–5, 7), 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 (seasons 2–7), a colleague and friendly rival of Dr. Sturgis. He regularly pursues Connie but is continually rebuffed.
  • Mckenna Grace as Paige Swanson (seasons 2–6), a child prodigy who treats Sheldon as a friend but whom Sheldon views as a rival, although he shows some empathy when she explains her difficult living situation at home.
  • Andrea Anders as Linda Swanson (seasons 2–4, 6), Paige's mother.
  • Mary Grill as Officer Robin (seasons 2–3, 7), Pastor Jeff's second wife, who works as a police officer.
  • Craig T. Nelson as Dale Ballard (seasons 3–7), Missy's baseball coach and Meemaw's new boyfriend after Dr. Sturgis breaks up with her; he owns a sporting goods store and hires Georgie and George to work there.
  • Reba McEntire as June (seasons 3–5, 7), Dale's ex-wife, the local hairdresser whom Meemaw befriends.
  • Ava Allan as Jana Owens (seasons 3–5), Georgie's girlfriend after he gives up pursuing Veronica. They break up over Georgie's decision to drop out of school.
  • London Cheshire as Marcus Larson (seasons 3–4), Missy's boyfriend.
  • Wendie Malick as President Linda Hagemeyer (seasons 4–7), the president of Sheldon's university.
  • Dan Byrd as Pastor Rob (seasons 5–6), 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 who shares an interest in video games along with Oscar and Sheldon.
  • Ivan Mok as Oscar (season 5), one of Sheldon's college dormitory neighbors who shares an interest in video games along with Darren and Sheldon.
  • Rachel Bay Jones as Audrey McAllister (seasons 6–7), Mandy's mother
  • Will Sasso as Jim McAllister (seasons 6–7), Mandy's father
  • Sofia Rosinsky as Tonya (season 6), Pastor Jeff's niece.

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, who nurses 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.
  • Mauricio Lara as Ricky, Sheldon's hospital roommate in "A Tummy Ache and a Whale of a Metaphor"[citation needed]
  • John Rubinstein as Rabbi Schneiderman[citation needed]
  • 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 who is revealed by Coach Wilkins to be cheating on him in the episode "An Ugly Car, an Affair and Some Kickass Football".
  • 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. Fagerbakke and Craig T. Nelson were previously costars on the sitcom Coach.
  • 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.
  • Octavia Spencer as Officer Rhonda Thomason, Meemaw's Probation Officer. Similarly to Lance Barber, Spencer previously played a character on an episode in The Big Bang Theory, as DMV employee who gives Sheldon his driver's permit.

Original cast cameos

  • Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler, Sheldon's wife and the mother of his son, Leonard Cooper, and an unnamed daughter. This role is reprised from The Big Bang Theory. She appears as part of the narration. She also physically reprises her role in the Young Sheldon series finale.
  • Kaley Cuoco as the voice of the pool water in one of Sheldon's nightmares. Cuoco previously played Penny in The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon alludes to Penny in the series finale as the babysitter of his children, who sparks his daughter's interest in acting classes.
  • Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz, an aeronautical engineer and one of Sheldon's adulthood friends. This role is reprised from The Big Bang Theory. His appearance is voice only, as a narrator.
  • 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. Newhart reprises his portrayal of the character from The Big Bang Theory.

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankAvg. viewers
(millions)
First airedLast aired
122September 25, 2017 (2017-09-25)May 10, 2018 (2018-05-10)616.30
222September 24, 2018 (2018-09-24)May 16, 2019 (2019-05-16)514.37
321September 26, 2019 (2019-09-26)April 30, 2020 (2020-04-30)811.45
418November 5, 2020 (2020-11-05)May 13, 2021 (2021-05-13)129.45
522October 7, 2021 (2021-10-07)May 19, 2022 (2022-05-19)89.21
622September 29, 2022 (2022-09-29)May 18, 2023 (2023-05-18)69.32
714February 15, 2024 (2024-02-15)May 16, 2024 (2024-05-16)TBATBA

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. 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. 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. 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, which premiered on September 24 of that same year.

On February 22, 2019, CBS renewed the series for both a third and a fourth season. The third season premiered on September 26, 2019. Warner Bros. Television suspended production on March 13, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving the third season with only 21 episodes. Production for the fourth season began on September 22, 2020, and premiered on November 5, 2020. Production for the fourth season concluded on March 15, 2021.

On March 30, 2021, CBS renewed the series for a fifth, sixth, and seventh season. The fifth season premiered on October 7, 2021. The sixth season premiered on September 29, 2022. The seventh season was on hold due to 2023 Writers Guild of America strike. In October of that year, writing resumed when the strike ended. The seventh and final season premiered on February 15, 2024. On November 14, 2023, CBS announced that the series would end after seven seasons, with the series finale airing on May 16, 2024. The final season consisted of a total of 14 episodes, and it finished filming on April 16, 2024.

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. 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; Revord only got the part after repeatedly asking her mother to be allowed to read for the role. 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. In July 2017, Annie Potts was cast as Meemaw, Sheldon's grandmother. In March 2024, it was announced that Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik will guest star on the series finale as their original characters from The Big Bang Theory.

Overlap with the parent series

Jim Parsons provides voiceover for the series. 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. Amy and Sheldon make their only on-camera appearances together during the series finale in the office of their Pasadena, California home in an unnamed future year, as neither of their children had been born when The Big Bang Theory ended in 2019. 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. 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. Elon Musk made cameo appearances as himself in both series, appearing in the sixth episode of the first season of Young Sheldon.

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 (among 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.

Title sequence

The show's title sequence is played to Steve Burns' "Mighty Little Man", the first track from his 2003 album Songs for Dustmites. The background in the first two seasons shows mountains and a desert, whilst the foreground has Sheldon (usually in bow tie, checked shirt, shorts and cowboy boots) walking out, standing triumphantly, noticing a cow, and backing away from it before resuming his triumphant look as the logo appears and tilts 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. Season 5 features a black bull in place of the cow. In Season 7, the title sequence was slightly changed to include Mandy & CeeCee. The Cooper Family doesn't walk away from the bull. Instead, Georgie shoos the bull away.

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. The one hour series finale aired on May 16, 2024.

Syndication

Reruns of Young Sheldon aired on Nick at Nite from 2020 until 2022, and CMT from 2023 until 2024. On September 27, 2021, the series entered syndication in local markets, covering roughly 90% of the United States. The series also entered off-network syndication on TBS and began airing on September 27, 2021. Season 6 premiered on September 29, 2022, and concluded on May 18, 2023.

In the United Kingdom, Young Sheldon is aired on the free-to-air channel E4. Season 1 premiered on February 22, 2018, Season 2 on November 8, 2018, Season 3 on October 10, 2019, Season 4 on October 20, 2021, Season 5 on April 24, 2022, and Season 6 on July 16, 2023.

In Israel, Young Sheldon is aired on Yes Comedy.

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. The first three seasons were added on September 2, 2020. The sixth season was added in September 2023.

In October and November 2021, Netflix in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom picked up the streaming rights to the show.The first four seasons of Young Sheldon were added to Netflix in the United States on November 24, 2023.

Home media

The first season of Young Sheldon was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Warner Bros. on September 4, 2018. The second season was released on DVD and manufacture-on-demand Blu-ray on September 3, 2019. 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. The fourth season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 7, 2021. The fifth season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 6, 2022. The sixth season was released on DVD on September 5, 2023; no Blu-ray version was released. The seventh and final season will be released on DVD on September 24, 2024, along with a complete series set.

Reception

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 and 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." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 63 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". The final season received critical acclaim with critics praising the emotional and heartfelt series finale.

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. 22 September 25, 2017 (2017-09-25) 17.21 May 10, 2018 (2018-05-10) 12.44 2017–18 6 16.30 10 3.3
2 22 September 24, 2018 (2018-09-24) 10.58 May 16, 2019 (2019-05-16) 13.60 2018–19 5 14.37 11 2.6
3 Thursday 8:00 p.m. 21 September 26, 2019 (2019-09-26) 8.24 April 30, 2020 (2020-04-30) 10.14 2019–20 8 11.45 20 1.6
4 18 November 5, 2020 (2020-11-05) 6.77 May 13, 2021 (2021-05-13) 7.21 2020–21 12 9.45 22 1.2
5 22 October 7, 2021 (2021-10-07) 7.12 May 19, 2022 (2022-05-19) 7.06 2021–22 8 9.21 16 1.0
6 22 September 29, 2022 (2022-09-29) 6.88 May 18, 2023 (2023-05-18) 6.97 2022–23 6 9.32 12 0.9
7 14 February 15, 2024 (2024-02-15) 7.99 May 16, 2024 (2024-05-16) 9.32 2023–24 TBD TBD TBD TBD

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.

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
Critics' Choice Television Awards January 13, 2019 Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Zoe Perry Nominated
Annie Potts Nominated
March 13, 2022 Best Actor in a Comedy Series Iain Armitage Nominated
January 15, 2023 Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Annie Potts Nominated
Golden Reel Awards February 17, 2019 Broadcast Media: Live Action Under 35:00 "An 8-Bit Princess and a Flat Tire Genius" Nominated
Golden Trailer Awards May 29, 2019 Best Comedy Poster for a TV/Streaming Series "Norman Rockwell" Won
July 22, 2021 Best Animation/Family Poster for a TV/Streaming Series "Chalkboard" Nominated
People's Choice Awards December 6, 2022 The Comedy Show of 2022 Young Sheldon Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards May 2, 2020 Favorite Family TV Show Nominated
March 13, 2021 Nominated
Favorite Male TV Star Iain Armitage Nominated
April 9, 2022 Favorite Family TV Show Young Sheldon Nominated
Favorite Male TV Star (Family) Iain Armitage Nominated
March 4, 2023 Favorite Family TV Show Young Sheldon Nominated
Teen Choice Awards August 12, 2018 Choice Breakout TV Star Iain Armitage Nominated
National Television Awards September 5, 2023 Comedy Young Sheldon Won

Music

The first and last shots of the series were set to Dire Straits' "Walk of Life."

Spin-off series

In January 2024, it was announced that a spin-off series of Young Sheldon, focusing on Georgie Cooper (portrayed by Montana Jordan) and Mandy McAllister (portrayed by Emily Osment), titled "Georgie & Mandy's First Marriage", is slated for the 2024–25 season on CBS. On March 5, 2024, CBS announced that the series had been ordered.

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