In this fall, CBS brings you the hilarious sitcom “Young Sheldon.” It revolves around a unique and exceptionally gifted child navigating the harsh social norms, whose parents either struggle to understand him or are not particularly enthusiastic about helping him navigate the cruel world of 1989 Texas.
“Young Sheldon,” premiering on November 2nd, explores the life of a 9-year-old prodigy (played by Iain Armitage of “Big Little Lies“) attending his local public high school due to his extraordinary academic abilities.
The title character is a pint-sized version of Jim Parsons’ “The Big Bang Theory” character.
Mr. Armitage mirrors Mr. Parsons’ impeccable portrayal, fully capturing the obliviousness. On his first day, he mocks classmates and teachers alike for not adhering to the school handbook. Earning the wrath of everyone around him, which he remains oblivious to.
However, his mother, Mary (played by Zoe Perry), pays attention. Ms. Perry delivers the show’s most invested performance. Portraying a young version of Laurie Metcalf’s character in “The Big Bang Theory“. With her voice and mannerisms reminiscent of Ms. Metcalf, which is both surprising and endearing. Mary loves her son dearly and worries about him—perhaps a bit less than her other two children. While her football coach husband needs a bit more coaxing and humility.
The challenge for the show is that Sheldon is known for his idiosyncrasy.
Critics describe the show, providing a perspective on “Young Sheldon” by likening it to a more indebted version. “The Wonder Years” than “The Big Bang Theory,” and acknowledging its resemblance to other ABC era-setting. Describe as quirky, single-camera comedies like “The Fresh Off the Boat” and “The Goldbergs.”
However, contrary to those shows, “Young Sheldon” is not particularly funny, at least not in a way that transcends inappropriate reactions from Sheldon. The punchlines, or whatever passes for punchlines, come solely from Sheldon’s inappropriate responses. He meticulously asked his mother when he should “start hoping his testicles will fall out.” A woman told the teacher that she had “some hair on her face.”