Young Sheldon (2017– )
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how they made a better version of wonder years i have no idea,.. but here it is,..
maybe it's the influx of mindless remakes and zombie movies since early 2000s that have made people forget what good programming / writing and Casting look like!?
Overall I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to seeing where the series goes!
The show centers on the childhood of The Big Bang Theory's high- functioning autistic genius Sheldon Cooper. Sheldon is a quirky savant in a very ordinary family with a religious mom and a puzzled dad. Too smart for his peers, the 9-year-old Sheldon is boosted to high school, where he promptly alienates everyone.
Some people complain that Sheldon is too annoying, but why would you want a series about a young Sheldon if you didn't want to see someone annoying? I find the kid version less irritating, primarily because he is powerless and thus is not, like his adult counterpart, bullying and browbeating and insulting his friends to get his way. Young Sheldon is just trying to survive and, more importantly, learn.
In fact, my main concern is that Sheldon seems a little too normal. He's got some funny habits and is a bit obsessive, but I would have expected someone far *more* obnoxious and weird. He really just seems precocious and socially clueless.
I wasn't surprised that Sheldon is socially inept or sometimes rude - if you are, then once again I have to ask why on earth you watched this show. I was surprised at the sweetness of the series. Sheldon's mom is wonderfully understanding and supportive, and even his dad has occasional moments of rough, loving insight.
Some people have said there aren't any jokes in this series, but it's actually very funny. No, there aren't any Catskills comics material, but if you think there are no jokes I think you just need the BBT's laugh track.
The story is amazing, it directly reflects TBBT and all the little details Sheldon talked about in TBBT. The production quality was amazing for the pilot and I hope it remains the same throughout the season. Even the voice of Sheldon's young mom is so spot on and similar to his current mom in TBBT. If nothing, give this show some credit FOR the amazing attention to detail.
I am reading bad reviews about this TV show already mainly because it reflects on the large amount of hate TBBT receives. However people should realise that TBBT is one of the biggest TV shows currently and this spin off is simply keeping things more interesting. The show has changed so much in 10 seasons and it continues to change to keep it form being boring.
As a loyal TBBT fan, I am very pleased to learn more about Sheldon's character. I also giggle every time a reference is made to something that was mentioned in TBBT.
I will of course need to watch more in order to give a more accurate rating since a lot of what happened in the pilot episode was expected due to the trailer, but overall, good show. I will most definitely keep on watching.
I am sure CBS pushed for some sort of "Big Bang" spin off and this is what we got. Where "The Big Bang" is traditional 3 camera situation comedy this is a single camera show.
In this comedy It's 1989 and 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper has skipped four grades to start high school along with his less-intellectual older brother. As he struggles to be understood by his family, classmates and neighbors, his mother arms him with the best tool she can come up with: reminding bullies his dad is the football coach and his brother is on the team. His twin sister doesn't share his exceptional mind, but she has a much clearer vision of what life has in store for the young genius. Jim Parsons, who plays the adult version of Sheldon on "The Big Bang Theory," narrates.
I think having Jim Parson narrate is A HUGE problem. His voice over should be funny. Jim Parsons is funny in "TBBT" but he is not funny doing the narration for this show. I know that "The Narration" is not suppose funny in this show but in this show EVERYONE IS ANNOYING AND NOT FUNNY EXCEPT THE MOTHER!
I will pass on watching any future episodes! Unless they re-tool make the mother the focus and Laurie Metcalf does the narration. If they hate hate that idea then just "Stop with the narration".
Scenes that had no emotional effect on me whatsoever in the trailers worked very well in the context of the entire episode, scenes I've already seen gave me a couple good laughs. There are two things crucial to the entire substance of the show I don't like.
1. It's foreshadowing more drama than comedy. Don't get me wrong, I don't generally dislike dramas, but I can't get behind a drama as a prequel to a sitcom. I shouldn't have expected anything different, I already knew from The Big Bang Theory that Sheldon was constantly bullied, his father turned into an alcoholic etc., it's just that being confronted with this side of Sheldon head on makes me feel very ill at ease.
2. Sheldon's portrayal is wrong. Granted, Iain Armitage is a child actor and I can't expect the same level of acting skills from a child than an adult, but his portrayal of Sheldon is a complete failure. The actor's portrayal of Sheldon is way too wooden, older Sheldon is enthusiastic about everything he says, he prides himself on his knowledge and revels in imparting that knowledge, he's all giddy when he talks about his interests or pursues one of his hobbies etc. Iain Armitage's Sheldon is just a robot. There is no emotion, no conviction behind anything he says or does and that's just not Sheldon.
I'll have to watch more episodes to see where this is going before I can rate it but the pilot episode was a 6 at best, and with more episodes this show could easily turn into a 4.
True, Young Sheldon does pick up the backstory established for the Sheldon of Big Bang. But the writing takes off in a whole new direction. Gone are the zippy one-liners, the exaggerated characters, the zaniness, What we get instead is something no one could have predicted: heart.
It's a huge mistake to think of Young Sheldon as a prequel to Big Bang. Think of it, instead, as a 21st Century reboot of Leave It to Beaver. This is a slice-of-life story of growing up in Texas. Instead of being set-bound like Big Bang, Young Sheldon is shot largely on locations. Instead of being stylized, it's realistic. Instead of being glib, it's thoughtful. There's plenty of humor, but it's gentler and more complex.
The third episode, for example, deals with a child coming to grip with the possible death of a parent, and with the role of faith in his very logical universe. The script doesn't judge, and it doesn't forget to be, at times, hilariously funny. (The last line had us in stitches.)
The acting is uniformly superb. Sheldon's mom perfectly evokes Laurie Metcalf's older version from Big Bang. Annie Potts playing Sheldon's 'Meemaw' is as brilliant as she's ever been (and that's saying quite a lot.) And then there's Iaian Armitage in the title role. He doesn't mimic the older Sheldon, but he does ring absolutely true as a precocious yet naive kid, totally out of step with his surroundings. After watching him for a half-hour, I no longer cared whether he was supposed to be a younger version of some other character. He's a totally memorable character in his own right.
Chuck Lorre has taken a huge risk, defying audience expectations with Young Sheldon. Let's hope he and Steven Molaro (who've co-written the early episodes) can keep the series going as powerfully as it has begun. And hope also that audiences can shake off their addiction to Big Bang Theory long enough to appreciate something that's as fresh and ground-breaking today as Big Bang was eleven years ago.
Sheldon Cooper is a character we got to know on "The Big Bang Theory". He wasn't obnoxious at first but the slowly grew to realize that Sheldon was an OCD control freak. In this show Sheldon is a little jerk. He is rude. He needs a swat on the butt.
I don't see where this show can sustain an audience. The kid is fine but the story is cold and distant.
Watching another episode is not worth my time!
For fans Of the original TBBT, this will not interest you as not only is the humor completely different, but the entire tone of the series as well. Rather then being a goofy comedy show like TBBT, it's much more dry and "wholesome", it's akin to eating stale bread. Not awful, but completely flavorless.
While Sheldon did have a little depth in the first series, this new one basically boils him down into "snotty nerd." His family doesn't fare well either. We have his sassy sister, who is a complete a*****e to everyone around her. We have his brother, who likes football and that's pretty much it. His mom, who talks with a southern accent,
is completely forgettable. Heck, It's only 20 minutes after seeing this episode and I already forgot everyone but Sheldon's names. His dad is a sporty coach type, who gives morels to other people. I will say this: The series is shot very nicely. It's not quite "Hollywood" levels, but it is really good for a TV budget.
But Overall, this series is a frustrating, boring, mess. Nobody likes a snitch, and nobody sure as heck wants to follow one around for a half hour straight.
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Anyway, no reason to devote your time to it, with so many TV shows available the last years, there is no reason to watch this one.
You can clearly tell that everything the kid says is meant to make you think "aww, that's so cute! Look how smart he is!" But no. Young Sheldon isn't cute or funny. He's just annoying and obnoxious, and his extremely Smart Alec comebacks to everything are really draining to listen to for 30 minutes at a time. His family is more entertaining to watch than he is. The kid that plays Young Sheldon is a great actor and I'm sure he'll go far, but...he's not playing a likable character in the slightest.
I normally give a show 3 viewings before I decide if it sucks or not but this one was so unfunny that it would need a whole new set of writers for the rest for it to be worth the time.
You can tell the parts where the writers thought it was going to be funny such as Radio Shack being around forever. But it just wasn't...
I am (well was!) a big fan of the Big Bang Theory. When the Young Sheldon show got announced, I hoped to see the same level of writing/acting. Trailers suggested otherwise, but I still gave it a shot. The pilot episode did not have a single interesting dialog/scene/joke. To make things worse, you cast Melissa Tang who played Mandy Chow in the original series as Ms.Fenley in new. She is a good actress and very recognizable - that fact alone entirely screw up the time-line for me. All characters are flat, boring and annoying. The third episode with the drunken grandma was downright depressing.
The most unpleasant thing is that those 3 episodes ruined for me the enjoyment of the original series: Sheldon, Mary and grandma Meemaw are not the same lovable characters anymore! I am so upset that you ruined the show (almost as much as Sheldon when Amy ruined Indiana Jones for him) that I registered with IMDb just for the purpose of writing about it. I will not be watching it and most likely will stop watching the grown up Sheldon as well... Too bad I can't 'unsee' the 'Young Sheldon'.
We see how young Sheldon and his family cope with his genius whereas the rest of Sheldon's family are a normal working class family. Sheldon's father is the high school football coach, his mother (who is played by the real life daughter Zoe Perry, of adult Sheldon's mother played by Laurie Metcalf) relies on her faith in the church, his big brother is a jock, and his twin sister has a mouth on her like a bar maid.
I cannot wait to see when they introduce the audience to the other woman in Young Sheldon's life. That person being Sheldon's mee-ma who apparently will be played by Annie Potts (Designing Women). Another pleasure of Young Sheldon is the series is void from that horrible staple of many comedy series, that being the canned laughter box. Thank you, thank you a thousand times thank you. Let's let the audience decide what is funny and what is not. For now I am laughing and I really enjoy Young Sheldon.
A perfect 10/10
Well, it simply does not work. The show is not funny. The actor playing little Sheldon gives his best at copying Jim Parson. But that doesn't make it funny. It just makes watching the show awkward and you ask yourself why this was green-lit in the first place.
They try hard to put in TBBT references about Sheldon's childhood wherever possible. But these without the context of TBBT are not funny on their own and just remind you of a so much better Sitcom (the first couple of seasons). When you hear Jim Parson's voice-over at the end of the first episode you wonder why you watched this in the first place.
Similar for the actress that portraits Sheldon's mother. She does a great Laurie Metcalf impersonation. But that's all it is. An impersonation, nothing original or funny here.
If you are hoping for some funny Sheldon moments, you won't find any here. The concept of "Wonder Years in the 80s feat. Sheldon Cooper" just does not work out. It proofs once more that a Sitcom is made funny by the actors and not by the characters.
If you are looking for a good new sitcom you have to look somewhere else.