Young Sheldon is a single-camera prequel to The Big Bang Theory. Created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, Young Sheldon follows the early life of Sheldon Cooper growing up as a boy genius in East Texas.
Young Sheldon recently completed its second season on CBS. The network has renewed Young Sheldon for a further two seasons, taking the show through to its fourth season in 2020/21.
Iain Armitage (Big Little Lies) stars as nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper, who is leaving his twin sister's class behind to jump ahead to high school. Zoe Perry, the real-life daughter of Laurie Metcalf who portrays Mary Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, stars as Sheldon's mother. Lance Barber, who previously guest starred on The Big Bang Theory in an unrelated role, plays Sheldon's father, George Sr. Raegan Revord stars as Sheldon's twin sister, Missy, and Montana Jordan plays Sheldon's older brother, George Jr.
Annie Potts (Ghostbusters, Designing Women) joined the show in July 2017 as a series regular, starring as Sheldon's beloved grandmother, or "Meemaw". Her character is described as a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking Texan grandmother who is highly supportive of her grandson's intellect. Meemaw was widowed in 1985 when Sheldon's grandfather, or "Pop-Pop", passed away.
Jim Parsons narrates the series as adult Sheldon.
Young Sheldon was created by The Big Bang Theory co-creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre and executive producer Steven Molaro. Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak will serve as executive producers on the show, which is produced by Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.
In August 2017, it was announced that Steven Molaro had left his role as showrunner on The Big Bang Theory to take the same role overseeing production on Young Sheldon. Iron Man and Elf director Jon Favreau directed the pilot episode of Young Sheldon.
Jim Parsons approached The Big Bang Theory's producers with an idea for a show about a young boy genius, an idea that came to him after observing his own smart nephew. The idea turned into an origin story for The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper, extending the backstory of his childhood in East Texas which has often been retold on The Big Bang Theory.
In November 2016, press reports indicated CBS was in negotiations for a The Big Bang Theory spin-off focusing on a young Sheldon Cooper. In March 2017, Iain Armitage was cast as Sheldon and Zoe Perry as his mother, Mary. CBS officially ordered Young Sheldon to series in March 2017.
CBS aired the special debut of Young Sheldon on Monday, September 25 at 8:30/7:30c, immediately after the eleventh season premiere of The Big Bang Theory. Just two days after the series debut of Young Sheldon, CBS gave the show a full-season order taking its first season to twenty-two episodes.
Young Sheldon returned Thursday, November 2 at 8:30/7:30c, following The Big Bang Theory when it moved back to Thursday nights. The first season finale aired Thursday, May 10, 2018.
In January 2018, CBS renewed Young Sheldon for a second season to air in Fall 2018. At its Upfront presentation in May 2018, CBS announced that Young Sheldon will keep its Thursday 8:30/7:30c slot, right after The Big Bang Theory, in the 2018/19 season.
The second season of Young Sheldon premiered with a special broadcast on Monday, September 24 and moved back to Thursday nights on September 27. The second season finale aired Thursday, May 16 following the series finale of The Big Bang Theory.
In February 2019, CBS ordered another two seasons of Young Sheldon, giving the show a third season in 2019/20 and a fourth season in 2020/21. At its Upfront presentation in May 2019, CBS announced that Young Sheldon will be inheriting the Thursday 8/7c time slot from The Big Bang Theory for the 2019/20 season.
Young Sheldon airs on CTV in Canada alongside The Big Bang Theory. Warner Channel airs Young Sheldon across Latin America and in Brazil, while Warner TV airs Young Sheldon in Asia.Young Sheldon started airing in Germany on ProSieben on January 8, 2018.
Young Sheldon airs on E4 in the United Kingdom. The show premiered in the U.K. in February 2018. The second season premiered November 8, 2018.