Young Sheldon is a single-camera comedy series created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro. The show is a prequel to The Big Bang Theory, focusing on the early life of Sheldon Cooper growing up as a boy genius in East Texas in 1989.
Unlike The Big Bang Theory, which is a multi-camera sitcom filmed in front of a live studio audience, Young Sheldon is a single-camera sitcom (eg. The Wonder Years, Malcolm in the Middle) shot without an audience.
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 will narrate 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. In January 2018, CBS gave Young Sheldon an early renewal for a second season to air in 2018/19.
Young Sheldon will air on CTV in Canada, alongside The Big Bang Theory. In the United Kingdom, E4, which is also home to The Big Bang Theory, has picked up the rights to Young Sheldon and will start airing the show in 2018. Young Sheldon started airing in Germany on ProSieben on January 8, 2018.
Warner Channel airs Young Sheldon across Latin America and in Brazil, while Warner TV airs Young Sheldon in Asia.