Sunday, October 1, 2017

Young Sheldon Pilot Review - Pilot

Network: CBS

Genre: Sitcom

Airs: Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c

My Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: The early life of child genius Sheldon, later seen in The Big Bang Theory.

My Thoughts: As someone who has been watching The Big Bang Theory for a long time and feels as though the show may have ran its course, I was a little hesitant when I heard that after 10 seasons it was now getting its own spin-off show focusing on, arguably, the shows most popular character. While some may consider Young Sheldon to be a big gamble for CBS, I actually think it's a smart idea for several reasons. The first being that The Big Bang Theory is still the most popular comedy on television, averaging 19 million viewers in it's 10th season. The actors are among the highest paid in the industry making $1 million per episodes. The second reason is that Sheldon Cooper was obviously the break out character from The Big Bang Theory. He is quirky, snarky, and a snazzy dresser and audiences seem to go crazy for his antics.

With all that said, I am here to tell you that I enjoyed Young Sheldon but didn't love it. ‎Iain Armitage, who plays young Sheldon, is adorable and sweet. He has an excellent sense of comedic timing for someone his age which only adds to some of the hilarious lines he had in the pilot episode. However, the dialogue is part of the reason I didn't fall head over hills in love with this first episode. Some of the quippy comebacks that Sheldon would say did not strike me as something older Sheldon would actually say. I feel like older Sheldon is funny in an unknowing kind of way. People usually laugh at him as opposed to with him. 

Overall, if you like The Big Bang Theory then I recommend you check out Young Sheldon. It is full of heart and a sweetness that you don't see in it's older counterpart. Iain Armitage is truly one of the great up and coming talents and I look forward to seeing what he can do with this show.

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