Young Sheldon is a prequel series to The Big Bang Theory which follows Sheldon Cooper as he starts high school in East Texas. Sheldon is a precocious boy genius growing up in a religious Texan home with a family who don't always know how to deal with his remarkable intellect.
Iain Armitage (Big Little Lies) stars as the nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper. Zoe Perry, the real-life daughter of Laurie Metcalf who plays Sheldon's mother on The Big Bang Theory, stars as Mary Cooper. Lance Barber plays Sheldon's father George. Montana Jordan is Sheldon's older brother, George Jr, and Raegan Revord is Sheldon's twin sister Missy.
In July 2017, it was announced that Annie Potts (Ghostbusters, Designing Women) had joined the show as a series regular, playing Sheldon's beloved grandmother, "Meemaw". Her character is described as a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking Texan grandmother who is very supportive of her grandson's intellectual talent. Meemaw was widowed in 1985 when Sheldon's grandfather, "Pop-Pop", passed away.
Young Sheldon is a single-camera comedy (eg. The Wonder Years, Malcolm in the Middle), rather than the mutli-camera format of The Big Bang Theory. The show is narrated by Jim Parsons as Adult Sheldon. Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Elf) directed the pilot episode.
Young Sheldon was created by The Big Bang Theory co-creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre and EP and Steven Molaro. Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak will serve as executive producers on the show, from Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television. Steven Molaro is the showrunner of Young Sheldon, having previously done that job on The Big Bang Theory for five years.
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