The Young Sheldon pilot shows a surprising and welcome emotional complexity that is absent in the Big Bang Theory. The new show’s premise, the story of an outsider trying to survive adolescence, provides viewers with a deeper story that will offer wider returns for fans, writes Ben Travers in IndieWire. While viewers know that Sheldon grows up into a successful adult, the well-written and well-acted prequel series beautifully examines family dynamics and social pressures in a heartbreaking yet fulfilling way. The pilot exceeds expectations.
The new prequel series Young Sheldon does not live up its hype or to The Big Bang Theory. Though touted as a comedy, the show’s story, about an alienated child with severe social limitations whose family doesn’t understand him enough to help him navigate the cruel world, is heavy and sad, writes Margaret Lyons in The New York Times. While the social quirkiness and personality difficulties of adult Sheldon Cooper are played to humorous effect, these qualities in the new show’s nine-year-old Sheldon are simply unfunny.