Young Sheldon: Season 1 Reviews

February 23, 2018
What we have instead is a warm-hearted, coming-of-age tale in the style of The Wonder Years. But without a Parsons-level comic talent among the cast, this series will live or die based on whether the writers can create characters worth falling for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 23, 2018
Young Sheldon the character might be genius offspring, Young Sheldon the show, not yet. Could do better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 3, 2017
Lorre is using the built-in, enormous love the TV audience already has for Sheldon to examine what life might be like for someone who's perceived as different, even if that difference is genius.
September 25, 2017
The accents are spot-on and the lead performances are excellent.
September 25, 2017
It's too hung up on a main character we know isn't going to and can't change for the better.
September 25, 2017
The experiment at least initially looks like a bright idea --- yielding a breezy, likable series, closer in tone to The Wonder Years or ABC's family comedies.
September 25, 2017
It's that focus on family, with Sheldon as an oddity and an outsider but still loved, that makes Young Sheldon sweeter than The Big Bang Theory.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 25, 2017
Fortunately, [Iain] Armitage is adorably watchable - so much so that we don't really need Parsons butting in to tidy up the stories.
September 25, 2017
Young Sheldon is a work in progress, but if it finds a way to meld the pathos of Sheldon's existence with gentle but reliably effective humor, CBS might be on to something with this prequel.
September 25, 2017
Young Sheldon is surprising for all the right reasons; so much so, it's hard to tell exactly where it will go next.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 25, 2017
A trip worth making.
September 25, 2017
Young Sheldon [is] a single-camera series that's light on laughter but just north of dramatic territory, quite handily.
Top Critic
September 24, 2017
What's funny in Sheldon/adult is grating in Sheldon/child.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 24, 2017
Young Sheldon isn't funny. Its punch lines -- or whatever is sitting where punch lines are supposed to be -- only come from Sheldon's inappropriate responses.
September 22, 2017
The sitcom has a chance to lure in new viewers, who are put off by Big Bang's aggressive studio audience laughter or joke style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2017
Young Sheldon ends up having a mind of its own, even if it's a prequel to a long-established hit.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 22, 2017
Little Sheldon is an easily anxious fellow who tattles and condescends. He'd be a turnoff except that the charming young star and Parsons' narration confer great appeal.
September 22, 2017
There is a distinct tonal difference between Young Sheldon and Big Bang. The new show is much more a traditional family-focused show, and the humor is accordingly cleaner.
September 6, 2017
Every actual moment of humanity is undercut by narrator Jim Parsons, who's constantly popping in to remind us what kind of mean, joyless know-it-all this kid ultimately grows up to be.