Thursday, 8:30 p.m., CBS


The spinoff from The Big Bang Theory focuses on a nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) as he begins high school in East Texas

What The Critics Say (Metascore 63)

  • Young Sheldon has a certain Wonder Years glow to it. The challenge for the show going forward is to keep young Sheldon a believable, likable kid while also emphasizing the eccentric qualities that make him an effective comic creation. From this first episode, it really feels as though that’s not going to be a problem. — Ken Tucker, Yahoo TV
  • Armitage manages to be cute but not cloying, and just blunt and annoying enough to see hints of Parsons’ version of the character nearly three decades older. — Kelly Lawler, USA Today
  • Basically, the brilliant brat is amusing, but in The Big Bang Theory, what’s more amusing is the people who choose to be with him; in Young Sheldon what’s more amusing is the people who don’t have the choice but have to be with him. The pilot for Young Sheldon isn’t there yet. It’s too hung up on a main character we know isn’t going to and can’t change for the better. — Dan Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter