The Cooper family in Young Sheldon
  1. It’s a family comedy, suitable for all ages. But there are some subtly brilliant adult jokes thrown in too.
  2. The young cast members are really good. Despite the common assumption that children, well, you know…  can’t really act. The performances from Iain Armitage, Montana Jordan and Raegan Revord are all 100% believable and impressive. 
  3. The family dynamic is spot on. It reflects everything you love to hate about your own relatives. 
  4. It’s a window into the soul of Sheldon Cooper, the character we already know and love. You’ll see where his love of comic books began, and the reasons behind some of his signature quirks. Ultimately you’ll just feel an immediate attachment to the little guy,
  5. BUT it’s actually better than Big Bang (shhh, don’t tell anyone we said that). We’re not exactly sure why, maybe it’s just because Young Sheldon feels fresher. And more emotional/relateable.
  6. It’s laugh out loud funny. In an unexpected, makes-you-happy type way. (Not the eye-rolling, reluctant snort type of laughter that sitcoms often serve up). And some of the one-liners are absolute gold. 
  7. The soundtrack is straight out of the 80s. Cue the nostalgia (or if you’re not quite old enough, consider this your introduction to the greatness of rock 'n’ roll). 
  8.  It harmonises fact and faith, without being preachy or patronising. Sheldon’s mother is very religious, but being scientifically minded himself, Sheldon doesn’t believe in God. Instead of causing tension though, this adds depth and heart to the character relationships. 
  9. It’s yet to receive a bad review. If you don’t believe us, listen to the experts. There’s nothing but praise out there for the new comedy, and it’s already been renewed for a second season

Young Sheldon starts Monday 12 February at 9pm on TVNZ 2, or you can watch it from the start right here