First of all, I’ve got to say what a great series Young Sheldon is. Like a lot of fans of The Big Bang Theory, I was a little skeptical when this spinoff was first announced. However, it didn’t take long for me to love it. I was hooked after just a few episodes.
In addition to it being very funny, it’s also very touching at times. I’m sitting here hesitating about using the word “sweet” to describe the show, but darn it, yes – it’s a sweet show.
Whenever I become a fan of something, I tend to geek out and read A LOT about whatever it is that I’m geeking out over. This often leads me to fun little nuggets of information and trivia.
I wish I hadn’t just used the word “nuggets” up there, because now I want Chicken McNuggets from McDonald’s. That doesn’t quite go along with the diet I’m currently on, so I’m going to fight that urge.
Anyway…here are some fun (non-chicken nuggetish) things I’ve learned about Young Sheldon:
Actress Zoe Perry (on the right) plays Sheldon’s mother, Mary Cooper, on Young Sheldon. Zoe is the real life daughter of Laurie Metcalf (on the left) who has the recurring role of Mary Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. So, Zoe plays a younger version of a character played by her own mother! That’s very cool casting, if you ask me!
(It’s also very cool even if you didn’t ask me.)
As for which version of Mary Cooper I prefer, I’m going to go with Young Mary. Laurie Metcalf is fantastic playing the Older Mary, but since she’s just an occasional character on The Big Bang Theory, we don’t see her all that often on that show. However, on Young Sheldon, the character is a major part of every episode. She’s not just Sheldon’s mother, but also a mom to two other kids, the wife of George Cooper, and the daughter of Meemaw (played by the fantastic Annie Potts.)
Zoe Perry is fantastic as Mary. I think her performances on the show have helped make Mary Cooper become one of the best TV Moms ever.
I mentioned George Cooper, Sheldon’s father, above. The actor who plays him is Lance Barber. In a very cool coincidence, Lance appeared on an episode of The Big Bang Theory six years before he got the role on Young Sheldon.
In that episode, he played Jimmy Speckerman, who was Leonard’s bully back in high school. I recently watched that episode and it was fun to see the actor on there playing scenes with Leonard and Adult Sheldon.
And this here is perhaps my favorite cool thing that I’ve learned regarding Young Sheldon. The theme song, “Mighty Little Man,” is written and performed by Steve Burns. If you don’t know that name, there’s a good chance you might know his face:
Steve is the one on the right. He was the original star of the popular children’s series, Blue’s Clues. Not long after he left Blue’s Clues, he released an album called Songs For Dustmites. The original version of “Mighty Little Man” was on that album…AND IT ROCKS!!! Here it is:
Did you watch it? Well, there’s no actual video there to watch, but if you click on the little “play” arrow, you can at least hear the song. I don’t want to be a blossy blogger, but hey, go and listen to it if you haven’t already heard it. It’s pretty awesome.
Speaking of awesome…
YOU’RE AWESOME for stopping by.
Probably for lots of other reasons too.
Thanks for your time. Go and do fun things now. Have a great day!