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Young Sheldon Solves Big Bang Theory’s Biggest Storytelling Problem

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Young Sheldon. 

CBS just resolved The Big Bang Theory‘s biggest storytelling problem with Young Sheldon. While the sitcoms exist in the same reality, they are significantly different from each other in more ways than one. Despite this Young Sheldon has effectively shown how The Big Bang Theory should have handled its plotlines, especially towards the end of its 12-season run. 

When The Big Bang Theory was canceled, it was still massively popular for CBS. In fact, the network was looking to renew it for at least one more season. But, Jim Parsons’ decision to exit the sitcom after season 12 despite the rest of the cast’s choice to continue ultimately spelled the end of the show. While The Big Bang Theory could have gone on without Sheldon, his presence would have been sorely missed since he was, arguably, the show’s true lead. This was a cause for criticism as the show was supposed to be an ensemble project. 

By the end of its run, The Big Bang Theory‘s uneven storytelling was so prevalent that much of its final season was devoted to Sheldon’s personal arc. Now, almost three years since it wrapped up, its prequel is showing how things should have been for the nerd-centric sitcom. Despite having a titular character, Young Sheldon has given all Coopers plenty of airtime. This has been more obvious in season 5 than in previous years with each member of Sheldon’s family getting their own plotlines. In this year alone, Mary (Zoe Perry) and George (Lance Barber) deal with their failing marriage; Missy (Raegan Revord) navigates high school pressure, while Meemaw (Annie Potts) runs a business. Most recently, Georgie (Montana Jordan) handles the fallout from accidentally getting Mandy (Emily Osment) pregnant. All of this while Sheldon (Iain Armitage) settles in as a college freshman. These plotlines make Young Sheldon a fuller and more dynamic show overall and further highlights how interesting the Coopers are as a family.

IfThe Big Bang Theory approached their stories the way Young Sheldon is currently doing, then perhaps characters like Raj (Kunal Nayyar) would have had a better ending. Despite being a lead character in the long-running CBS sitcom, Raj mostly functioned as a The Big Bang Theory supporting player. Granted that he did have his own plotlines, they were mostly B-plots that went nowhere. The same could be said with Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco); the Hofstadters’ collective story had been stagnating for years until CBS introduced a conflict regarding their stance on having kids in season 12. But instead of properly tackling Penny and Leonard’s final The Big Bang Theory storyline, the sitcom stretched it out without moving the plotline forward until it was unsatisfyingly resolved. Young Sheldon shows that The Big Bang Theory could have done a better job in making sure that Sheldon continues to get his exposure without sidelining the rest of its cast. 

Suffice to say, as interesting as it was following Sheldon given his quirks and oddities, the nerdy show should have also given ample focus on the rest of The Big Bang Theory’s Pasadena squad — similar to what Young Sheldon is doing now with the Coopers. What’s interesting is that in its earlier years, the nerd-centric sitcom did a great job in this regard. But as it went on, it started to zoom in on Sheldon’s arc. 

Young Sheldon season 5 airs Thursdays on CBS. 


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Young Sheldon Solves Big Bang Theory’s Biggest Storytelling Problem

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Young Sheldon. 
CBS just resolved The Big Bang Theory‘s biggest storytelling problem with Young Sheldon. While the sitcoms exist in the same reality, they are significantly different from each other in more ways than one. Despite this Young Sheldon has effectively shown how The Big Bang Theory should have handled its plotlines, especially towards the end of its 12-season run. 
When The Big Bang Theory was canceled, it was still massively popular for CBS. In fact, the network was looking to renew it for at least one more season. But, Jim Parsons’ decision to exit the sitcom after season 12 despite the rest of the cast’s choice to continue ultimately spelled the end of the show. While The Big Bang Theory could have gone on without Sheldon, his presence would have been sorely missed since he was, arguably, the show’s true lead. This was a cause for criticism as the show was supposed to be an ensemble project. 
By the end of its run, The Big Bang Theory‘s uneven storytelling was so prevalent that much of its final season was devoted to Sheldon’s personal arc. Now, almost three years since it wrapped up, its prequel is showing how things should have been for the nerd-centric sitcom. Despite having a titular character, Young Sheldon has given all Coopers plenty of airtime. This has been more obvious in season 5 than in previous years with each member of Sheldon’s family getting their own plotlines. In this year alone, Mary (Zoe Perry) and George (Lance Barber) deal with their failing marriage; Missy (Raegan Revord) navigates high school pressure, while Meemaw (Annie Potts) runs a business. Most recently, Georgie (Montana Jordan) handles the fallout from accidentally getting Mandy (Emily Osment) pregnant. All of this while Sheldon (Iain Armitage) settles in as a college freshman. These plotlines make Young Sheldon a fuller and more dynamic show overall and further highlights how interesting the Coopers are as a family.
IfThe Big Bang Theory approached their stories the way Young Sheldon is currently doing, then perhaps characters like Raj (Kunal Nayyar) would have had a better ending. Despite being a lead character in the long-running CBS sitcom, Raj mostly functioned as a The Big Bang Theory supporting player. Granted that he did have his own plotlines, they were mostly B-plots that went nowhere. The same could be said with Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco); the Hofstadters’ collective story had been stagnating for years until CBS introduced a conflict regarding their stance on having kids in season 12. But instead of properly tackling Penny and Leonard’s final The Big Bang Theory storyline, the sitcom stretched it out without moving the plotline forward until it was unsatisfyingly resolved. Young Sheldon shows that The Big Bang Theory could have done a better job in making sure that Sheldon continues to get his exposure without sidelining the rest of its cast. 
Suffice to say, as interesting as it was following Sheldon given his quirks and oddities, the nerdy show should have also given ample focus on the rest of The Big Bang Theory’s Pasadena squad — similar to what Young Sheldon is doing now with the Coopers. What’s interesting is that in its earlier years, the nerd-centric sitcom did a great job in this regard. But as it went on, it started to zoom in on Sheldon’s arc. 
Young Sheldon season 5 airs Thursdays on CBS. 

#Young #Sheldon #Solves #Big #Bang #Theorys #Biggest #Storytelling #Problem

Young Sheldon Solves Big Bang Theory’s Biggest Storytelling Problem

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Young Sheldon. 
CBS just resolved The Big Bang Theory‘s biggest storytelling problem with Young Sheldon. While the sitcoms exist in the same reality, they are significantly different from each other in more ways than one. Despite this Young Sheldon has effectively shown how The Big Bang Theory should have handled its plotlines, especially towards the end of its 12-season run. 
When The Big Bang Theory was canceled, it was still massively popular for CBS. In fact, the network was looking to renew it for at least one more season. But, Jim Parsons’ decision to exit the sitcom after season 12 despite the rest of the cast’s choice to continue ultimately spelled the end of the show. While The Big Bang Theory could have gone on without Sheldon, his presence would have been sorely missed since he was, arguably, the show’s true lead. This was a cause for criticism as the show was supposed to be an ensemble project. 
By the end of its run, The Big Bang Theory‘s uneven storytelling was so prevalent that much of its final season was devoted to Sheldon’s personal arc. Now, almost three years since it wrapped up, its prequel is showing how things should have been for the nerd-centric sitcom. Despite having a titular character, Young Sheldon has given all Coopers plenty of airtime. This has been more obvious in season 5 than in previous years with each member of Sheldon’s family getting their own plotlines. In this year alone, Mary (Zoe Perry) and George (Lance Barber) deal with their failing marriage; Missy (Raegan Revord) navigates high school pressure, while Meemaw (Annie Potts) runs a business. Most recently, Georgie (Montana Jordan) handles the fallout from accidentally getting Mandy (Emily Osment) pregnant. All of this while Sheldon (Iain Armitage) settles in as a college freshman. These plotlines make Young Sheldon a fuller and more dynamic show overall and further highlights how interesting the Coopers are as a family.
IfThe Big Bang Theory approached their stories the way Young Sheldon is currently doing, then perhaps characters like Raj (Kunal Nayyar) would have had a better ending. Despite being a lead character in the long-running CBS sitcom, Raj mostly functioned as a The Big Bang Theory supporting player. Granted that he did have his own plotlines, they were mostly B-plots that went nowhere. The same could be said with Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco); the Hofstadters’ collective story had been stagnating for years until CBS introduced a conflict regarding their stance on having kids in season 12. But instead of properly tackling Penny and Leonard’s final The Big Bang Theory storyline, the sitcom stretched it out without moving the plotline forward until it was unsatisfyingly resolved. Young Sheldon shows that The Big Bang Theory could have done a better job in making sure that Sheldon continues to get his exposure without sidelining the rest of its cast. 
Suffice to say, as interesting as it was following Sheldon given his quirks and oddities, the nerdy show should have also given ample focus on the rest of The Big Bang Theory’s Pasadena squad — similar to what Young Sheldon is doing now with the Coopers. What’s interesting is that in its earlier years, the nerd-centric sitcom did a great job in this regard. But as it went on, it started to zoom in on Sheldon’s arc. 
Young Sheldon season 5 airs Thursdays on CBS. 

#Young #Sheldon #Solves #Big #Bang #Theorys #Biggest #Storytelling #Problem


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