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Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper Had To Be Made Less Annoying In ‘Young Sheldon’, Says Showrunner Steve Molaro

By Anurag Gade

It has been a year since we bid farewell to Chuck Lorre’s hit sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’. Throughout 12 seasons, the show never managed to disappoint its viewers. With an average IMDb rating of 8.2/10 and the Tomato meter at 82%, The Big Bang Theory has been one of the most successful sitcoms ever created.

With the Big Bang Theory, the name ‘Sheldon Cooper’ is engraved on everyone’s mind and heart. The theoretical particle physicist is undoubtedly the smartest character in the group. However, we all loved Sheldon for how organized yet annoying he was. With the release of ‘Young Sheldon’ in 2017, Chuck Lorre brought a spin-off at our disposal. The sole purpose of this spin-off is to offer Sheldon’s entire backstory and understanding what made him the genius he is now. However, this might not be as easy as it sounds, reveals show-runner Steve Molaro.

Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper Had To Be Made Less Annoying In ‘Young Sheldon’, Says Show-runner Steve Molaro

Though the smartest, Sheldon Cooper is the most annoying character on The Big Bang Theory. His sharp mind, eye for detail, discipline, thirst for knowledge, and unbearable organization skills make him annoying. But this is exactly what has attracted people towards Sheldon in the first place.

With Young Sheldon, Chuck Lorre wants to explore everything that has made Sheldon Cooper the brilliant scientist he is today. And for this, they had to start right at the beginning. In a recent podcast, Steve Molaro discussed how adult Sheldon differs from young Sheldon. He said that the spin-off had to plant several Easter eggs throughout the show linking to The Big Bang Theory.

He followed it up by saying that they had to make Sheldon Cooper slightly less annoying for the spin-off. Molaro said that adult Sheldon was highly annoying but could get away with anything. Therefore, the creators had to dial down the annoying quality and had to make Young Sheldon a bit more naive.

Anurag Gade