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Love the show, but being about as detail-oriented and nit-picky as Sheldon himself,  some things just bother me:

1. Time continuity.  Some people have already commented on the "boo-yah" thing, which was never around in 1989;  but last episode really took the cake.  Mee-maw mentioned how she used to go to Dallas to buy her marijuana-- that is, before she became pregnant with Mary.  Hold on a second!  We know on the show that it's 1989: Sheldon (and Missy are 9, and Georgie/George Jr. is a freshman; say 14/15 years old (depending  on his month of birth), which would put him born in 1974/75.  We also know from an earlier episode that George Sr. and Mary had to get married because she became pregnant with George Jr.  Let's say she was a high school senior when that happened-- she seems a little too proper to be pregnant as a freshman or sophomore, or really even a junior.  So let's say she was senior class of either 1974 or 1975. This would put Mary's birth 18 years earlier, 1956 or 1957.  You're telling me that Meemaw-- a southeast Texas girl-- was traveling from there to Dallas to buy marijuana in the mid-1950s? Even if she was some kind of beatnik (unheard of in Texas in those days)  that is HIGHLY unlikely.  Heck, even southeast Texan Janis Joplin was high school class of 1960, before she went to UT in Austin and became a folk singer/beatnik in the early 1960s before moving on to San Francisco.

2. Continuity between TBBT and Young Sheldon in general/emotional terms.  With all of the facts/history dropped on TBBT about Sheldon's past-- especially about his parents' relationship, and his Dad being a less than stellar character--  it's kind of odd seeing George Sr. being such a lovable lug on this show.  I hate to think that in five short years (when he dies when Sheldon is 14) George will (1) become a true alcoholic, apparently switching from Lone Star long necks (and drinking no more of those than Mee-Maw) to bourbon; (2) lose his job as a football coach and be reduced to working as a clerk in a convenience store; and (3) become a womanizer with a girlfriend, (and Sheldon busts in on them in bed).   What a downfall we know is coming, from this goofy family man who clearly loves his wife and kids to a rotten drunkard and lech.

 3. Young Sheldon NEVER snickers, giggles, laughs or even SMILES the way 'old' Sheldon does.  Seems like he could at least do that some of the time.  He's still human-- not an emotionless Vulcan like his hero, Mr. Spock.

Despite these details, I DO enjoy the show and plan to keep on watching it. Any other thoughts?

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1 hour ago, B-Rich said:

Love the show, but being about as detail-oriented and nit-picky as Sheldon himself,  some things just bother me:

They would bother me too, except I know that what people say about their youth and what happened are not always the same thing. Mary told Beverly she prayed for a son 'smarter than his dumb-ass daddy' but if George was a dumb-ass when the twins were born, he's shaped himself up by the time they're nine. If Young Sheldon finishes when he goes off to college, we may never see the awful change come over George.

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Television Critics Association (TCA) doing a Young Sheldon set visit

 

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Some comments for the TCA set visit...

"That would be lovely. I hope y'all agree," says #JimParsons, asked if @YoungSheldon could run for 10-plus seasons, like @bigbangtheory @CBS #TCA18

The cast of #YoungSheldon is so utterly charming. #TCA18

Jim Parsons re discrepancy between what Sheldon has told us about dad vs what #YoungSheldon shows us: spinoff is almost a more truthful  intimate “private diary” version that grown Sheldon would never open up about. #TCA18

In #YoungSheldon, Jim Parsons says his character is “revealing himself not to be such an ass after all.” #TCA18

Best part of an on-set press conference for “Young Sheldon” is interaction and mutual respect between Iain Armitage and Jim Parsons. #TCA18

"He's this incredibly smart kid - I'm not," says @IainLoveTheatre of his lead character in @YoungSheldon @CBS #TCA18

"It would be hard to grow up with a little brother who's a lot smarter than you," says @MontanaJordan7, who plays big brother Georgie in @YoungSheldon @CBS #TCA18

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6 minutes ago, vonmar said:

Some comments for the TCA set visit...

"That would be lovely. I hope y'all agree," says #JimParsons, asked if @YoungSheldon could run for 10-plus seasons, like @bigbangtheory @CBS #TCA18

So he wants to go through George's death and also being caught cheating by Sheldon? How could that work in a family comedy?

8 minutes ago, vonmar said:

In #YoungSheldon, Jim Parsons says his character is “revealing himself not to be such an ass after all.” #TCA18

I would like to see/read this in context. What does he mean by that? If he means Young Sheldon is more caring and emphatic than it actually implies that adult Sheldon is more capable of understanding others' emotions, which means many of the things he seemingly does due to lack of understanding are actually done with an intent or awareness of hurting others. That actually makes him much more of an ass.

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You can retcon some small things and get away with it. You can't retcon that his Dad wasn't a drunk that didn't cheat on his wife. That's something you cannot say Sheldon misunderstood or was wrong about.

It will have to happen.

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23 hours ago, B-Rich said:

Love the show, but being about as detail-oriented and nit-picky as Sheldon himself,  some things just bother me:

 3. Young Sheldon NEVER snickers, giggles, laughs or even SMILES the way 'old' Sheldon does.  Seems like he could at least do that some of the time.  He's still human-- not an emotionless Vulcan like his hero, Mr. Spock.

Despite these details, I DO enjoy the show and plan to keep on watching it. Any other thoughts?

He still has decades of bullying ahead of him to react to.

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From Deadline Hollywood

‘Young Sheldon’: Jim Parsons & Iain Armitage Bond Over Playing The Same Character At Different Ages — TCA

 Young Sheldon, it was very apparent that there was an uncanny synergy between Jim Parsons, who plays adult Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory and Iain Armitage, who plays his child counterpart on the hit CBS show.

Parsons and Armitage were joined on set by co-stars Lance Barber, Montana Jordan, Raegan Revord, Annie Potts, and Zoe Perry as well as co-creators and executive producers Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro to talk about the comedy, which was recently picked up for a second season. But when the conversation put the spotlight on the character of Sheldon, it was clear why Armitage was the right choice.

The bond between the Parsons and Armitage is apparent but they have to share that considering they are playing the same character. Still, there is a necessary same-but-different portrayal that Armitage must achieve in order to not make him a predictable mini-me version of Parsons’ Sheldon on Big Bang Theory. 

When asked about playing the character, Armitage said, “He’s not exactly hard to play — but he isn’t easy either.” He adds, “I have to think differently because he is this incredibly smart kid and I’m not.” He turns to Parsons and said, “This guy helps with a lot of it.”

“Not anymore!” Parsons said.

Armitage responded, “You’re  smart!”

Revord chimes in, “Don’t be so modest!”

“Thank you!” said Parsons as the crowd of press laughed. After a beat he continued, “But you nailed it on the head. It’s not that it’s difficult to play — it’s interesting. It has its challenges, but their really fun.”

“It’s kind of like going through a maze that you know how to get to the end, but it all kind of looks the same so you still have to navigate it even though you know what you’re doing,” said Armitage.

“We didn’t want to just do ‘little Sheldon’,” added Lorre. “He’s a work in progress. He’s nine years old — we want to go slowly and enjoy the ride.”

<full article in the link>

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You know, I have to say I really like this show but thing that bugs me the most is that they didn't set it in Galveston. Not only does it mess with continuity, but as someone from Houston, I'm really disappointed that we don't get to see our area represented on a major television program. Texas, and especially the Gulf Coast region, gets ignored a lot, but I was really excited about Galveston getting some screen time and to see a lot of my childhood in the show as well. I don't know why they couldn't just set it there. I just wanted to get that off my chest. 

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On 1/10/2018 at 1:35 PM, bfm said:

So he wants to go through George's death and also being caught cheating by Sheldon? How could that work in a family comedy?

I would like to see/read this in context. What does he mean by that? If he means Young Sheldon is more caring and emphatic than it actually implies that adult Sheldon is more capable of understanding others' emotions, which means many of the things he seemingly does due to lack of understanding are actually done with an intent or awareness of hurting others. That actually makes him much more of an ass.

The alien abduction must have messed him up (I guess).

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20 hours ago, EggCoriander said:

You know, I have to say I really like this show but thing that bugs me the most is that they didn't set it in Galveston. Not only does it mess with continuity, but as someone from Houston, I'm really disappointed that we don't get to see our area represented on a major television program. Texas, and especially the Gulf Coast region, gets ignored a lot, but I was really excited about Galveston getting some screen time and to see a lot of my childhood in the show as well. I don't know why they couldn't just set it there. I just wanted to get that off my chest. 

I have a couple of pals from the Houston area and I see where you're coming from, but I've never heard Sheldon say he's from "Galveston."

I've missed episodes, so I'm not sure.

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47 minutes ago, Capt. Hilts said:

I have a couple of pals from the Houston area and I see where you're coming from, but I've never heard Sheldon say he's from "Galveston."

I've missed episodes, so I'm not sure.

In The White Asparagus Triangulation (S2 Ep9) he tells Dr. Stephanie that he was born in Galveston.

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21 hours ago, EggCoriander said:

You know, I have to say I really like this show but thing that bugs me the most is that they didn't set it in Galveston. Not only does it mess with continuity, but as someone from Houston, I'm really disappointed that we don't get to see our area represented on a major television program.

I bet by moving to a fictional town they may avoid some issues related historical accuracy.

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Can’t remember details, but in the first episode it was discussed that George had lost a job in another town. Could that have been Galveston??

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On 1/14/2018 at 5:03 PM, hokie3457 said:

Can’t remember details, but in the first episode it was discussed that George had lost a job in another town. Could that have been Galveston??

Yes.

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Sheldon, let me tell you a little story. Did you ever wonder why we moved from Galveston to Medford?

No. I tend to wonder about the bigger questions.

Okay, well, here's why. Your dad had a real good coaching job and I saw some grown-ups breaking rules. What'd they do? I-It's kind of complicated, but football coaches aren't allowed to recruit kids from other high schools to play on their teams.

And you told on them?

Yeah. You know what happened?

Justice descended upon the rule breakers?

I got fired, Sheldon. And I got a bad reputation.

Oh.

Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view_episode_scripts.php?tv-show=young-sheldon-2017&episode=s01e01 

 

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From Steve Harvey's You Tube Channel....these kids are so cute.

 

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