Young Sheldon, Season 1 DVD
For 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper it isn’t easy growing up in East Texas. Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn’t always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat na?ve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him.
This is not a typical sitcom like the other shows by Chuck Lorre. There is no laugh track, or jokes every minute like in “Two and a Half Men” or “The Big Bang Theory”. It’s a show about the character Sheldon from “The Big Bang Theory” as a child in East Texas and his difficulties in understanding how to be an ordinary child with his extreme intellect and curiosity, but almost complete lack of common sense. I’d compare this show to “The Wonder Years” as more of an amusing coming of age story rather than pure comedy. I think the casting is right on, the actors are very good, and the writing (as usual) is excellent. I don’t know if you have to know the Sheldon character from “The Big Bang Theory” to enjoy watching this show, but it’s a “hoot and a half” seeing some of Sheldon’s stories about his childhood play out.
This show is very polarizing, some people love it, some people hate it, some people are offended, and some love how honest the writers are. Yes, Sheldon’s mom remains as politically incorrect as ever and I wouldn’t have her any other way. Ian Armitage nails the role of Sheldon Cooper, who most likely has Aspergers or Autism. People who don’t understand that developmental difference often get offended, “oh he’s so rude!” No, he’s not rude, Aspies struggle reading between the lines, detecting facial emotions, and dealing with people. Aspies are often rational thinkers, black is black, white is white, good is good, evil is evil, so dealing with the shades of gray we find in the real world is a struggle. For most aspies it takes years to learn how to control your emotions, how to behave in social situations, etc. Things that are easy for a “normal” person can be quite hard for an aspie.
Actors: Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber
Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, PAL
Region: Region 4 for Australia
Number of discs: 3
DVD Release in: 2018