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Is it required to watch The Big Bang Theory to understand the plots of Young Sheldon?

Movies & TV Asked by A J on January 6, 2021

The pilot episode of Young Sheldon is already on the air and this show is a spinoff of the show The Big Bang Theory. My friend wants to watch this show, but he hasn’t watched TBBT.

So, is it required to watch The Big Bang Theory in order to understand the plots of Young Sheldon or traits of this character, or is there no real need?

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Based on the premise set in the pilot, I will say No. As it looks fully self-contained.

It's a show about an odd-one-out kid which is apparently Sheldon, that's it. We get to know about his family dynamics when he was young. Though I have not seen The Big Bang Theory much, still I was fully able to understand it. It even gave no vibe of The Big Bang Theory to me and appear like a different show altogether.

And from the old cast, we just hear Jim Parsons doing voice over and Zoe Perry reprising her mother's younger version, which is played by her mother Laurie Metcalf in TBBT. And there is a possibility that we will be getting the answer of Sheldon's personality trait from the new show as we got about his inability of driving.

Correct answer by Ankit Sharma on January 6, 2021

It's not necessary to watch The Big Bang Theory to watch Young Sheldon. It would certainly enhance your enjoyment of Young Sheldon to have watched TBBT, as there should be plenty of references to TBBT within.

Answered by JaredH on January 6, 2021

Based on what I have seen so far (one episode) I would say "No". As with most prequels/sequels it is likely that links between the shows which get included will be enjoyed/understood better if one is familiar with both, but the opener seemed to provide enough character detail to allow one to watch it without being familiar with "The Big Bang Theory".

On the other hand, I would recommend that your friend consider watching TBBT not just because it might enhance his enjoyment of "Young Sheldon" but because it's a great show. But that's just me. :)

Answered by Leslie Noland on January 6, 2021

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