CBS created Young Sheldon inspired by the fandom of Sheldon Cooper, the star of The Big Bang Theory.
The blind love for both the shows, however, did not fool the fans as they noticed the plot-holes that cause problems in the Young Sheldon and The Big Bang Theory crossover.
The problem with a show that is popular and dearly loved is that fans notice everything. Not one detail, not even the tiniest slip goes unnoticed, and as appealing as the fame might sound, it comes with its own baggage.
- The childhood plot-hole
- The room plot-hole
- The bully plot-hole
The Big Bang Theory spinoff, Young Sheldon, comes in the form of a prequel that centers around the younger years of Sheldon Cooper. The devoted fans of both the shows, however, have not let their love blind their senses. They have noticed some serious plot-holes in Young Sheldon that are inconsistent with adult Sheldon’s version of his childhood in The Big Bang Theory.
The challenge of creating a prequel for a show as loved as TBBT is to figure out which came first –the chicken or the egg. Fans of both shows have done a great job of finding the needle in the haystack when it came down to figuring out the plot-holes in Young Sheldon that prove TBBT wrong.
The childhood plot-hole
The biggest and the most confusing of all the plotholes in ‘Young Sheldon’ is the one that contradicts adult Sheldon’s description of his childhood. In TBBT, Sheldon is often heard talking of his father as a drunken abusive husband who cheats on his wife and dies when Sheldon is 14. However, as seen on Young Sheldon, George Cooper might have his good share of beers but he definitely does not come off as a drunk.
Another plot-hole concerning Sheldon’s childhood is that in TBBT Sheldon complains of having been heavily bullied at school. Young Sheldon hardly paints that picture. Sure, there are a lot of eye rolling and annoyed faces thrown at young Sheldon, but apart from that, he seems to be getting along fine.
A fan wrote on Reddit, “I was watching reruns of TBBT and Sheldon makes his childhood seem a lot worse than it is shown in the show, for example George and Mary never fight, Sheldon’s never really bullied by Billy or Missy and Georgie.
So it seems very unlike the childhood Sheldon described in TBBT.” An acceptable explanation was offered by a different Reddit user who said,
“The directors said that the narrator Sheldon is now old with children and that he sees what his parents did in a much better light now instead of looking down on them. It’s his (Sheldon) story to tell and he’s decided to tell the good parts till now.”
The room plot-hole
One of the plot-holes in Young Sheldon concern Missy Cooper, Sheldon’s twin sister. Missy is the fun twin who teases and plays tricks on Sheldon and in one of TBBT episodes, she establishes that they had separate rooms growing up while telling a childhood fun story.
Fans have noticed this fact to be inconsistent with the crossover by pointing out the plot-hole in Young Sheldon that shows the twins sharing a bedroom.
A user raised the issue on Reddit saying, “So, today I’ve watched the first season episode in which Missy goes visit Sheldon. In one scene, she mentions that when they were growing up, Sheldon tried to build a robot in order to keep Missy from going into his room. But in Young Sheldon, we see that Sheldon and Missy share the same bedroom. Maybe they moved out during their childhood?”
Jumping to the rescue of the show creators, another Reddit user commented in its defense, “The Young Sheldon producers have stated they do not feel bound by BBT canon. It’s more of an “inspired by” series.”
The bully plot-hole
The most bizarre of all the plot-holes in ‘Young Sheldon’ is that George Cooper turns out to be Leonard’s bully, Jimmy in TBBT –well, at least technically.
The actor, Lance Barber, who plays George Cooper in Young Sheldon, had played the role of Jimmy, the guy who bullied Leonard in high school, in one of the episodes of TBBT and the fans went nuts over it. Agreed it’s a minor plot-hole compared to a continuity error, but it’s still something that pinched the fans for days.
Plot-holes or not, we couldn’t be more thankful to the series gods for blessing us with a spinoff of TBBT and we can’t wait for Young Sheldon Season 4. What plot-holes have you found in Young Sheldon? Let us know in the comments box!