DVD Review: Young Sheldon: The Complete First Season

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Young Sheldon  was created and executive produced by The Big Bang Theory’s Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, Young Sheldon is also executive produced and narrated by Jim Parsons who plays Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. The star cast features Iain ArmitageZoe Perry, Lance Barber, Annie Potts, Montana Jordan and Raegan Revord.

For the last decade on The Big Bang Theory, audiences have come to know the extraordinary Sheldon Cooper.  Now, this single-camera, half-hour comedy gives us the chance to meet him in childhood, as he embarks on his innocent, awkward and hopeful journey toward the man he will become. For nine-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. While the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naïve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him. His father, George, is struggling to find his way as a high school football coach and as father to a boy he doesn’t understand. Sheldon’s mother, Mary, fiercely protects and nurtures her son in a town where he just doesn’t fit in. Sheldon’s older brother, Georgie, does the best he can in high school, but it’s tough to be cool when you’re in the same classes with your odd nine-year-old brother. Sheldon’s twin sister, Missy, who sometimes resents all the attention Sheldon gets, but also remains the one person who can reliably tell Sheldon the truth. Finally, there’s Sheldon’s beloved Meemaw, his foul-mouthed, hard-drinking Texas grandmother who’s supportive of her grandson and his unique gifts.

This prequel sitcom takes place in the late 80’s and centers around the iconic, eccentric and beloved Sheldon Cooper in his childhood. The first season quickly introduces 9-year-old Sheldon and his family. We’ve met his eccentric and overly-religious mother in The Big Bang Theory so not only so we get to see a young version of her but his two siblings, father and grandmother who is also pure gold. We still get that same close-knit relationship between Sheldon who loves and adores his mother. What happens is, Sheldon is a genius so he’s bumped up several grades to high school where he doesn’t fit in at all. Actually, he doesn’t fit in anywhere but the kid handles it like a pro. Watching Sheldon try to have intellectual conversations with his family and fellow students is the funniest part of the series because none of them really get him because he has his own unique way of communicating. Ultimately, it’s all about these wonderful characters and the series itself is a charming and entertaining watch. If you’re curious, this sitcom fits in with fan favorite sitcoms like Roseanne and Raising Hope.

The packaging comes with a nice slipcase. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes season three details, some images and list of special features. There’s also an insert inside that includes a list of the episodes with synopsis, more images and specs. Each DVD disc is red and features the series logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Young Sheldon: The Complete First Season ended up being a fun new sitcom that finally gives fans of The Big Bang Theory a backstory to the fan favorite geeky character, Sheldon Cooper. I like the writing because it’s simple and the series itself is character driven. Even though it’s not as funny as its predecessor, this light-hearted sitcom is entertaining and something the entire family can sit down and watch together without worrying about any kind of offense content. The casting was just right and my two favorites ended up being young Iain Armitage who’s perfect as Young Sheldon and Annie Potts who’s fantastic as the mischievous grandmother. It’s also nice to have Jim Parsons back to narrate the series. This younger version of Sheldon still features that same oddball quirkiness, accidental attitude and mouthy innocence just like the older version plus the series continuously references The Big Bang Theory.  Young Sheldon: The Complete First Season will be available on a 2-disc DVD set on September 4th. It will also be available on Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Archive Collection and can be found at wb.com/warnerarchive and your favorite online retailer.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 2 Discs / 22 Episodes / 436 Minutes

    1. Pilot
    2. Rockets, Communists, and the Dewey Decimal System
    3. Poker, Faith, and Eggs
    4. A Therapist, a Comic Book, and A Breakfast Sausage
    5. A Solar Calculator, a Game Ball, and a Cheerleader’s Bosom
    6. A Patch, a Modem, and a Zantac
    7. A Brisket, Voodoo, and Cannonball Run
    8. Cape Canaveral, Shrödinger’s Cat, and Cyndi Lauper’s Hair
    9. Spock, Kirk, and Testicular Hernia
    10. An Eagle Feather, a String Bean, and an Eskimo
    11. Demons, Sunday School and Prime Numbers
    12. A Computer, a Plastic Pony, and a Case of Beer
    13. A Sneeze, Detention, and Sissy Spacek
    14. Potato Salad, a Broomstick, and Dad’s Whiskey
    15. Dolomite, Apple Slices, and a Mystery Woman
    16. Killer Asteroids, Oklahoma, and a Frizzy Hair Machine
    17. Jiu-Jitsu, Bubble Wrap, and Yoo-hoo
    18. A Mother, a Child and a Blue Man’s Backside
    19. Gluons, Guacamole, and the Color Purple
    20. A Dog, a Squirrel and a Fish Named Fish
    21. Summer Sausage, a Pocket Poncho, and Tony Danza
    22. Vanilla Ice Cream, Gentlemen Callers, and a Dinette Set

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include two behind-the-scenes featurettes.

    • Young Sheldon:  An Origin Story (NEW Featurette) (09:45)
  • Sibling Revelry (NEW Featurette) (04:08)
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