Young Sheldon season 5: how to watch and everything you need to know about the comedy

Iain Armitage in Young Sheldon
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Fans of The Big Bang Theory didn’t even have to wait for the comedy series to end before they were treated to a spinoff, as Young Sheldon debuted in 2017 and is now in its fifth season on CBS.

The Big Bang Theory producer Chuck Lorre is once again behind this prequel series, along with Steven Molaro, who worked on The Big Bang Theory as a producer essentially from the beginning. While switching from a multi-camera sitcom to a single-cam format, the pairs' history with the original show has helped Young Sheldon keep the thread of The Big Bang Theory, and particularly the character of Sheldon Cooper, while establishing its own identity.

Here is everything you need to know about Young Sheldon season 5.

How to watch Young Sheldon season 5

Now that Young Sheldon has concluded its fifth season, fans can catch up with all the episodes from the most recent season on Paramount Plus. Meanwhile, if you want to start from the very beginning or just rewatch some episodes from past seasons, HBO Max is the place to go to stream Young Sheldon seasons 1-4.

Young Sheldon is also being syndicated, with episodes airing on TBS, so you can keep an eye out for episodes there.

Will there be a Young Sheldon season 6?

Young Sheldon has already been renewed by CBS, so the show will be back with season 6 in fall 2022 at as yet unspecified date, though it is keeping its Thursday at 8 pm ET/PT time slot.

What is the plot of Young Sheldon?

Young Sheldon is a prequel series for The Big Bang Theory character Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons. Fans got to know and love the socially awkward but brilliant scientist, with allusions about his childhood growing up in Texas sprinkled in throughout the series, including his devout religious mother, his more extroverted twin sister, his love for his grandmother and more. With Young Sheldon, fans are seeing an expansion of what made Sheldon Sheldon.

It also has expanded on the relationship between Sheldon and his father, and that will be a big part of season 5 it seems. SPOILER ALERT warning.

We know from The Big Bang Theory that Sheldon’s father died when he was a child, and as we learn later in the series that he also committed adultery, something that Sheldon accidentally discovered (causing him to always knock three times on people’s doors). At the end of season 4 of Young Sheldon, these storylines for George Sr. and starting to come into play.

The end of season 4 saw George and Mary fighting, with George angrily heading off to a bar. It is there he is approached by Brenda Sparks, who is recently separated, and asks if he wants some company, which George welcomes. We also know from the penultimate episode of the season that George’s untimely death is also on the horizon, as Jim Parsons’ older Sheldon narrates to the audience.

The early part of Young Sheldon season 5 dealt with the loose ends from the previous season, but George Sr. is still around as we continue with season 5. 

Who is in the Young Sheldon cast?

As mentioned, Jim Parsons reprises his role as Sheldon Cooper, providing the narration for the prequel series, but it is young actor Iain Armitage who takes on the titular role of the young Sheldon Cooper. Armitage is only 13 years old, but he has already had some big credits on his resume, including in Our Souls at Night and the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies.

The rest of the Cooper family is played by Zoe Perry (Mary Cooper), Lance Barber (George Cooper Sr.), Montana Jordan (Georgie Cooper), Raegan Revord (Missy Cooper) and Annie Potts as Sheldon’s beloved grandmother Meemaw.

Other actors that appear in the series Wallace Shawn, Wyatt McClure, Ryan Phuong, Matt Hobby, Doc Farrow, Melissa Peterman and Craig T. Nelson. A full cast list is available on IMDb

Is there a Young Sheldon trailer?

CBS has released a very brief promo trailer for the premiere of season 5, just 15 seconds. But in that 15 seconds, we see what will be perhaps the beginning of George Sr.’s storyline on the show, as he is taken to the hospital. Watch the promo below. 

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.