George Sr. might not be the star of the hit CBS sitcom Young Sheldon, but he's a truly stellar TV dad.
It can't be easy raising a kid genius, but on CBS' Young Sheldon, George Sr. (Lance Barber) barely breaks a sweat. If he were to pen a parenting how-to guide, the pages would be filled with (quite a few) quips about sharing the duties with a helicopter mom, dealing with a space-invading mother-in-law, and demonstrating fierce loyalty to your loved ones. Here are just 10 things that make this father of three one for the books.
He Lets His Kids Learn For Themselves
Sheldon and George Sr. in Young Sheldon.
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George Sr. knows sometimes children need to figure things out themselves—such as when child prodigy Sheldon (Iain Armitage) dismantles the fridge to stop a humming noise, leading to a stiff repair bill and payback-via-paper-route for the precocious boy. So when Mary (Zoe Perry) reminds George Sr. of a time when Sheldon got stuck in a sleeping bag, he's quick to reassure his wife: "He made his way out. Just took him five or 10 minutes."
Georgie and Sheldon in Young Sheldon.
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The Cooper household is full of mishaps, so when things get too calm and the kids seem to be working together, George Sr. senses something is going on. And when it comes to Georgie (Montana Jordan) and his get-rich-quick schemes—such as extracting platinum from roadside gravel ("The thing's a gold mine!" cracks Georgie)—something is almost always going on. Mary wonders why her husband can't just be thankful for some quiet time. "Because," reasons George, "that's when life kicks you right in the plums." Turns out he was smart to be suspicious of his sons' DIY platinum project: Georgie and Sheldon end up almost burning down their school.
George Sr. and Sheldon attend a lecture in Young Sheldon.
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When Sheldon asks his father to take him to a Natural Science Museum lecture about carbon dating, George Sr. is quick to jump on the opportunity ("We could use that to figure out how old your grandma is," he jokes). George Sr. may have had an ulterior motive—getting out of helping Meemaw (Annie Potts) with her yard sale—but the generous gesture doesn't go unnoticed.
He's A Dad To Everyone
Veronica stays at the Coopers' in Young Sheldon.
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If you task George Sr. with taking care of someone, he doesn't fall short. Take Georgie's crush Veronica (Isabel May), a student Sheldon tutors. After Mary finds out about the girl's abusive home life and invites her to stay with the Coopers for a few days, George Sr. swiftly takes her in as one of his own—protecting Veronica from her mom's ignorant drunk of a boyfriend, and even referring to her as "my kid."
He Really Knows His Kids
George Sr., Sheldon, and Georgie go on a trip in Young Sheldon.
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From working around Sheldon's bathroom schedule to remembering the exact temperature of how he likes his meat cooked ("at least 165 degrees, except for chicken which is 180"), George Sr. has one goal for a weekend with Georgie and Sheldon: Don't kill one of them before Sunday. Witnessing a space shuttle launch becomes a bonding experience for the three guys, and even elicits the ultimate compliment from Mary: "You're a good dad."
He Puts His Own Spin On Lessons
The Coopers have dinner in Young Sheldon.
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George Sr. has a simple, albeit unorthodox, way of getting his children to appreciate their parents. When Georgie decides to pay for cable and lock his father out of the TV, George Sr.'s plan consists of charging him for room and board: $50 a month for food and laundry services, plus a $10 P-I-M-A (pain in my ass) tax. "My way of getting compensated for you taking years off my life," George says of the surcharge. We're definitely filing this away for our future parenting plans.
George Sr. and Sheldon in Young Sheldon.
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George Sr. supports all of Sheldon's academic and intellectual endeavors, but he doesn't blow smoke. His reaction to Sheldon's, ahem, less-than-genius-level violin skills? "Well, that's unfortunate." His response to the mere idea of Sheldon playing football? "Oh, God, no. Could you imagine?" George Sr. doesn't give his son false hope, and doesn't put on a facade in front of others.
He Knows Who's Boss
George Sr. and Mary Cooper in Young Sheldon.
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We all know who's really in charge of the Cooper house: Mary. George Sr. knows this as well, so when Georgie tries to persuade his father to let him have a TV in his room, he gives it to his son straight. "Your mother won't let me have a TV in my room," says George Sr., "so you're not getting one in yours."
He's A Proud Dad
Sheldon with a dog in Young Sheldon.
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Sheldon faces a lot of fears—birds, germs, hugging, and corduroy, to name a few—but George Sr. is always proud of his son's successes, even the small ones. So when the neighbors' new dog takes a liking to Sheldon, the pint-size cynophobic decides to overcome his fear by dressing in a makeshift suit of armor to pet the pooch. George Sr. expresses his pride for his youngest son…but not until Sheldon stops hiding in the bathroom after getting licked. (Remember what we said about germs?)
He's Always There For His Kids
George Sr. helps Sheldon in Young Sheldon.
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When Sheldon finds out that Mary has hidden a Caltech letter from him, he seeks help from his dad. George Sr. puts on his coach's hat and helps Sheldon make a game plan to persuade Mary to let Sheldon go to college. His passion for helping his son achieve his dreams might be the thing we admire most about George.
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