young sheldon

The cast of Young Sheldon
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by John Kennedy

Are you Sheldon or Missy? Mary or George? Georgie or Connie (a.k.a. Meemaw)? No two members of the Cooper clan are alike. Which one are you? Wonder no more with this not-quite-Nobel-Prize-winning quiz! Remember to tally up your answers!

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1. What is your favorite TV show?

Sheldon sitting on the couch with a TV remote in his left hand pointed to an off-screen TV

Sheldon (Iain Armitage)

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A) Anything Star Trek

B) Joel Osteen

C) Football

D) The Price is Right

E) The Young and the Restless

F) Let’s Make a Deal

2. What is your best attribute?

Georgie at the dining table smiling and passing a plate

Georgie (Montana Jordan)

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A) A logical mind

B) Strong faith

C) Common-sense pragmatism

D) Business savvy

E) High EQ (Emotional Intelligence)

F) A sassy sense of humor

3. What is your favorite hobby?

George Sr. leaning on a clothing rack in a store with sports equipment on shelves behind him

George Sr. (Lance Barber)

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A) Contemplating the universe, toy trains, writing contracts, and doing taxes (It’s called being well-rounded.)

B) Event planning

C) Football

D) Making money

E) Observing people

F) Gambling

4. What is your favorite fashion statement?

Missy smiling into a full-length bathroom mirror at school while wearing a pink shirt and skirt with a pink backpack and white sneakers

Missy (Raegan Revord)

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A) A superhero T-shirt

B) A tasteful cross

C) A beer can

D) A fat wallet

E) A pitcher’s mitt

F) A whimsical print shirt

5. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Mary sitting on a floral print sofa between two other women while showing off a large collection of makeup samples

Mary (Zoe Perry)

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A) Demonstrating your intellectual superiority over others (Being a smartypants)

B) A good smoke or Patrick Swayze in Road House (tie)

C) Getting validation for your hard work and sacrifices (You secretly tear up when those you love show gratitude)

D) “Adult” magazines

E) Pressing the buttons and pricking the pretensions of smartypants everywhere

F) Breaking the rules

6. What is your favorite quote?

Sheldon dressed up as Spock from Star Trek

Sheldon ready to live long and prosper

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A) “We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.” ―Stephen Hawking

B) “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone.” ―Jesus Christ

C) “Win or lose, do it fairly.” —Knute Rockne

D) “Business opportunities are like buses, there‘s always another one coming.” ―Richard Branson

E) “Sucking at something is the first step at being sorta good at something.” ―Jake the Dog (Adventure Time)

F) “The secret to survivin’ is knowin’ what to throw away and knowin’ what to keep." ―Kenny Rogers (The Gambler)

7. What would be your ideal career?

Sheldon and Dr. Linkletter standing facing away from the camera in front of a blackboard with equations written on it and a table littered with tubes and beakers for chemistry behind them

Sheldon and Dr. Linkletter (Ed Begley, Jr.)

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A) Theoretical physicist

B) Minister

C) Pro football coach

D) Entrepreneur

E) Psychologist

F) Casino owner

8. What is your pet peeve?

Georgie standing at a yellow washing machine picking a long strand of chewing gum out of it with a knife

Georgie in a ”sticky” situation

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A) Pets

B) Mean people

C) Comments about your weight

D) Rules and regulations that get in the way of good ideas

E) Inequality

F) Needy people

9. I hate it when people say ...

Mary gives Missy a concerned look while they sit next to each other at the dining room table

Mary and Missy at the dinner table

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A) “Can I pick your brain?”

B) “Playing devil’s advocate...”

C) “You’re going to eat all of that?”

D) “Money can’t buy happiness.”

E) “Boys will be boys.”

F) “Life isn’t fair.”

10. When I look at this I see ...

A black and white ink blot

A classic ink blot ... or is it something more?

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A) The expanding universe

B) God’s grand design

C) A football strategy

D) Black ink!

E) Different things from different perspectives

F) A friggin’ ink blot

Tally up your answers and read on to find out which character you are!

If you answered mostly A: You’re ... Sheldon!

Sheldon sitting at a desk writing with a yellow pencil next to an open book and a desk lamp while wearing his trademark short-sleeved button down and bowtie

Sheldon takes notes

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You have an analytical and curious mind. You’re academically gifted with an eye for minute details. While you can be a bit prickly and may tend to take things a little too seriously, you also have a whimsical side. Some may see you as smug, overly blunt, and self-centered, but the truth is you’re filled with awe of the universe and genuinely think the world would be a better place if people could see it as you do.

If you answered mostly B: You’re ... Mary!

Mary standing in the office at school holding out her hands and looking concerned

Mary strikes a worried pose

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You rely heavily on your strong faith to see you through difficult times. You try hard to be patient with others and to resist the ever-present temptation to judge. Mostly you succeed, though you can be hard on yourself when you fail to meet your own high standards. You wish everyone shared your beliefs (for their own good) and you get annoyed when you hear those beliefs mocked. Even with your faith, you’re a natural worrier (especially about those you love). At the same time, you’re an eternal optimist.

If you answered mostly C: You’re ... George!

George Sr. looking confused and sitting at a desk with papers in hand and basketballs behind him

Head football coach George Sr. at his desk

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While some people confuse your generally easygoing nature with laziness, you know the truth is that you just don’t believe in wasting your time and energy on appearances. The problem is you’re more sensitive to criticism than you admit and actually crave a little recognition for the fact that you’re honest, fair, responsible, and, yes, hardworking. Your heart is in the right place and you’re empathetic when it comes to the feelings of others. You’re also smarter than people give you credit for.

If you answered mostly D: You’re ... Georgie!

Georgie smiling in a gray shirt

Natural-born salesman Georgie

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You’re an opportunist in the purest sense of the word. An unapologetic capitalist, you see giving people what they want at a price they can afford as a public service. You’re a doer, a problem solver, and a builder who resents needless obstructions to the pursuit of individual achievement, fulfillment, and happiness—and, yes, you’re pro-happiness.

If you answered mostly E: You’re ... Missy!

Missy sitting in bed smiling

Missy, Sheldon’s far-from-identical twin sister

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You’re extremely perceptive, remarkably empathetic, and have a well-developed sense of fairness and justice. You know what to say to people both when they need a lift and when they need to be taken down a few pegs. Regarding the latter though, your empathy almost always prevents you from crossing the line into meanness. You also don’t like to be pigeonholed and have mastered the fine art of simultaneously fitting in and standing out.

If you answered mostly F: You’re ... Connie! (a.k.a. Meemaw)

Meemaw in a floral top sitting at the dining table

Sheldon’s beloved Meemaw (Annie Potts)

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You’re a fun-loving, sometimes brash, and sarcastic risk-taker who has no time to waste on fools and/or nonsense of any kind. On the other hand, you have a keen understanding of what’s really important and will fight ferociously for the people, relationships, and principles that truly matter to you.

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Sheldon's surprised.

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Half the fun of watching Young Sheldon is spotting nods to the mothership, The Big Bang Theory. Eagle-eyed fans: How many of these references do you remember?

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Professor Proton

A close up look at two hands weilding tape in front of a torn publicity photo of Professor Proton

Sheldon idolizes Professor Proton.

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S4 Episode: “The Wild and Woolly World of Nonlinear Dynamics”

During an argument, Missy (Raegan Revord) rips Sheldon’s (Iain Armitage) autographed Arthur Jeffries poster in half. Bob Newhart’s alter ego, the host of a kids’ science show, is Sheldon’s childhood idol—and will make several appearances in TBBT.

Chalk-Worthy

Young Sheldon sits in the principals office in front of a black board arguing

Sheldon was always ahead of the class.

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S3 Episode: “A Secret Letter and a Lowly Disc of Processed Meat”

Sheldon’s presentation on why he should go to college looks an awful lot like his future “Fun with Flags” video series.

Wait, Was That …?

Young Sheldon rests in bed under the covers with a thermometer sticking out of his mouth

A sick Sheldon

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S3 Episode: “Teenager Soup and a Little Ball of Fib”

Some TBBT cameos are more heard than seen. When Sheldon dreads taking a swim test in gym, he’s taunted by a bacteria-infested pool during a nightmare—voiced by Kaley Cuoco.

A Catchphrase Is Born

Young Sheldon holds up a fake can of mixed nuts as he tries to convince someone that there is no snake inside

Bazinga!

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S2 Episode: “A Stunted Childhood and a Can of Fancy Mixed Nuts”

The boy genius visits a novelty shop and learns about a line of prank products. The tagline? “If it’s funny, it’s a Bazinga!”

The Brainiac’s a Trainiac

Young Sheldon stands among an array of model trains smiling with glee

Sheldon has always loved his trains.

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S1 Episode: “Pilot”

Close-up on young Sheldon’s model locomotive set. “I’ve always loved trains,” says adult Sheldon, voiced by TBBT star Jim Parsons. “In fact, if my career in theoretical physics hadn’t worked out, my backup plan was to become a professional ticket taker. Or a hobo.”

“Soft Kitty”

Young Sheldons mother sits on a couch cradling a surgically masked Sheldon under an afghan blanket

Sheldon and his mother, Mary

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S1 Episode: “A Sneeze, Detention, and Sissy Spacek”

The germaphobe’s go-to “get well” lullaby was first sung by his mother, Mary (Zoe Perry), after Sheldon contracted a cold.

The First Relationship Agreement

Young Sheldons Meemaw sits at a kitchen table talking to Dr. Sturgis over a bowl of ice cream

Relationship agreements are an integral part of budding romance.

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S1 Episode: “Vanilla Ice Cream, Gentleman Callers, and a Dinette Set”

Long before Sheldon drafted a 31-page contract after he and Amy became a thing, 10-year-old Sheldon drew up the Cooper-Sturgis-Tucker Behavior Agreement, which set ground rules for Meemaw’s (Annie Potts) relationship with his mentor, Dr. John Sturgis (Wallace Shawn).

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