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What ‘The Big Bang Theory’s’ Sheldon Misunderstood About George Sr. in ‘Young Sheldon’

  • George Sr. passed away in the third to last episode of Young Sheldon.
  • Young Sheldon corrected many of Sheldon’s skewed childhood memories about his father.
  • George Sr. was more supportive and involved than Sheldon’s recollections in The Big Bang Theory suggested.

How Did Young Sheldon Correct Sheldon’s Memories About George Sr.?

George Cooper in Young Sheldon Season 7
George Cooper in Young Sheldon Season 7

In the third to last episode of Young Sheldon, George Sr.’s passing left fans reflecting on how Sheldon’s memories of his father in The Big Bang Theory were often skewed. While adult Sheldon painted a picture of a neglectful and heavy-drinking father, Young Sheldon has revealed a more nuanced and often kinder image of George Sr.

One major correction is George Sr.’s drinking habits. Sheldon often implied his father was a heavy drinker, but Young Sheldon portrays George as enjoying beer in moderation. He was not the excessive drinker Sheldon remembered, and his regular beer after work does not equate to the rampant alcoholism Sheldon suggested.

Additionally, Sheldon’s claim of his father’s affair appears to be a misunderstanding. While George Sr. did have emotional connections with other women during a rough patch in his marriage, Young Sheldon shows that he stopped himself before it turned into a physical affair. Sheldon’s trauma from overhearing his parents during a playful moment further confused his perception.

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Furthermore, Sheldon often described George Sr. as an absent father. However, Young Sheldon showcases numerous instances of George being present and supportive, especially during critical moments in Sheldon’s and Missy’s lives. George Sr. took Sheldon to visit Caltech, supported his academic ambitions, and was there for Missy during her formative experiences. These moments highlight his role as a caring and involved father, contrary to Sheldon’s recollections.

Why Was Sheldon’s View of George Sr. Skewed?

George and Sheldon
George and Sheldon

Sheldon’s negative portrayal of his father seems to stem from his childhood misunderstandings and defense mechanisms. Sheldon might have exaggerated his father’s flaws to cope with the pain of losing him at a young age. For instance, Sheldon described his father as a “redneck,” an unfair label given that George was a hard-working and smart individual, respected in his community.

Mary’s harsh words about George also influenced Sheldon. Her grief and possible bitterness over George’s early death and their unresolved marital issues might have led her to speak negatively about him, further shaping Sheldon’s skewed memories.

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Young Sheldon has also debunked Sheldon’s claims about his father’s frequent pub visits. While George did visit the local pub occasionally, it was not a nightly occurrence. These visits were more about socializing and unwinding than the constant escape Sheldon implied. Young Sheldon has painted a picture of George Sr. as a flawed but loving and supportive father, contrary to the harsh image of older Sheldon often shared.

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