The Best Episodes of Young Sheldon

Last Updated: Dec 12, 2018

Set in 1989, the series follows 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper as he attends high school in the fictional town of Medford, Texas, and tries to fit in the world around him while his family and friends attempt to deal with his unique intellectual capabilities and social challenges.

An 8-Bit Princess and a Flat Tire Genius

#1 - An 8-Bit Princess and a Flat Tire Genius

Season 2 - Episode 8

A video game takes over Sheldon and Meemaw’s life. Also, George Sr. is jealous when Georgie bonds with Herschel at the auto shop.

star 7.96
978 votes
Directors: Jaffar Mahmood
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Damir Konjicija, Dario Konjicija, Steven Molaro, David Bickel, Tara Hernandez
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A Crisis of Faith and Octopus Aliens

#2 - A Crisis of Faith and Octopus Aliens

Season 2 - Episode 3

When Mary’s faith is shaken by a tragedy in the community, Sheldon becomes an unlikely ally.

star 7.90
1,187 votes
Directors: Jaffar Mahmood
Writers: Chuck Lorre, David Bickel, Eric Kaplan, Steven Molaro, Maria Ferrari, Jeremy Howe
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A Patch, a Modem, and a Zantac

#3 - A Patch, a Modem, and a Zantac

Season 1 - Episode 6

When a NASA representative visits Sheldon's school and dismisses his science, Sheldon is set on a mission to prove him wrong.

star 7.86
2,602 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Anthony Gioe, Nick Mandernach
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Vanilla Ice Cream, Gentleman Callers, and a Dinette Set

#4 - Vanilla Ice Cream, Gentleman Callers, and a Dinette Set

Season 1 - Episode 22

When Meemaw is pursued by two gentlemen callers, Sheldon interferes, forcing her to set some ground rules.

star 7.84
1,620 votes
Directors: Jaffar Mahmood
Writers: Jeremy Howe, Damir Konjicija, Dario Konjicija, Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Eric Kaplan
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An Eagle Feather, a String Bean, and an Eskimo

#5 - An Eagle Feather, a String Bean, and an Eskimo

Season 1 - Episode 10

When Sheldon moves to Dallas to attend a school for gifted children, the family struggles to cope with his absence.

star 7.84
2,386 votes
Directors: Rebecca Asher
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Rob Ulin, David Bickel
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Carbon Dating and a Stuffed Raccoon

#6 - Carbon Dating and a Stuffed Raccoon

Season 2 - Episode 7

Sheldon gets into trouble with fellow child genius Paige at the science museum. Also, George Sr. is forced to play therapist to Paige’s bickering parents, and Mary, Georgie and Missy help Meemaw with a garage sale.

star 7.81
1,000 votes
Directors: Rebecca Asher
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Damir Konjicija, Dario Konjicija, Steven Molaro, Eric Kaplan, Tara Hernandez
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A Research Study and Czechoslovakian Wedding Pastries

#7 - A Research Study and Czechoslovakian Wedding Pastries

Season 2 - Episode 5

Dr. Sturgis recommends Sheldon and Missy for a university research study on twins, and Mary is unhappy when the test results go to Sheldon’s head.

star 7.81
1,128 votes
Directors: Jude Weng
Writers: Steven Molaro, Damir Konjicija, Dario Konjicija, Chuck Lorre, David Bickel, Eric Kaplan
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A Computer, a Plastic Pony, and a Case of Beer

#8 - A Computer, a Plastic Pony, and a Case of Beer

Season 1 - Episode 12

Sheldon asks for a computer and unknowingly sparks a heated argument between Mary and George Sr. over the family’s finances.

star 7.81
2,271 votes
Directors: Richie Keen
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Tara Hernandez
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Potato Salad, a Broomstick, and Dad's Whiskey

#9 - Potato Salad, a Broomstick, and Dad's Whiskey

Season 1 - Episode 14

When Mary takes a job as church secretary, she finds herself becoming Pastor Jeff’s marriage counselor. Also, Sheldon and Missy spend their first afternoon home alone.

star 7.80
2,107 votes
Directors: Howard Deutch
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Tara Hernandez
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A Financial Secret and Fish Sauce

#10 - A Financial Secret and Fish Sauce

Season 2 - Episode 4

When George Sr. asks Sheldon to keep a secret from Mary, the stress of not being honest drives Sheldon to hideout at Tam’s for his first sleepover.

star 7.80
1,132 votes
Directors: Jonathan Judge
Writers: Chuck Lorre, David Bickel, Jeremy Howe, Steven Molaro, Damir Konjicija, Dario Konjicija
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Spock, Kirk, and Testicular Hernia

#11 - Spock, Kirk, and Testicular Hernia

Season 1 - Episode 9

George Sr. strikes a deal with Sheldon to tutor Georgie when poor grades threaten to keep him from playing football.

star 7.80
2,325 votes
Directors: Peter Lauer
Writers:
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A Brisket, Voodoo, and Cannonball Run

#12 - A Brisket, Voodoo, and Cannonball Run

Season 1 - Episode 7

The kids brainstorm ways to resolve a family feud when Meemaw refuses to give George Sr. her brisket recipe.

star 7.78
2,485 votes
Writers: Nick Bakay, Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro
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Summer Sausage, a Pocket Poncho, and Tony Danza

#13 - Summer Sausage, a Pocket Poncho, and Tony Danza

Season 1 - Episode 21

While Sheldon is busy keeping tabs on Meemaw’s budding relationship with Dr. Sturgis, George Sr. and Mary attempt to bond with their other children.

star 7.78
1,713 votes
Directors: Alex Reid
Writers: Steven Molaro, Eric Kaplan, Stacey Pulwer, Chuck Lorre, Tara Hernandez, Connor Kilpatrick
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Seven Deadly Sins and a Small Carl Sagan

#14 - Seven Deadly Sins and a Small Carl Sagan

Season 2 - Episode 6

Mary clashes with Sheldon’s drama teacher over plans for a Halloween fundraiser for the church. Also, Georgie falls for a rebellious teenage girl that Sheldon is tutoring.

star 7.77
1,075 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Chuck Lorre, David Bickel, Jeremy Howe, Steven Molaro, Eric Kaplan, Connor Kilpatrick
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A Sneeze, Detention, and Sissy Spacek

#15 - A Sneeze, Detention, and Sissy Spacek

Season 1 - Episode 13

When flu season hits Medford, Sheldon takes extreme measures to remain healthy.

star 7.76
2,227 votes
Directors: Howie Deutch
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Eric Kaplan, Jeremy Howe
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Gluons, Guacamole, and the Color Purple

#16 - Gluons, Guacamole, and the Color Purple

Season 1 - Episode 19

When Sheldon is no longer academically challenged at Medford High, he audits a college class taught by Dr. John Sturgis.

star 7.76
1,798 votes
Directors: Alex Reid
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Tara Hernandez
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Family Dynamics and a Red Fiero

#17 - Family Dynamics and a Red Fiero

Season 2 - Episode 9

Sheldon studies his family for a psychology project, and Thanksgiving dinner turns into a family fight when George Sr. is offered a job in Oklahoma.

star 7.76
928 votes
Directors: Alex Reid
Writers: Steven Molaro, Maria Ferrari, Tara Hernandez, Chuck Lorre, Eric Kaplan, Jeremy Howe
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A High-Pitched Buzz and Training Wheels

#18 - A High-Pitched Buzz and Training Wheels

Season 2 - Episode 1

After Sheldon dismantles the refrigerator to stop an annoying hum, he gets a paper route to pay for the repairs.

star 7.76
1,323 votes
Directors: Jaffar Mahmood
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, David Bickel, Eric Kaplan, Jeremy Howe
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A Mother, a Child, and a Blue Man's Backside

#19 - A Mother, a Child, and a Blue Man's Backside

Season 1 - Episode 18

Mary bans Sheldon from reading a mature comic book. Sheldon decides it’s time to stop living under Mary’s thumb.

star 7.75
1,866 votes
Directors: Jaffar Mahmood
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Teagan Wall, David Bickel, Damir Konjicija, Dario Konjicija
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A Dog, a Squirrel, and a Fish Named Fish

#20 - A Dog, a Squirrel, and a Fish Named Fish

Season 1 - Episode 20

A battle erupts between the Coopers and Sparks when the Sparks’ new dog terrorizes Sheldon.

star 7.75
1,806 votes
Directors: Jaffar Mahmood
Writers: Damir Konjicija, Dario Konjicija, Teagan Wall, Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, David Bickel
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A Rival Prodigy and Sir Isaac Neutron

#21 - A Rival Prodigy and Sir Isaac Neutron

Season 2 - Episode 2

When Dr. Sturgis bonds with Paige, another 10-year-old genius, Sheldon’s jealousy leads Meemaw to intervene. Mary invites Paige’s family over for a play date.

star 7.74
1,253 votes
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, David Bickel, Damir Konjicija, Dario Konjicija, Tara Hernandez
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Cape Canaveral, Schrödinger's Cat, and Cyndi Lauper's Hair

#22 - Cape Canaveral, Schrödinger's Cat, and Cyndi Lauper's Hair

Season 1 - Episode 8

In an attempt to bond with Sheldon, George Sr. takes the boys on a road trip to see a space shuttle launch. Mary, Missy and Meemaw have a girls’ weekend at the salon.

star 7.72
2,372 votes
Directors: Howie Deutch
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, David Bickel
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Dolomite, Apple Slices, and a Mystery Woman

#23 - Dolomite, Apple Slices, and a Mystery Woman

Season 1 - Episode 15

Sheldon makes friends with an upperclassman who introduces him to a new field of science. Mary and George disagree on how to handle Sheldon’s blossoming social life.

star 7.71
2,026 votes
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Tara Hernandez
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A Stunted Childhood and a Can of Fancy Mixed Nuts

#24 - A Stunted Childhood and a Can of Fancy Mixed Nuts

Season 2 - Episode 10

When Sheldon learns that people with stunted childhoods can turn into social outcasts, he tries to act like a kid. Also, Meemaw and Dr. Sturgis' relationship is tested when she teaches him how to drive.

star 7.70
608 votes
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Demons, Sunday School, and Prime Numbers

#25 - Demons, Sunday School, and Prime Numbers

Season 1 - Episode 11

A worried Mary sends Sheldon to Sunday school after she finds him playing Dungeons and Dragons with his friends Tam and Billy.

star 7.70
2,292 votes
Directors: Howie Deutch
Writers: Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Eric Kaplan
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