Why we don't need the Mandy and Georgie Young Sheldon spin-off

CBS has confirmed the sequel series starring Montana Jordan and Emily Osment is happening, set to premiere in the 2024-2025 season.
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Alright. Let me start off by saying that I was, and still am, a huge fan of The Big Bang Theory. And the addition of Young Sheldon has also been wonderful to have. Even so, I really don't think that the Young Sheldon spin-off centered on Mandy and Georgie, or any sequel series for that matter, is needed.

CBS has confirmed that the Mandy and Georgie spin-off series is officially happening. The new show will see Emily Osment and Montana Jordan reprising their roles as Mandy and Georgie, respectively, "as they raise their young family in Texas while navigating the challenges of adulthood, parenting and marriage," per a press release. The multi-camera comedy could see a 13-episode order to be ready to broadcast in the 2024-2025 season. That's not far off at all and likely means fall 2024. Episodes will be 30 minutes long.

The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon executive producers Steve Holland, Steven Molaro, and Chuck Lorre will be in charge behind the cameras of the spin-off as well. Though it's bittersweet to be saying goodbye to Young Sheldon when season 7 as the end nears on May 16, I really think it's time for CBS to let The Big Bang Theory franchise go.

I'm not going to lie. Georgie's storyline has become one of the more interesting ones on the dramedy. It's portrayed his character growth and highlighted his true sense of responsibility. I think as the seasons have gone on, the series lost its way in making Sheldon's story of attending college interesting. And the drama with the Cooper family has been exciting to watch.

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But, I don't think we need more of the story. Especially since we have the seventh season and final season. There's a lot of things that can and should be wrapped up by the end of season 7. And I truly think the series has the time to do so in its final 14 episodes. When networks and companies see something working, they like to capitalize on it and continue keeping a universe alive with spin-offs and prequels. I get it. I truly do. But in this case it's not necessary.

We've had 12 seasons of The Big Bang Theory where I would say Sheldon is the one we learned about the most in terms of backstory. And now we've gotten seven seasons of Young Sheldon that has shown us all the ups and down the Coopers have gone through in the last few years. Georgie and Mandy's story has been interesting, but not enough to justify starting a whole new show for just them.

And I mean, it's difficult to even say where their story is headed. According to the flagship series, Georgie was married three times. And baby Constance was never mentioned. Young Sheldon has become known for not sticking to canon 100%, so it's hard to say what we would see in the new project. We do know that unfortunately George's death is coming up, as well as the Mandy and Georgie wedding has been confirmed.

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CBS hasn't announced if any of the other Young Sheldon cast members will be reprising their roles too. I'm guessing it's possible Sheldon won't be there as he heads to Caltech, and George will be gone. So will that leave Meemaw, Missy, and Mary? It would basically be Young Sheldon without two of the characters.

And if the trio aren't in the show, how will their absence be explained? The Big Bang established that Georgie steps up and takes care of his mom and sister after their dad passes away. It would turn into a Young Sheldon without Sheldon basically, but at the same time it's a shame if we lose the ensemble cast. So I don't know.

Plus with Chuck Lorre potentially still working on that Big Bang spin-off for Max, it's becoming overkill a bit here. I love this universe and have immensely enjoyed all the stories these past years have brought us. Who knows, maybe depending on how Young Sheldon ends I'll change my mind. But for now, I truly think t's time to say goodbye. What do you think?

Young Sheldon season 7 airs new episodes Thursday nights on CBS, with the one-hour series finale scheduled for May 16, 2024.

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