Young Sheldon’s Pastor Rob Highlights His Biggest Big Bang Theory Change

The role of Pastor Rob in Young Sheldon shows how much the tone of The Big Bang Theory spin-off differs from the style of the previous hit sitcom.

Whereas The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon share a lot of similarities, the main difference between the two shows can be exemplified by the character of Pastor Rob. Young Sheldon has moved away from its first inspiration. Even though the sitcom spin-off started life as an origin story for The Big Bang Theoryis Sheldon Cooper, Young Sheldon has since explored the Cooper family’s complex dysfunctional relationship more and more in recent seasons.

While some big Young Sheldon episodes are still centered around Sheldon’s goofy misadventures, many of which The Big Bang Theory The spin-off releases are much more dramatic than the episodes of its predecessor. The clearest indication of this change comes in the form of Young Sheldonis supporting star Pastor Rob. Where this well-meaning young pastor would probably have been a unique joke character on The Big Bang Theoryin Young Sheldonhe could end up being a major factor in the breakdown of Mary and George’s marriage.


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Young SheldonThe creators of ‘s admitted that the plot about Mary potentially having an affair with Pastor Rob was a “a bit of dramaand a story they liked to revisit because of its dramatic potential. Mary’s obsession with the church makes Young SheldonThe storylines of sometimes darken thanks to the frustration and anger that his religious fervor incites in his family, as evidenced by Mary’s reaction to the announcement of Georgie impregnating his girlfriend with more concern for opinions. of their neighbor on her than for that of her son. coming. Like this character flaw, Mary’s potential affair with Pastor Rob is another part of the story that, while it has its fun moments (like Mary’s over-the-top dream about the young pastor), is usually played for. the drama by Young Sheldonthe creators.

Young Sheldon is more dramatic than the Big Bang Theory

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Between Georgie getting Mandy pregnant, both Sheldon’s parents considering affairs, and Meemaw’s tumultuous love life and gambling problem, it’s fair to say that Young Sheldon features a lot more drama than its predecessor. Whereas The Big Bang TheorySheldon is very similar to his younger incarnation in Young Sheldon, the milieu in which the older character resides is very different. where the adventures of The Big Bang TheoryThe Group of Friends was typically a low-stakes sitcom silliness, with the show featuring one or two emotionally charged stories per season, nearly every episode of Young Sheldon features a dramatic revelation about one of the Coopers or a tense conflict between family members.

This change is perfectly summed up in the character of Pastor Rob, who wouldn’t have had much to do in The Big Bang Theory. He could have argued with Sheldon about religion and been quickly shut down, but Young SheldonDWQD’s Pastor Rob is so sweet and good-natured that the more comedic sitcom wouldn’t have had much use for such a conflict-averse character. In contrast, Young SheldonA love of more serious stories and emotionally impactful plots means the sitcom spin-off has managed to cast even such an innocuous figure as Pastor Rob as the unwitting instigator of a tense love triangle. Young SheldonThe knack for finding drama in the suburbs stands in stark contrast to The Big Bang Theoryas evidenced by the role of Pastor Rob in the spin-off.

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