The extremely popular Big Bang Theory spinoff Young Sheldon has already enjoyed a successful six-season run on the air, and there are already details about the show's upcoming season 7. Debuting in 2017, the sitcom follows the titular character as he grows up in his small hometown in Texas in the late-'80s and early-'90s and struggles to fit in with his family and friends. Like The Big Bang Theory before it, much of the humor of Young Sheldon is derived from Sheldon's interactions with the outside world, and the spinoff series gets to the heart of what makes the beloved character tick.
Throughout its run, Young Sheldon has enjoyed relatively positive responses from critics (via Rotten Tomatoes), and the show continues the overwhelming popularity of its parent series The Big Bang Theory. The biggest strength of the series is its storytelling and the family dynamic within the Cooper household, and the cast of Young Sheldon does justice to their Big Bang Theory counterparts. As far as prequel stories go, Young Sheldon not only serves to explore where the titular character came from, but it recontextualizes the original series to make it an even more enjoyable experience upon subsequent watches. This may only increase based on what happens in season 7.
The latest Young Sheldon season 7 update throws the previously-considered-safe release window into question. Concern over Young Sheldon season 7 stems from the impact of the ongoing Writers Strike following an update from CBS. While the strike has affected countless shows already, it is especially dire for Young Sheldon as it enters what could be its final season. The ongoing delays due to work stoppage suggests that Young Sheldon season 7 could be a shortened season. This means that the show will likely have to rush through some of the big storylines fans have been looking forward to along with delivering fewer episodes of the popular sitcom.
Young Sheldon appears to still be planned for a Fall 2023 debut which suggests there is enough material to begin the series. However, the strike may be continuing on longer than the show can handle meaning production will be forced to stop if they run out of scripts for season 7. The question then becomes whether the show would return to give a proper ending once the writers return or if it is heading toward an abrupt and disappointing conclusion.
Unlike most shows that are only renewed on a year-by-year basis, the success and popularity of Young Sheldon necessitated the show getting a long-term extension. Back in 2021, Young Sheldon was renewed through season 7 which meant a three-year renewal at the time. This not only represented CBS' desire to strike while the iron was hot, but it also spoke to the fact that the network had goals for the show over time. Major story milestones have taken place during the two seasons that have already aired from the last extension, and season 7 shows signs of continuing that trend.
Though the renewal of Young Sheldon for season 7 happened in 2021, CBS has yet to release a specific date for the premiere of the season. Despite the Writers Strike, CBS seemed confident that Young Sheldon season 7's release date window for the Fall 2023 programming would remain unchanged. This could be an indication that they have enough material for a significant portion of the season, but there is still the possibility that the strike goes on longer and the rest of Young Sheldon season 7 is in danger.
As is the case with most sitcoms, the cast of Young Sheldon hasn't fluctuated much from season to season, and it can be expected that many of the main cast members will return. It can be assumed that the show's star, Iain Armitage will be back as Sheldon Cooper, and he will be joined by the likes of Zoe Perry as Sheldon's mom Mary Cooper, Montana Jordan as his brother "Georgie" Cooper, and Raegan Revord as his twin sister Missy Cooper. Though the ultimate fate of Lance Barber as Sheldon's father George Cooper Sr. is unknown, he will likely also return to the Cooper household for season 7.
Over its six-season run thus far, Young Sheldon has built a beloved stable of supporting characters who will most likely also make appearances in season 7. Cast members like Annie Potts as Meemaaw, Matt Hobby as Pastor Jeff Difford, Wyatt McClure as Billy Sparks, and Emily Osment as Mandy McAllister should all play a part in Young Sheldon season 7. Additionally, if season 7 is the show's last, it could be expected to see various recurring characters make their returns in order to have a proper sendoff as the series takes its final bow.
Though no details about the plot of Young Sheldon season 7 have been confirmed, certain things can be speculated because of the timeline established in The Big Bang Theory canon. If things track with how the show has been handling time so far, season 7 will be the year that Sheldon is 14 which was always established as a pivotal time in the character's life. Young Sheldon season 7 could tackle George's death, and could finally show the young genius move to California. Even if the show doesn't end with season 7, those events need to happen soon if the canon is to be preserved.
Young Sheldon season 6 set up various storylines as well that will surely continue into season 7. This includes the fact that Sheldon and Mary left for Germany so Sheldon could attend a summer program. It remains to be seen if season 7 will deal at all with him over there or pick up when he returns home. There are also some interesting developments with the rest of the Cooper family, from Georgie getting engaged to Missy becoming rebellious, that will surely come into play.
When Young Sheldon was renewed up to season 7 back in 2021, speculation began swirling whether that would spell the end of the hit series. The title of the show has already become somewhat inaccurate as the character has aged into a teenager, and The Big Bang Theory's continuity contains integral events that have to happen soon in Sheldon's timeline. Major moments like George's death have yet to occur, but even if they do soon, Young Sheldon doesn't need to end after season 7.
After all, CBS' decision to renew the show for three additional seasons doesn't necessarily indicate that they planned for it to end after season 7, but it could instead represent the number of years that executives felt comfortable greenlighting in one go. There is still a lot of Sheldon's life left to explore up until he arrived on The Big Bang Theory, and Young Sheldon has done an excellent job of diversifying the storylines so that the titular character isn't the only focus. Regardless of what happens in the story, Young Sheldon will most likely be just as popular after season 7 as it was before.
With season 6 still fresh, Young Sheldon season 7 won't likely see a trailer for quite some time. However, that isn't unusual for the history of the show or how most series are advertised. The first episode of Young Sheldon season 6 aired on September 29th, 2022, and the first trailer for the season itself premiered only a few days earlier on the 16th. Considering the fact that Young Sheldon season 7 will likely debut in September, fans could expect a similar strategy for the trailer release.