Young Sheldon’s echo in Filipino culture

By Herman M. Lagon

AMIDST the vibrant mix of cultures and traditions, and modern influences are eagerly embraced in our country. While we enjoy a wide range of international entertainment, few television series resonate profoundly as “Young Sheldon” does, especially among younger viewers.

For starters, the relatability of Sheldon Cooper’s journey in “Young Sheldon” goes beyond the confines of East Texas, where the show is set. The plot revolves around Sheldon’s struggles with his advanced intellect and eccentric personality in a conventional environment. These challenges echo the experiences of many young Filipinos who grapple with fitting in, dealing with societal expectations, and carving out their unique paths.

Moreover, the series serves as a tool for learning. Beyond its engaging narrative, “Young Sheldon” seamlessly weaves educational elements, be it in the realms of physics, mathematics, or history. Given the emphasis placed on academic excellence in the country, it is heartening to see a series that promotes learning in an entertaining manner. Indeed, learning should foster a deeper understanding of the world, a message mirrored in Sheldon’s unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

The tight-knit bond of the Cooper family is reminiscent of the Filipino saying, “blood is thicker than water.” Despite Sheldon’s quirks and the Coopers’ flaws, the family remains united, much like the familial ties Filipinos deeply cherish. They epitomize the message that family is a haven, a sentiment deeply rooted in Philippine culture and beliefs. This is further supplemented by the positive role models presented in the series, such as Missy and George Jr., whose journeys of growth and understanding resonate with viewers.

“Being different is okay.” This potent message conveyed through Sheldon’s character strikes a chord with audiences worldwide. In a society where conformance is often valued, “Young Sheldon” champions individuality and the beauty of embracing one’s unique qualities. Bullying, an unfortunately prevalent issue in schools and workplaces globally, including in the Philippines, is tackled with sensitivity and depth in the series. Sheldon’s perseverance and the backing he gets underscore the significance of mental health and well-being—a conversation that needs to be prioritized in educational and professional settings.

While Sheldon’s experiences are grounded in the late ’80s and early ’90s, they offer younger Filipino viewers a fascinating insight into a bygone era enriched with cultural and historical references. However, the timeless humor and moral lessons the series imparts make it universally appealing. It is not just a comedic voyage through Sheldon’s young life but a poignant reflection on the human experience.

For those keen to embark on this enlightening journey, you may stream “Young Sheldon” through platforms like Netflix, HBO Go, and Amazon Prime Video. And with tools like ExpressVPN and other free platforms in the internet, geographic barriers fade, allowing seamless access to this enriching series.

“Young Sheldon,” while ostensibly a prequel to “The Big Bang Theory,” stands on its own merit as a beacon of entertainment, education, and profound insights. For Filipinos, it offers not just laughter but lessons in family, individuality, resilience, and the undying spirit of curiosity—a show truly worth the watch.


Doc H fondly describes himself as a ‘student of and for life’ who, like many others, aspires to a life-giving and why-driven world that is grounded in social justice and the pursuit of happiness. His views herewith do not necessarily reflect those of the institutions he is employed or connected with.