Big Bang Theory fans couldn’t believe their luck when CBS announced a spin-off based on Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons) was in production back in 2017. Documenting his childhood years, the series was led by the abundantly talented young actor Iain Armitage. While Sheldon may have been played by two different actors in either series, eagle-eyed fans may have spotted a handful of the casts to crossover between both shows.
The 5 Big Bang Theory actors to crossover with Young Sheldon
5. Bob Newhart
Sheldon’s role model and favourite TV personality growing up returned in Young Sheldon.
Professor Proton (Bob Newhart) first appeared on Big Bang back in season six.
In the episode titled The Proton Resurgence, Sheldon and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) hired him to make an appearance at their apartment.
Professor Proton would go on to make five other cameos in Big Bang as well as starring in the Young Sheldon pilot.
4. Christine Baranski
Leonard’s mother Beverly Hofstadter (Christine Baranski) made a brief appearance in Young Sheldon season two.
Albeit a voice-only credit, it was still a surprise to fans to hear her in the Big Bang spin-off.
Golden Globe-nominee Baranski racked up over a dozen appearances on The Big Bang Theory but has only popped up once on Young Sheldon.
3. Carol Ann Susi
One of Big Bang’s best-loved characters from its early seasons was, without doubt, Mrs Wolowitz (Carol Ann Susi).
Thanks to her dysfunctional mother/son relationship with Howard (Simon Helberg), she became a fan favourite despite never appearing on-screen.
All that changed in season six, however, when Mrs Wolowitz could briefly be seen behind Raj (Kunal Nayyar) in one episode.
After Susi’s death in 2014, Young Sheldon used her voice in season two, episode 22.
2. Elon Musk
Starring as himself in both series, billionaire Elon Musk made an appearance in both shows.
Musk has only made on cameo appearance in each series so far.
In Big Bang, Musk played himself while volunteering at a soup kitchen.
Musk’s appearance in Young Sheldon showed him using an old textbook from Sheldon for inspiration for his latest breakthrough in technology.
1. Jim Parsons
The only man to lends his talents to every episode of both series is Jim Parsons.
The man responsible for bringing the character of Sheldon to life only stars in Young Sheldon as a narrator, however.
Parsons portrayal of Sheldon in Big Bang Theory led to him winning a Golden Globe in 2011.
He’s also landed himself a number of Primetime Emmys for the character.
The Big Bang Theory is available to stream on Netflix now and Young Sheldon airs every Thursday on CBS.
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