Understanding Dr. Sheldon Cooper: Season 1 Wrap Up

The rest of the first season does not offer any additional examples of ASD that prove to be significant. We see the same examples as the first few episodes enacted again and again. We see Sheldon fail to navigate social situations — including the understanding of sarcasm — and get upset when others don’t do things his way, or the “correct” way. However, these examples are limited and not always clearly presented in ways that make you think about ASD. The reason for the lack of quality examples may be that the show’s creators denied the presence of ASD in the character of Dr. Sheldon Cooper. When asked whether Sheldon has ASD or not, the creators of the show said they did not explicitly write ASD into the character description, nor was it a subtextual suggestion or expectation; however, Jim Parsons — the actor who plays Sheldon — has said he believes Sheldon to have ASD and that is how he decided to portray the character.

As the show progresses in subsequent seasons, we see better — and sometimes more exaggerated — examples of the various characteristics of ASD. The current season appears to have full heartedly embraced the idea of Sheldon having ASD, but those examples will be addressed in later episodes. We will examine some better examples as we look at season 2 in the upcoming weeks.

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