When the audience asked u / Aggressive-Nobody473 on the Young Sheldon subreddit, which side character they liked the most, Dr. John Sturgis (Wallace Shawn), unsurprisingly, took first place with 125 votes out of 330. Second place went to Paige Swanson (McKenna Grace) with 76 votes; third place went to Billy Sparks (Wyatt McClure) with 67 votes; Fourth place went to Veronica Duncan (Isabelle May) with 35 votes, and fifth place went to Bobby Sparks (Ella Allen) with a measly two votes. Some fans were puzzled as to why Bobbie Sparks, who only appears in one episode, was listed while regular characters like Brenda Sparks (Melissa Peterman) and Dr. Linkletter (Ed Begley Jr.) were absent.
Dr. Sturgis is very similar to Sheldon, not only in his mutual love of physics, but also in his desire for order and rules. Sheldon bonds with Dr. Sturgis and is able to feel comfortable and be himself around him in a way that he can’t around most people. When Sheldon’s sweetheart Meemaw (Annie Potts) and Dr. Sturgis become a couple, Sheldon is delighted and immediately agrees. Sean’s quirky and comedic acting is perfect for the role, and the episodes he appears in each season are always a hit. It’s understandable that fans are hoping to see more characters in Season 6.