A classic sitcom reunion took place on Thursday’s Young Sheldon, when recurring series star Craig T. Nelson shared a scene with guest star Bill Fagerbakke. The moment came 24 years after the conclusion of their long-running ABC sitcom, Coach, and 17 years after the pair last appeared on screen together in an episode of The District on CBS.
On Young Sheldon, Nelson and Fagerbakke play old friends who meet at a bar to catch up so Nelson’s character can get some advice. While it was the only scene the two shared in the episode, it was enough to get fans very excited watching at home, and they took to social media with a fairly common sentiment: “That’s awesome.”
Dauber from Coach is on #YoungSheldon with Craig T Nelson.. I squealed so loudly!!! Coach was one of my fave shows growing up!
— Kelly (@ArendelleKel) October 29, 2021
— Ken Hommel (@TooCloseToTheTV) October 29, 2021
— Get.Your.Vax.On (@MusicReviewer7) October 29, 2021
Coach reunion on @YoungSheldon tonight. That’s awesome. Dauber!
— Scott Warheit (@swarheit) October 29, 2021
Viewers seemed to notice what Young Sheldon executive producer Steve Molaro pointed out in an interview with TVLine ahead of Thursday’s airing: the pair still has great chemistry.
Nelson has continued to appear in major network shows through the years since Coach ended, while Fagerbakke has made a name for himself as the voice of Patrick Star on the hit animated show, SpongeBob SquarePants. But they were nearly reunited six years ago, when NBC came very close to reviving Coach, even filming a pilot before rescinding the series order.
So for now, perhaps Nelson could show up in Patrick Star’s world next. Maybe an underwater pineapple could be good for him?
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