In the title role of “Young Sheldon,” 9-year-old Iain Armitage is as impressive as most grown-ups on TV. Five more child actors talented beyond their years:
In: “Fresh Off the Boat” (2015-).
His character: Eddie defies his Taiwanese parents by embracing rap, hoops and mediocre grades. But his biggest act of rebellion? Not looking like the typical Hollywood star.
Age when show started: 12.
Keshia Knight Pulliam
In: “The Cosby Show” (1984-92).
Her character: Sweet Rudy was the perfect audience for goofy Pop. In a perfect world, she and “Bud” are happily married and have five adorable kids of their own.
Age when show started: 5.
In: “Mad Men” (2007-15).
Her character: The most vexing female in Don Draper’s life, Sally had more in common with her duplicitous dad than either would like to admit.
Age when show started: 8.
In: “Roseanne” (1988-97; 2018-).
Her character: Darlene broke all previous records for sarcasm while using it as a weapon against her folks. The show’s upcoming revival, orchestrated by Gilbert, finds the character dealing with parental woes of her own.
Age when show started: 13.
John Aaron Bennett
In: “I’ll Fly Away” (1991-93).
His character: John Morgan, youngest son of a 1960s civil rights lawyer (Sam Waterston) who bonds with a black housemaid (Regina Taylor) over their mutual love for the boy in a drama that’s just as powerful as “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Age when show started: 7.