The Harper brothers Charlie and Alan are almost opposites but form a great team. They have little in common except their dislike for their mundane, maternally cold and domineering mother, Evelyn. Alan, a compulsively neat chiropractor and control-freak, is thrown out by his manipulative wife Judith who nevertheless gets him to pay for everything and do most jobs in the house. Charlie is a freelance jingle composer and irresistible Cassanova who lives in a luxurious beach-house and rarely gets up before noon. Charlie "temporarily" allows Alan and his son Jake, a food-obsessed, lazy school kid who shuttles between his parents, to move in with them after Alan's separation/divorce. The sitcom revolves around their conflicting lifestyles, raising Jake (who has the efficient, caring dad while having a ball with his fun-loving sugar uncle who teaches him boyish things), and bantering with Evelyn and various other friends and family. Other fairly regular characters include Charlie's cleaning ... Written by
Two adults. One kid. No grown-ups.
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Did You Know?
Who the "2 and a half men" of the show were has changed four times during the shows run: In season 1-8 it was Charlie Sheen (Charlie Harper), Jon Cryer (Alan Harper) and Angus T. Jones (Jake Harper). In season 9-10 it was Ashton Kutcher (Walden Schmidt), Jon Cryer (Alan Harper) and Angus T. Jones (Jake Harper). In season 11 it was Ashton Kutcher (Walden Schmidt), Jon Cryer (Alan Harper) and Amber Tamblyn (Jenny). In season 12 it was Ashton Kutcher (Walden Schmidt), Jon Cryer (Alan Harper) and Edan Alexander (Louis).
However, during the 11th season it was technically "2 men and a half woman". Since it's a very confusing title though, the show continued to be called the same. See more
The Chuck Lorre Productions vanity card at the end of each episode consists of the words "Chuck Lorre Productions", the vanity card number, and a short essay or mini screenplay that changes with each episode. Topics have included a riff on slang words that Lorre wants to coin, the reason a certain scene containing the line of dialog that was used as the episode's title was edited out, and a screenplay about Lorre's assistant entering his office and finding him curled up in the fetal position. See more