Two and a Half Men (2003–2015)
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Watching the first episode of the latest season, I would say that they couldn't have done much more to completely destroy the show. They brought in a completely different type of personality, one that I personally have no interest in.
Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Ashton Kutcher or his acting but he simply doesn't fit in this role. They should have tried to work things out with sheen or they could have just cut their losses and canceled the show.
Would they really expect any of the old fans to keep watching this?
its like taking the motor out of a lamborghini and replace it with 2 pedals for the driver. its not a lamborghini anymore. face it.
the whole concept of the show is based on charlies character. it makes absolutely no sense to continue without him. the only reason they do, they want the money so hard, since two and a half men was the most successful TV show. a lot of people say sheen went crazy, i say: charlie was right when he flipped out and offended the producers. it doesn't look like they love what they do, they just love the money. he wants double the money? pay him and get him back, only way to rescue a sinking boat. the show will be cancelled soon, if they continue like this.
In the later seasons however, for those that have been living under a rock the show's main star Charlie Sheen began to slip. He started having marital, drug, and drinking issues. It started cut into his time with the show, and soon episodes would be cut including an entire season down the drain. It made me very sad to see Charlie Sheen go downhill because I really respected him and admired his work on THM. I don't support or condone what he did, but what I am more upset at is the backlash from CBS, primarily Chuck Lorre. It was announced in summer 2011 that Aston Kutcher would replace Charlie Sheen in a new role on the show. I had no idea how they were going to do this but I accepted for what it was for a while. I did not like the sound of this, but more importantly, I GAVE ASTON KUTCHER A CHANCE. I am a fan of his previous work in movies and film and I was curious to see what he could bring to the table. Also I was looking forward to getting more new episodes of THM rather than episodes skipped because of Sheen's bad behavior.
The day came. September 19, 2011. Nearly 30 million peopled tuned in to watch Aston Kutcher as Waldon Schmidt fill the shoes of the now dead Charlie Harper. The first episode in my opinion completely bombed. There was absolutely no chemistry between Aston Kutcher and Jon Cryer. But I kept my mouth shut. I continued to watch, week after week, until I just couldn't take it anymore. Let me just say this. The new format of Two and a Half Men is the definition of complete and utter s**t. The writing is horrible now. Kutcher has no chemistry with any of the cast. His British girlfriend that stuck around the whole season is very annoying. Alan is now an annoying, pathetic loser that doesn't make sense on the show anymore. And Jake? That adorable, witty kid from the past seasons? Turned into a complete loser, pothead. Maybe he was already heading that direction but that's beyond the point.
This show is ruined and I point the finger at Chuck Lorre and CBS. Yes, Charlie Sheen had problems, but why couldn't he get help? A long time ago he came out of rehab like a perfectly normal person. This is just people picking on someone with serious health problems. Instead of getting him help and postponing the show on his behalf, what do they do? They fire him and completely ruin the show. If they really disliked his behavior I believe they should have just indefinitely ended the show. They could have always brought it back some how down the road but now it's ruined. My whole problem with everything is that this whole matter is a huge insult to every fan like me who has tuned in for the past nine years. Aston Kutcher is a fine actor but he just doesn't work on this show. The writing sucks, the story sucks, and it's time to let it go. When I want to watch THM, I will go to the reruns. If you are new to the show maybe you can get used to the new format but for me, it will never be the same again. Chuck Lorre, I admire your work but in the events of what you have done to this show, I can honestly say to you go to hell!
Now, I like Ashton Kutcher, he is just in an untenable position trying to replace the genius of Charlie Sheen, as well as, the character of Charlie Harper.
The interaction between Charlie, Alan, Jake, Berta, Evelyn, and all the other regulars cannot be recreated. It just doesn't work for me without the chemistry that was there prior to this season.
I don't approve or disapprove of Charlie Sheen's personal lifestyle. But, the show was HIS and his alone. He is irreplaceable.
Please find Charlie alive and living in Encino...
Bring him back.
As about one of my favorite sitcoms of all time, sorry, but as much as Kutcher tries, there's no salvation to it.
I mean, Charlie Sheen is lots of fun, he can be an a**hole as a person, I don't care, but in the series, I used to LMAO with him and the rest of the cast.
Even the worst episode with Sheen is far better than this travesty now that they call Two and a Half Men Season 9.
Five episodes. No laughs, not even giggles. I'm done. The show is pretty dead to me.
As long as they don't bring Charlie back to this, do not even consider calling me to watch this garbage again.
3 stars in memory of what this show used to be once. A funny as hell experience. Now nothing but a travesty of itself.
Two and a Half Men (2003 - 2011) R.I.P.
Now it's just Alan trying to save the show, Jake being still fun but he's growing up and that's pretty much it. Walden is just a bad character. It just irritates me - when 30 year old (or whatever) person acts like a child it is not funny at all. And what's the point of him being undressed all the time ? Not funny at all.
Actually, by watching Season 9 I couldn't believe that one person can have such an impact on show. I loved that humor when Charlie wanted Alan to "get out of my house" but we all knew that at the end they loved each other. The show was ... natural. I could actually imagine such weird family. With Walden character I just can't.
If S1-8 were like Champions League, Premiership in football (in US - Soccer) then S9 is something around ... Division :( Bring back Charlie.
Charlie Sheen has a reputation for being a wild child, John Cryer plays the perfect neurotic boob, and the writers play perfectly into the juxtaposition of the two. Toss in a juvenile (Angus Jones, aka Jake) and the scenes become flat hilarious, as the adults attempt to deal with often raunchy mature topics, while keeping the kid in the dark.
This show has some of the best creative writing I've seen in years. No clichéd 'dumbed-down for the masses' or hackneyed pratfalls here, all are setup and timed with perfect execution by the players. Some of the darkest, driest and quick-witted performances on TV in years, very reminiscent of the quirkiness and off-the-cuff repartee of Woody, Norm, et.al. on Cheers. One of the best original laughs on TV these days, hope it survives for a long time! A real treat, amidst all the dumbed down humor that's seems to prevail everywhere else.
I think they went too far when Lyndsey aka Courtney threw up on Walden's plane and She is always passing gas.
Also having Rose come back and cuff and gag Walden is in poor taste as well.
Alan is just too wimpy for my taste and is getting worse.
I can see why CBS put it behind Big Bang Theory. I think it lost viewers after the newness of Aston wore off.
And no Angus aka Jake is telling people to stop watching the show. Okay Angus you get $250, 000 per episode. I hope you saved a lot of money as You are not as cute as you were when you were 8.
Stepping off my soap box
drained the life out of Two and a half men, he didn't deserve the Emmy's he received. For playing a leech who bleeds people dry with his self pity crap! And though Ashton Kutcher maybe cute he is not that funny either. His character is flaccid and a bit of a push over with no back bone! This was Charlie Sheen's show not John Cryer's (aka Alan cry babies)show.I can't stand him ,he is not now nor has he ever been funny. My daughter is right this show has gone down hill a lot since Charlie has left the show.I use to watch it every Monday but now I do not watch it at all. Please take it off already we are begging you. Put us out our misery ! Because this is no longer Two and a half men anymore ! It is the Four pathetic losers ! Sex , getting stoned is not good comedy ! Neither is oral gratification or excessive vomiting due to over drinking! The only time it is even remotely humorous, is when something bad happens to Alan!
I watched and hoped and watched some more in the hopes it would work or eventually improve. I even came back after skipping a few to see if it had recovered from the initial struggles to rediscover their funny MOJO or even improve over the sad train wreck of kindergarten masturbation jokes and the cheeky but boring Brit girlfriend (like a female Pierce Morgan makes me want to slap myself in the face with the remote every time she tries to be funny and fails yet again what a surprise) and well it wouldn't even be bearable if it didn't have Berta and Jims wife (playing as Alan's girlfriend). Ashton should make a serious go at trying to move up in roles from cheap crass vulgar comedy to something serious (but Please nothing like that horrible gigolo movie he did (that was another train wreck OH Lord!)
Mostly all of it doesn't work any longer. The maker should swallow his pride and try to get Charlie back on at quarter pay or something. Worst case sell the show to Charlie - if Charlie owns it he would probably stop the dope and locking whores in his closet long enough to get serious about making some meaningful comedy moments. Just saying sadly the show is mostly dead and just waiting for the doctors to stop trying to revive it and make the time of death call.
Prior to the whole "J" word fiasco before the producers pride and dignity was apparently injured beyond repair (yeah right) this was a pretty fun show rat it about an 8 out of 10 but now it is complete garbage. Not entirely Ashton's fault he just tried and failed to fill some very big shoes. True.
however,i want to be kind but Aston is awful..
This show is great,has a lot of fun but with Charlie had incredibly good jokes..
so,the result is: " WE WANT CHARLIE BACK!!! "
i hope that someone will read it and he will put him back..
(i am so sanguine , ha ha)
OK, I've only seen a few episodes but as much as I like Ashton he isn't a blink on Charlie and his role sucks. John's character is out of whack now too. Too much Alan, and not in the same vain as the character I use to love. Confident, in control Alan is not what I want to see. Jake rocks but Bertha moving in is plain disturbing. Sheen may have blown it but if the producers know what's good for this awesome series they'll all get over themselves and bring back Charlie. His character is what this this show is all about. There was definitely something special about the dynamic of all the characters pre Charlie having a brain fade. Somehow the show managed to take a simple dynamic of all the characters and consistently come up with fabulous story lines. The show needs someone with the arrogance of Charlie. His dynamic with every other character was awesome and incredibly well crafted. Ashtons character is way too weepy for his ex. I keep wishing he'd grow some balls, like Charlie had. Sadly I'll be confined to the re-runs with Charlie in them. He was the show. Sorry producers but you took the jam out of my doughnut when you killed off Charlie. Let's hope you come to your senses and resurrect him before the show bombs completely.
Instead, he's a wonderfully corrupting influence and the two of them often collude against the father. I've only seen one posting about Melanie Lynskey's brilliant turn as the female stalker who is always looking through Charlie's deck door. It's about as funny a regular gag as Carlton the doorman on the old Rhoda show and Candace Bergin's endless line of incompetent secretaries. She's adorable and makes the character both hilarious and creepy. Well done.
Holland Taylor is perfect as the insufferable mother both sons love to resent. Her self-involvement is hilarious. The name of the splendid comic actress playing Sheen's housekeeper is Conchata Ferrell, a veteran of TV sitcoms (Hotl Baltimore). It's wonderful to see her back in action.
Favorite episode was the return of an ex-flame of Charlie's. Only she is now a he, having had a sex-change operation. When it's discovered that "he" has spent the night with Charlie's mom, I could barely contain myself. I was hysterical with laughter. Then Conchata Ferrell's bit as the housekeeper who begs Charlie, offering him free housekeeping for a month, if she can be there to witness his telling his mother that the he was formerly a she! Priceless.
Wonderful cast. Wonderful, crisp writing and well-observed situations. This one has all the hallmarks of a sitcom classic and I hope it runs for years. I was never much of a Charlie Sheen admirer, but he's evolved into a first-rate comic actor and he leads this first-rate ensemble with low-key charm and expert delivery.