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Two and a Half Men is an Americanmarker television comedy series which premiered on CBS on September 22, 2003. The sitcom stars Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones. The show is about a hedonistic jingle writer, Charlie; his uptight brother, Alan; and Alan's young son, Jake. Charlie's free-wheeling life is complicated and altered when his brother gets divorced and moves into Charlie's beach-front house. There have been six seasons of Two and a Half Men; the seventh season is currently showing. CBS renewed the show for an additional three seasons. The show is consistently ranked one of the most watched comedies every season in the United States.

Cast and characters

Current cast

  • Charlie Sheen as Charles Francis "Charlie" Harper, a hedonistic bachelor, jingle/children's song writer who tends to pick on his little brother Alan but ultimately loves him. He is the exact opposite of his younger sibling: relaxed, carefree, and affluent. He loves his nephew Jake and gives him advice (much of which is not age-appropriate), but the two often trade barbs as well.
  • Jon Cryer as Dr. Alan Jerome Harper, Charlie's twice-divorced chiropractor brother, who is more conscientious than his brother, but continually stricken with bad luck and constantly teased by Charlie. After losing his house to his wife Judith in the divorce process, he resides with Charlie. He is generally a nice and polite person, but seems to have a weakness for women who treat him poorly, which may stem from the non-nurturing relationship he had with his and Charlie's mother. In the Season 4 episode, "Repeated Blows to his Unformed Head," it is revealed that Alan is a maieusiophile. Jon Cryer plays the part of the younger brother, by two years, yet in real life he is a few months older than Charlie Sheen. Prior to Two and a Half Men, Cryer and Sheen appeared together in the 1991 comedy Hot Shots!. Cryer also won the 2009 Emmy award for best supporting actor in a comedy series.
  • Angus T. Jones as Jacob David "Jake" Harper, the underachieving son of Alan and Judith. He spends most of his free time playing video games, eating, watching television, playing guitar, sleeping and expelling bodily odors. He is also an excellent poker player and a fairly good cook, but is a bit on the ditzy side (although he is sometimes quite observant), which is a frequent theme of joke around him. He clearly loves his father and uncle but is often surly toward them. The voice Jake is lip-synching to in the theme song is that of female singer and voice-over artist Elizabeth Daily.
  • Conchata Ferrell (starring season 2-current; recurring in season 1), as their sharp-tongued housekeeper Berta. Although Berta's manner may be viewed as sarcastic, Alan and Charlie still treat her with a great deal of respect, and it is clear that the household cannot function properly without her. She has a sister named Daisy, played by Camryn Manheim, with whom she does not get along. She also has three daughters and a number of granddaughters, who she herself states are "sleazy and easy" and whom she sometimes brings along to work. A notable example was when she brought her teenage granddaughter Prudence, who is played by Megan Fox. She has been known to attend many of the Harper family functions when not working. She has served time in prison.
  • Holland Taylor as Evelyn Harper, Charlie and Alan's conceited, self-centered mother and Jake's grandmother. She expresses a superficial fondness for her sons and grandson, but she rarely lives up the self-perceived image that she's a devoted and misunderstood matriarch. Her sons and grandson generally return the favor and go out of their way to avoid interacting with her on most occasions. Her wide-ranging sex life is a recurring gag throughout the series. The family frequently refers to her as "the devil," and Charlie has her number on his cell phone under the name "666." Apparently wealthy, she has been married numerous times and sells real estate.
  • Marin Hinkle as Judith Melnick, Alan's vindictive, self-absorbed and humorless ex-wife. She seems to despise Alan and takes any chance to humiliate him. She was the first woman Alan ever slept with, but their marriage was cold and she said that the only time she was ever happy being sexual was when she was pregnant with Jake. She made no secret of living luxuriously with Alan's alimony, going as far as to get breast implants. She has since remarried to Dr. Herb Melnick (Ryan Stiles), Jake's pediatrician, a union that brought joy to Alan because it meant he no longer had to pay alimony. In Season 6, she threw Herb out of the house and briefly reunited with Alan before reconciling with Herb, and it was later revealed she was pregnant with a girl. Alan hoped he was the father, but Judith said she would kill him if he revealed that he slept with her, and after she gave birth in the Season 6 finale the child's parentage remained uncertain. Jake and Berta believe the child looks more like Alan than Judith or Herb.
  • Jennifer Taylor (starting season 7; recurring in season 6) as Chelsea, Charlie's girlfriend for most of season six, who has moved into his house by season's end. Formerly a one-night stand, Chelsea seems to be one of the few women out of Charlie's countless relationships that has caused him to try to make positive changes in his debaucherous lifestyle. She has become close friends with Alan, something Charlie enjoys because that way Alan goes to museums and foreign films and other activities that Charlie cannot stand. In the first episode of season 7, Charlie finally decided to let go of Mia and committed to Chelsea.


Former cast

  • April Bowlby (recurring season 3; starring season 4) as Kandi, was initially Charlie's gorgeous, young, and extremely dim-witted girlfriend who subsequently became involved with Alan. Kandi and Alan had a superficial relationship based mostly on sex, but they eventually wed in Las Vegas, where they also won half-a-million dollars. After only four months of marriage, and Kandi spending nearly all of their winnings, she and Alan separated. When Kandi was offered a role on a CSI-spoof drama (Bowlby previously appeared in both CSI and CSI: NY), she finally signed their divorce papers and hasn't been seen since. Actress April Bowlby also appeared as another character named Kimber earlier on in the series prior to the starring role of Kandi. It has been said by creator Chuck Lorre that the character of Kandi may return sometime in season seven. "We're toying with the idea," Lorre said. "We've already got about five scripts for episodes that may see the return of Kandi, but we're still looking at it." April Bowlby has said that she would definitely show interest in reprising the role of the dim-witted Kandi.


Recurring cast

  • Melanie Lynskey (starring seasons 1–2; recurring seasons 3–current) as their neighbor and friend Rose, another of Charlie's one-night stands and neighbor who became his stalker, in the first episode she told Alan she "sneaks into Charlie's room while he's asleep and tries on his underwear," this extremely disturbs Alan. Frequently unannounced and uninvited, Rose usually entered and exited Charlie's house by climbing onto the backyard deck and easily bypassing the locks. She has even been caught by Charlie and Alan as she watched them sleeping on several occasions. After season 4, she left the country and appeared on the show only rarely. In Season 6, she became friends with Charlie's fiance Chelsea and went on a blind date with Alan; the two began dating before Rose evinced the same jealousy and possessiveness towards Alan that she had applied towards Charlie, right down to gluing things to his nether regions. Rose was seen to be stalking Alan, but it is possible that she is stalking both Alan and Charlie. Although she is somewhat mentally unhinged and obsessed with Charlie, Rose expressed that she "has an undergraduate degree from Princeton Universitymarker and a master's degree in behavioral psychology from Stanford Universitymarker." Throughout the series, Rose has applied her knowledge of interpersonal communication towards the various situations that arise. Her family is involved in banking and oil, making them, and implicitly her, extremely wealthy. Martin Sheen, who is Charlie Sheen's real-life father, made a guest-appearance on the show as Rose's equally-disturbed father. She also has five ferrets, all named after Charlie, as was revealed in Season 2's "The Salmon Under My Sweater".


  • Ryan Stiles (recurring season 2 onward) as pediatrician Herb Melnick, Judith's goofy, train-hobbyist new husband and Jake's stepfather. He was first referred as Judith's date in Season 2's episode 2 ("Enjoy Those Garlic Balls"), but due to an inconsistency in the storyline, his name was referred to as being "Greg Melnick." Though he is married to uptight Judith, he is a laid-back guy, and he seems to get along with Alan, Jake and Charlie. He seems to envy aspects of the Harper brothers' lives, such as Charlie's partying and the fact that Alan was married to a girl like Kandi, but has stated that he likes spending time with them, and called Charlie "a little loosie-goosie with the liquor and the ladies, but all-in-all a good fella," which did not impress Judith.


  • Jane Lynch as Dr. Linda Freeman, initially as Jake's, then as Charlie's and Alan's psychologist. Often when Charlie or Alan are just getting to the root of their problem, Dr. Freeman notes that the area is interesting, "but, unfortunately, we're out of time." She prides herself as a guesser and is quite sarcastic, especially with Charlie. A recurring gag is her frequent overbilling, once charging Charlie full hour fee ($200) for 5 minutes of consultation and another time saying she would charge Charlie $7 a minute, but does really help Charlie and Alan in most cases. During her sessions with Jake, Dr. Freeman displays a rather quirky demeanor and is noted for her use of a cow hand puppet.


Notable guest stars

Guest stars so far have included:

As part of a crossover from the writers and executive producer of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, George Eads made a brief cameo appearance on the May 5, 2008 episode.

Charlie Sheen's real-life brother Emilio Estevez has guest-starred as an old friend of Charlie's; his father Martin Sheen has appeared as Rose's father. Sam Sheen, the real-life daughter of Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen, has appeared as Lisa's daughter.

Episodes

As of 2009, six seasons have been broadcast and the show has been renewed for three more seasons. Each episode is titled with a quote from it. The show's 100th episode ("City of Great Racks") aired on October 15, 2007. To celebrate this, a casino-inspired party was held at West Hollywoodmarker's Pacific Design Centermarker. Warner Brothers Television also distributed blue Micargi Rover bicycles adorned with the Two and a Half Men logo along with the words "100 Episodes." Each bicycle came with a note saying "You've made us very proud. Here's to a long ride together." The cast also gifted the crew with sterling silver key rings from Tiffany & Co. The key rings were attached to small pendants with "100" inscribed on one side and Two and a Half Men on the other.

Season 7 premiered on Monday, September 21, 2009 at 9:00 pm ET.

Crossover with CSI

In 2007, Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre contacted CSI: Crime Scene Investigation executive producer Carol Mendelsohn about a crossover. At first, the idea seemed unlikely to receive approval; however, it resurfaced when Mendelsohn and Lorre were at the World Television Festival in Canadamarker and they decided to get approval and run with it. Even though the casts' eyebrows raised when they heard about the crossover, they all jumped on board. When Mendelsohn was giving a talk, she accidentally mentioned the crossover, that same day Variety Magazine was already inquiring about the crossover episodes. Mendelsohn later stated: "We're all used to being in control and in charge of our own shows and even though this was a freelance-type situation ... there was an expectation and also a desire on all of our parts to really have a true collaboration. You have to give a little. It was sort of a life lesson, I think." "The biggest challenge for us was doing a comedy with a murder in it. Generally our stories are a little lighter," stated Lorre in an interview. "Would our audience go with a dead body in it? There was a moment where it could have gone either way. I think the results were spectacular. It turned out to be a really funny episode." "Fish in a Drawer" was the first part of the crossover to air, on May 5, 2008, and was written by Sarah Goldfinger, Evan Dunsky, Carol Mendelsohn and Naren Shankar. George Eads is the only CSI: Crime Scene Investigation main cast member to make a cameo on Two and a Half Men. Three days later (May 8, 2008) the second part of the crossover, "Two and a Half Deaths" aired, following Gil Grissom (William Petersen) as he investigates the murder of a sitcom diva named Annabelle (Katey Sagal), who was found murdered while she was filming her show in Las Vegas, Nevadamarker; Sheen, Cryer, and Jones all made cameos in this episode.

Awards and nominations

The show has received multiple award nominations. It was nominated for 30 Primetime Emmy Award nominations (winning four technical awards), and two Golden Globe nominations. The show won the "Favorite TV Comedy" award at the 35th People's Choice Awards.

Primetime Emmy Awards

Year Category Nominee Result
2004 Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Lee Aronsohn, Grant Geissman, Chuck Lorre Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography For A Multi-Camera Series Steven V. Silver

Nominated
Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series John Shaffner, Ann Shea

Nominated
2005 Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series Holland Taylor

Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series Conchata Ferrell

Nominated
Outstanding Multi-camera Sound Mixing For A Series Or Special Robert LaMasney, Charlie McDaniel, Kathy Oldham, Bruce Peters

Won
Outstanding Multi-camera Picture Editing For A Series Joe Bella

Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography For A Multi-camera Series Steven Silver

Nominated
Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-camera Series John Shaffner, Ann Shea

Nominated
2006 Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series Jon Cryer

Nominated
Outstanding Multi-camera Sound Mixing For A Series Or Special Bob La Masney, Charlie McDaniel, Kathy Oldham, Bruce Peters

Nominated
Outstanding Multi-camera Picture Editing For A Series Joe Bella

Won
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Charlie Sheen

Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series Martin Sheen

Nominated
Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography For A Multi-camera Series Steven V. Silver

Nominated
2007 Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series Holland Taylor

Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series Conchata Ferrell

Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series Jon Cryer

Nominated
Outstanding Multi-camera Picture Editing For A Series Joe Bella

Won
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Charlie Sheen

Nominated
Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography For A Multi-camera Series Steven Silver

Won
2008 Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series Holland Taylor

Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series Jon Cryer

Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (half-hour) And Animation Bruce Peters, Kathy Oldham, Charlie McDaniel, Bob La Masney

Nominated
Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-camera Series Or A Special (non-prosthetic) Janice Berridge, Peggy Nichols, Shelly Woodhouse-Collins, Gabriel Solana

Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Charlie Sheen

Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-camera Series Or A Special Pixie Schwartz, Krista Borrelli, Ralph M. Abalos, Janice Zoladz

Nominated
Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
2009 Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series Jon Cryer

Won
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Charlie Sheen

Nominated


Golden Globe Awards

Year Category Nominee Result
2004 Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Charlie Sheen

Nominated
2005 Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Charlie Sheen

Nominated


U.S. television ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Two and a Half Men on CBS.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.

Season Timeslot Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Ranking Viewers

(in millions)
1st Mondays 9:30 pm/8:30c September 22, 2003 May 24, 2004 2003-2004 #15 15.3
2nd Mondays 9:30 pm/8:30c September 20, 2004 May 23, 2005 2004-2005 #11 16.5
3rd Mondays 9:00 pm/8c September 19, 2005 May 22, 2006 2005-2006 #17 15.1
4th Mondays 9:00 pm/8c September 18, 2006 May 14, 2007 2006-2007 #19 14.4
5th Mondays 9:00 pm/8c September 24, 2007 May 19, 2008 2007-2008 #16 13.6
6th Mondays 9:00 pm/8c September 22, 2008 May 18, 2009 2008-2009 #10 15.1
7th Mondays 9:00 pm/8c September 21, 2009 May 2010 2009-2010 #14 14.6


For the week ending December 21, 2008, the series was first in households (10.7), with viewers (17.92M), with adults 25–54 (7.3) and with adults 18–49 (5.7). It was the series' best delivery in households and adults 18–49 since February 5, 2007 (the night after the 2007 Super Bowl), with adults 25–54 since February 27, 2006, and viewers since May 16, 2005 (the night of Everybody Loves Raymond's series finale). This is the largest audience for the series in the 9:00 pm time slot.

DVD releases

DVD Name Ep # Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete First Season 24 September 11, 2007 September 12, 2005 February 15, 2006
The Complete Second Season 24 January 8, 2008 August 28, 2006 September 6, 2006
The Complete Third Season 24 May 13, 2008 May 19, 2008 July 23, 2008
The Complete Fourth Season 24 September 23, 2008 October 6, 2008 October 8, 2008
The Complete Fifth Season 19 May 12, 2009 April 13, 2009 July 1, 2009
The Complete Sixth Season 24 September 8, 2009 October 19, 2009 TBA
The Complete Seventh Season 24 TBA TBA TBA


Season 1 Extras
  • Two Adults, One Kid, No Grown-Ups – behind the scenes with the cast and crew.
  • Backstage tour with Angus T. Jones.
  • Gag reel.


Season 2 Extras
  • 2½ Days in the Life of 2½ – viewers are invited for a behind-the-scenes look at a typical day in the life of cast members Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, and Angus T. Jones.
  • The Serious Business of Writing Comedy – a hilarious look at what it really takes to write a comedy show.
  • Gag reel.


Season 3 Extras
  • Gag reel.


Season 4 Extras
  • Two men talking about Two and a Half Men – Creators Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn talk about the show.
  • "Tucked, Taped and Gorgeous" commentary with Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn.
  • "Mr. McGlue's Feedbag" commentary with Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, and Angus T. Jones.
  • Gag reel.


Season 5 Extras
  • Two and a Half Men at 100' – featurette on the show's 100th episode.
  • The Lore of Chuck Lorre: Must Pause TV – the genesis and evolution of his vanity cards at the end of each episode.
  • Dying Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard – chronicling the crossover episodes between writing teams of Two and a Half Men and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
  • Bonus episode: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"Two and a Half Deaths."


Season 6 Extras
  • Growing Up Harper - The evolution of Jake Harper and the actor who portrays him, Angus T. Jones
  • The Women of "Two and a Half Men" - Interviews with the women
  • Gag reel


Two and a Half Wits

A caricatured version of the characters from Two and a Half Men, called Two and a Half Wits, was placed in MAD Magazine issue #450. The artwork was done by artist Tom Richmond, who, himself, found the show very amusing. The show's creator, Chuck Lorre, was very excited about Two and a Half Men being in MAD Magazine, before the issue was published, he contacted MAD Magazine for the original artwork.

Notes

  1. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369179/
  2. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i43b2ec4937929a5062699bf1c78a3a51
  3. Prior to appearing as the main character Chelsea from season 6 onwards, Jennifer Taylor had appeared briefly in four previous episodes as three different minor characters: as Suzanne in the series' pilot (season 1), as Tina in "Last Chance to See Those Tattoos" and "A Lung Full of Alan" (season 2), and as Nina in "Our Leather Gear Is in the Guest Room" (season 5).
  4. Two Brothers to Team on Two and a Half Men" TV Guide. November 6, 2008. Retrieved on November 7, 2008.
  5. Viewership numbers of primetime programs during the 2003-04 television season
  6. Viewership numbers of primetime programs during the 2004-05 television season
  7. http://www.abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=052709_07
  8. http://www.zap2it.com/tv/ratings/zap-nielsen-season,0,7096762,results.formprofile?SortBy=cdb_01_num+%2Ccdb_05_txt+&PageSize=50&Page=1&Query=*
  9. http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/Product/432421/TWO-AND-A-HALF-MEN-(Season-5)-(3-DVD-Set)
  10. http://2halfmen.com/story/245/Season-6-DVD-delayed-in-the-UK/
  11. http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/11/04/this-just-in-cbs-trims-numb3rs-episode-order/
  12. Amazon.com: Two and a Half Men: The Complete Fifth Season


References

  1. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369179/
  2. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i43b2ec4937929a5062699bf1c78a3a51
  3. Prior to appearing as the main character Chelsea from season 6 onwards, Jennifer Taylor had appeared briefly in four previous episodes as three different minor characters: as Suzanne in the series' pilot (season 1), as Tina in "Last Chance to See Those Tattoos" and "A Lung Full of Alan" (season 2), and as Nina in "Our Leather Gear Is in the Guest Room" (season 5).
  4. Two Brothers to Team on Two and a Half Men" TV Guide. November 6, 2008. Retrieved on November 7, 2008.
  5. Viewership numbers of primetime programs during the 2003-04 television season
  6. Viewership numbers of primetime programs during the 2004-05 television season
  7. http://www.abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=052709_07
  8. http://www.zap2it.com/tv/ratings/zap-nielsen-season,0,7096762,results.formprofile?SortBy=cdb_01_num+%2Ccdb_05_txt+&PageSize=50&Page=1&Query=*
  9. http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/Product/432421/TWO-AND-A-HALF-MEN-(Season-5)-(3-DVD-Set)
  10. http://2halfmen.com/story/245/Season-6-DVD-delayed-in-the-UK/
  11. http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/11/04/this-just-in-cbs-trims-numb3rs-episode-order/
  12. Amazon.com: Two and a Half Men: The Complete Fifth Season


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