Who’s Watching ‘Two and a Half Men’?

Each season we see the return of our favorite TV shows and occasionally see a much-loved program slip from view. There are shows that continue to baffle me, like Two and a Half Men, which continues to thrive week after week with top 10 ratings.

The show centers around Charlie (played by Charlie Sheen) who takes in his divorced brother Alan (Jon Cryer) and Alan’s young son Jake (Angus T. Jones). IMDB sums it up best as, “A hedonistic jingle writer’s free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move into his beach-front house.” Not only is the show winning numerous awards, it’s also earning its cast incredible salaries.

Charlie Sheen as a Role Model

“I’m looking for a shirt like Charlie Sheen wears on Two and a Half Men. He’s the man!”

Charlie Sheen is one of those people who makes me want to scrub myself with bleach every time I see him. He’s just so slimy in this show which sadly seems to portray elements of his real life. With a lengthy rap sheet for drugs, drinking, and violence, Sheen is not exactly what people hope their kids will grow up to be.

I can only assume the TV sitcom is popular mostly with men. And, not just any man. A stereotypical, meat-eating, manly-man.

Charlie portray’s the life that many men wish they had – he’s a rich, carefree playboy with a revolving door of women. This became clear to me while shopping at Macy’s recently when I ran into one of these men. He and a friend were looking through a rack of flamboyant short-sleeve silk shirts and exclaimed, “I’m looking for a shirt like Charlie Sheen wears on Two and a Half Men. He’s the man!”

At first, I thought he was joking but then I realized he was serious. It was clear that he respected Sheen’s character and truly wanted to emulate him.

Why is Alan poor and Angus rich?

The show’s plot is simple and doesn’t really change. Charlie drinks and sleeps around. Alan is cheap and has no money. Jake’s existence is to eat, fart, poop and serve as a comic relief.

For a chiropractor, it bothers me that Alan is so frugal and seemingly poor. Even with alimony payments, it just seems odd that he can’t afford his own place. I know that this is probably not the plot line to focus on when it comes to believability but it’s hard for me to look past.

In reality, we can all rest easy as no one in the cast is suffering for money. Angus T. Jones who play’s Alan’s son Jake is the highest paid child actor on TV. His contract renewal brings him a staggering $8 million over the next two seasons. So, when you’re watching the half hour show and see Jake in a few scenes, just remember that he is now making $300,000 per episode. Cryer is rumored to make closer to $500,000 per episode. Sheen makes a staggering $2 million per episode.

With over 50 nominations and 20 wins, the show is clearly award-worthy. Jon Cryer brought home an Emmy in 2009, while Sheen has delivered several Golden Globes and the show itself winning four People’s Choice Awards for favorite TV comedy.

So, who’s watching Two and a Half Men?

Apparently, quite a few people are tuning in. The saving grace of the show for me is in the supporting cast. Holland Taylor plays Charlie and Alan’s self-involved mother while the lesser-known (but personal favorite) actress Melanie Lynskey plays a lovable stalker, Rose. And with the addition of the comedic Ryan Stiles, it makes it hard to turn away when you see his silly face on the screen. Jane Lynch even received an Emmy nod for her guest role last season.

While it’s not a show with Tivo status in our household, Two and a Half Men is what I like to call a “filler” show. The sitcom is mindless and consistent in it’s delivery of bawdy situations. If there’s nothing else on TV, I will watch it.

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  • Jodi October 13, 2010, 3:08 pm

    (sheepishly raising her hand) I watch it. I don’t love it. I agree with everything you said, but I can’t seem to help myself. I guess since I don’t have cable and am limited to the major over the air networks, I watch what is on. My experience at Macy’s was a little different — in the clearance racks, I jokingly said to my husband, “Hey, you could dress like Charlie, and always look like you are going bowling!” He wasn’t amused.

  • Allen October 13, 2010, 3:25 pm

    LOL – it’s ok to watch it, you’re not alone. Maybe you’ll have to surprise the hubby this Christmas with a special silk shirt under the tree ;-)

  • kat October 18, 2010, 7:35 am

    I never understood the appeal of this show & why its done so well, same with Everybody Loves Raymond. Yet amazingly funny smart shows like Better Off Ted get taken off the air…sigh

  • Allen October 18, 2010, 3:20 pm

    I also miss Better Off Ted!

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