Finally, Farewell Finale of Two and a Half Men

(From left), Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer wave farewell to Two and a Half Men
(From left), Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer wave farewell to Two and a Half Men

Final cast

(From left), Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer, and Angus T. Jones
(From left), Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer, and Angus T. Jones

The adventures of Chuck Lorre

Lorre with cast of "Big Bang Theory"
Lorre with cast of "Big Bang Theory"
Chuck Lorre smiles a lot due to the many successful sitcoms he produces
Chuck Lorre smiles a lot due to the many successful sitcoms he produces

Thanks, Chuck

Two and a Half Men (CBS Network) started fast and strong like a finely-trained purebred out of the gate and seldom showed any slowing up for 12 seasons. Today in the "television war zone," that is over a primetime lifetime. I mean, if your new sitcom goes for four seasons, it's amazing, but 12 seasons? I know, and yes, I include M*A*S*H, Barney Miller and other television marathon runners in this comparison, that 12 seasons has to be the "new" record. I will credit executive producer, Chuck Lorre for that.

I wasn't sad to say farewell to Two and a Half Men. In fact, I was giddy like a young boy on a school playground when a pretty blond winks at him. I suppose that if Charlie Sheen had not been so chemically-abusive with alcoholic tendencies risking the integrity of this CBS "monster" sitcom, with Chuck Lorre facing a hard fact to fire him, I would have shed a tear or two, but I didn't. I share what millions of the show's fans felt that the show lost something when Sheen left the production.

"No thanks. I do not want to be there."

Charlie "Charlie Harper" Sheen was offered a role in the last episode, but refused
Charlie "Charlie Harper" Sheen was offered a role in the last episode, but refused

"Winning!"

Charlie, we'll miss you
Charlie, we'll miss you

12-seasons without one shut-down

Two and a Half Men began broadcast on CBS on September 22, 2003 and ended on February 19, 2015, for those of you with scrapbooks. For a little while, I guess I will miss Two and a Half Men, but if I want to see the gang living in Charlie's Malibu beachside home, all I have to do is catch the reruns on most all television stations for when it was announced that Feb. 19 would be the last airing of the show, these ratings-hungry local stations started spending money to buy as many shows as they could. Let's face it. With all of the plot twists (that showed a warped genius in writing), Two and a Half Men "ran like a champion," and won the "Television Triple Crown," if one exists.

Gotta hand it to Chuck Lorre who also produces "Mom," starring Anna Farris of the hilarious Scary Movie(s) series as well as The Big Bang Theory, for allowing the writers of Two and a Half Men to test all of the visible and moral boundaries while producing a funny show week after week which is tough on any writing staff. But even with the near-devastation of Charlie Sheen being fired, Lorre and his writers dealt with the hole in the dyke and moved on hiring a young audience "magnet," Ashton Kutcher, now who has grown into a bona fide actor starring in real films such as "The Guardian," and "Jobbs," and left the drug-using "Dude, Where's My Car," genre in the dust of his growth.

We wish you well

"Alan Harper," aka, Jon Cryer
"Alan Harper," aka, Jon Cryer

Two and a Half Men supporting cast

Conchata Ferrell as "Berta"
Conchata Ferrell as "Berta"
Courtney Thorne-Smith as "Lindsey Mcelmore"
Courtney Thorne-Smith as "Lindsey Mcelmore"
Graham Patrick Martin as  "Eldrige Mcelmore"
Graham Patrick Martin as "Eldrige Mcelmore"
Holland Taylor as "Evelyn Harper"
Holland Taylor as "Evelyn Harper"
J.D. Walsh as "Gordon," the pizza delivery boy
J.D. Walsh as "Gordon," the pizza delivery boy
Ryan Stiles as "Dr. Herb Melnick"
Ryan Stiles as "Dr. Herb Melnick"
Melanie Lynskey as "Rose"
Melanie Lynskey as "Rose"
Marin Hinkle as "Judith Harper"
Marin Hinkle as "Judith Harper"
Sophie Winkerman as "Zoe"
Sophie Winkerman as "Zoe"

Changes must come

As Sheen and co-star Jon Cryer, who was "Alan Harper," "Charlie Harper's" brother who was suddenly-divorced, out of a home and with a son, "Jake," to raise. As a side note, Angus T. Jones, played the part so well that I found it tough to respect his newly-found faith prompting him to leave the show and calling it "filth." Maybe he was right to a certain extent based on your ability to look closely in Two and a Half Men as a clear mirror of today's society. Now we can only wonder.

I admit it. I did not like the hiring of Ashton Kutcher to "replace" Charlie Sheen. Although his timing with punch lines with Jon Cryer was sharp, I just couldn't get by Kutcher's past roles as a lazy, jobless slacker. At least "Charlie Harper," worked enough to afford his booze and women. That to me, was the deciding difference. At times, Charlie could be a bit self-centered, but with his brother and nephew actually mooching off him, I couldn't blame Charlie.

Toward the end of the show's run, some of the scripts were hard to unravel and that was not the fault of the actors, but the writers who loved being "out there," by bringing in old loves of Charlie who had forgotten them or "Alan's" ex-wife, "Judith," surprising him by being nice to him--only to pull the rug out from under him with her ulterior motive. But that's show business.

"Jake's" character was sometimes irritated me with his obvious lack of respect for his dad who was certainly not a successful jingle writer as "Charlie Harper," and smoking weed with his buddies inside his bedroom. Sure, "Alan," was no "Jim Anderson," of "Father Knows Best," but I did see the dim image of a human spirit that tried to hard to impress his son even though he failed that I found myself feeling sorry for "Alan."

It was reported that Ashton Kutcher drew $500,000.00 per show. Seriously? And here we are the "children of television," who once thought that Ted "Mayday Mallone" Danson's $20,000.00-per episode of Cheers was excessive. Oh, and the cast of "Friends," the "sitcom standard" of the 90's all drew 1 million bucks per show. It almost gives me a cardiac arrest.

Dealing with Charlie Sheen both being fired from One and a Half Men and him refusing to come back for the final show upset me. And I stayed in my upset-condition until I heard about the Two and a Half Finale on Feb. 19 and suddenly I just felt like shouting, "Thank God for "Anger Management."

Two and a Half Men: The history

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • Two and a Half Men is an American television sitcom that began broadcast on CBS on September 22, 2003 and ended on February 19, 2015 after twelve seasons. Originally starring Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, and Angus T. Jones, the show was about a hedonistic jingle writer, Charlie Harper; his uptight brother, Alan; and Alan's growing son, Jake. After Alan divorces, he moves with his son to share Charlie's beach-front Malibu house and complicate Charlie's free-wheeling life.
  • In 2010, CBS and Warner Bros. Television reached a multi-year broadcast agreement for the series, renewing it through at least the 2011–12 season.[1][2] But, on February 24, 2011, CBS and Warner Bros. decided to end production for the rest of the eighth season after Sheen entered drug rehabilitation and made "disparaging comments" about the show's creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre.[3] Sheen's contract was terminated on March 7.[4]
  • The ninth-season premiere, "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt", killed off Sheen's character and introduced Ashton Kutcher as Walden Schmidt, his replacement.[5] Alan is shown moving on with his life after the death of Charlie. He has a new best friend and housemate, Walden, who is dealing with his own troubles following a bad divorce. Walden, Alan, and Jake eventually bond, becoming close friends and forming a surrogate family unit. Jake, who joins the army at the end of season nine, leaves for Japan at the end of season ten.
  • On April 26, 2013, CBS renewed the series for an 11th season after closing one-year deals with Kutcher and Cryer. Jones, who is attending college,[6] was relegated to recurring status for Season 11, but eventually departed from the show without making a single appearance in Season 11.[7][8] He was replaced by Jenny (portrayed by Amber Tamblyn), Charlie's previously unknown daughter.[9] Season 11 premiered on September 26, 2013. On March 13, 2014, CBS renewed the series for a 12th season,[10] which CBS subsequently announced would be the final season.[11] The season premiered on October 30, 2014 with the episode "The Ol' Mexican Spinach"[12] and concluded on February 19, 2015 with the forty-minute finale "Of Course He's Dead".[13]

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Lynne-Modranski 21 months ago from Ohio

I too was not saddened by its end . . . I did watch the final episode (probably the first I've watched in three years or more) and found it pretty amusing - especially the comedy that made fun of the sitcom or made reference to it being the last show. I too appreciated the ending!


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida

I was disappointed when Charlie Sheen was fired, but the show still went on. I missed the last episode. Guess I'll catch it on the reruns!


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kenneth avery 21 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

bravewarrior,

I agree with you 100%. Sure had problems. Who doesn't. He was more popular when he left than if he had stayed. Figure that paradox out.

And thanks for your nice comment.


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kenneth avery 21 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

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kenneth avery 21 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Lynne-Modranski,

Thank you for stopping by and leaving such an honest comment.

I am just wondering if Sheen and CBS will ever kiss make-up? Maybe one new show might be Charlie: The Years After or something of that nature.

I would watch it. And you visit with me anytime.


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temptor94 21 months ago from India

Great hub! I loved the show as long as Charlie Sheen was there, too bad that he got into drug abuse. Jake was really awesome, Jenny was no match for that. The last few seasons were just running on replacement characters, so it was only a matter of time. The finale was interesting because of all the characters brought together, like a reminder of what Charlie had left behind.


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vkwok 21 months ago from Hawaii

Awesome hub, Kenneth. The show was good, but time to say a long overdue goodbye.


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kenneth avery 21 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

vkwok . . . thank you for the comment and I agree with you. I will always Miss Charlie IF and I mean IF, I watch the reruns.


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kenneth avery 21 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

temptor94 . . .you bring a very interesting point about the show's producers running out of characters. And if you look back on the reruns, some of the plot and storylines were very similar and it's a wonder more fans didn't notice.

And I have already said in my story why I didn't like Charlie Sheen leaving. Fired, I understand. But Chuck Lorre should have just sat down and aired things out with him.

Hey, would you be one of my followers? I would love that.

Come back anytime.


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easylearningweb 20 months ago

I never watched it after Charlie Sheen was replaced. I watch reruns of the old ones, always so funny! I guess it was just time.


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

easylearningweb,

I do not want to offend you, but I could not stomach Ashton Kutcher on Two and a Half Men or anything he is involved with. Society at large has embraced the slacker, slow-talker, never-do manual workers as heroes and all but worship them.

I am not putting Sheen or Cryer above him or anyone. It is just that I liked Sheen a lot better than Kutcher.

I wonder if Chuck Lorre, executive producer, has talked to Cryer about a spin-off or a series with him and grown-up Jake as a "years after" sitcom. Maybe cameos by Berta and Rose, huh?

I think it would work.

Visit with me anytime.


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easylearningweb 20 months ago

Hey Kenneth,

No offense taken because I totally agree with you. I only liked it when Charlie Sheen was on the show.

Maybe there will be a spin off, who knows. Otherwise there's always reruns!

:-)


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

easylearningweb,

:) to you too and you are right about the reruns.

Have yourself a great day and come back to see me.

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