Two And A Half Men - Who's Best - Charlie or Ashton?

Well, Two and A Half Men is back and so far all we've seen is Ashton's pixelated man-bits and his one-dimensional acting, let's hope the rest of the series improves on the first two episodes - all we learnt were that Walden Schmidt is rich, well-hung and a wee bit needy.

Two and A Half Men is one of the most popular TV comedies on both sides of the Atlantic and one of the main reasons for its success was the central character, Charlie Harper played by Charlie Sheen.

The new show started with Charlie's funeral as expected with a collection of former girlfriends there to 'lament' his passing (it was almost cruel rather than funny).

We had a girlfriend with chlamydia and a girlfriend claiming Charlie like to wear her panties whilst being spanked - it was all a bit heavy-handed.

Ok Chuck Lorre, you dislike Charlie Sheen's recent antics - but he made your show a huge success so move on!

In true Charlie Sheen fashion (he is never one to hide from controversy), he was the guest at his own celebrity roast on Comedy Central on September 10th.

In advance of the screening, he told reporters it would be 'epic'.

The roasting was aired on 19th September, the same night as Two and A Half Men aired.

Charlie Sheen is nothing if not self-deprecating. He goes awry in his life from time to time and he lets people down but that's always been his way, it's nothing new.

He sat through his roast and took it like a man. But isn't that the nature of these strange American occasions?

If your life is out there for everyone to see, splattered all over magazines, newspapers and entertainment news programmes, you can hardly sit there and deny it all happened or, for that matter, take a defensive posture on a programme which is designed to make people laugh AT someone's flaws.

Charlie still looks a bit thin at the moment but in general, he looked healthier than he has recently and he took his licks as expected.

Charlie's character, Charlie Harper is moving over for Ashton Kutcher in the role of Walden Schmidt.

Lots of fans think nobody can replace Charlie Sheen and I'm one of his biggest fans in this role, but Ashton isn't being brought in to play Charlie Harper and that can only be a good thing.

He will be able to make his own mark in time but Charlie Sheen is a hard act to follow, mainly because he has great comic timing and he and Jon Cryer had an amazing screen chemistry, they bounced off one another with their dialogue.

Sheen was also amazing with Conchata Ferrell and Holland Taylor as well; will Ashton be able do the same?

Ashton Kutcher isn't a complete stranger to comedy. He played the slightly dumb Michael Kelso in That 70s Show; the type of character viewers either love or hate.

I always felt like it was a less successful version of Woody from Cheers but that's not Ashton's fault - someone else wrote the script.

So far in Two and A Half Men, he hasn't really been all that funny. Maybe that's down to his character? There were times in episode 2 when I felt that he was just going to be mooning over his lost love in every episode.

That will be fine - as long as it's funny.

So will Ashton Kutcher fill the void left by Charlie Sheen? Who knows, we'll all be anticipating how Lorre will develop the character.

We will all come down on either side after this series - but Charlie Sheen will be a hard act to follow.

It may be that Walden Schmidt is completely different from Charlie Harper but would Lorre really abandon such a winning formula?

Jon Cryer's character has gotten even more irritating in recent episodes but the last two episodes barely featured Sheen leading most viewers to suspect a lot of rewrites had taken place and that Cryer had been given a bit more room to shine (and he's a funny guy).

Judy Greer, who previously appeared in Two and A Half Men as Herb Melnik's sister is now playing Walden's ex-wife. Greer is a good comedy actress and if enough chemistry can be built between her and Kutcher, we may warm to Walden in time. So far, I'm underwhelmed.

Conchata Ferrell spent most of the second episode letting us hear her thoughts in voice-overs whilst she looked Ashton Kutcher up and down a lot.

They should involve Ferrell a lot more - she is so funny! And let us see Rose and Walden develop a relationship a bit more.

I haven't written off Kutcher yet. I'm a few weeks behind you lucky Americans with the show so I will keep an open mind for now on how Ashton fills Charlie's shoes.

I hope he succeeds, just so we get more Two and A Half Men.

Above all, I hope we see Charlie Sheen back - fit, healthy, clean and maybe, sometime in the not too distant future, he'll get another show and we can remind ourselves just how good he is.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Paula, yes you're so right - the world is very forgiving when you're a celeb and the bottom line is he should not behave in the way he does, maybe me describing him as 'flawed' is wrong, maybe 'stupid, stoned and selfish' are more befitting. When I saw him in his gladiator garb, I thought he had lost the plot but he actually got worse :o(


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

He was ANGRY.....add inflated ego to that and a few hard drugs to that.....media beatings and what you get is a MAD MAN......Yes, it is too bad. He can be sweet Charley again, I'm sure......and the world is forgiving,...... when you're a celebrity.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Paula, Charlie will never get back in this show, that's for sure and I have only seen his ranting on You Tube clips but I don't think he was compos mentis when he did all of that was he ? He has one helluva ego does Charlie which is a shame because he basically derailed himself! I saw him interviewed on The Actors' Studio and he was so lovely, just so nice and when people in the audience asked him questions he replied to each one by name which I think was rather nice. Such a shame to then see his other side - dark indeed!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jools.....As usual, I have a complex route to a decision. While I love Ashton and enjoy any movies he has been in, I'm afraid he doesn't take Charlie's place, as well as I may have hoped. That role almost seems as though it IS Charlie and only he can fill it.

I did like Charlie and certainly think his acting is superb (Screen films), the poor man wiggled his way out of my heart by acting like a total asshole....and dragging it out forever.....on his REVENGE RANT.

Drugs or not...booze or not.......Charlie, by his own hand, made a real mess out of his celebrity, image and his own health.....Sad.

I'm hoping Ashton catches on & eventually can call the two and a half men role, his very own.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Janine, thanks for your comment. I felt a bit sorry for Ashton because he had such a hard act to follow and they also made his character a pretty dull fellow. I think the addition of Sophie Winkleman as his English girlfriend had added some humour but it may be too little, too late.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

I honestly stopped watching this show towards the end of Charlie's stay and tried to watch with Ashton, but it was just boring and really not entertaining to me with Ashton either. Ashton was funny on That 70s Show as the dumb, but lovable Kelso, but here he is just annoying. But that is just my opinion, thank you though for this look at the show now.n have voted and shared too!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Mel and Linda, thanks for your visits. Linda, I wish I was at Charlie's party :o)

Mel, I agree, Ashton is a cutie but he ain't no Charlie Harper! Charlie Sheen is a better comedian and actor and his character was a lot more fun.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Happy 47th Birthday to Charlie Sheen!!! (9/3/12)


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

I've finished watching the first new season with Ashton Kutcher, and although he does a good job of coming off as the young, rich, ditsy guy - it's definitely not the same as Charlie Sheen! Great job in this hub! Voted up, interesting, awesome.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

cfin, I concur :o), Charlie Sheen may well be gone but he is not forgotten :o)


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cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

Only Sheen could play that role. Since his departure it has become another show that you simply flick over. No joy in the show with kutchers jokes simply being nothing more than stupidity. He is Kelso from that 70s show and always will be in my mind :_)


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Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK Author

Hi Princess, yes, Ashton hasn't filled Charlie's loafers has he? Charlie Sheen may well go on to regret his actions but us fans still miss him as the flawed (but charming) Charlie. Thanks for commenting!


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Jools, to be honest, I was not a big fan of Two and a Half Men, but my stepson watched it and I watched along sometimes. I watched a couple episodes of the new one, and it was horribly flat. Charlie is extremely talented and in retrospect, you can see that he made the show. I don't think new one will go beyond the first season. Great hub!


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Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK Author

Fitnesszone, I think most of the comments suggest we all feel the same. I admit the last two episodes have been somewhat better but Charlie is irreplaceable!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I watched the first episode, well half of the first episode...just not the same. Oh well at least they tried but it was an epic fail :))


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Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK Author

Sunshine, thanks for commenting. Yes, Charlie is the best! I'm now just one episode away from giving up the ghost and I have seen every episode of the show at least twice. It's a shame!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Nobody could ever replace Charlie....not even Ashton. Ratings are dropping and it looks like Ashton isn't doing very well. Charlie is having the last laugh, again:) Thank you for sharing the Roast video, too funny!! VOTED UP!


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Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK Author

Urgh, I'm not liking Ashton after episode 2 - he's too dim. I only hope his interactions with Alan improve. I wish he'd stop moping about his ex-wife dumping him.


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Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK Author

Berta would be a great housekeeper to keep your feet on the ground and stop you getting above yourself! But she may also smoke grass in your garage, drink your cold beer and rifle through your wallet occasionally.


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Dewey Cheatem 5 years ago

I agree that the last few shows in the series had "Jumped The Shark". Charlie was following Rose around like a lovesick puppy and that was contrary to what his character was like in all of the previous seasons. I don't think the show can be as funny.. but hopefully I am wrong. I do love the character of Berta. Wish I could get a maid like her.

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