Dubbed by the New York Times as the “biggest hit comedy of the past decade”, the show humorously speaks about the many facets of the lives of the Harper brothers, Charlie and Alan.
Their dealings on men, women, sex, dating, divorce, mothers, single parenthood, sibling relations, surrogate families, money and most importantly, love.
Charles Francis “Charlie” Harper, played by Charlie Sheen, is an affluent bachelor, a freelance jingle/song writer and an uncle to Jake. His laid back life, rarely getting up everyday before noontime, has just been messed up as Alan Jerome Harper, portrayed by Jon Cryer, moves in Charlie’s house after his divorce with a deeply-neurotic woman in the character of Judith, billed by Marin Hinkle. Alongside his brother’s presence in the house came Jake, Alan’s only son, a lazy school boy and underachiever student played by Angus Jones. The siblings often disagree as to how to raise the kid, yet sees to it that the boy’s welfare is always being prioritized. Adding to that, complications in the Malibu house only gets worse having Evelyn Harper, the mother of Charlie and Alan. The presence of the high powered Los Angeles broker/realtor acted by Holland Taylor seems to be one of the few things at which the siblings have in common, the shared mutual feeling of the great dislike of having a conceited and cold-hearted mother; And not forgetting their blue-collar and equally as crazy housekeeper Berta (Conchatta Ferrell). The conflict revolves around the colorful personalities of these characters and how they deal with each other as they tread day to day circumstances around the luxurious Malibu beachfront house.
Two and a Half Men premiered last September 22, 2003 in CBS and since then, it has consistently belonged to the Top 20 programs. As of February 11, 2011, the comedy series has now aired a total of 177 episodes. This comedy sitcom has also bagged numerous prestige awards since its existence. The series also gained international broadcasting being distributed to several regions across the globe. With sensational ratings and its avid followers, Charlie Sheen became the highest paid actor on a comedy television show in 2008 with a reported $300,000 paid per episode for this show. By 2010, that had risen to $1,800,000 after signing a new contract with CBS for another two years with the show. Yet he has been in and out of the rehabilitation center and filming the show was put on hold for a considerable amount of time. Also, Sheen has been mouthing disparaging comments against show’s creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre. On March 7, 2011, CBS and Warner Bros. Television jointly announced that Sheen had been terminated from the show, citing moral turpitude as the prime reason. This just-for-fun show is now put on hiatus juncture. It seems that there will be a lot of suing going on. Anyway, the decision on the future of the show has still yet to be announced. No Sheen, no Men? Or perhaps, One and Half Men?