Thanks to Erich Emerson
Now that I have more free time on my hands, I've started watching Two and a Half Men on CBS via direct.tv. I first heard of the show because of the latest Charlie Sheen scandal where I was amazed to see he still had a TV show. Living overseas for a few years definitely takes you out of the loop of American pop culture. Anyway, I decided to check it out after learning it was a highly regarded show that had even won some Primetime Emmy Awards. It has quickly become one of my favorite shows to watch -- I especially enjoy all the little sound ditties.
As with all Sheen characters, Charlie Harper is a womanizing bachelor with a semi-successful career. Sound familiar? Jon Cryer plays Sheen's uptight brother Alan who has a son named Jake, played by Angus T. Jones. Alan and his son move into his brother's Malibu beach house after getting divorced from his wife Judith, played by Marin Hinkle. Other regular characters include Charlie and Alan's mother, Evelyn Harper, played by Holland Taylor and Charlie's housekeeper Berta, played by Conchata Ferrell.
They are mostly one-dimensional characters, but that works well in a sitcom as long as the writers can find clever ways to deliver that dimension without overusing it. That balance is clearly met on Two and a Half Men.