Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.
Today we will be looking at a show that Charlie Sheen ended up having a mental breakdown on which lead to Ashton Kutcher stepping in to take his place – Two and a Half Men
Opening Titles / Theme Tune
About the Show
Summary of Plot
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..- IMDb
Number of Seasons / Episodes
Jon Cryer – Alan Harper
Angus T Jones – Jake Harper
Conchata Ferrell – Berta
Charlie Sheen – Charlie Harper
Ashton Kutcher – Walden Schmidt
+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 2011, that had risen to $1,800,000.
+Jon Cryer is the only cast member to appear in every episode.
+ Berta wasnt originally supposed to be a recurring character, but Conchata Ferrell proved to be such a hit with the audience, that she became a regular cast member at the start of season two.
+ Charlie Sheen does not play the piano on the show. He is dubbed by composer Grant Geissman, who plays offstage while Sheen fakes it on a dead keyboard. With composerDennis C. Brown, Geissman also writes the music for the jingles Sheen’s character creates.
+ It is revealed that Charlie was a planned child whilst Alan was only conceived because Evelyn “didn’t want to smear her lipstick.” Evelyn also told Alan he was the product of “a pitcher of Margaritas and a gas-station condom”.
+ Though he plays the younger brother on the show, Jon Cryer is actually five months older than Charlie Sheen. Cryer’s birthday is April 16, 1965 and Sheen’s birthday is September 3, 1965.
+ Each episode derives its title from a line in the working script.
+ From time to time, and usually during the Charlie Sheen days, members of the old “brat pack” would make guest appearances on the show; for example, Judd Nelson appeared as the ex-husband of Alan’s girlfriend, also Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen (Charlie’s brother and father, respectively) have made appearances on different episodes, as well as Ally Sheedy.