When it comes to the sit-coms of the 2000s, the conversation can’t be had without mentioning the greatness of Two and a Half Men.
The formula was a classic one. Two men with wildly different lives and personalities, living under the same roof. Of course, joining Charlie (Charlie Sheen) and Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) was Alan’s son Jake. The three together got up to arguments, hijinks and just about everything in between.
And while it’s hard to believe, the Harpers first entered American homes 18 years ago today. Time flies.
Joined by Berta, played by late, hilarious Conchata Ferrell, the Harper household was simply gold. While Charlie got up to his sexual escapades, Alan struggled with women. Of course, all the while they taught Jake as he grew up, albeit typically in backwards ways and with less formality than your typical house.
The premise and cast made for a smash-hit. Two and a Half Men consistently crushed in the ratings, hitting above a 9.0 in six of the first eight seasons. From there, Ashton Kutcher would replace Sheen on the show, but it still saw a dedicated audience who loved the dynamic.
This isn’t even counting what the show has done in syndication. In fact, reruns of Two and a Half Men are still airing after its conclusion in 2015, as well as always being a valuable add for any streaming service. These days, you can find it on NBC’s Peacock streaming service.
‘Two and a Half Men’ and Charlie Sheen
If there’s one word to describe Charlie Sheen, it might have to be controversial. While beloved for his acting, his life off-screen was a major talking point during his time on the show.
However, after entering rehab for substance abuse multiple times and insulting creator Chuck Lorre, it spelled the end of Charlie Harper’s role on the show. Two and a Half Men wrote him off of the program by explaining that Charlie had died.
In the place of Charlie Sheen’s character, Ashton Kutcher’s Walden Schmidt entered. It proved successful as the show was able to keep going for multiple seasons without major rating drops, and fans found Schmidt to be a solid like-for-like.
Schmidt was a billionaire best friend of Alan’s, who also liked to get into romance just like Charlie. From Season 9 to 12, Schmidt was in every episode and saw a ton of character progression as he became closer to the show’s main stars.
Eventually, the series finale of the show aired on February 19, 2015, per IMDB. Even at that point, it boasted a solid 7.5 for the season. Oh, and it added nine Emmys on 46 total nominations. Not too shabby.