It’s finally over. After twelve years of cast changes, offset meltdowns, and watching little Jake became big Jake, “Two and a Half Men” is ending its run! While most people thought it was long overdue (just look at the comments being posted online), network executives still saw the show as lucrative. Since it premiered in the fall of 2003, the show has only dropped out of the top twenty broadcast ratings one time (season-to-date ratings have not been published yet, but this may mark the second time the show was out of the top twenty.) When Ashton Kutcher joined the show in the ninth season, following Charlie Sheen‘s meltdown and tirade on creator Chuck Lorre, ratings rose again. In the last season the show has seen a decrease in viewership and loss of enthusiasm by fans for the characters.
I was never a huge fan of the show. My brothers used to watch it all the time and I would leave the room when it came on. I didn’t really hate the show; I just wasn’t interested in giving it a chance. They would tell me over and over how funny it was. I never intended to watch it, just like I never intended to watch “Family Guy”. After moving down to Baltimore and finding myself without cable, within the first week of only having basic television, I found myself watching the show and laughing hysterically. It was a piece of home. It made me think of my brothers, and what a great show to share with brothers! They probably didn’t want to hear that I missed them and I missed being home so instead of saying that, I told them that I now watch reruns of “Two and a Half Men” and that they were right (big brothers always love to hear that kind of crap), the show is pretty funny.
So I was prepared and somewhat caught up on Men just in time for the arrival of Ashton Kutcher in 2011. Initially, I thought the show was funny sans Charlie Sheen, but after a while, it just seemed dull. I stopped tuning in to the new episodes and just watched and re-watched the old episodes. I don’t know if Ashton Kutcher is just a bad actor or if the writing just started to go down after Sheen departed. What I do know is that a show that was charmingly vulgar turned into a show that relied on old sexual innuendos and dull writing with the hope from executives and producers that Kutcher would be enough of a draw. Even a likeable actress like Amber Tamblyn couldn’t keep me tuned. Whatever the reason for the show’s downfall, twelve seasons is a long run and any series that lasts for so long deserves a little praise.
The final season of “Two and a Half Men” begins airing this fall on CBS.