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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 28, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Summary: Charlie Goodson (Charlie Sheen) is an ex-baseball-player-turned-anger management-therapist who juggles his clients, his own therapist (Selma Blair), an ex-wife (Shawnee Smith), and a teenaged daughter.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 34
  2. Negative: 12 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 28, 2012
    It's a big cast where every piece fits, and at least upfront, the writing and jokes are good enough that Anger Management only uses sex gags where they work, not to cover up any lack of other ideas.
  2. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jun 27, 2012
    [Anger Management is] funny in that way where you might see the joke hanging there and even if it's a little bit obvious, you're happy enough when the actor hits it.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 27, 2012
    They're [the initial episodes of Anger Management are] somewhat more amusing than expected.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 27, 2012
    Anger Management is Charlie Sheen doing what Charlie Sheen does-- on-screen. It's not artful, it's not elegant.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 27, 2012
    Sheen's obvious, minimally funny new sitcom.
  6. 30
    The dialogue is so weak, the characters so thin, and Sheen's performance so uncommitted that Anger Management sleepwalks across the screen.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jun 25, 2012
    Anger Management isn't going to bring that [good] actor out though, and it isn't even trying to, as it's just another cynical cash-in that lamely tries to milk laughs from casual, unquestioned dehumanization.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 33
  2. Negative: 15 out of 33
  1. Jun 30, 2012
    ...sure the show has room for improvement... but its hardly derivative... need to see where they take it... and I'd rate it just for bringing Charlie Sheen back! Expand
  2. Jul 5, 2013
    I think the show is Great, Too Bad Selma is going she was hot in the show. Well, Charlie get somebody hotter, How about a redhead An old fling for the Anger Management guy, or another psycho girl with destructive tendencies to help focus the character of Mr Goodson or bring Denise Richard for another Cameo she was always great! Expand
  3. May 22, 2014
    It appears that everyone has they're own opinion of Anger Management, & no-one is on the same level, personally, I find this rather enjoyable, yeah sure it's not as funny as two and a half men in the Sheen years (the only time it was funny), but it's still a good replacement that is very satisfying to anyone who lost all faith in two and a half men like me, & wants to see Charlie doing what he does best! Expand
  4. Sep 1, 2013
    At first it was pretty funny for about the first few episodes, then after a while, it starts to be unfunny and lacks a good story structure it had. Overall, just another sitcom with "Winning" Charlie Sheen. Expand
  5. Mar 31, 2014
    It's just tiresome. Charlie doesn't work as a lead character and definitely not as some chick-magnet looking as old as he does. It's almost as if he's perpetually stuck in some sort of mid-life crisis. Everyone else is just a stereotype and completely one-dimensional. They're constantly firing off 'jokes' for some cheap laughs, which are only provided by a laugh track. There is a lot of potential, especially with characters like Kate's fear of commitment and expanding the back story of the ex-wife and kid. Each other character in the group can easily be expanded on as well, adding some depth, making me believe they are actual people rather than cardboard imitations of them.

    There is just no reason to care for what these characters are doing or saying. It's the most shallow series I've seen to date. The only reason this is on the air is because Comedy Central bought 100(?) episodes when Charlie Sheen was still 'a thing' during the final days on Two and a Half Men and his subsequent lay-off due to his substance abuse. There are better ways to spend your time than watching 'Anger Management'.
  6. Jul 11, 2012
    This show would be total garbage if not for the formulaic drivel. But, on the bright side, at least it has a laugh track. Otherwise, I may not have awoken from my dumbfounded zombie trance. A terrible waste of time and talent. Expand
  7. Jul 4, 2012
    Much better than two and a half retards. Way much better. I think it has great potential. Only time will tell, which is way I have set for recording. I have to admit, I wasn't a big fan of Charlie sheen, but I think he has no competition in as a tv comedian actor at this moment. Expand

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