• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2003
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11 , 12
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Apr 2, 2013
    100
    This show has great casting, comedy that crackles and characters who show signs of actually possessing some depth to them. These are rare qualities for any TV show, which is why I ranked it my second-favorite new series of the fall. [22 Sept 2003, p.E8]
  2. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Apr 2, 2013
    100
    A show that is sweet without being sappy, sexy without being sophomoric and witty without being nasty...This delight rests on the inspired casting of Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer as brothers tossed together during a family crisis. Their pairing could be the best sitcom partnership since Jack Klugman teamed with Tony Randall on The Odd Couple. [21 Sept 2003, p.4]
  3. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Apr 2, 2013
    90
    The best traditional sitcom to arrive on the tube since "Everybody Loves Raymond." Perfectly cast, sharply written. [22 Sept 2003, p.E06]
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 2, 2013
    90
    The right sitcom at the right time. Well-cast, well written and actually funny (imagine that!), this one's a keeper. [22 Sept 2003, p.D-8]
  5. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Apr 2, 2013
    90
    Whether Cryer is all of that in real life, I don't know. But I do know that both he and Sheen seem to have found the perfect sitcom roles in "Men." The show is a hoot. [22 Sept 2003, p.C08]
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Apr 2, 2013
    88
    What Men offers is the pleasure of watching people who know what they're doing do it well. Jones' mixture of bratty spunk and vulnerability keeps Jake from seeming too precocious or too cute. Sheen is so amusingly sardonic and cheerfully self-aware, he makes Charlie's immaturity endearing rather than annoying. And there just aren't many actors who are better at funny-fussbudget than Cryer -- or who have more polished comic skills.
  7. The rather trite concept is freshened up by some colorful writing that actually happens to be funny, and by engaging "Odd Couple"-like performances from Sheen and Cryer, who play well off each other. The series is also a prime-time rarity - a sweet domestic comedy that isn't overly sappy. [22 Sept 2003, p.D01]
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Apr 2, 2013
    80
    One of the most endearing new comedies of the year.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Apr 2, 2013
    80
    The already evident lesson is that a moldy premise need not stand in the way of a good time. [22 Sept 2003, p.E1]
  10. Reviewed by: Mike McDaniel
    Apr 2, 2013
    80
    This isn't a laugh riot, but it's got promise. And with that cushy time slot, right after Raymond . [22 Sept 2003, p.6]
  11. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 2, 2013
    80
    Sounds ho-hum, but it's really quite funny. Sheen may be playing himself, but he plays himself well, and Cryer is a gas. [22 Sept 2003, p.E1]
  12. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Apr 2, 2013
    75
    In what must be considered something of a stunner on several levels, Two and a Half Men, a new sitcom, is actually funny.
  13. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 2, 2013
    75
    It all makes for an easy-to-take sitcom whose best moment finds Jake and Charlie singing the theme song he wrote for Maple Loops cereal. There are some funny lines at a poker game, too, where the kid turns out to be quite a bluffer. [22 Sept 2003, p.12E]
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 2, 2013
    70
    Men hardly qualifies as groundbreaking, but it's smooth and self-assured in its "Odd Couple" milieu. [22 Sept 2003, p.34]
  15. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Apr 2, 2013
    70
    A word about the supporting cast: excellent. Holland Taylor is an expert at playing strong-willed, domineering women and shines as Evelyn, Charlie and Alan's mother. There are similarly strong contributions from Hinkle as Judith and from Melanie Lynskey as Rose, a nonthreatening stalker with a fixation on Charlie. [22 Sept 2003]
  16. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Apr 2, 2013
    70
    The Sheen persona wears thin after a while, and Jones is just another kid actor with a goofy-sweet face. But what could make this sitcom fly is Cryer. He injects Alan with a manic energy that literally lifts the pilot into a higher comic gear each time he begins to catalog or rant about all his anxieties and fears. [22 Sept 2003, p.1C]
  17. Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    Jun 17, 2013
    67
    'Two and a Half''s setup ain't edgy, but its humor is a tad more genial -- brotherly ribbing as opposed to bad-tempered potshots. Its one nasty spot revolves around, unsurprisingly, women.
  18. Jun 28, 2013
    63
    If you prize originality, this new series will underwhelm you. ... What's surprising is the goodly number of laughs it does offer.
  19. Reviewed by: Adam Buckman
    Apr 2, 2013
    63
    Sheen is so entertaining to watch that the series at least earns a 2 1/2-star rating. It also earns one on the basis of its name, which invites the irresistible parallel.
  20. 60
    The laughs - more like chuckles, actually - are predictable, but Jones is a cutie, and he and Sheen are charming together. [22 Sept 2003, p.E6]
  21. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Apr 2, 2013
    60
    It's just a thoroughly conventional multi-camera sitcom rooted in familiar Felix-Oscar shtick and that tried-and-true comic standby, a cute kid. It's old school...And happy to be that way. [22 Sept 2003, p.B7]
  22. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Apr 2, 2013
    50
    Two and a Half Men manages to generate some smiles. Series creator Chuck Lorre ("Dharma & Greg") has scrounged up a few funny moments for the series premiere. But not enough of them. [22 Sept 2003, p.6E]
  23. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Apr 2, 2013
    50
    Sheen has no problem grounding the show, and encouraging viewers to laugh at his character. It's Cryer, though, who brings the more delightful offbeat energy to Two and a Half Men. When complaining about his wife's change of heart, he seems genuinely anxious and betrayed - but always manages to inject a flustered comic edge that makes the pain amusing, as well as real. [22 Sept 2003, p.77]
  24. Reviewed by: Noel Holston
    Apr 2, 2013
    40
    It's also one of those shows composed of such familiar ingredients, it already feels like a rerun. [22 Sept 2003, p.B02]
  25. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Apr 2, 2013
    37
    But despite the presence of such first-rate talent as Cryer and Holland Taylor (as the brothers' mom), the series is uninspired. [22 Sept 2003, p.7]
  26. Reviewed by: Preston Turegano
    Apr 2, 2013
    30
    Two and a Half Men -- a new run-of-the-mill, heavily laugh-track-ladened comedy series from CBS -- will make a lot of people bitter, especially ordinary, middle-class folk. [22 Sept 2003, p.D-5]
  27. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Apr 2, 2013
    30
    Sheen and Cryer breathe some life into this thing, but a mercy killing might have been simpler. [22 Sept 2003, p.4E]
  28. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Apr 2, 2013
    20
    Can someone please wake up Charlie Sheen? I know he's tried to build an entire career, Dean Martin-style, on half-lidded apathy, but as one-third of the new CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, he's practically comatose. [22 Sept 2003, p.T35]
  29. Reviewed by: Virginia Heffernan
    Apr 2, 2013
    20
    If you're feeling charitable, too, you might wrench a laugh out of the final line of the pilot, one in which a woman in a grocery store mistakes Charlie and Alan for boyfriends. But it's testament to the show's thoroughgoing dreariness that an old gay-misunderstanding joke is the best line in it. Or maybe the moment is happy because the show's over.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 151 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 38
  2. Negative: 18 out of 38
  1. May 21, 2013
    0
    THE MOST OVERRATED SHOW FOLLOWED BY THE SAME NETWORKS ANOTHER HIGHLY POPULAR SHOW HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER..... I FEEL LIKE KILLING MYSELF AFTERTHE MOST OVERRATED SHOW FOLLOWED BY THE SAME NETWORKS ANOTHER HIGHLY POPULAR SHOW HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER..... I FEEL LIKE KILLING MYSELF AFTER WATCHING THESE TWO SHOWS. THEY ARE HIGHLY ANNOYING & ABSOLUTELY BORING.... Full Review »
  2. Jan 1, 2011
    0
    The worst show on TV. Really really really lame and moronic. Not funny in any way unless you are one of these people that laugh when they hearThe worst show on TV. Really really really lame and moronic. Not funny in any way unless you are one of these people that laugh when they hear a laugh track. In that case, watch on moron. Otherwise, avoid this show at all costs. I do find this show is a good indicator of peoples taste in TV, music, movies, and comedy. If they like this show you can be 100% confident that their opinion of entertainment in general is utterly worthless. Full Review »
  3. Aug 14, 2010
    1
    Two and a Half Men, while funnier than some shows like Family Guy and South Park, is not near as funny as some other shows like How I Met YourTwo and a Half Men, while funnier than some shows like Family Guy and South Park, is not near as funny as some other shows like How I Met Your Mother and even Scrubs. Each episode is full of the same old stuff, Charlie somehow getting laid, Jake doing some random stuff and Alan just standing there like an idiot. The laugh tracks occur literally every 2 seconds and just does not make the show believable at all. Full Review »