Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, and Angus T. Jones essayed the title roles in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. The swinging-bachelor lifestyle of commercial-jingle composer -- and chronic gambler -- Charlie Harper (Sheen) was sorely disrupted when his Malibu beach house was invaded by his uptight brother, Alan (Cryer), and Alan's ten-year-old son, Jake (Jones). Given the childish hedonism of Charlie and the domestic immaturity of the soon-to-be-divorced Alan, young Jake turned out to be the true "grown-up" in the Harper household. Also seen from time to time were Marin Hinkle as Alan's ex-wife Judith (who may or may not have been gay); Melanie Lynskey as Charlie's erstwhile lover and next-door neighbor Rose; and Holland Taylor (replacing the pilot episode's Blythe Danner) as Charlie and Alan's control-freak mother, Evelyn. Created by Lee Aronsohn and Chuck Lorre, Two and a Half Men opened to excellent ratings on September 22, 2003. For the show's ninth season in 2011, Ashton Kutcher replaced Sheen in the cast, as a new character -- internet tycoon Walter Schmidt.
brother, single-parent, swinging-single