Anger Management: Season 1 (2012)

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Anger Management

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Anger Management is aggressively so-so, with thin characters and a few groan-worthy gags for every good one.

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Critic Ratings: 35

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User Ratings: 36

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Episodes

Air date: Jun 28, 2012

Charlie returns to therapy after an unpleasant encounter with his ex-wife's new boyfriend in the opener of this series, which follows a therapist specializing in anger issues who battles them himself.

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Air date: Jun 28, 2012

A forgettable woman from Charlie's past shows up as a new patient in his group therapy.

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Air date: Jul 5, 2012

Katie steals a patient from Charlie, fueling the competitive rivalry between the two therapists.

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Air date: Jul 5, 2012

Charlie's plan backfires when he attempts to remedy his group with sleep-deprivation therapy.

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Air date: Jul 19, 2012

Charlie learns that his new love interest, Lori (Denise Richards), thinks therapy is a scam; Charlie is asked to counsel one of his patient's mother's angry ghost.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2012

There's trouble ahead when Charlie starts dating a super-smart coffee shop barista, who happens to enjoy dangerous sex and be a patient of Kate's!

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Air date: Aug 2, 2012

Jennifer aims to chasten Charlie by dating one of his patients, who is also an ex-con.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2012

Self-hating Nolan is nervous at making it to date four with a girl so Charlie decides to help him out on the big night. What could possibly go wrong?

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Air date: Aug 16, 2012

When Charlie gets an unexpected visit from his hyper-critical, bullying father he expects the worst... so why is he being so damn nice?!?

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Air date: Aug 23, 2012

In the first-season finale, a seemingly innocent gesture leads Charlie and Kate to examine their relationship. Later, an intimate moment of Sam's shows up in a picture on Facebook.

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Charlie Goodson (Charlie Sheen) is a ballplayer-turned-therapist specializing in anger issues who also battles them himself. The first series finds him treating a group of regulars on a weekly basis, counseling prison inmates pro bono and of course dealing with some complicated relationships. Charlie's own therapist is his best friend Kate (Selma Blair), who's also his lover; his ex-wife Jennifer (Shawnee Smith) still plays a major role in his life; and their teenage daughter Sam (Daniela Bobadilla) has OCD issues.

Critic Reviews for Anger Management Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (27)

Charlie Sheen hasn't lost his chops. It helps that his new agreeable-enough comedy on FX, Anger Management, mirrors his previous one, Two and a Half Men.

Sep 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[The producers] have failed to uphold their usual high standards, having not mastered the calculus of delivering the boorishness for which Sheen loyalists thirst while simultaneously tinkering with themes of redemption.

Jun 28, 2012 | Full Review…

If the series was actually a disaster, that might at least be captivating, but as is, "Anger Management" is just an average sitcom with a few good laugh lines here and there.

Jun 28, 2012 | Full Review…

Anger Management, [Charlie Sheen's] new sitcom, is kind of a mirror image of Sheen: scabrously, outrageously funny at times and monotonously one-note at others.

Jun 28, 2012 | Full Review…

Only committed Sheen fans will be enticed to stay beyond the initial curiosity tune-in.

Jun 28, 2012 | Full Review…

Not great comedy.

Jun 28, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

You know everything you need to know about this series. It's Charlie Sheen in a laugh-tracked three-camera sitcom, which is different for FX, but not really taking advantage of cable boundaries in the ways that Two and a Half Men couldn't.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

It's not raunchy enough. It's not gritty enough. It's not Sheen enough.

Jun 28, 2012 | Rating: 6.4/10 | Full Review…

Sheen, "Anger" showrunner Bruce Helford and FX have created a show so lazy in its ambitions I want to call Sheen up and remind him that he blasted "Two and a Half Men" for its easy setups and cheap punch lines.

Jun 28, 2012 | Full Review…

The fact that hype alone could make Anger Management a hit is enough to make the blood boil.

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The "Anger Management" pilot is all over the place

Jun 28, 2012 | Full Review…

We can tell you that it's not great.

Jun 28, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Anger Management: Season 1

  • Dec 05, 2020
    I think the show was funny, not at the level of two men and half, but really I missed Charlie Sheen a lot in that show, and this is a different take that somewhat reminds me of that show, while being wildly different in many ways.
  • Aug 14, 2020
    So so comedy that crashed once Blair was thrown off.
  • Sep 13, 2017
    Predictably unfunny sitcom. Dirty jokes for the sake of being dirty. If you're a big Sheen fan you might find something here, but I found myself groaning throughout. Most jokes are structured around one character reacting to the ridiculousness of another character. Lazy, lazy writing.
  • Nov 04, 2014
    Anger Management does offer a few laughs here and there. (Sometimes you laugh because there's a laugh track to remind you that there's been a joke. Otherwise you woudn't.)You'd enjoy some parts of the show. It is not a complete failure but still, it is a disappointment for the fans of Charlie Sheen who would've expected more. In fact if it isn't for Charlie Sheen, it would have been Bye-Bye Birdie after first few episodes. Watch it if you're his hardcore fan.
  • Apr 12, 2014
    FX's Anger Management is a weaker version of Two and a Half Men, even if the two shows don't share too many similarities, the creators try to capture the same humor by making Charlie a man-slut and somewhat of a drunk, but it still has enough laughs and clever jokes to entertain.

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