Two and a Half Men: Season 1 (2003 - 2004)

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Two and a Half Men

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Two and a Half Men's inaugural season rises above its sitcom formula with a rapid-fire clip of bawdy quips as well as the sparky chemistry between stars Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen.

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Critic Ratings: 20

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User Ratings: 144

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Air date: Sep 22, 2003

Commercial jingle writer Charlie Harper (series star CHARLIE SHEEN) is a wealthy bachelor with a house at the beach, a Jaguar in the garage and an easy way with women. But his Malibu lifestyle is interrupted when his uptight chiropractor brother, Alan (series star JON CRYER), arrives unexpectedly with Alan's 10-year-old son, Jake (series star ANGUS T. JONES). Alan's wife, Judith (series star MARIN HINKLE), suspecting that she may be gay, wants a divorce.Charlie reluctantly allows Alan and Jake to live with him temporarily, but as it becomes increasingly obvious that Judith is never going to relent, Charlie and Alan's self-obsessed, controlling unmarried mother, Evelyn (series star HOLLAND TAYLOR), offers to let father and son live with her. However, by that time, Charlie has formed a close bond with the clever Jake, even learning a few things about poker from the boy. Charlie also finds out that pretending to be a single dad with a cute kid can be a great lure for women.Meanwhile, Charlie tries to evade Rose (series star MELANIE LYNSKEY), an attractive, offbeat neighbor who had a brief fling with him and remains determined to stay in his life by whatever means necessary.Missing Jake, Charlie surprises even himself and asks Alan and Jake to live with him permanently. Despite their strained relationship, the brothers discover that they have one thing in common: They both love Jake and want what's best for him. Together these two-and-a-half men face the challenges of growing up.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2003

Unsure how to properly discipline Jake, Charlie ignores him after the child "forgets" to stop feeding the seagulls and leaves the door open. As a result, the gaggle of birds enters the house. Meanwhile, Alan gets a surprise from Judith when he goes home to fix her sprinklers.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2003

When Alan's attempt to provide Jake with a fun-filled father/son weekend backfires, Charlie tries to console his brother by taking him to a local bar and getting Alan totally inebriated. As Alan and Charlie travel home, their meddling Cab Driver (DARRYL SIVAD), hearing the brothers' woes about their narcissistic, controlling mother, offers them some unsolicited therapy.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2003

Charlie's longtime cleaning lady, Berta (recurring guest star CONCHATA FERRELL), quits her job, and Charlie quickly realizes he can't function without her. When Alan tries to take Berta's place but doesn't succeed, Charlie sends him to lure her back. Meanwhile, Alan places Charlie in charge of getting Jake ready for Judith, who is coming to take her son out for a nice dinner with her parents. Rock star STEVEN TYLER of the band Aerosmith does a voice-over as himself.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2003

After a drunken night in Las Vegas, Charlie reluctantly attends one of Jake's soccer games. But Alan and Charlie soon discover the advantages of going to these matches. The players' mothers are quite attractive, and Charlie makes a date with a particularly sexy soccer mom. Meanwhile, when two single mothers discover that Alan is newly available, they "hit" on him--literally.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2003

Charlie rethinks the way he treats women when he, Alan and Jake are forced to cheer up a pitiful Evelyn after her serious new boyfriend terminates their relationship. Meanwhile, Charlie teaches Jake some valuable lessons about screening calls from women, but the lesson backfires when Jake reveals a little too much about what he's learned to a disapproving Alan.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2003

Charlie's beautiful friend Cindy (KRISTIN DATTILO) frequently showers at Charlie's house after surfing. When Jake sees a butterfly tattoo on Cindy's partially nude behind and later draws a picture of it in his classroom, Judith gets angry and goes to talk with Alan and Charlie about letting her son see half naked women. To Alan's surprise, Judith and Cindy become friends. When Cindy teaches Judith how to surf, Alan wrongly suspects that the two women are sexually involved and confronts his estranged wife, who does not appreciate his assumptions. Meanwhile, Alan and Judith are both upset when Charlie teaches Jake about distinguishing women's fake implants from real breasts.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2003

When Alan and Judith argue during a rehearsal of a play that Jake and his classmates are rehearsing, Charlie is forced to handle a roomful of fourth graders alone. The kids think Charlie is a loser until they realize he wrote the "Maple Loops" cereal jingle. When Charlie discovers the children know every jingle he's ever written, he decides to use his commercial expertise to craft the play--with some interesting results.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2003

Charlie likes his sweet new girlfriend, Wendy (MYNDY CRIST), but he becomes concerned when Jake forms a strong friendship with her. When Wendy charms Evelyn as well, Charlie worries that Wendy is expecting more from the relationship than he is and ends it. But when Jake gets mad at him, Charlie learns an important lesson. Meanwhile, Alan takes playing his board game very seriously when competing against Rose.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2003

When Charlie finds out that his favorite former girlfriend, Lisa (DENISE RICHARDS - "Scary Movie 3," "Undercover Brother"), is getting married, he desperately tries to prove to her that he has become a better family man than her fiancé, despite his inability to commit to her. He persuades Judith to bring her parents and Jake to his house for a big family Thanksgiving dinner, along with Alan, Evelyn, Rose and Charlie's irritable housekeeper, Berta (recurring guest star CONCHATA FERRELL). But with that bunch, Charlie can only carry on the charade for so long.

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Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer star in this Emmy®-nominated comedy about two brothers and a precocious kid.

Critic Reviews for Two and a Half Men Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (14)

Two and a Half Men isn't a great sitcom. But it's a solid, well-acted and occasionally funny one - and this season, that puts it ahead of the largely disappointing pack.

Sep 16, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The steady decline in new comedies comes to a blessed halt Monday with CBS' Two and a Half Men, a show that is sweet without being sappy, sexy without being sophomoric and witty without being nasty.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

It's professional and competent, but not inspired. Call it Good Enough TV.

Sep 18, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Two and a Half Men, has modest goals, but it achieves them confidently and without embarrassment or insult to the viewer.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

So sweet and light that it seems to have been applied to the TV screen via aerosol container, like jet-propelled whipped cream.

Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm cheerfully offering Thumbs Up, because I can't wipe this silly smile off my face.

Feb 27, 2018 | Full Review…

All right, Two and a Half Men is trite in too many ways. What's surprising is the goodly number of laughs it does offer.

Sep 16, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

It's the best new sitcom of the season.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Two and a Half Men could sure use one or two fresh ideas.

Sep 17, 2013 | Full Review…

Well-cast, well written and actually funny (imagine that!), this one's a keeper.

Sep 17, 2013 | Full Review…

With Mel Brooks' pen it might work, but instead, Two and a Half Men falls into the dreaded sitcom trap of predictable story lines about boys chasing girls, and lame jokes about hookers and phone sex.

Sep 16, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Two and a Half Men: Season 1

  • Sep 08, 2019
    The first season of Two and a Half Men gives us a great taste of its dark humor and dry sarcasm delivered by an outstanding cast.
  • Apr 26, 2019
    (all seasons) You can tell by watching Season 1 why this was a hit: a catchy premise, great cast and snappy dialogue contributing to a very enjoyable laugh-fest characterized by remarkable consistency. Even more remarkably, the above goes on for a whopping 8 seasons. Yet, things take an unfortunate turn for the worse after that, ranging - occasional refreshing glimpses aside - from the average yet watchable to the completely formulaic and below-par, and culminating with the ill-advised "meta" finale. Winning?
  • May 19, 2018
    Season 1-6 : one of the best comedy show and to be honest 'the best comedy SHOW'. Season 6-8 : tolerable..... Season 8 and afterwards: do not even try to watch else it will lead to migraine and may lead to brain HAMORRHAGe......
  • Feb 08, 2016
    A really good sitcom and it is also one of top 5 best sitcom.
  • Jul 14, 2014
    One of the best serials
  • Apr 20, 2014
    The characters are pretty funny.
  • Dec 10, 2013
    Kicking of a 12 season run, Season 1 has occasionally funny humour and a great lead performance from Charlie Sheen.

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