Anger Management

Common Sense Media says

Sheen comedy has drinking, innuendo, stereotypes.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

It's a comedy, but makes a point of noting that allowing anger to control you is inappropriate, and can have devastating consequences. Divorce, parenthood, professional ethics, and other themes are also present. Crude humor.

Positive role models

Both Charlie and his patients have anger issues, but are trying to get them under control. He is in a questionable relationship with his therapist. The Goodmans are both dedicated parents. Charlie Sheen himself is a controversial character known for using drugs and frequenting prostitutes.

Violence

Contains lots of references to punching, kicking, screaming, cutting, killing, etc., which are humorous, but never characterized as appropriate or healthy. Charlie conducts therapy groups in a prison. Cast members are sometimes shown almost losing their tempers or hurting someone.

Sex

Contains some sexual content, including scenes of couples kissing, fondling each other's butts, and/or in bed looking sweaty. Female characters are sometimes in sexy nightwear, wearing see-through blouses (bras visible), and taking off their clothes (no sensitive parts visible). Boxes of condoms are prominently shown. Contains references to being "queer" and crude references to genitals, like "balls."

Language

Words like "ass" and "crap" are audible.

Consumerism

The Trojan brand logo is visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Beer, wine, cocktail, and hard liquor drinking is visible at bars, during meals, and with friends.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Anger Management is a comeback vehicle for actor Charlie Sheen -- whose inability to deal with his own anger issues made headlines -- and features decidedly adult humor, including strong (and sometimes crude) sexual references, drinking (hard liquor, beer, wine, etc.), and lighthearted discussions about violent acts, including murder. Stereotypes about inmates, homosexuals, and other people are frequent. It's not intended to be taken seriously, but it does offer a message about the importance of keeping one's anger in check, and the potential consequences not doing so can have. The Trojan brand is prominently visible.

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Kids say

What's the story?

The comedy series ANGER MANAGEMENT stars controversial actor Charlie Sheen as Charlie Goodson, a successful anger management therapist who works with patients to get their tempers under control. After derailing his baseball career thanks to his inability to control his anger, he now runs a private practice helping a colorful group of patients including Ed (Barry Corbin), Nolan (Derek Richardson), and Patrick (Michael Arden). He also does pro-bono work at the local prison, where he works with inmates like Cleo (James Black) and Donovan (Darius McCrary). It's sometimes hard to keep his own emotions at bay, especially when he is also raising his sensitive 15-year old daughter Sam (played by Daniela Bobadilla) with his ex-wife Jennifer (Shawnee Smith). Luckily for him, best friend and therapist Kate Wales (Selma Blair) is there to support him.

Is it any good?

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The series offers a chance for viewers to watch Charlie Sheen try to make a comeback after his notorious end run in Two and a Half Men by featuring him as a flawed-but-sympathetic character who is trying to help people struggling with their own emotional problems. But the connection between Sheen's past acts and his character's goals are just too obvious, which makes the entire premise feel both predictable and forced.

Thanks to sitcom veterans like Grace Under Fire's Brett Butler and Spin City's Michael Boatman, as well as Sheen's own comic style, the show does invite a few chuckles here and there. But its reliance on gay stereotypes, crude sex jokes, and lots of inappropriate behaviors to make it funny lead to a lot of stale punch lines. No doubt that the curious will tune in, but chances are that after a while, they will probably tune out.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about using humor as a way of addressing serious issues. Much has been made of Charlie Sheen's anger problems and inappropriate behavior in the media. Do you think this show is touching on some of the mistakes he has made? Or is it just a chance for the actor to make a comeback by poking fun at what he did?

  • Is there a connection between watching violence in the media and one's ability to manage his/her anger? Can the media be used to help people cope better with their emotions?

  • Why are stereotypes frequently used to elicit laughs among TV audiences? Is it appropriate to use them? How can you make something funny without relying on a generalization to do so?

TV details

Cast:Charlie Sheen, Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith
Network:FX
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Educator and Parent Written byRaahul November 24, 2012
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the critics sucks most, they just wants clicks and visitors!!!

reading comments here i feel like u stupid are doing bad publicity maybe wanner bros pays u for this... anyways that show is amazing i am happy seeing him back.. and also they way u are expressing ur anger i think u need to take his Therapy too :P ha ha ha ha for the record i rate THIS IS REALLY GOOD WITH FIVE STAR TO THE SHOW NOT UR STUPID THOUGHTS ABT HIS SHOW!!! and for the record 2 and a Half man was and still the same sexual and drug involed in it ! ok.. so don't come up with stupid critics!!
Teen, 13 years old Written byJon Hardwick July 7, 2012
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14
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just and excuse for charlie sheen to stay in the weekly tv show buisness after being canned from two and a half men

i had high expectations for this show but i was dissapointed buy the cheesy two and a half men humor. there is some stereotyping and some language (like a**,q*eer,d*ck,b*tch,d*mn, and h*ll and some close to cuss words like crap
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bystudboy24 July 3, 2013
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15
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sexual comedy after two and a half men

The show is full of language sexual content,talk and full of drinking It is on fx which has all adult show on but this and the episode ratings are average.60 million watched per week
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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