Parents' Guide to

Two and a Half Men

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Updated Odd Couple relies on jokes about sex, drinking.

TV CBS Comedy 2003
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 17+

Pretty sexist

I have seen a couple episodes when it was just randomly on the tv but it was like really sexist. I don’t recommend anyone watching it, no matter what age. There were also many sexual “jokes” and alcohol usage.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+
ive never actually watched this but it was out in the living room one time i heard a sexist joke this has got to be one of the most misogynist shows on television against women i am against misogyny or any kind of sexism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (25):
Kids say (59):

It's an Odd Couple in today's world -- single dad, self-involved bachelor brother/uncle, and precocious kid. Add to that a soon-to-be ex-wife (Marin Hinkle) questioning her sexuality, an overtly emotional mother (Holland Taylor), and a neighbor (Melanie Lynskey) who's a full-time stalker, and you've got a real nut house packed into 30 minutes. 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. In fact, if it weren't for some scene-stealing secondary characters -- including Taylor's turn as the brothers' self-absorbed mother and Lynskey's spot-on portrayal of the bubbly stalker-next-door -- the show would be a total waste of time.

Maybe the creators were hoping for the same kind of success as Full House, with its admittedly cheesy yet occasionally poignant take on single parenthood. But Charlie Sheen is no Uncle Jesse, and the series is aimed so squarely at parents that the presence of an actual kid seems kind of strange. With Charlie Sheen's dramatic exit from the show, Kutcher's character takes over where Sheen left off.

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