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Anger Management is a television series that is based on the Adam Sandler movie of the same name. The show was announced on July 18, 2011, and premiered on June 28, 2012. The series airs on, and is distributed by, FX Networks. This series has multiple production companies, with the largest being Lionsgate Television. Anger Management features Charlie Sheen playing the same role as Jack Nicholson played in the movie.
The show features three lead characters. The first lead character is Charlie Sheen's character of Dr. Charlie Goodson. Charlie's character is a therapist focusing on anger management. This character also has a background as a failed minor league baseball player. The reason for his failed baseball career was due to anger issues, which led to his new career choice as an anger management therapist. Charlie also has several therapy groups, including a prison therapy group. The second lead actor is Selma Blair, who plays Dr. Kate Wales. Dr. Kate is Charlie's anger management therapist and best friend. Dr. Kate also gets therapy from Charlie on occasion. In addition to the friendship and professional relationship, Kate also has a romantic relationship with Charlie.
The last lead character is played by Shawnee Smith. Shawnee Smith plays Jennifer Goodson, Charlie's ex-wife. Many of Charlie's conflicts throughout the series involve Jennifer Goodson in some way. Other recurring characters are Sam, Lacey, and Nolan. Sam is Charlie's daughter. Lacey and Nolan are members of Charlie's anger management group. There are also plans to have several guest actors appear throughout the series, which include Denise Richards and Brian Austin Green.
Anger Management's first season consists of ten episodes. The premiere episode broke records with its ratings numbers. Anger Management's 5.74 million premiere viewers made the show the highest rated sitcom premiere on a cable network. The series has been met with average reviews from both critics and viewers. Many critics compare the show to Charlie Sheen's previous work, and not always favorably. Common themes throughout the series are Charlie's unorthodox and creative counseling techniques and his struggles with anger.
In the end, fans of Charlie Sheen will most likely enjoy this sitcom. Anger Management has had the most successful premiere in cable history. Due to the ratings, Anger Management will probably be around for a long time to come, especially considering the ninety episode deal that FX is considering for Anger Management.
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Charlie's father sets him up with a hot, but quiet Catholic girl who turns out to be too wild, even for Charlie.
Charlie gets between Jordan and her ex-husband.
Charlie almost destroys Ed's marriage and Jordan hits on Nolan.
Charlie's life is taken hostage by a controlling techy girl.
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