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Two and a Half Men is a scripted, 30 minute comedy series that airs weekly on CBS. The show first premiered in September 2003. Nine full seasons have been filmed and aired to date, and a tenth season has been greenlit by CBS executives. The first eight seasons focused on perennial playboy Charlie Harper, portrayed by actor Charlie Sheen, his financially disadvantaged brother Alan, played by Jon Cryer, and Alan's son Jake, portrayed by Angus T. Jones. During those seasons, the main plot points were primarily based around Charlie Harper's constant pursuit of women, along with Alan's disdain for how easy Charlie's life appeared to be. Although there were a few episodes that explored Charlie having some of his own financial difficulties, he was able to breeze through most of the eight seasons without having to worry about how he was going to pay for his next night filled with hookers and alcohol. Meanwhile, Alan toiled at a job that was barely enough to cover alimony and child support for his ex-wife.

Even though Charlie was portrayed as a constant womanizer, he did start to slow down in the sixth season. During that time he became engaged to Chelsea, played by actress Jennifer Taylor, but unfortunately he was unable to completely curb his womanizing tendencies, and their relationship ended during the seventh season.

Charlie Sheen's issues with drug abuse began to impact the show in early 2010. He voluntarily entered rehab twice during the next twelve months, and he also issued several verbal attacks against the cast and crew of the show. After halting production on the eighth season, speculation was rampant as to whether or not the show would ever return. Although Sheen eventually stated that he would be interested in returning for the show's ninth season, he was cut from the cast and replaced by popular actor Ashton Kutcher.

The ninth season started with the funeral of Charlie Harper. By killing off the character, the writers ensured that there would not be a role for Sheen to return to. Without his rich brother to rely on, Alan was facing homelessness when he met depressed billionaire Walden Schmidt, played by Ashton Kutcher. After a night of mild partying, Walden decided to purchase Charlie's old house, and he ended up offering to let Alan stay.

The rest of the ninth season focused on the differences and similarities between Charlie and Walden. Although Walden is a much more sensitive and sentimental character, his financial success, good looks and charming nature make it easy for him to meet women, and this provides just a much of a thorn in Alan's side as it did when he was dealing with Charlie. Due to the lack of a familial tie, Alan's relationship with Walden is much more precarious than the one that he had with Charlie, and this causes Alan to move in with his girlfriend Lyndsey, portrayed by Courtney Thorne-Smith. Alan has a heart attack near the end of the season, and he takes full advantage of the ensuing guilt that his family and Walden experience.

The tenth season is expected to go into production with the same cast as the ninth season, and new episodes will begin airing on CBS in the fall of 2012.

12 Seasons, 262 Episodes
September 22, 2003
Cast: Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Conchata Ferrell, Charlie Sheen
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  • Is Charlie Harper dead or alive? Find out in the series finale.

  • Is Charlie Harper dead or alive? Find out in the series finale.

  • After their divorce becomes official, Walden offers Alan a peace offering.

  • Walden is concerned how Ms. McMartin will take the break up. Lyndsey asks Alan to move in with her.

  • Walden is concerned how Louis' adoption will be affected once Alan ends things with their social worker.

  • After Walden becomes a member of a support group for adoptive fathers, he enjoys having solo time away from Alan.

  • Walden may lose custody of Louis if the social worker finds out the truth about him and Alan, but Alan isn't ready to give up without a fight.

  • Walden struggles to get close to women with his foster son around. Meanwhile, Herb asks for Alan's permission to go on a date with Lyndsey.

  • Walden and Alan are determined to convince Louis that Santa Claus is real.

  • Walden and Alan befriend three moms, but things become complicated after Walden develops feelings for one of them.

  • Alan blatantly disobeys Walden's rules in an effort to impress Louis.

  • Walden watches over a foster child named Louis, but is disappointed when they fail to bond.

  • A birth mother considers Walden and Alan as adoptive parents for her baby.

  • Lyndsey is back after her stint in rehab. Alan and Walden try and keep up the facade that they are a loving couple when the social worker comes to visit.

  • Walden asks Alan to sign a pre-nup, forcing him to reconsider marriage.

  • In the Season 12 premiere, Walden wants Alan to help him adjust his priorities.

  • Alan reveals his true identity to Larry, and must pay the consequences.

  • Gretchen demands Alan reveal his true identity to Larry.

  • Walden reconnects with Kate and is confident she's "The One" - that is, until he encounters Vivian. Meanwhile, Alan and Gretchen connect on a deeper level.

  • Walden is invited to his ex-girlfriend's boutique opening. Meanwhile, Gretchen is looking forward to spending more time at Alan's house.

  • Lyndsey finds out who Alan is sleeping with. Meanwhile, Walden doesn't know how to tell Barry to find his own place.

  • Walden is under the impression that he is being cheated on by his new girlfriend. Alan begins seeing Larry's sister, Gretchen, and becomes even more involved in Lyndsey and Larry's relationship.

  • Alan gives Lyndsey an ultimatum. Meanwhile, Jenny fears she and Brooke are drifting apart.

  • Alan discovers Lyndsey broke up with Larry, but failed to tell him. Meanwhile, Walden is on a mission to prove that he's a man's man.

  • Walden and Alan throw Marty a bachelor party after he asks Evelyn to marry him.

  • Alan gives Lyndsey's boyfriend, Larry, permission to set him up on a blind date. Meanwhile, Walden offers to help Nicole with her software project so she'll have time to date him.

  • Walden signs on to work with a beautiful former employee on a brilliant new project. Meanwhile, Alan counsels Jenny to open up to her girlfriend.

  • Walden helps Jenny get a second date with her one-night stand. Meanwhile, Alan has an interesting exchange with his transgender girlfriend's ex-wife; and receives a Japanese delicacy from his son for Christmas.

  • Walden's date with an accident-prone model drags on. Meanwhile, Alan dates a woman who shares some unexpected personal information with him.

  • Alan and Lyndsey's illicit affair threatens Walden's safety, forcing him to accept Rose's help.

  • Walden and Alan are on dates with two seemingly perfect women until Lyndsey's jealousy complicates matters.

  • When Alan discovers Walden knows Lynda Carter, he hopes Walden will set him up with her. A hesitant Walden agrees to invite her to the house for dinner.

  • Alan becomes friends with Lyndsey's boyfriend to find out what he has that Alan doesn't. Meanwhile, Walden encourages Jenny to be more assertive in pursuing her acting career.

  • Walden parties with Jenny and her attractive friends. Meanwhile, Alan and Lyndsey's illicit affair could be threatened.

  • Walden and Alan think Berta needs to retire when she suffers an injury at work.

  • When Walden starts feeling confined in his own house, Jenny moves in with Evelyn and her boyfriend, Marty. Meanwhile, Alan becomes Lyndsey's "other man."

  • In the eleventh season premiere, Charlie's 25-year-old daughter unexpectedly appears at Walden's beach house in an attempt to connect with the remaining members of her family.

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