Charlie is a bachelor who writes commercial jingles for a living while leading a hedonistic lifestyle. When Alan's wife Judith Marin Hinkle decides to divorce him, he moves into Charlie's Malibu beach house due to Charlie's selfishly scorning Alan's female divorce-lawyer with Jake coming to stay over the weekends. Charlie's housekeeper is Berta Conchata Ferrell , a sharp-tongued woman who initially resists the change to the household, but grudgingly accepts it.
Charlie's one-night stand Rose Melanie Lynskey was first introduced as his stalker in the pilot episode. The first five seasons find Charlie in casual sexual relationships with numerous women until the sixth season , when he becomes engaged to Chelsea Jennifer Taylor , but the relationship does not last as Chelsea breaks off their engagement.
Afterwards, Charlie flies to Paris in the eighth-season finale with his stalker Rose. In the ninth-season premiere , introducing a revamped show , it is revealed that Charlie died when he fell in front of a subway train in Paris.
Suggestions are made that Rose pushed him in the train's path after learning Charlie had cheated on her. Alan's experiences are somewhat different. Throughout the series, Alan continues to deal with his son Jake's growing up, and the aftermath of his divorce, when he has little success with women.
His marriage to Kandi April Bowlby at the end of the third season was short-lived. In the fourth season , Alan is back at the beach house paying alimony to two women out of his meager earnings as a chiropractor. Their relationship is temporarily suspended when Alan cheats on her and accidentally burns down her house, but the relationship eventually resumes. In the ninth-season premiere after Charlie's death , the beach house is sold to Walden Schmidt Ashton Kutcher , an Internet billionaire going through a divorce from Bridget Judy Greer.
Alan leaves to live with his mother Evelyn Holland Taylor when the house is sold, but Walden invites both Alan and Jake back to live in the beach house. He needs friends and the three form a tightknit surrogate family. At the end of the ninth season, Jake joins the United States Army; he appears occasionally during season 10, briefly dating Tammy Jaime Pressly , who is 17 years his senior and has three kids, as well as Tammy's daughter Ashley Emily Osment.
In the 10th season, Walden proposes to his English girlfriend Zoey Sophie Winkleman , only to be turned down, and discovers she has another man. Meanwhile, Alan gets engaged to his girlfriend Lyndsey, while Judith leaves her second husband Herb Melnick Ryan Stiles to whom she had been married since the fourth season after he cheats on her with his receptionist they later reconcile.
Alan and Lyndsey's relationship of three years ends as she wants to move on. Rose returns and briefly dates Walden, later stalking him as she did to Charlie. Walden begins to date a poor but ambitious woman named Kate Brooke D'Orsay and changes his name to "Sam Wilson" , pretending to be poor to find someone who wants him for him, not for his money.
They later break up when he reveals who he really is, though Kate realizes that Walden's money helped her become a successful clothing designer. Jake announces he is being shipped to Japan for a year, so Alan and he go on a father-son bonding trip. Other than a cameo in the series finale, this is the last time Jake appears on the show, though verbal references are made to him.
In the 11th season, a young woman arrives at the beach house, announcing that she is Charlie Harper's biological daughter, Jenny Amber Tamblyn.
Lyndsey begins dating Larry D. Sweeney and in an attempt to learn more about Larry, Alan takes on the pseudonym "Jeff Strongman". In the 12th season, Walden decides to reprioritize his life after a health scare by deciding to adopt a baby. He realizes that the only way to do this is to be married, but does not know anyone who will do it, so he asks Alan to marry him and pretend that they are a gay couple, thus ensuring success at adopting.
Jenny moves out of the house and moves in with Evelyn due to Walden and Alan preparing to adopt. They adopt an African American child, Louis Edan Alexander , and subsequently divorce to pursue relationships with women. Alan proposes to Lyndsey a second time, and she accepts, while Walden begins a relationship with Louis' social worker, Ms. Charlie is eventually revealed to be alive, having been kept prisoner by Rose until escaping, but he is killed before he can confront Walden and Alan.
Production[ edit ] Sheen's dismissal and replacement[ edit ] Following a February announcement that Sheen was entering drug rehabilitation, filming of the show was put on hiatus,  but resumed the following month. According to Warner Bros. Television and CBS, the show was put on hiatus for an indefinite period of time. Television jointly announced that they had terminated Sheen's Two and a Half Men contract, citing " moral turpitude " as a main cause of separation.
Cast members Marin Hinkle and Holland Taylor expressed sadness at Sheen's departure and personal problems. Online interview,  although he later issued a "half-apology" to Cryer for the remarks. Kutcher was quoted as saying, "I can't replace Charlie Sheen but I'm going to work my ass off to entertain the hell out of people! Afterward, Charlie's Malibu home would be put up for sale and interested buyers would include celebrities from Lorre's other sitcoms and John Stamos , as well as Kutcher's character, Walden Schmidt , "an Internet billionaire with a broken heart.
The Hogans and then The Hogan Family. Her character was killed off-screen, and she was replaced the following season. Sheen also felt that the introduction of Kutcher's character in a cloud of his own character's ashes was particularly enjoyable. The Nielsen ratings company reported that figure was higher than for any episode in the show's first eight seasons, when the series starred Sheen.
At the Emmys, Two and a Half Men was nominated for four awards and won three of them, the most Emmys the show has won in a single year since it began. In , Kutcher replaced Sheen as the highest-paid U. For Kutcher's second season, the show moved to the 8: Two and a Half Men improved ratings for this time slot, which were up from the previous year.
Jennifer Graham Kizer of IVillage thought that the series changed tone in the Kutcher era of the show, saying it felt "less evil". Jones Jake said he had recently converted to Christianity and joined a Seventh-day Adventist church.
He attacked the show as "filth that contradicts his moral values" and said that he was sick of being a part of it. On March 18, , Angus T. Jones officially announced his departure from the show, stating he had been "a paid hypocrite".
Other criticism[ edit ] The premise of Two and a Half Men depicts most of the female regular characters to be abusive toward men, while the female guest characters are female stereotypes.
Lee Aronsohn has stated that the premise of Two and a Half Men was created amidst many other TV series centered around mainly women, which he viewed as a serious problem in television. The exact words he used attracted criticism, with Aronsohn accused of being a misogynist. Critics also point out that television is not dominated by women.