We won’t get into the back story of how Charlie Sheen left Two and a Half Men, or his many exploits since then, it’s been documented, Tweeted, video taped and talked out. To be honest, Charlie Sheen trashing a hotel room, shacking up with a hooker or drinking too much has actually become predictable and not all that exciting anymore- WARNING CHARLIE- This isn’t an invitation to up the ante!!!
What was exciting is the anticipation and hype surrounding Sheen's new FX show, Anger Management. The title is smart, it plays off the one thing many people think Sheen has needed a lot of in his recent past, Anger Management. It had a lot of people guessing what the show was going to be about.
To be honest, I didn’t do a lot of homework going into the show. I made a conscious decision to tune out the Sheen hype machine for a while and had no idea what the show was going to be about when I tuned in. The promo’s and internet ad’s show Sheen walking away from a burning train with a grin on his face, giving you the idea that this show was going to be an extension of Sheen's burning train wreck of a personal life (they stole the idea from the Dave TV logo).
As I waited for the show to start, I was picturing what we had gotten used to, a ranting Sheen, talking about whatever the heck is on his mind, and on and on and on. What I got was something completely different, some thing good, something entertaining.
Yes, Anger Management is good. Once you cut through all the Sheen hype, what got him the top spot on CBS is the fact that the guy can act and that’s what he does on this new show.
Sheen plays a retired baseball player, who has anger management issues, in fact they were so severe at one point that it ended his career as a player. Now he is a therapist, who helps others with their anger management issues, while at the same time, he tries to juggle his inner demons, ex. wife, teen daughter and women.
To draw a few comparisons, Sheen's character in Anger Management leans more towards John Cryer’s character Allan Harper in “Men,” just not as hapless. In Anger Management, Sheen cares about his patients, family, and the world, he has an up and down love life, an occasional drink, but has a heart and center, unlike his character in Men. On Anger Management, he used to be a “Charlie Harper,” type, but has learned, moved on and is on a mission to do good. Though his past does catch up with him for some pretty funny scenarios.
Is it worth watching? Yes. Is it as good as Two and a Half Men? The most recent version, yes, it’s better. Not as good as Two and a Half Men in the show’s hay day, but it’s has time to grow. The writing isn’t as sharp, but there were moments when I laughed out loud. With any comedy, it’s hard to introduce new characters, their lives, relationships and knock you over with a ton of good jokes. However unlike shows like Whitney, the writing on Anger Management is smart, funny, and will hopefully continue to get better as the season unfolds.
FX aired two episodes in Thursday night, June 28th, the second was better than the first, if they continue with that trend, Sheen may be back in the drivers seat quickly.
Set your DVR and check out Anger Management on FX, Thursday nights at 8:30 PM Central time. It's worth the time.