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Two and a Half Men Review: Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt

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On what was likely the most-watched episode of Two and a Half Men in history, people tuned in to the season nine premiere for one reason: to meet Ashton Kutcher's Walden Schmidt.

Ashton Kutcher as Walden Schmidt

But before we even get there, I want to discuss the star-studded opening, starting with the ex-girlfriend ladden funeral.

From old flames such as Courtney (Jenny McCarthy) and Mia to more recent women like Chelsea and even her friend, Sherri (Jeri Ryan), thy were all there. It was vintage Two and a Half Men humor, right on down to Evelyn trying to sell the house at the funeral.

Back at the house during the second act, we still had the entire supporting cast, including Berta and Evelyn and going right on down to Judith and Herb. And that's before the celebrity buyers came in.

These were quick and cute, from John Stamos and his devil's threesome to a modern day Dharma and Greg talking divorce. The latter was an adorable nod to Lorre's past sitcom and it put a smile on my face.

Really, the show seemed like Jon Cryer and the rest of his supporting cast could have carried things without Sheen. But Chuck Lorre and company, or more likely executives at CBS, did not have faith in their existing cast, so they had to bring on the gimmick that was Mr. Ashton Kutcher.

Enter Walden Schmdt and his hung-like-a-horse tall, good-looking, rich and supposedly smart self. So, was it "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt?"

Clearly, the shows tried to build Walden in with some sympathy by introducing him as a shell of a man after his wife left him. And all it was going to take was a threesome to bring our man back and we would all be built up with him, right?

Well, unfortunately between Kutcher's terrible acting and a horribly written character, it all just felt awkward. Was Walden supposed to be bright like his character and wealth indicated?  Because all I saw was the trait that has permeated every character Kutcher has ever played: stupidity. However, unlike his lovable, iconic Kelso, there wasn't even charm. There was just... dumb luck.

I'm giving the show an appropriate 2.5 stars. Not just because of the title, but because it was pretty much half of our maximum rating. But then there had to be a second half.

Obviously, like everyone else, I'll probably give it one more week. Past that, though? 2 Broke Girls seems like much better sitcom filler to me.

Review

Editor Rating: 2.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 2.0 / 5.0 (1969 Votes)

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It is SADDDDDDDDDDDD is no more fun in it at all!! Question for Chuck Lorie:
Do think if u give us Ashton neked every serial this would be fun or we will forgot Charlie Harper?????? My advice is to get Charlie back as soon as posible!!!!! and about Big Bang Theory congratulation good job and make sure u dont' let go Sheldon like Charlie :))

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Kudos to Ashton for having the balls to TRY and fill Charlie's shoes. Unfortunetly I don't think a true 2&1/2 fan would ever be happy with anyone else but Charlie. What made it all work so well was the fact that the entire cast didn't seem to be "acting". I hate to see the show die, R.I.P. (sorry Ashton, it's not your fault. Don't take it too personally)

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Show is so childish with Ashton that you just really feel sad that the show is such a failure without Charlie. Charlie Sheen with the current cast was fabulous. He had problems like his character, who was no saint, but from reports is back on track. Write him back in and make everyone happy. The show opened with no body at the funeral and vwry easy to make remarkable comeback and with a shock. Ashton could still be on the show but he is a sidekick, not Charlie Sheen Please give Charlie second chance and viewers what they want.

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I no longer like two and a half men was my favorite show and now it sucks with Ashton Kutcher. Used to be very funny keyword USED TO!!!!!!!!

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Two and a Half Men sucks really bad Ashton was not even funny in Punked and he definatelly is no Charlie Sheen and the only way that the show will ever be any good again is if you somehow wake Charlie from the dead

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The show is not funny any more, the fake laughs are not working, Ashton is a nice guy but I don't think he is funny. 1rst show had a big audience because people was curious by the second show you lost 33% of them after everybody realized that the magic was gone. The reruns make me laugh 100 times more even after see them countless times. Do the show change writers too?

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Why are two and a half men recycling actresses? Judy Greer played Herb's sister, and now again as Walden's wife?
It's the same as when they re-used Chelsea from an earlier episode when Charlie visits past lovers to apologize.
Is there a shortage of woman in America?

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NOW I KNOW WHY THE SHOW IS CALLED TWO AND A MEN! CHARLIE IS MISSING. FACE IT, BRING BACK CHARLIE AND LETS GET ON WITH IT. AND LETS ALL ENJOY THE SHOW AND THEN U WILL SEE THE TRUE RATING. Ashton Kutcher NO HART FEELING KEEP YOUR DAY JOB (PUNK). MY RATING FROM 1-10 10 BEENING THE BEST I GAVE IT A 2

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I must say the producers created what I thought the show was going to turn into, Ashtons roll is a big disappointment to all women who found him even somewhat attractive with that hairy greasy look and bad acting. The only funny part in the show is the housekeeper. This show is over! however I wil continue to watch the reruns.

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Second week sucked more than the first. There won't be a third week for me. I suggest a Father Ted (BBC) type show cast with Charlie.

Two and a Half Men Season 9 Episode 1 Quotes

Just like old times. I'm talking and you're in a bottle ignoring me.

Alan [to urn]

Walden: Trust me, money doesn't buy happiness.
Alan: I wouldn't know, I've never had either.

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