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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.

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

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Two And A Half Men without Charlie is like All In The Family without Archie

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Ashton should never have been cast for the part! Sheen is a hard act to follow.I dont watch it anymore unless it is a sheen episode!

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Do everyone a favor and end this disaster. Used to be my favorite show but it has become unwatchable. How can anyone, Alan, be so lame so much of the time? The writing is stale, characters not funny, acting horrendous....time to pull the plug or overhaul the show.

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I can't watch this show any more. It is not funny. The witing feels forced. Ashton K. is neither funny nor a good actor. His charactor's girlfriend is terribly annoying along with the child. Why is this still on t.v? Pull the plug already.

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I really do not like Walden's girlfriend Zoe. I hate her voice. The character is boring and adds nothing to the show.

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Well I just viewed the episode where Alans Mother hooks up with Alans girlfriends mother.....It brings back memories of Fonzi jumping the shark tank...Its all OVER

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No one can replace Charlie on 2.5 men, I still watch the old episodes, I have tried watching the new one so boring, I am sorry Ashton, you are great but not for this show.

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never missed episode of 2and half but now i dont even try to watch its just not worth it anymore what is cbs thinking? Ohh there not!

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That used to be so funny...now, not so much.

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Ashton Kutcher is terrible on this show! He is not funny at all, and they should have kept Charlie Sheen-the chemistry between him and Alan was terrific. I only watch the reruns with Sheen, tried to watch the new show, but it was painful to watch-I may have laughed once, but it was forced laughter. The show should be cancelled, or put on hiatus to find a better actor than Kutcher, or just let it die!

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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