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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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Did Charlie Sheen write all the jokes or has there been a mass exodus of writers? This show isn't funny. I'm not a big Ashton Kutcher fan but, he doesn't even stand a chance with this writing. It jumped the shark when Walden's brother turned out to be a gorilla. Wave to The Fonz!

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Jan. 9th, 2012 Wow! What a shame!We can't even watch this show anymore and we used to love it. We are in our 50's, so they probably don't care about our opinion. But, thank goodness for re-runs. We can still watch and laugh our heads off!

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Cant even watch the show without charlie sheen, it is no longer funny and ashton kutcher with long hair and a beard he does not even look attractive please end this now and bring back charlie sheen, you know they could all wake up one morning and it was all a dream or something!! cant bear to watch it now.

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Simply stated, Charlie Sheen is funny; Ashton Kutcher is not & there is too much Alan in it. Also what happened to Holland Taylor, & Monica Lewsky & Berta? They were a lot of why the show was funny. I can see only so much of Alan in his undies & shower cap before I gag. What happened to the good writing? Perhaps the writers are disillusioned too. I loved the show & watch the re-reuns over & again with my wife but only the ones with Charlie Sheen. Bring him back!!! Put away foolish pride & get him back before the show is cancelled & it will be with Ashton "Ku-koo in it" We need laughs NOW!

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i totally agree with eveybodys commits. The show sucks now really bad. Ashton Kutcher is just not a good actor. He's not funny at all. I only watch the reruns. They should have quit while they were ahead. Do everybody a favor and save some money and end the show while your ahead kinda. Nobody would be able to replace Charlie Sheen.

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The show really sucks! The show was Charlie, it was his show, it was his life as we knew it. Always had a good laugh when I watched "HIS" show. Without him the show sucks. The show is over!

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Terrible mistake to let Charlie go. It used to be the amusement of the day for me after getting back from work.. I d laugh all the time...but now it really sucks...and I no longer look forward to arriving at home in time to catch the show. It s really unfortunate!! I will no longer watch it!!

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I only watch the reruns. The show sucks now not even remotely funny. The only thing that is funny is the producers actually think they still have a show... BAAA HAAAA

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What a pity, the show really sucks now without Charlie, kutcher will never be able to fit in charlie's shoes, I mean kutcher is fine in some of his movies, but here.... I guess the show won't past season 9,

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Bring back Charlie Sheen , he was correct when he said that Chuck Lorre was giving him terrible line in the scrpts , to bring him back is so simple , do what they did with Dallas when Patrick Duffy left and when they brought him back , it was all a dream , Two and half men never going to survive after that Gorilla episode-What were you thinking Chuck Lorre!!!!!

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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