Two and a Half Men is an American television sitcom, which premiered on CBS on Monday, September 22, 2003 at 9:30 p.m., ET/PT.
The show was co-created by executive producers Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn. Two and a Half Men debuted in local syndication in September 2007, also to be syndicated on the FX cable network in 2010.
Charlie and Alan were brothers who had very little in common. Charlie, who wrote advertising jingles, was a relationship-phobic, self-assured womanizer living the good life in his beachfront Malibu home. Alan, recently divorced from his wife, Judith, was a neurotic fussbudget (“Maybe we should make a list”) chiropractor with money problems. Despite serious misgivings, Charlie let Alan and his young son, Jake (who spent weekends with his dad), live with him until he got his finances straightened out. The regular women in their lives were Evelyn, their control freak, high-maintenance, many-times-divorced mother; Berta, Charlie’s sarcastic, beefy housekeeper, who ran roughshod over both of them; Rose, the unstable stalker neighbor who was totally obsessed with Charlie, liked to drink and have one-night stands while Alan almost never went out and was concerned about the impact his brother’s lifestyle would have on impressionable, but not too bright, Jake.
Late in 2005 Charlie started dating Jake’s ballet teacher Mia and things got pretty serious. A couple of months later Alan got involved with sexy, spaced out 22-year-old Kandi, who had been dumped by Charlie, and in April she moved in with him. As the season drew to a close Charlie and Mia were making wedding arrangements but things fell apart at the chapel in Las Vegas. Alan and Kandi, who had gone with them, got married instead. After the wedding Alan hit a slot machine for a $500,000 jackpot and moved into a condo with Kandi. Unfortunately she spent her way through everything and after he suffered a breakdown, they separated and Alan moved back in with Charlie. In February 2007 Rose moved to London and two months later Judith married Jake’s pediatrician Herb, whom she had been dating for years.
Production on the show was halted on November 6, 2007 due to the 2007 WGA strike. The show returned March 17, 2008 with nine episodes to conclude the fifth season. CBS also renewed the show for a sixth season, which premiered on September 22, 2008, five years after the first episode of the series initially aired.
There have been six seasons of Two and a Half Men; the seventh season is currently showing. CBS renewed the show for an additional three seasons. The show is consistently ranked one of the most watched comedies every season in the United States.