Few shows have been bashed more mercilessly by the critics in recent years than the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men.” This is primarily due to the show’s truckload of sexist jokes that it shoehorns into every episode. Despite the lack of critical support, the series was the highest rated comedy on television for a large portion of its run. However, that was before Charlie Sheen’s shocking firing and before “The Big Bang Theory” started to pick up steam, eventually becoming an even bigger hit than its predecessor.
Chuck Lorre, the creator and one of the writers of both “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory,” recently received an award for his show “Mom” at the seventh annual Television Academy Honors ceremony. During his acceptance speech, Lorre made a comment which surprised many people in the industry. Lorre has always defended the sexist content of “Two and a Half Men,” a show that has made him countless millions of dollars over the years. However, he decided to use his speech as a way to redeem himself for all of the damage that “Men” has done during its long run, which will come to an end next year after 12 seasons.
Lorre said that doing the show “Mom,” which features Allison Janney as an alcoholic mother who starts drinking again and tries to repair the damage that she has done, is an attempt to redeem himself for what many believe to be his biggest crime. He went on to say that doing a show about people trying to repair their lives is a chance for him to apologize for “Two and a Half Men.” The crowd loved the comment, as did many people across social media, who praised Lorre for recognizing the flaws that the series has shown over the years. Lorre’s pattern has always been to defend himself and his work. The comment was made even more meaningful when you consider that the Television Academy Honors recognize TV shows that generate awareness for social issues. This is something that “Two and a Half Men” has never been accused of doing.