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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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Get Charlie back. Ashton is cringe-worthy to watch! Not funny and an all around asshole.

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The show is TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!! I have not been able to watch beyond the first ten minutes of any new episode. Boring and not funny. I will keep watching my old repeats with Charlie and the gang.

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I'm so glad I'm not the only one who hates the new 2 1/2 Men. I tried and tried to like it, but I never laughed. The only laugh I got was when Charlie's Mom slept with Walden and said she was going to tell everybody about it. That's it. I'm no longer watching it. I think that Charlie was the strong character. Now they have Walden who is weak like Alan. BORING! There's nobody to like on this show anymore. A real disappointment. Get rid of Ashton. Why does anyone think he's good looking anyway with that scraggly beard? I wouldn't look twice at him. New show is the worst!

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Really the show lost the path and now it is boring.

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Two and a Half Men, October 2011-LOSING!

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I loved this show and watches a few of the new episodes and truly did not laugh at all. It's too bad. They should get Charlie back or take it off the air. I'm deleting it from my DVR. Oh well.

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Tried to give the new show a chance but it is just filthy, how much more do we need to hear about Walden's penis? My teenage grandsons watch this with me and so far the shows are raunchy. AND I miss Charlie, the show used to be really funny and not discusting!!

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I have been a HUGE fan of Two & a Half Men for years. In fact, I watch 2 episodes each night of the original show because it lifts my spirits. I laugh and laugh and laugh. However, the new show is just TERRIBLE!! The other cast members are great but they have to carry Ashton. His character is simply ridiculous. Who can identify with him?? Either get rid of him or give him a reasonable character identity. This show will not succeed as currently played!!

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HA HA..Not

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Hey Chuck, good job so far. So which episode does it turn out that this was all a bad dream (it really is)and charlie wakes up and the show picks up were it left of and we can all expend a sigh of relief, you too I'm sure. Cause this thing you got now aint funny. The reruns are still better!!