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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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Didn't care for the premiere episode. John Cryer is a hilarious actor, but was not impressed with Kutcher. Seems like just another role like the 70s show, of a dumb good-looking guy. I'll be looking forward to another show with Cryer as main actor.

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The first part was funny, because they were reminiscing about sheens character. After the ashes went up, I was bored out of my mind. Pretty much shows how much Sheen brought to the show. The wad not one funny moment after Ashtons character entered. The show is dead.

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It was pretty good, to be continued, so I'm watching next week. I think it's going to continue to be a great show. Maybe Charlies 'ghost' will show up periodically since he put on such a good face at the Emmy's last night. Still liking it, it's still a WINNING (lol) show to me!

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Actually, my son and I enjoyed it way may than we ever did with Sheen. The hooker jokes with Charlie were tired and the same thing every week. Only the Rose/Charlie relationship was every funny. And watching him get more and more run down by the week was just pathetic. I'm not a Kutcher fan, but I think I may actually watch more than just the reruns from now on.

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Although I love Charlie Sheen, I really enjoyed tonights episode of Two and a Half Men with Ashton Kutcher. I know that I will continue to watch and see what will unfold with the show and the new direction that is has taken. Can't wait to see what the following episodes have in store. Sorry to see you go Charlie, wish you luck in what ever you do. Welcome Ashton to the show and hope your as funny and successful with Two and a Half Men as I thought you were in That 70's Show.

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He was ok .but it was funny he scare john cryer

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It was ok but that was just the first show. It prob will get better. It upset me over what Charlie did and boycotted it for awhile.

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I thought Ashton was wonderful in his role as Walden Schmidt!! He was alternately funny and lovable as the depressed man buying into this sitcom. I will definitely be back for more!!! Charlie who???

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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