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Anger Management Review: Sorry, Charlie

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This will not be a very long review. I don't have much to say about Anger Management except this: I didn't laugh once. I cringed far more than I smiled, suffering through back-to-back episodes of painful jokes and obvious set-ups.

Then again, I've felt the same way every time I've watched a Two and a Half Men episode, so it's entirely possible that viewers who followed Charlie Sheen from CBS to FX are giving him a standing ovation right about now. I'd just love to hear why.

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As far as comeback vehicles go, Anger Management was probably the best Sheen could do. He plays a therapist trying to come to peace with his troubled past and learn from mistakes. The character allows him to almost apologize for real-life behavior on a weekly basis.

The best thing I can say about about the series is that, aside from the opening, it didn't force any meta jokes down our throat. The premise really takes care of that on its own. I would have turned off the television if there was a single line about "Tiger's blood."

Instead, it was one generic punch line after another, most based on sex and dating, with extreme examples of over-acting from everyone in Charlie's therapy group.

It's a very odd fit on FX, whose comedy leanings to date favor more edgier, far less conventional programs such as It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the incredible Louie.

Again, I just can't much about this sort of show. I'm a television fan whose favorite sitcoms are Parks and Recreation, Community and 30 Rock. There's not a lot of overlap between the humor on those programs and the jokes laid out here.

So I'll use this as a forum for Sheen fans to commiserate instead: What did you think of the Anger Management premiere?

Review

Editor Rating: 1.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (36 Votes)

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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    Wouldn't watch that shit, Charlie Sheen can't act a bit.
    I'd give 0 stars if it was possible

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    Bad show due to the actress who plays his ex wife she speaks slurred like a junkie and scuffs her feet like she is totally under the influence of some drug. SHE IS BAD BAD ACTRESS, GET RID!!!!!

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    The other day I couldn't find any thing worth watching on TV so I decided to give Anger Management another try. It was season 2 repeat when Charlie went to his sisters baby shower and it was funnay as hell and he finally told hus sister off at the end it was great. I also watched the episode where his father was faking Alzheimers and that was great because I know some old farts who do the same thing to guilt their family. Season one was awkward to watch but it seems to be getting better. I take back my previous opinion and suggest that you start watching the new season.

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    Three strikes and their out - Charlie's gone 51-50, Cryer shot off his moronic mouth about political opinions and candidates, and Angus is possessed by Satan. They are truly the most ungrateful, self centered morons in the entertainment world. We watched them because they made us laugh but their bitter personality is not funny. Ashton is left holding the bag of poop.

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    Not sure what Matt Richenthal is watching? The show is awesome and I laughed my ass off! I guess you have to have a sense of humor to get the jokes.

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    I have to say I am pleasantly surprised. The writing is clever- gets better with each show. It has become one of my regulars.

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    Too bad this show takes place in the wrong setting with weak characters . I can`t say that the writers are geniuses either . The first episode was a total failure and the second one confirmed that I will not be staying up until 9:00 pm to watch this show again!

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    Anger management really hit bottom.The people watching it must be of a different callibor.2&1/2men was totally awsomebut the producers had so much pride that they cut of their nose to spite their face and got rid of him.What a waist.Charlie and allen were like a perfect match for that show.After a few episodes of a.m. I dont even look for it anymore. I'd rather watch reruns of 2&1/2 men or even the new one is better than a.m.

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    This shows sucks. Canned laughter is the worst. The occasional one-liners, but it's too much about trashy sex and degrading women in general. Charlie Sheen is a burnt out actor. Too bad, he didn't follow his Dad's path. Bye Bye Charlie!

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    The show isn't great, but is better than much comedies we got there... Isn't as funny as Two and a Half Men but still is funny.




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