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?


Editor Rating: 1.5 / 5.0
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Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


Glad to have you back Charlie. Love it.


The show sucks,sheen needs a face lift that for sure!!!thats the only funny thing in the show.


I absolutely liked the show!!! The show was great.


Did not like anger management , did not laugh once . Men series was far better still like Allan and jakeire than the entire crew of anger management .


I am a huge Charlie fan....esspecially from the Men series. But this show is bombing. I am sorry Charlie. You are a smart man...don't you see that this is not working? Nothing works on this show. This is going to sound harsh, because you are a genius when given the right material FOR YOU, but this show is dull, predictable, confusing, uncomfortable and makes me feel bad for you. I don't laugh at all when I watch it and I should. 3rd episode and it is only getting worse. Hope for the best? Yes, but not with this show.


R, FYI, Charlie Sheen is NOT 50 years old. He is 46 and a lot can happen in 4 years, especially when you do drugs and booze. Get your facts straight before commenting.


Just saw the first 2 episodes last night on my DVR and it more than met my expectations. Charlie Sheen got to be Charlie Sheen and I had more than my share of laugh out loud moments. Once this show gets its legs, it's going to be outstanding. I heard he had 5.7 million viewers on the first night. This show shouldn't be on FX, it should be on FOX for a 26 week prime time sitcom. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Bravo Charlie Sheen!


Didn't laugh once. Painful to watch


what a load.i did like 2&1/2,with sheen.i do watch it with ashton,its o.k.,this program,i just can't get into it.with the sexual situations,its like a poor remake of 2&1/2.think sheen is getting a little long in the tooth to be a sexual athlete,tired old jokes,very predictable.i'll finish out the 2nd.episode,but won't record it or watch it again.


Sorry Matt..but i liked Anger Management, will watch again !

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