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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: 4.2 / 5.0 (38 Votes)

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i'm sorry, but it really was just awful. not going to watch again.

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I bailed after 20 minutes. I loved two and a half men (not the new version with Ashton) but this show just bored me.

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I absolutely loved the show!!! I guess true fans who love Sheen no matter what kind of trouble he gets in, are always going to watch him. I'm so glad he's back on television. The show was great.

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So the writer didn't care for two and a half men, the number 1 show for how many seasons. Maybe the writer should be evaluating dramas or sci-fi. The opinion shared seems to be in direct conflict of the viewing majority.
I thought the first episode was average at best but the second episode seemed to hit stride fairly quickly and was enough to get me back for future episodes.

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I thought it was awesome, I think Brett Butler will be funny in future episodes, I think it will get even funnier when they get their groove.

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It started off slow for me in the first episode as it needs to start building. It picked up towards the end and I loved the second episode. I will be tuning in every thursday to watch the episodes. I watched the premiere ofthe new 2 1/2 men and that was all I saw, I stopped watching since that day. Love charlie. hope it works out for him. Love seeing people #win lol

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I for one found it funny loved the new show.

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Jeez, the writer must be a comedy God. Anger Management is funny, shows potential and is tons better than 2 1/2 men. I don't know what he was expecting, but I'm happy about Charlie's comeback.

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I LOVED the show & have no doubt that it will just keep on getting better..
Brillant cast as a whole and of course Charlie Sheen is a home run!!! :)

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Execellent show, wonderful cast-
looking forward to watching next episode
Some of the editors giving Charlie Sheen bad reviews are clueless.