Charlie Sheen might come back to Two and a Half Men! Oh my G! Our prayers have been answered! Gordan Bombay can sleep easy again. This is better than when Moses parted the Red Sea, right?! I mean, comedy’s messiah has returned! Hallelujah!
I’m going to go with the “or not.” I hate to burst the main stream media’s bubble, but Charlie Sheen is not God’s gift to comedy. I repeat: Charlie Sheen is not God’s gift to comedy. In fact, I would pay somebody to convince me that it is reasonable to have Two and a Half Men paraded around as comedic genius while comedies that actually require the use of brain power sit idly by in second position (here’s looking at you: 30 Rock, Community and the Office). Let me take a second to preface the rest of this rant with the following: I am by no means a television elitist. I can go on for hours about shows that are on ABC Family as if I were a teenage girl. And for that reason, I do not begrudge America for tuning into a silly show like Two and a Half Men. I’ve watched it. Heck, sometimes, when directed by the laugh track to do so, I’ve even been known to laugh at it. But if I read one more story that acts as if the possibility of this show continuing without Sheen might as well be the apocalypse of all things funny…well I might lose my mind.
Chuck Lorre is a genius. I don’t think any true television fan could argue with that. BUT Two and a Half Men is the farthest thing from his best work. Two and a Half Men is a show about a drunk, womanizing chauvinist living with his geeky brother and, on occasion, his (in the prime of his puberty) nephew. How many times have we seen different versions of the cool man-child and the geeky sidekick before? This is Fonzie and Ralphie for the 21st century. Look! One’s a single rebel and the other’s a nerdy do-gooder! How funny would it be if they hung out?! IMAGINE THE HILARITY! But they’d never hang out…right? BUT WHAT IF THEY DO!? Imagine the hijinks! Repeat after me: THIS. IS. NOT. NEW. This might be considered funny, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. It’s recycled jokes. This is precisely why Two and a Half Men is the farthest thing from Chuck Lorre’s best work. It may be his cash cow, but it is far from his masterpiece. For that, you’ll have to tune in to CBS on Thursday night at 8 and catch an episode of The Big Bang Theory. Go ahead, I dare ya.
Starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory is something that Chuckles can truly hang his creative hat on. The concept is much more original than Two and a Half Men. Yes, there are geeks on this show too. And yes, it’s funny. But it’s not funny because someone is mocking them. It’s funny because they work it. They own it. They celebrate it. They’re not interested in becoming anything other than what they are. And, imagine this: they still get pretty women. Who are, guess what: also intelligent! And not trying to change them! On The Big Bang Theory, the characters have more depth than anything we’ve been presented with on Two and a Half Men. The laughs come after a well crafted, intelligent line is delivered with the perfect mix of believability and comedic timing…there’s nothing slap stick about it. The Big Bang Theory is one of those rare sitcoms on air today that holds its viewers in high esteem. The show assumes its viewers are intelligent, which is why It allows itself to be smart and funny at the same time. For this, it should be celebrated. Sure it has awards and ratings that most shows on TV only dreams of, but I want more for The Big Bang Theory. I want to hear somebody in the main stream media applaud this show’s hilarity. I want to give The Big Bang Theory the best seat on the CBS comedy bus, because that’s where it deserves to be. I want everyone to stop talking about Charlie Sheen.
So please world, repeat after me: Charlie Sheen is not God’s gift to comedy. He’s just not. For that, I give you Jim Parsons.