Two and a Half Men Will End With Season 12

By Tim Surette

May 14, 2014

It's the end of an era for sexual innuendo, babes parading around the kitchen in men's shirts, and the barbershop-style theme song that will forever haunt my existence. CBS has announced that the upcoming twelfth season of Two and a Half Men, the rickety comedy that once dominated the ratings, will be its last. 

The news was buried in the press release announcing CBS's new 2014-2015 schedule, with CBS unceremoniously writing, "... and the long-running hit Two and a Half Men, which starts its twelfth—and final—season." The comedy will air on Thursdays at 9pm staring on October 30, after the conclusion of Thursday Night Football concludes. 

CBS programming boss Nina Tassler spoke about the final season a little more in-depth during a conference call with reporters, saying that creator Chuck Lorre was preparing a "season-long event" to send the comedy off, and that he had some "big surprises" planned. Like the reanimated corpse of Charlie Harper? I wish. 

Around these parts, Two and a Half Men will be remembered for its off-camera drama as much as its filthy humor. The show's run is essentially a historical document that chronicles the downfall of Charlie Sheen at his Sheeniest, including a self-destructive pattern of raging parties, verbal squabbles between Sheen and Lorre, and at least one porn star locked in a closet. Even Angus T. Jones, the titular half man, was not immune from controversy. Just before his dismissal from the show, Jones called the the series "filth" and urged people to stop watching it, despite the fact that he was making six figures per episode. 

But behind all the drama, there was a series that was dominant for so many years. It used to be what The Big Bang Theory is now: a rock-solid performer that anchored CBS's schedule. Even as recently as 2011, Two and a Half Men pulled in 28 million viewers to watch Ashton Kutcher's debut as Alan's new roommate. 

These days, the show is a shell of its former self, with two of the three original stars long gone and the half man replaced by one woman, leaving Jon Cryer as the last man standing to count his paychecks. And it leaves behind a legacy of confusing popularity, behind-the-scenes drama, and maybe even a couple laughs here and there. 

And now I leave you with some classic Two and a Half Men humor:

Tell the truth: Will you miss Two and a Half Men?

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  • cassiecarpenter3957 Jan 19, 2015

    charlie is Not

  • catbanks7 Nov 09, 2014

    Not with Ashton...

  • pinkysmith9484 Jul 11, 2014

    Hi Mrs Charlie Sheen here ;) ;) I have read almost all the comments here, the bashers obviously watched the show ??? and the " winners " know what a great show this is. Charlie was , is , and always will be the best " winner " , but Ashton came in with one hell of a bang and pulled it off perfectly, Charlie is a hard act to follow for anyone so congrats to you Ashton you did good. I'm like Rose, I've been Charlies g/f for 20 yrs lol so I was never going to watch 2 1/2 when he was fired, but from the 1st episode with Ashton I was hooked again for the past 3 yrs. I loved every bit of every season. I wish it wasn't ending. ":(

  • rogun Jun 10, 2014

    I've watched Two and a Half Men since the beginning and consider it one of the funniest shows in the history of television. The first season was a little slow, but I actually preferred Alan Harper as more of a down-on-his-luck character, then the stupid freeloader he evolved into being. But the writers of the show were great and I don't think it ever received the respect it deserved from pompous critics.

    But I only watched the show and didn't gossip about what was happening off the camera, because it doesn't concern me. Charlie Sheen has always been a bad actor and the idiotic character he is today, which is what made him great for Two and a Half Men. However, much to my surprise, I found the show better after he left and have to think the critics didn't give it enough of a chance. Charlie was but one character on the show and it never evolved around him.

    Yea, it was a show for adults, so it never surprised me to hear complaints from pompous, goody two-shoes out there. What has surprised me a little is how unpopular it seems with younger audiences today, who don't seem to have a clue about what constitutes a good comedy. I suspect part of it is that younger audiences don't remember a time when shows like Two and a Half Men were not allowed on network television, and with all the stupidity online today, they likely don't understand why much of the dialogue was considered unacceptable behavior, either.

    Still, I've been watching television for nearly 50 years and Two and a Half Men is one of the funniest shows I've ever seen.

  • SandraMader Jun 18, 2014

    I've only watched the last season but I don't take charlie lovers too seriously. I mean, they complain the content is vulgar, and it is, but it was vulgar from the pilot episode. In fact, it's the entire point of the show. Besides, it was good the show changed with Walden. I mean, the reason shows get cancelled is because they get repetitive and keep doing the same thing. The show still got 9 million viewers consistently. If that is a bad rating, I want an explanation as to why beauty and the beast got renewed for a season 3.

  • rogun Jun 10, 2014

    I'll also say that there are obviously a lot of other huge fans out there like me, because it did last an incredible 12 years.

  • easy1ndian May 19, 2014

    This show is indeed filth and its success tells us how our idea of entertainment has changed or fallen to a new low. I know many will shout at me for this. Vagina/Dick talks between siblings, parents and fucking every woman regardless of their relations with the character has become enjoyable to the masses, is beyond me. A female version of this crap is called '2 Broke Girls'.

  • Jux_ta_pose May 18, 2014

    I haven't watched it once in 12 years.... so huh NAH! LOL

  • DisneyVillain May 16, 2014

    I stopped watching when Jake became a teenager. It was much funnier when he was a little kid being exposed to Charlie's lifestyle.

  • AlexTsolak May 15, 2014

    I ll miss the good old times with Charlie Sheen ! I cant believe that Chuck Lorre is the biggest retard in USA tv industry to let Charlie out cause they didnt get along !

  • Nikell May 15, 2014

    I'm glad that the show get finally cancelled... Kutcher didn't deserve that huge paycheck.

    After losing 1 and a half man this show was never the same.. it became all about Allan... still kinda fun.. but that couldn't last any longer... Ashton Kutcher is sooo overrated.. he's not shiny enought to support an entire show.

  • rogun Jun 10, 2014

    I think it's better without Charlie. Liked it just fine with him, too, but I probably laugh harder now then I ever have while watching the show.

  • Muderboy May 15, 2014

    Didn't miss it when it ended five years ago...

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