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 The show's run is essentially a historical document that chronicles the downfall of Charlie Sheen at his Sheeniest, including a self-destructive pattern of raging parties, verbal squabbles between Sheen and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?

  • Comments (81)
Add a Comment
In reply to :
  • 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...

  • scyfymum2 May 14, 2014

    Can't believe it's lasted this long! Any wonder people want to become actors & get paid ridiculous amounts of money to do this sort of crap & get away with it.

  • scyfymum2 May 14, 2014

    Yes before anyone has a go at me I know not everyone who wants to be an actor should be or does become successful.

  • kevbuffylost108 May 14, 2014

    I'll always be a follower of TAAHM but i'm so happy that it is finally over. To think that this show lasted longer than comedy gems Friends, Seinfeld, Cheers and Frasier is beyond ridiculous. the show should have realistically died with Charlie. I like Walden but even I know the show was a shell of it's former self by the time season 9 came along. I think TBBT should also end ASAP because as much as I love it, it is going down the same route and will last longer than it should have
    To think a show as incredible as Community is long gone, yet shows like this keep getting renewed is ridiculous. But then again, CBS love their broad comedy and would've cancelled Community 5 episodes in because it was too intelligent for the CBS viewers who only care about bland procedural cop shows and fart jokes. Eurgh.

    I understand i contradict myself here considering i like broad comedy like TAAHM but losing Community has made me very bitter towards comedy on CBS that last longer than they should

    Rant Over.

  • rogun Jun 10, 2014

    Seinfield, Friends and Frasier were all overrated. All anyone ever did on Seinfield was complain about things. Most of the popularity with Friends was because it was the first comedy centered around a new generation of young people. Like the rest, Frazier had some funny people on the show, but the show itself was never that funny. The best of the bunch was Cheers and it didn't have the longevity of Two and a Half Men. If it were on TV today, it would probably have low ratings and quickly get cancelled.

  • kevbuffylost108 Jun 11, 2014

    First it's spelt Frasier, there's no Z in it. And the show did in fact surpass it's mother show (Cheers) in terms of popularity and awards

    Second it's called Seinfeld, not seinFIELD.

    Third - "All anyone ever did on Seinfield was complain about things" Really? did you even watch it? Jerry joked around about everything, Elaine was very self-absorbed so she thought she was basically perfect, George loathed himself which made him hilarious and Kramer was the over the top crazy neighbor who thought he was the sanest person in the room

    Fourth - the popularity with Friends is that it was relate able, people aspired to be Rachel so much that her characters' haircut was all the rage at one time.

    And finally the fact that you think that Cheers didn't have longevity and Two and a Half Men does makes your whole post redundant. Cheers was insanely good. Funny from start to finish, The writers could've created a spin-off with any of it's main characters and odds are that the spin-off would have worked. Coach was better than any character TAAHM every created.
    And your quip about ratings proves you know nothing. we live in a different time now. But still, TAAHM's ratings have plummeted since season 9, ironically season 9's premiere was TAAHM's highest ever rating with 28 million, then after that, the ratings have gone down to 8 million viewers in the 11th season.
    Cheers' series finale was the second most watched series finale of all time, I wonder how many people tune in to see TAAHM end in 2015??
    The only reason TAAHM has gone this far, is because of it's network, CBS thrives on broad comedy, have you seen some of the crap that network spews out?

    Bottom line is, you're defending TAAHM yet saying Seinfeld, Friends, Frasier and Cheers are over-rated, 4 shows that paved the way for shows like TAAHM to ever hit the airwaves, you need a reality check because TAAHM couldn't even lace up the boots for any of those 4 shows.

  • rogun Jun 11, 2014

    First, I'm glad you know how to properly spell the names of these shows. I didn't care enough about them to spell them right.

    Second, I'm actually a big fan of several of the comedians on Seinfield. The show was okay, but I just never got into it like others did. The characters all seemed too real to be funny to me and I found it somewhat annoying.

    Third, that so many people aspired to be Rachel is proof that Friends viewers are somewhat dumb. Nothing against Jennifer Aniston, because I'm a big fan of hers, but I'm talking about fans of Friend's. It was an okay show, but neither of them were as good as TAHM.

  • kevbuffylost108 Jun 11, 2014


  • See More Comments (37)