Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Anger Management?

Last year, FX won the Charlie Sheen lottery by dumping bags of cash at his feet in exchange for the privilege of plopping multiple cameras around him and letting him do his comedy thing. The result is Anger Management, and I've already seen the first two episodes. So should you check it out? Well, no, but let's pretend I didn't just say that and go through this process anyway.


When does the winning start?

Anger Management debuts Thursday, June 28 at 9pm on FX.


What actors and actresses will be cowering on-set as Charlie Sheen executes his routine of intense unpredictability?

In addition to the Ma-Sheen, Anger Management stars Selma Blair (Kath & Kim), Shawnee Smith (Becker), Brett Butler (Grace Under Fire), Michael Arden, Noureen DeWulf, and Derek Richardson. And poor adorable Daniela Bobadilla, who we last saw as Rex's girlfriend on Awake. Let's hope she makes it out of this alive. Oh also! Brian Austin Green is in this! How could I forget Brian Austin Green?


Who created the show?

It's based on the 2003 movie of the same name that starred Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson, so we should probably give producer Joe Roth some credit/blame. But Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show) is the man behind the FX version.


What's the show about?

Sheen plays Charlie Goodson, a former baseball player who ended his career after breaking a bat over his knee in a fit of rage. After he went through anger management therapy, he decided to become a therapist himself because this is a sitcom and things like an angry person becoming an anger management therapist make sense. Charlie's got an ex-wife (Smith), a current therapist and f***buddy (Blair), a daughter (Bobadilla), a therapy group, and the bartender at his regular watering hole (Butler). But really this is Sheen going from Two and a Half Men to One Man, since he plays the same horny jerk he did on the CBS show. Multi-camera, laugh track, you know what to expect.


Who is going to like the return of Charlie Sheen?

Fans of Two and a Half Men and other multi-camera comedies should like Anger Management, as it sticks to that formula. Nothing complicated here, just set-up, sex joke, then laugh track. This is comfy comedy.


Let's hear a few positive things about the show.

Okay. Well. Ummm... it's shot in high-definition, so it's got that going for it. The laugh track will cue you on when to laugh in case you are in a crowded room of friends and don't want to feel out of place. And helpful commercials between acts will let you know what consumer products are available at your local Wal-Mart.


Should I assume there are a few negatives?

Yup! Despite featuring the "edgy" Sheen and being on edgy FX, Anger Management feels horribly dated and safe. To give you an idea of what pace the show is working at, if the show does well in its first 10 episodes, it will be rewarded with a whopping 90-episode order just (just like TBS's Tyler Perry shows) in order to guarantee syndication. It's ridiculously out of place on FX, a network known for pushing the envelope, and doesn't take advantage of the lenient profanity guidelines that It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia or Louie use.


I probably don't have to ask, but should I watch anyway?

There's a bit of television history going on here: All eyes will be on Charlie Sheen's comeback. So it might be worth tuning in just to be part of that. How long you stay, though, will vary... 30 minutes? 30 seconds? But really, if you aren't a fan of the multi-camera comedy format or the generic writing that often goes into it (not all multi-cam comedies are bad!), you won't like this. At all.


I want to see a trailer! Show me show me show me!

Well, FX didn't release any real trailers (always a bad sign), just some promos. But they have finally posted some clips, so have at this one.


What should I have on hand while I watch the show?

A back-up plan.


Anger Management debuts Thursday, June 28 at 9pm on FX.

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Charlie Sheen won!!! yay!!! the show is hysterical!! love it!!!
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I watched it. I enjoyed it. I laughed. I will watch again.
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No. I won't be watching.
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It's just further evidence that TV producers and advertisers will put any crap on TV and know that the lowest common denominator will watch it. I can believe, the amount of money he is being paid, is obscene. He was being paid millions an episode for "Two and Half Men" and then self-destructed with no thought of his fellow cast members or the production staff. I have no respect for him as he needed help and refused it. He makes money being an "Ass***le" and is probably laughing all the way to the bank.
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Never never never. I don't want to support his drug, alcohol and whatever habits!
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I will stick with watching baseball games or doing something with my family.
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I HATE LAUGH TRACKS! They are pointless and outdated!

I barely hang on the Big bang, but that is getting so tedious!!!!!

Why do laugh tracks, what is the REAL purpose??? We, as an audience, dont know the proper time to laugh?????
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Meh. Might be worth a watch in late night reruns someday.



I like to LIKE the characters that I'm watching - even if the show is funny I can't watch something regularly if the 'people' it's about aren't likable.
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Besides nothing else being new at 9 on Thursdays After Burn Notice and Sheen's new show is on before Wilfred. Yes, I will check it out. lol If ya don't like Charlie-watch something else or read.
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Sorry I mean I don't watch the season 2 of whatever comes on after Burn Notice[or Royal Pains, Psych]. Did not mean to offend Suit etc fans. I just missed first seasons of follwer shows to know what is going on there. lol
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Charlie Sheen is a good actor. He still cracks me up on reruns of Two and 1/2 Men. Who cares how he lives his life off camera as long as he delivers on the new show. It's not anyone's place to be the moral police.
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If you want to say Charlie Sheen is a good actor, eight seasons of a show where he essentially played himself may not the best example.
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Hey Charlie good luck and never mind the nay sayers.
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You couldnt PAY me any amount of money to watch anything this trainwreck of a human being appears in!
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I love Selma Blair. I would have her babies. I will not watch this.
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Judging from this clip the show doesn't seem any worse than 2 1/2 men, personally I can't stand 2 1/2 men but a lot of people do so I don'y see why this can'y be just as popular or good. Plus I would rather watch Selma Blair and Shawnee Smith than Cryer and Angus.
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I think this will be even worse than anything you listed. The clip I saw looked painfully bad.
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Don't forget Whitney...actually I wish we could all forget Whitney.
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Should anyone watch Anger Management? Let me answer that. No.
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charlie sheen is lucky its summer, I'm willing to give anything a chance, im still watching men at work, and I don't even know why, its so bad, but its like seeing a car wreck, you cant look away. I'm going to need an arrested development marathon by the end of this summer to bring me back
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Considering that Brian Austin Green isn't the most memoral person around, how the hell did he end up married to Megan Fox? Anyway, I didn't mind him on The Sarah Connor Chronicles.



Oh yeah, we were supposed to be talking about Anger Management... erm, as much as I like Selma Blair I just can't bring myself to watch it. Not even a four episode test for this one.
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I ask myself that every time I see a pic of her or one of the transformers movies are on again. How in the hell did that happen.
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Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.



I always avoid this type of article from Tim. If I'm interested in seeing a show, I'm certainly not going to trust an internet writer who tells me not to watch it. After I watch, sure I'm interested in their opinions, but not before. It's not like a MOVIE where I'm going to shell at 50 bucks.



Sure enough, Tim slaps me in the face with a spoiler for the show "Awake" which I haven't finished watching yet.



I want to call Tim one of those names that would get you banned but I'm not going to.
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But you didn't avoid it!
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I guess you're not familiar with the phrase:



"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me."
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Once you've spent some time on TV.com you learn which reviewers can be trusted and which cannot. Tim Surette is surely on the list of reviewers I do not trust.
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Then why are you here on a site of his review?
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because maybe he wants to read the comments?



just a guess
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I'll check it out and drink something while doing so.
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Eh, I'll watch it. I don't mind Two and a Half Men, and I kind of like Charlie Sheen. Kind of hoped for a show without a laugh track and shot in a more modern way, but I can see past that.
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Don't feel bad about forgetting Brian Austin Green. I'm pretty sure his mom forgot about him.
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Misogynistic crap( sheen awfully boring
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Sigh.



On the same channel as Archer? I find it disrespectful.



Sterling would have something to say about this...
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Saw a promo for this on Channel 9 (Australian network) and I decided on the spot that I wasn't going to watch it. And I never will. Was never a fan of Charlie Sheen and comedies in the first place. What's up with the influx of awful shows on Australian TV lately?
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I'm gonna watch this... Just love the way Charlie "acts"
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I don't understand people's fascination with "edgy" comedy. Most "edgy" (I put edgy in quotation marks because I think it's a stupid saying) shows are just mean for the sake of the "he did not just say that" factor, which doesn't end up being funny, just some asshole being an asshole. It's always sunny in Philadelphia does it right, but shows like Louie do it terribly wrong.
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It's neck and neck with "gritty" as an annoying word to use to describe a tv show/movie. Usually, it just means the actors wear expensive, designer clothes that are supposed to look like every-man work clothes and don't wash their hair.
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What's the problem? Charlie Sheen was never not funny on 2 and a half men and more than likely this show will be funny as well. Alll that other crap doesn't matter...
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I always like his shows so I plan on watching.
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me too. I think FX is good fit for Charlie. FX is more sophisticated than its Fox cousin and they don't drop perfect shows like House etc. lol
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I was planning on giving this a shot (very pessimistically), and despite reading this review of sorts, I'll stick with my original plan. I have my doubts (as should everybody) but I feel the need to have SOME trust in FX.



But really? Charlie Sheen, Brett Butler, Shawnee Smith, and Brian Austin Green? What is this, the mid-to-late 90s? Hehe... heh heh heh... blah.
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I can't watch it. I can't stand actors that can only play themselves on screen. They aren't acting they are being themselves. This is one of the oh so many reasons why I can't watch New Girl. But as my disdain for Zooey Deschannel grows because of it. At least she can respond and "act" with a name that isn't her own. Charlie's character is named Charlie. Why? Probably because he is either half drunk all of the time or his brain has been bombarded so much over the years with drugs that it can't respond to anything else. I will skip the show and I hope it doesn't do well. FX has made some fantastic comedies. Always Sunny, The League, Archer, Wilfred, Louis, Are phenomenal, and this is taking up a spot that could be bringing something better. Can't they move him to something where he would fit in, like say SOA. He can be the new CIA agent that comes in and makes everything right and cleans up everything because their are no consequences in the show any more. They can call him Agent Charlie so he doesn't get confused. They will have to however put a guard on the girls that play pornstars because I don't think he will be able to figure out that they are acting.
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The sad thing is it will probably do really well.
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why are his characters always named charlie? no, really, why?
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I think he's become so brain-dead he doesn't know how to respond to anything else.
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Oh man, I feel sorry for the rest of the cast somehow...I think Selma Blair and Shawnee Smith are really cute. Selma is in this movie that's coming out in a few days called Dark Horse, seems interesting.
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Well this sounds a lot worse than my imagination thought it would be. So Sheen is playing the Nicholson character instead of the Sandler character? That's weird. I was hoping it would be like the first 20 minutes of the movie but edgier. It could have taken the potential of the movie and realised it, instead of the movie's tedious sentimentality. Now I know there's no point in even giving it a go.
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I don't think it is a remake.
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I like Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair, but this... this looks lazy and sad, and has a really poor premise. Good lowdown on the show, Tim. I'll probably watch it to give it a chance, but I won't even bother giving it a series recording.



That clip really doesn't highlight this new maturity Charlie Sheen has been going around touting either, it feels identical to how he played Charlie Harper on 2.5 Men and that's not growth.
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I will tune in to laugh....at it. Seriously FX, wtf.
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I like Charlie Sheen in theory... but I really don't like multi-cam comedies. I was expecting something with a little teeth considering it was FX. Disappointing.



I may watch the first episode... but probably not. Will just catch up on and watch 'Awkward.' when it comes back. I generally try to pick up a few shows even in the Summer, but this year is very lean.
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Agree. Am very looking forward to the new season of 'Awkward.' This show, however, looks very weak.
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Obviously no one called Chaim Levine, or they would've known not to cast Brett Butler as a bartender, or Charlie Sheen as anything.
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I really miss Brett on TV. Can't wait, I like Shawnee too from Saw and The Stand and Becker. Also like Selma.
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I hope this show is good, I like Charlie Sheen, he went a little crazy for a while, but he seems to be back down to earth, or as close to it as Charlie can get. Plus, He said this is his swan song, so I want this to do well so he'll stick around for a while.
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