12 February 2010

Spectacularly unfunny and yet enormously popular

'[For Charlie Sheen] being what is politely referred to as a "bad boy" has always been his appeal. To start punishing him for it now would, in the eyes of his fans, be as perverse as criticising Pamela Anderson for failing to adhere to feminist ideals. [Chris] Brown, on the other hand, presented himself as a smoochy romantic singer; Mel ­Gibson – another star who has fallen from grace – tried to be a ­romantic lead and ­serious film-maker, an image that was hard to maintain after an antisemitic rant at a police officer. Sheen, however, plays bad boys with added jokes, allowing reality to elide forgivingly into fiction. His funniest role ever was his cameo in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, in which he played the druggie but strangely wise convict, cracking his knuckles and winking at girls.

But to see this image twist at its most blatant, one is forced, sadly, to watch Two and a Half Men.

The first thing to know about Two and a Half Men is that it is spectacularly unfunny and yet enormously popular. When it comes to American TV, there is always an enormous market for deadeningly dull sitcoms that spin around the premise of the useless-but-ultimately-adorable man, replete with all the sorts of cliches one might have thought had died in 1963 (for further study on this subject, I refer you to the likes of Everybody Loves Raymond and King of Queens)'

- Hadley Freeman, Guardian, 10 February 2010

[Agreed! Well, it's got Melanie Lynskey in it, which is the only possible reason I could think of to watch it]

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