REVIEW: TWO AND A HALF MEN – SEASON 8

Starring

Charlie Sheen (Hot Shots)
Jon Cryer (Supergirl)
Angus T. Jones (Bringing Down The House)
Marin Hinkle (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle)
Conchata Ferrell (Krampus)
Holland Taylor (D.E.B.S.)

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Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Ryan Stiles (Hot Shots)
Courtney Thorne-Smith (Melrose Place)
Graham Patrick Martin (Major Crimes)
Kelly Stables (The Ring Two)
Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club)
J.D. Walsh (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
Steve Hytner (Roswell)
Erinn Hayes (The Watch)
Liz Vassey (The Tick)
Krista Kalmus (Veronica Mars)
Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures)
Martin Mull (Sabrina: TTW)
Macey Cruthird (HOpe & Faith)
Carl Reiner (Oceans Eleven)
Jenny McCarthy (Dirty Love)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Dakin Matthews (Child’s Play 3)

MV5BMjE1MTY5MjAzMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjAwODM5Mw@@._V1_Season 8 was filmed at the time Charlie Sheen had his meltdown. What is interesting is that although the real-life Charlie now seems to be a lot like the onscreen Charlie, the onscreen Charlie is a lot happier, a lot more care-free, a comic rather than tragic figure. But enough of the psycho-analysis, what’s the show like, given that this is Charlie’s last season?MV5BNzA5MjIzMTMxOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTYxNDUwNA@@._V1_Alan and Charlie are of course the classic comedy duo – the uptight dweeb and the anarchic, cool, funny guy – and although it is played very broadly and superficially, they are presented as essentially good, likeable characters. Jake remains a bit-player throughout the season, never really given any room to shine, which is a shame, but well-judged and very funny cameos from Jane Lynch, Ryan Stiles and Judd Nelson help break up the at times repetitive and derivative interplay between the leads.MV5BNzg4MjQ1NDUyN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjMzODcwNA@@._V1_The season opener is a stand-alone, but after that a series of plots lines are introduced which play out over a number of episodes, which proves much more satisfying. Most enjoyable are the episodes that involve Alan’s developing relationship with Lyndsey, the mother of one of Jake’s class-mates. It is one of those situations that is not milked to death, but is allowed to become at times desperately painful and embarrassing, but also very funny and enjoyable.MV5BNzM4Mzg0MDM4M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzE1Njc3MjE@._V1_The season seems to end awfully abruptly with the collapse of Alan’s Ponzi scheme and the various loose ends of Charlie’s relationship with his stalker, this was due to the fireing of Charlie Sheen and paved the way for Season 9 with a new lead.

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