Why do we root for Charlie, the womanizing, self-centered, hedonist? He's played by Charlie Sheen, who had real-life custom for the part. His whiny brother, Alan (John Cryer) throws a hindrance to Charlie's life style when he moves in "just until he can get on his feet." This was the first chapter of the first season in 2003. Alan is still there, along with his son, Jake (Angus T. Jones).
Jake has grown up on this show, and is now a teenager, bringing his annoying behavior to accelerate the contention between the two brothers. Since they are exact opposites, this association always has new, never-ending fodder for the sitcom. Jake is ordinarily in the middle, with dad and uncle finding his study from distinct angles. One chapter left Charlie with his brother's trust to help Jake cease a report. But Charlie instead educated Jake with a day at the track.
To add to the comedy is Berta (Conchatta Ferrell), Charlie's housekeeper, and dispenser of hilarious perspectives. She fends off all their attempts to be her boss, and controls the house, and sometimes their lives, when she's there.
Their dear mother, Evelyn (Holland Taylor), is only dear to herself. She had only manipulative use for her sons, much preferring to save herself for her lovers, one of which was Martin Sheen, Charlie's father in real life. On the show he was Rose's (Melanie Lynskey) father, the next-door neighbor who stalks and is obsessed with Charlie.
Many stars play parts, or themselves on the show. Each one adds to the laughs, and keeps viewers wondering who will be next in line. But straight through it all, we still root for Charlie.
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