Two and a Half Men: The Complete Sixth Season

Two and a Half Men: The Complete Sixth Season
The thing that's interesting about Two and a Half Men is that neither Charlie Sheen nor Jon Cryer are particularly funny in their comic execution, struggling with timing and a tendency to acknowledge their jokes. The kid, however, has a natural, preoccupied, deadpan delivery that connects more often than not, making jokes about clogging the toilet from over-wiping actually appear somewhat amusing. Also funny is Melanie Lynskey as Charlie's (Sheen) stalker, with her proper way of saying the outrageous in a charming, off-centre manner. It's just a shame that she only pops up twice throughout season six, leaving Chelsea (Jennifer Bini Taylor), Charlie's fiancée, to pick up the slack for the majority of the season, which sucks, as she's quite possibly the least interesting character ever to stumble onto network television. As far as plotting goes, this season finds Charlie dealing with commitment, while Alan (Cryer) screws his receptionist and deals with a midlife crisis. Jake (Angus T. Jones), on the other hand, reaches puberty and starts expressing an interest in girls, when not eating. Storylines are incidental though, as this is really just a series about situational humour, frequent poo jokes and almost monotonous familiarity. There's not a great distinction between episodes, aside from one featuring Alicia Witt as an ex-teacher turned stripper, who Charlie invites to move in while she gets her life back on track. The rest of the season features episodes about emotional eating, looking after loved ones while sick and the perils of underage drinking, wherein Jake discusses what his vomit looks like, remarking that he should chew more. Oh, and Alan's ex-wife Judith (Marin Hinkle) has a baby that may or may not be his, which will likely come up again in season seven. The four-disc sixth season box set features all 24 episodes, in addition to a gag reel and brief supplements on the evolution of Angus T. Young, as well as the female characters on the show. (Warner)