Two and a Half Men: Season 5 – DVD Review

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When it comes to Two and a Half Men, there are two types of people: those who love it, and those who hate it. Well, love it or hate it, Two and a Half Men is one of the top TV series on the air today. It’s the highest-rated sitcom on CBS, and has earned over 23 Emmy nominations over the past six seasons.

Now entering its seventh year this fall, the show continues to push the envelope on what can be said and done on network TV. This fact has earned it the title: “Worst On Broadcast TV” from the Parents Television Council on several occasions (click their name for a related article). This makes the show worth watching all the more.

The fifth season kicks off with Jake (Angus T. Jones) entering junior high, and Charlie (Charlie Sheen) and Alan (Jon Cryer) doing their best to help him cope with the inevitable doom facing him once he gets to school. It’s a great way to start things off, and creates a momentum that continues throughout the rest of the season.

I had the pleasure of being in the studio audience for three of the episodes this season: “Help Daddy Find His Toenail,” “Meander to Your Dander,” and “The Soil Is Moist.” If you’ve never been to a taping of a sitcom like Two and Half Men, I highly recommend it. Seeing the way a series is put together live is truly a fun and unique experience. Plus, you get to see the actors try out many different lines, and you might even hear your laughs on TV!

If you would like to get FREE tickets to a TV taping, visit www.tvtickets.com. (**NOTE: Most shows are currently on hiatus for summer, so check back when fall nears to see showtimes and ticket availability.)

This was a landmark season for Two and a Half Men for two special reasons: They made it to their 100th episode, and the Two and Half Men and CSI writing staffs switched shows. The ep “Fish in a Drawer” was written by CSI writers Carol Mendelsohn & Naren Shakar, while the CSI episode, “Two and half Deaths” was written by Men writers Chuck Lorre & Lee Aronsohn. It’s kind of cool that this type of creative switceroo took place, and it’s the only time in TV history that writing staffs have switched series.

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Each disc has it’s own special features, and here they are in the order they appear:

Two and a Half Men at 100

Interviews with the cast and crew about reaching the 100th episode mark.

The Lore of Chuck Lorre: Must Pause TV

Series co-creator Chuck Lorre talks about the evolution of his “Vanity Cards,” which can be seen at the end of each episode. They also appear at the end of The Big Bang Theory. Get ready to pause and read as you watch!

Two and a Half Men – Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard

A look at how the Two and a Half Men/CSI writing staff switch happened and the experiences that came from doing such an unprecedented exchange.

Bonus Episode: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Two and a Half Deaths

The CSI ep written by Chuck Lorre & Lee Aronsohn. Watch for Married…with Children alum Katey Segal!

Two and Half Men is a kick-ass show with lots of laughs, fun, and great characters. I highly recommend the series to anyone who loves comedy, wants to write comedy, or just wants to enjoy life. Check out Two and a Half Men: Season Five, and get ready to laugh until you cry!

Two and a Half Men: Season Five = A++.

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