I have to admit, I was not a fan of Sheen’s previous sitcom work on the abysmal Two and a Half Men. Everything about it just screamed obvious and the series broke no real boundaries other than allowing further vulgarities into primetime. Over the years I’ve seen I think about two full episodes and it did absolutely nothing for me. So when Anger Management was announced over a year ago, and that it was to be somewhat based on the Sandler/Nicholson film from about a decade ago, I thought it might be a ‘winning’ (sorry for the terrible play on words) concept seeing Charlie Sheen go up against someone else in a series of humorously infuriating scenarios that could be milked for all their awkward glory.
Charlie Sheen stars as a guy called (you guessed it!) Charlie Goodson, an ex-ball player with his own past anger problems turned anger management therapist. What a great opportunity to give Sheen to expand his thespian horizons. We get to see Charlie conduct a couple group therapy sessions in his home (with the most stereotypical patients imaginable—the angry Vietnam vet, the sassy gay guy, the hot angry chick etc). Then Charlie deals with similar caricatures while working at a prison. Charlie copes with his daughter’s OCD and his ex’s current boyfriend (played by Brian Austin Green) whose dialogue consists of delivering different variations of the same stat (85% of the time…). It’s bizarre and doesn’t work at all.
Instead the only thing Anger Management delivers is the same ‘ol, same ‘ol garbage television. This is the kind of stuff your grandmother was talking about when she warned you about how watching too much junk would rot your brain. That said, the set-up and delivery sticks very closely to that of Men, and if that’s your thing I guess you hit the jackpot. For everyone else tired of insufferable characters all suffering from major First World Problems, and completely failing to deliver on the laughter quotient—much less the smile-cracking quotient—I urge you not to support this prime example of the worst kind of ‘entertainment’. Right now there are ten episodes in the chamber ready to roll regardless. The deal is that if these ten are successful, FX will order another 90 in a syndication deal modeled after those awful Tyler Perry TBS shows. You have a serious, gaping hole in your life if Anger Management provides you with any sense of satisfaction. God help us.
Final Grade: D
TRR TV Revue by Jacob Aquino