Review: Anger Management - Season One
Review by James Arthur Armstrong
Anger Management is Charlie Sheen’s comeback show after his very public downfall and sacking from his hit sitcom Two and a Half Men. As comebacks go, this is as good as Charlie Sheen was going to get. He plays a therapist trying to come to terms with his own anger issues and his failed career as a baseball player.
In Two and a Half Men, Sheen’s character was a selfish womaniser. In Anger Management, Sheen plays a character who in the past was a selfish womaniser. Not exactly inspired writing. The main difference between Two and a Half Men and Anger Management is there aren’t as many laughs this time, or should I say, a lot less. There seems to be a lot of American sitcoms these days that are all built from the same blueprint, and unfortunately (and I say that loosely) Anger Management falls into that category. It’s uninspired, messy and lacks any ambition.
It does have moments of hope, but they are few and far between. The supporting cast don’t have enough screen time to get their characters across. Instead they dwindle in the background, and pop up occasionally with one liners that are either not funny or simply evidence of them screeching at one another. The writing allows Sheen to use the supporting cast as mere vehicles for him to bounce his bland character off.
The story structure in several episodes is a little chaotic, especially the episode where a lover from the past shows up. Throughout the episode, Sheen tries to convince her she wasn’t a one night stand, and pretends to be in a relationship with her to impress his family and patients. It’s simply not a believable storyline.
The news from America is that this show has been commissioned for a further 100 episodes. The only good thing about that news is those 100 episodes cannot be as woeful as this episode.
Overall, this sitcom is too much of a Frankenstein’s monster to be a big hit for Sheen. Creator Bruce Helford has tried to take other successful sitcoms like Sheen’s previous effort, and mould them into some kind of comedy showcase. In reality, what we are given is a comedy that lacks ambition, humour and is merely a platform for Charlie Sheen to keep himself relevant.