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Ashton Kutcher’s “Two and a Half Men” Debut Pretty Lackluster

Last night was the big debut of Ashton Kutcher on CBS’ Two and a Half Men.  I was one of the no doubt millions who tuned in to see exactly how his character was going to be brought in, and while it had some bright spots, over all it was pretty dim.


For months now we have been hearing about Ashton Kutcher joining the crew of Two and a Half Men, and last night was the big night.  I don’t normally watch the show, but last night I felt compelled to tune in ans watch television history.

The episode kicked off at Charlie Harper’s (Charlie Sheen’s character) funeral with his brother Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) delivering a eulogy.  The congregation was filled with everyone of the women that Charlie had dated in the past talking about what a wild person he was, which I couldn’t help but think was a stab at the crazy personal life that Sheen was living.  This seen was pretty well done in the shows typical style.  Still, no Kutcher yet.  Then we see that they need to sell Charlie’s house and some buyers come in.  John Stamos made a cameo as a potential buyer as well as Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson who reprized their roles as Dharma and Greg.

After Charlies Ashes arrived at his house and his brother picked up the package and dripping Kutcher appeared in the window and it was the beginning of his reign on the show.  Kutcher, who is playing internet billionaire Walden Schmidt, is suicidal and is saved by Alan.  After a night of drinking and hooking up with bar bimbos, Schmidt decides to buy Charlie Harper’s old house.  I can only guess that Cryer’s character will continue living there.

Overall though I thought it was kind of boring.  It had it’s funny moments, but for the most part it seemed like Kutcher was just playing a more grown up version of Kelso from That 70’s Show.  I’m not really sure if I’ll tune back in, but I don’t know how long I see this formula working out for them.

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