Charlie Sheen’s Return to TV in ‘Anger Management’: What the Critics Are Saying

by | June 27, 2012 at 1:19 PM | Anger Management

Charlie Sheen in Anger Management (Greg Gayne / FX)

On Thursday night, FX premieres “Anger Management,” Charlie Sheen’s latest TV venture following his colossally memorable meltdown and loud exit from “Two and a Half Men” last year.

In “Management,” Sheen plays Charlie Goodson, a former pro baseball player whose anger management issues abruptly ended his career. His coping mechanism? Going to school to become a therapist specializing in – naturally – anger management.

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So what do critics think of “Management”? The reviews are in and they are less than favorable for the tiger blood enthusiast. Many note that Sheen’s schtick here is too similar to “Men,” and the show too tame for cable channel FX. But not everyone had harsh words for the indestructible Adonis. Below, a roundup of what critics have said:

“Is ‘Anger Management’ funny? Sure, in a big-tent, broadcast-network kind of way, where being a little more obvious has been the tendency because a greater number of people find that comedy funnier than, say, ‘Wilfred,’” writes Tim Goodman at The Hollywood Reporter. “For his part, Sheen proves why he’s bankable. No matter what happens in his personal life, he nails his lines, uses his face and physical nature to make punch lines funnier than they might be, and commands a multicamera sitcom better than pretty much everybody in the business.”

“Sheen promised a ‘torpedo of truth’ during his tour last year, but none of his jokes have the depth of a torpedo,” writes The Wrap’s Tim Molloy. “They’re as thin as the T-shirts that bear his meaningless catch phrases.”

“‘Anger Management’ is Charlie Sheen doing what Charlie Sheen does — on-screen,” writes Alan Sepinwall at Hitfix.com. “It’s not artful, it’s not elegant, and it makes a very weird lead-in to the ‘Wilfred’/'Louie’ double feature in the 10 o’clock hour, but it will likely give his fans what they want.”

Jace Lacob at The Daily Beast calls the series “toxically mediocre,” noting that the pilot in specific is “a schlocky collection of tired tropes and telegraphed setups.”

“Surprisingly,” writes the New York Post’s Linda Stasi, “‘Anger Management’ is pretty conventional up to and including an idiot laugh track—and a character named Charlie — again.”

THR’s bottom line? “Charlie Sheen knows how to be funny in a broadcast-network series, and there are plenty of networks who might be kicking themselves for not snapping up Anger Management. But it’s not a show that belongs on FX, and it pales in comparison to the series that already air there.”

Watch Sheen During a Recent Appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”:

“Anger Management” kicks off Thursday, June 28 at 9/8c on FX.