Chuck Lorre is by no means a small name in the television world. With shows like ‘The Big Bang Theory’, ‘Two And A Half Men’, and others under his belt, he’s made a name for himself by bringing some of the best stories we’ve known to the small screen.
Some would say that Chuck Lorre is a controversial name today. His creations have won big during awards season, some have been ground-breaking and eventually forayed his name into the spotlight. That may, however, not necessarily be a good thing.
- A look back at Chuck Lorre’s successes
- These are Chuck Lorre’s biggest television failures!
- Where does ‘Two And A Half Men’ stand?
The “King Of Sitcoms” isn’t popular with critics, who take their chances to talk about what Lorre has done wrong. Lorre’s audience notably comprises people who want to watch a show but aren’t too sure what to watch. They’re the kind of shows that don’t need the viewer to concentrate, and just brings a smile to their face!
The reason behind Chuck Lorre’s immense popularity is that he knows how to deliver a huge success. ‘Two And A Half Men’, another one of Lorre’s creations is a hilarious endeavour, but where does it stand between his best and worst?
Keep reading as we rank Chuck Lorre’s best and worst shows to see where ‘Two And A Half Men’ stands!
A look back at Chuck Lorre’s successes
In 2010, ‘Mike & Molly’ premiered on CBS and unexpectedly aired for six seasons! Starring Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy, the series focused on a couple who meet at a Chicago Overeaters Anonymous group. Gardell plays Mike, a police officer, while his lady love is Molly, a teacher who quits her career in education to pursue writing. Backed by a talented supporting cast, the show was filled with heart-warming moments.
‘Mom’ starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney premiered on CBS in 2018. The series was created by Chuck Lorre, Gemma Baker, and Eddie Gorodetsky. It was quite different from Lorre’s usual style of sitcoms and won critical acclaim for its portrayal of a mother-daughter relationship, and their struggles as addicts.
Chuck Lorre collaborated with Netflix for ‘The Kominsky Method’, which premiered on the streaming giant in 2018. The comedy-drama series starred the likes of Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Sarah Baker, and Nancy Travis. The show follows Sandy Kominsky, a Hollywood acting coach (Douglas) who once had a brief moment of success. Sandy and his agent and friend Norman (Arkin) make a great team, and the show is shot with a single camera. It was recently renewed for a third season!
‘The Big Bang Theory’ too was a significant success for Chuck Lorre. The show went on to make twelve seasons, made ground-breaking records, and featured an evergreen quality. It’s certainly one of his best, if not the best show of all time!
These are Chuck Lorre’s biggest television failures!
‘Frannie’s Turn’ which premiered in 1992 was Lorre’s first-ever creation, after his work on ‘Roseanne’ as a writer. The primetime comedy had a lot of heart, but barely any humour.
The 6-episode series followed Frannie, an outgoing, cheerful seamstress as she tried to deal with the chauvinistic men in her life. The comedy did not land with audiences and 6 episodes are far too less to make a judgement!
Lorre’s 90’s show ‘Cybill’ saw Cybill Shepherd in the lead role, playing a twice-divorced single mother of two and a struggling actress. Her character’s feminist leanings and forward-thinking didn’t bode well with the network and the show was cancelled right after its fourth season.
But, in 2018, the actress confessed the truth behind the cancellation in an interview with SiriusXM’s The Michelle Collins Show. She had rejected CBS executive Les Moonves’ sexual advances, which led to the show’s abrupt cancellation.
Where does ‘Two And A Half Men’ stand?
Some fans will confess that the worst thing about this show is that Charlie Sheen was made to leave. ‘Two And A Half Men’ followed the playboy bachelor Charlie Harper (Sheen) who lived a care-free life. When his brother and nephew arrive at his Malibu beach house, his life changes, although he doesn’t do much about it.
The show was a riot up until its eighth season before Charlie Sheen was fired and replaced by Ashton Kutcher. The quality of writing changed drastically and the series ended with a parody episode instead of a moving farewell.
It is still considered one of Chuck Lorre’s biggest successes, so we’d say it’s second after ‘The Big Bang Theory’!
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