Two and a Half Men: The Complete Sixth Season (DVD)
The Emmy-winning sitcom Two and a Half Men
hits a peak in both character development and comedy in its sixth season. Change is the key to the season's appeal, and specifically in regard to unrepentant bachelor Charlie (Charlie Sheen), who finally begins to see the error of his hedonistic ways--in "A Jock Strap in Hell," he discovers that his fling with nephew Jake's former teacher (Alicia Witt) has pushed her into stripping--and even approaches something like a monogamous relationship with the spunky Chelsea (guest star Jennifer Bini Taylor). The maturation of Charlie's character, albeit brief, is a welcome surprise for the show, which all too often abandoned the ingratiating interplay between its cast in favor of crass bedroom and bathroom jokes. However, for those who appreciate that aspect of Men
's humor, fear not: there's plenty of it on hand in season 6, though stronger laughs can be found in the conflict between Jon Cryer's Alan, ex-wife Judith (Marin Hinkle), who's expecting her first daughter, and amiable new husband Herb, amusingly played by Drew Carey
vet Ryan Stiles.
The four-disc set includes all 23 episodes of Men's sixth season, as well as several light and likable extras. Juvenile lead Angus T. Jones gets the spotlight in "Growing Up Harper," and his grounded, unaffected demeanor in the face of a hit show offers a refreshing alternative to the public's general feelings about young actors. Equally entertaining is "Let's Hear It for the Girls: The Women of Two and a Half Men," which gives welcome coverage to its female cast, including series utility players Melanie Lynskey and Conchata Ferrell. An amusing gag reel rounds out the supplemental features. --Paul Gaita