In the Charlie Sheen centred incarnation of the show, 'Two and a Half Men' was a boys only affair and could often be quite nasty and misogynistic, but ever since the 9th season reboot, the show has had a drastic change of character. The biggest changes have taken place in season 11 with the introduction of Jenny, the daughter Charlie kept secret from everyone. Before the start of the season, I was suspicious to how she would be used and assumed she would be used as eye candy for Ashton Kutcher's character, but Amber Tamblyn is a formidable comedic presence and has been a revelatory surprise thus far.
'Two and a Half Men' has found itself a new identity since the introduction of Kutcher and Jenny is the final piece of the puzzle that moves the show on from the past. Though Jenny shares many traits with her father, she is her own woman and the show greatly benefits from a strong female presence that the men are genuinely intimidated by. I expected her to be ogled by Walden and Alan like pretty much every other female character in the show's history, but she is the dominant one and it's nice to see the tables turned for once.
Though Amber Tamblyn is an actress many will be ignorant of, she has already made her mark on the series and has created a funny and complex character that I hope will be around for a long time. She has excellent comedic chemistry with Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer and is a definite upgrade over Angus T. Jones. If Jones had stayed with the series on a regular basis it's unlikely that the character would have been created so the show has ultimately benefitted from Jones' problems with the show.
Despite the criticisms, cast breakdowns and the always looming presence of Charlie Sheen, 'Two and a Half Men' keeps surviving, and in my opinion, the show right now is the best it has ever been. Amber Tamblyn has helped breathe life into a show that always seems on the verge of the guillotine and her impact on the show, for me, has been huge and much welcomed.
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