As a lead-in to the premiere of its new sitcom, Anger Management, FX will air a marathon of Two and a Half Men episodes handpicked by both series’ star, Charlie Sheen.
The 24-episode event begins Thursday morning at 9 am/8c and ends just before the debut of Sheen’s new venture, which starts at 9 pm and is based on the 2003 Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson flick of the same name. Selma Blair (Kath & Kim) and Shawnee Smith (Becker) co-star.
Sheen’s departure from Men was controversial — and heralded a rather spectacular and public rough patch for the actor — but in a statement from FX, he waxed nostalgic about the good times. “As I culled through the mass of shows, eight-plus years, I was met with a theme of innocence,” he said, recalling fond memories of his co-stars and even series creator Chuck Lorre, with whom he had a nasty falling out.
“These are the memories that I take from this epic time. Not necessarily the work, but the experiences, the friendships created instantly and over time. I hope viewers share a similar feeling or two and a lot of laughs when they tune in,” he said. “Who cares how it ended; when it was good, it was great. We were in the middle of something big, the return of the sitcom. We were hungry and we were” — wait for it — “winning.”
The complete list of marathon episodes is below.
9 am “Pilot” | Charlie reluctantly allows Alan and Jake to live with him.
9:30 am “Go East on Sunset Until You Reach the Gates of Hell” | When Alan’s attempt to provide Jake with a fun-filled father/son weekend backfires, Charlie tries to console his brother by taking him to a local bar and getting Alan totally inebriated.
10 am “Merry Thanksgiving” | When Charlie finds out that his favorite former girlfriend, Lisa, is getting married, he desperately tries to prove to her that he has become a better family man.
10:30 am “Camel Filters and Pheromones” | Charlie’s cleaning woman brings her sexy and rebellious 16-year-old daughter Prudence to Charlie’s house.
11 am “An Old Flame with a New Wick” | Charlie’s old flame, Jill, comes for a visit, but had an operation and is now called “Bill.”
11:30 am “No Sniffing, No Wowing” | Alan takes Charlie to meet with his sexy and determined divorce attorney, Laura, after Judith expresses concern that Charlie is a bad influence on Jake.
12 pm “Just Like Buffalo” | When Jake imitates one of Charlie’s sexist remarks in front of Judith’s support group, the women decide that Charlie’s home is an unfit environment for the child.
12:30 pm “Back Off, Mary Poppins” | Alan feels hurt when Charlie asks him to stay out of the house while Charlie’s buddies come over.
1 pm “Yes, Monsignor” | Charlie encounters Lisa, the woman he thought was “the one” until she informed him of her engagement to another man.
1:30 pm “Smell the Umbrella Stand” | On a boring, rainy weekend, Charlie convinces Alan to ride with Jake and him to Las Vegas.
2 pm “Squab, Squab, Squab, Squab, Squab” | When Evelyn learns that Jake spent his entire spring vacation with his other grandparents, she pressures Alan into letting Jake stay with her for a night.
2:30 pm “Sleep Tight, Puddin’ Pop” | Charlie finds himself in a compromising position after getting drunk and spending the evening with his stalker, Rose.
3 pm “That Voodoo That I Do Do” | After Charlie’s romantic overtures toward attractive ballet teacher Mia are rejected, Charlie tries to prove to Alan that he can persuade her to go on a date with him.
3:30 pm “Santa’s Village of the Damned” | When Alan dates a cooking instructor, Sandy, both he and Charlie gain weight.
4 pm “Arguments for the Quickie” | When Charlie finds out that his ex-girlfriend, Mia, is in town with her dance troupe and wants him to come to her performance, he opts not to go and tries to behave as if he were no longer attracted to her.
4:30 pm “That Pistol-Packin’ Hermaphrodite” | As Charlie and Mia plan their wedding, their families meet, and things immediately begin to fall apart.
5 pm “Release the Dogs” | Unable to sleep, Alan takes Charlie’s suggestion and goes for a jog on the beach.
5:30 pm “Is There a Mrs. Waffles?” | Charlie finds success as a children’s singing star, making Alan miserable.
6 pm “David Copperfield Slipped me a Roofie” | Convinced that Alan’s family doesn’t fully appreciate him, Melissa invites Alan to live with her and her mom.
6:30 pm “Baseball was Better with Steroids” | Charlie starts to question his relationship with Chelsea when he hears that Mia is back in town.
7 pm “I Found Your Mustache” | Charlie and Chelsea have a post-breakup one-night stand.
7:30 pm “Gumby with a Pokey” | While Alan and Jake go to Sacramento to pick up a grandfather clock, Charlie gets a prescription for medical marijuana to help him sleep and forget about Chelsea.
8 pm “Hookers, Hookers, Hookers” | Lyndsey and Eldridge move into Charlie’s house after Alan burns down their home.
8:30 pm “Chocolate Diddlers or Mr. Puppy’s Dead” | When Charlie and Courtney break up, Charlie falls into a depression and goes to see his psychiatrist.Follow @kimroots