10 Things You Can Learn from Two and a Half Men

“Love isn’t blind, it’s retarded!” Any guesses on the source of this quote?

For all the sit-com lovers out there, this one is for you. These are the words by the famous Charlie Harper of the popular series Two and a Half Men!

Welcome to Watch Tank and today we are counting down picks to reveal the ten most valuable life lessons you can learn from the American sitcom Two and a Half Men.

Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, and Angus T. Jones - The main characters in 'The two and a half men' TV series
Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, and Angus T. Jones – The main characters in ‘The two and a half men’ TV series

But before we do that, how about a bit more information on the show? It initially started on CBS for twelve seasons (September 22, 2003-February 19, 2015).

The Two and a Half Men cast originally starred with Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, and Angus T. Jones. The series talks about a pleasure-seeking jingle writer, Charlie Harper, his edgy and concerned brother, Alan, and his trouble-making son, Jake. After Alan got divorced, he along with Jake move into Charlie’s Malibu house and create complications in Charlie’s free-spirited life.

So, what is so interesting here?

Other than genuinely funny adult jokes and Alan’s clumsiness, we also have the ten most essential life lessons that emerged from the show.

Let’s go!

Number 10: Family is the most important

 (back row) Melanie Lynskey, Conchata Ferrell, Holland Taylor, and Marin Hinkle, (front row)  Charlie Sheen, Angus T. Jones, and Jon Cryer star in the television comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN,
(back row) Melanie Lynskey, Conchata Ferrell, Holland Taylor, and Marin Hinkle, (front row) Charlie Sheen, Angus T. Jones, and Jon Cryer star in the television comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN,

Even you don’t doubt that, do you?

No matter how much Charlie made fun of his brother, he was always Alan’s shield and took care of him each time. Charlie even called off his engagement for Alan’s sake. The way Charlie emerged as a role model to his nephew and was always ready to help his mother, despite his shortcomings, was praiseworthy.

From this, what does Charlie teach us? A very simple notion that no matter what, family comes first.

Number 9: Mom is the ultimate savior from any trouble

Evelyn (Holland Taylor) and son, Charlie (Charlie Sheen)
Evelyn (Holland Taylor) and son, Charlie (Charlie Sheen)

No matter how sour their relationship was, Charlie never gave a second thought to visit his mother every time he was in trouble.

Now, tell the truth. Don’t we all underestimate our mothers and take them for granted at times?

This kind of attitude makes no sense because it is our mothers who have carried us in their wombs for nine long months. Thus, no one would understand our pain and emotions better than our mothers. Keep all your troubles with her in the backseat and confide in your mom, and that would solve half of your life’s issues.

Number 8: Sometimes solitude is a good thing

Would you agree that solitude is good for us sometimes?

Spending time alone can be a very effective remedy if you are weary from all the hassles of life. Charlie Harper was always alone as he took breaks from work.

All he had was a sip of his favorite beer and the company of his favorite sport on television.

So, the next time you experience stress, you know what to do.

Number 7: Drugs and alcohol are ultimately destructive

Charlie Sheen during his show in Washington DC at DAR Constitution Hall
Charlie Sheen during his show in Washington DC at DAR Constitution Hall

Addiction is the worst state to be in. If you are addicted to something, then your destruction is at hand. That’s exactly what happened to Charlie Sheen. From being the highest-paid actor on satellite TV, Charlie was reduced to being a drug addict. The alcohol and drug addictions not only got Charlie fired from this popular show but also got him HIV positive.

Life is short, so make every day worthwhile.

Number 6: Humour is the key when life becomes unfair

Actor: Jon Cryer played the role of Alan Harper
Actor: Jon Cryer played the role of Alan Harper

This one is for the millennials who find offense in everything. Ups and downs are an unavoidable part of life. So, it’s better to find humour in every situation that we face. Alan’s personal and professional life both got screwed up. To top it off, he had an annoying son and an over-indulgent brother to deal with. So, what did he do? He always tried to fix things, and as he did this, he laughed at himself. So, take things easy, sit back, and have a hearty laugh. That would also help boost your confidence level.

Number 5: Relationship advice

Most of us feel happy about the thought of being in a relationship but think of the person first before thinking of yourself. Charlie gave a lesson that it is okay to wait, have fun, and then finally plunge into a commitment when the right person arrives. It is always a better option to wait and settle down with the right person than to rush and regret being with the wrong person.

The point is simple here: never rush into anything.

Number 4: Friendship is a vital part of life

Now, who won’t agree with that?

Charlie taught us that friendship is essential. It is perfectly fine to seek harmony when relating to people. This list might include the guy who delivers pizza, your housekeeper, and to be more liberal, even your stalker. Genuine friendship melts the hearts of everyone and makes life easier. So, the next time you get stuck somewhere, wear a smile, open your arms wide for friendship, and get things done with ease knowing that you’ve got lots of friends by your side.

Number 3: Try to confront your fears

If you are frightened of something, the best way to overcome your fear is by facing it and letting it go once and for all. One thing we know about Charlie is that he has stage fright issues. From the show, we also know that Charlie makes jingles for commercials. So, the first step for him to become successful was to perform these jingles in front of executives. We are not sure whether Charlie succeeded in doing that, but we can glean this life lesson from him that it is fine to have weaknesses. The real question lies in whether we are willing to confront them and turn them into strengths.

Number 2: Wealthy men don’t show off

It is easy to detect from the show that Charlie was a wealthy person. But throughout the show, he did not even show a hint of showing off. Being snobbish and prideful is uncalled for. Charlie never wore a suit or any designer clothing for his meetings or dinners, while discussing work or collaborating with his clients, bosses, or producers. He loved being himself and was pretty much fond of his thrift store finds, regardless of the time, weather, or event he was in.

Now, before we announce the final life lesson, here are a few extras:

Children should have a proper childhood

The Scene: Jake cheered Alan up by telling him he loved him. 
The Scene: Jake cheered Alan up by telling him he loved him. 

Jake’s childhood got screwed by his free-spirited uncle and clumsy father. Initially, Jake started as a smart child, but in the later seasons, he turned out to be a total blockhead. Jake lacked basic human sanitation and got deprived of basic common sense.

It is always essential to give a child a proper childhood for his sake and benefit in his future years.

Keep details of your account

Money is hard-earned. So, seeking the help of an accountant is always advised when dealing with finances, but does that mean it is wise to leave everything in the hands of an accountant? Of course not!

It is important to keep tabs on your accountant. Charlie is a wealthy person but had no ability to keep track of his daily expenses. When Charlie’s accountant got arrested, he was literally on the verge of selling all his assets as several accounts became delinquent. So, try to learn from that and keep checking on your bank details.

Number 1: United we stand

Charlies, Jake, and Alan formed quite a dysfunctional family. Each of them had their own set of issues to deal with, but at the end of the day, they always had each other’s backs, and they remained united in every situation, no matter how bad it got.

Life is full of challenges and hardships. Overcome the hardships, embrace the sorrow, and make humour your best friend. Life will be easy and fun.

On that note, we end here. Did you find this list insightful? What lessons did you learn? Do you have something more to share? Comment down below.