Whether you loved Two and a Half Men before or after Charlie Sheen got fired, there are definitely other similar sitcoms that fans can appreciate after they've torn through all 12 seasons of the show. Don't worry, Two and a Half Men isn't the only comedy series that thrives on sexual innuendo, stereotypes, adventures in dating, and troubled adults who can't seem to get their lives together!
Whether it's a classic show like Friends or another Chuck Lorre production like Mike & Molly, there are plenty of funny, character-driven TV shows that will keep the laughs coming for much longer than Charlie Sheen's television career. Here are 10 funny sitcoms like Two and a Half Men.
10 Big Bang Theory
The Big Big Bang Theory focuses on two physicists: Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper. The two share an apartment together and their geeky and socially awkward circle of friends are added to the dynamic, too.
Like Two and a Half Men, the show was filmed in front of a live studio audience and both sitcoms showcase life with a persistently irritating roommate. Creator Chuck Lorre (who also created Two and a Half Men) must know that he's doing, because the show was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series from 2011 to 2014, won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series four times for Jim Parsons, and spawned a prequel series called Young Sheldon.
9 Mike & Molly
Mike & Molly obviously follows the lives of Mike and Molly, a couple who meet in a Chicago Overeaters Anonymous group and fall in love. Like Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, the show was taped in front of a live studio audience to foster a warm, shared environment for the viewers, as well as giving writer's the ability to create the best comedic content before airing. Fans of Two and a Half Men might notice a lot of similarities in the two shows, thanks to Chuck Lorre being an executive producer for both of them.
8 How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother has gained a cult following over the years thanks to its unique storyline, framing, and consistent hilarity. The series follows a man named Ted Mosby and his group of friends in Manhattan, but what makes it interesting is the hindsight-aspect of the storyteller.
The series starts in the year 2030 when Ted is recounting to his children the events that led him to meet their mother. Pretty cool idea, right? Thanks to their cool twist on a traditional comedy sitcom, the show was nominated for 30 Emmy Awards, winning 10 of them.
7 Anger Management
If you're a fan of Charlie Sheen, then you're sure to like Anger Management, another comedic sitcom that stars the funny (and controversial) actor in his first role after getting fired from Two and a Half Men. The series revolves around Charlie Goodson (Charlie Sheen), an ex-minor league baseball player who never met his potential thanks to his recurring anger issues (yep, there's a reason Sheen was cast for this role). In an ironic twist, Charlie returns to school and becomes an anger management therapist who starts a complicated relationship with his own therapist (Selma Blair).
6 Arrested Development
If you enjoyed the dysfunctional familial relationships in Two and a Half Men, then you might get a kick out of Arrested Development, a show about a formerly wealthy family whose members continue to lead extravagant lifestyles despite their change in fortune.
Unlike other shows of its kind, the series is presented in a serialized format that incorporates handheld camera work, voice-over narration, and historical footage. After Arrested Development's cancellation in 2006, Netflix agreed to license and stream new episodes; the latest being the fifth season which was released in May 2018.
5 Rules Of Engagement
Rules of Engagement follows two couples and their single friend as they deal with the complications of dating, commitment, and marriage. Like Two and a Half Men, the series follows several different types of romantic relationships and all the issues/baggage that come with each stage. The series aired from 2007 to 2013, and although it didn't get the best reviews, it managed to pump out 100 episodes over seven seasons.
4 2 Broke Girls
The show 2 Broke Girls follows the lives of two young women with wildly different backgrounds who both work in a local diner in Brooklyn, NY. Filmed in front of a live studio audience (like Two and a Half Men), the series explores each character's differing perspectives on life as they attempt to raise funds for a cupcake business. If you enjoyed the hyper-sexualized humor and stereotypes in Two and a Half Men, then this is definitely the show for you (although it has been criticized for those very things).
Did you know that Friends was originally supposed to be called Insomnia Cafe? The iconic sitcom changed its name after it was pitched to NBC — the network that ended up airing the series for 10 long, magical years.
For those of you who were just potty-trained, Friends follows the lives of six friends in their 20's and 30's who live in NYC. Their relationships ebb and flow over the years as they grow from young, carefree men and women to responsible adults over the course of a decade. Fans of Two and a Half Men will appreciate the love/hate relationships between roommates and all the comedy-laden romantic relationships that come and go over the course of the series.
2 The King Of Queens
Like Two and a Half Men, The King of Queens laser focuses on the complicated lives of two people and their assorted (and often problematic) collection of family and friends. Doug and Carrie Heffernan are a working class couple in New York who live with Carrie's demanding father, Arthur.
Like Two and a Half Men, the show relies heavily on stereotypes to elicit laughs (particularly ones based on gender and social class). The show was considered a success and ran on CBS from 1998-2007 for a total of nine seasons.
1 That '70s Show
On the surface, this show might seem nothing like Two and a Half Men, but both comedy sitcoms rely on clueless adults, sexual escapades, plenty of stereotypes, and...Ashton Kutcher. As I'm sure you remember, Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men after Sheen entered drug rehab and made disparaging comments about the show's producer, Chuck Lorre.
Fans of Ashton Kutcher will definitely appreciate Kutcher's witty one-liners and general goofiness in That 70s Show, a series about six teenage friends living in Wisconsin in the mid-'70s.