Who is really singing Two And A Half Men’s annoyingly catchy theme song? Two And A Half Men is a sitcom that debuted in 2003 and originally centered on the broke Alan (Jon Cryer) moving into his brother Charlie’s (Charlie Sheen) Malibu beach house after he divorces his wife. The half man of the title refers to Alan’s adorably dimwitted son Jake (Angus T. Jones), and the series revolved around Charlie’s lifestyle of casual sex and drinking contrasting with Alan’s perpetual loser status.
Like most Chuck-Lorre-created sitcoms such as The Big Bang Theory, Two And A Half Men rarely received warm reviews, but it was a ratings juggernaut. It was one of the most popular sitcoms on TV, but it became just as famous for its behind-the-scenes issues. Charlie Sheen abruptly exited following season 8 and was promptly fired by CBS for this behavior and feud with Lorre. While Hugh Grant briefly considered taking over as a new character, Ashton Kutcher was instead drafted in as lovelorn billionaire Walden Schmidt. Jones would also undergo a religious conversion in later seasons that saw him exit the series and condemn its content as filth despite returning for the finale.
Charlie’s character on the show wrote commercial jingles, so it makes sense the theme for Two And Half Men itself is catchy – annoyingly so, as it just consists of the words “men” and “manly” over and over again. Lorre himself co-wrote this theme with Lee Aronsohn, and the opening credits feature the cast “singing” the song directly to the camera. Needless to say, that’s not the actors singing.
The Two And A Half Men theme is sung by studio musicians, while prolific voice actress Elizabeth Daily (The Powerpuff Girls) stood in for “Jake’s” voice. The intro was also famous for changing every season as it charted the ever-changing looks of Jake as Jones grew up on the series. Kutcher was added to the opening credits theme from season 9 onwards.
Two And A Half Men ultimately ran for twelve seasons and came to an end in 2015, with the finale featuring cameos from Christian Slater and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jon Cryer has since won himself new fans for playing Lex Luthor in the Arrowverse, but there don’t seem to be any plans for a Two And A Half Men revival. While Sheen has appeared open to a reboot in recent years, the uneasy relationship between him and Lorre would likely prove a major barrier to one moving ahead. The theme tune still lives rent-free in viewers’ brains, however.
Two and a Half Men was created and produced by Chuck Lorre, who also had a hand in writing the theme song. Alongside Lorre, series co-creator Lee Aronsohn (who is also a writer for The Big Bang Theory) also helped in composing the tune. Chuck has composed before, most famously for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s also worth noting that Grant Geissman is a composer for the show, and also helped in creating the theme tune. In fact, Geissman is the one playing the piano during the series, while Charlie Sheen plays no music at all, and he is also responsible for all the jingles created by Charlie Harper on the show. The theme song for Two and a Half Men has been parodied a number of times, most famously by web comedian and YouTube star Bart Baker. The simplicity of the Two and a Half Men’s theme tune belies the several layers in its creation and presentation, and the series creators’ direct involvement tied it more closely to the overall ethos and feel of the show, marking it out as a truly timeless composition that’s still ingrained in audience minds.