Runtime: 60 minutes
Nice to Meet You, I Love You - Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt - Netflix
“Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt” is the ninth season premiere of the comedy series Two and a Half Men and the first appearance of Ashton Kutcher as Walden Schmidt, “an internet billionaire with a broken heart”. It is the 178th episode of the show, and the first episode without former lead Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper. The episode was watched by 28.74 million people on its original air date, making it the most watched episode of Two and a Half Men. The episode received mixed reviews from critics, mostly for its cast replacement and poor improv, though Sheen was reported to have enjoyed the episode and praised Kutcher's performance.
Nice to Meet You, I Love You - Critical reception - Netflix
The episode received mixed reviews from numerous critics. Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter noted; “I couldn't quite figure out if Kutcher was going for vacant, naïve, nerdy or astonishingly dumb (for a character who is a billionaire), because I'll never watch this show by choice again.” However, he believes Sheen would have the last laugh given “his new show – if it ever happens – will be exponentially funnier than the laugh-free 22 minutes from last night.” Richard Lawson of Gawker Media was displeased with how the show dealt with both Charlie Harper's death/funeral and the introduction of Walden Schmidt in one episode. Lawson noted that Kutcher “ought to fit in just fine”, but that viewers would still miss Sheen's “teetering-on-the-brink-of-oblivion verve” complementing the show's “tit jokes and dick jokes and fart jokes occasionally peppered by quips delivered by determinedly non-sexual women characters”. Lori Rackl of Chicago Sun-Times gave the episode a positive review, stating, “Filling the void left by a well established character isn’t easy, but Kutcher mostly succeeded”.
Nice to Meet You, I Love You - References - Netflix