A hedonistic jingle writer's free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move into his beach-front house.
Charlie is a man in his thirties or forties who acts like he is in his twenties. He has sexist views towards women as shown in many episodes. He is also an alcoholic and a compulsive gambler, which is suggested by Rose to be his way of sealing away his feelings in Who's Vod Kanockers. Charlie wears shorts most of the time; he very rarely ever wears pants.
Charlie is a member of the Harper Family. His mother is Evelyn Harper, his younger brother is Alan Harper and his nephew is Jake Harper. He also has two ex in-laws Judith Harper, Alan's first wife and Kandi Alan's second wife. He also has a best friend who he calls the brother he never had. He is featured in the sixth season for a brief moment but passes away on his deck.
When Charlie's mother was pregnant with him, his parents thought that he was going to be a girl, since the echo showed no signs of a penis. According to his mother, Charlie was always "a little drama queen" when he grew up. After his father died, Charlie and Alan had three step dads. First, a man named Harry Luther Gorsky, who left Charlie and Alan's mother for a young woman, Charlie refers to him as "a little tyrant" (it hints that Harry was a midget). Second was a twitchy gay man from Texas who called him and Alan buckaroos. Third, there was a fat guy with a carpet business, who Charlie liked the most because he had "a grateful daughter". When Charlie was young, he was ashamed of his younger brother Alan, and when Alan had his first school day, Charlie told everyone at school that Alan was his shaved monkey (he later explained he did this because he always wanted a shaved monkey). He also gave his brother fulltime wedgies and annoyed him whenever he could. Charlie drank a lot when he was a teenager, and constantly ran away, nevertheless his mother didn't mind because he always came back. Charlie constantly bemoans Alan and Jake's presence in his house but generally seems happy that they're around, because they are the only people who've known him for a long time and remain in his daily life. When Alan was surprised to find Charlie didn't have their mom's cell phone number in his contacts list, Charlie told him "If I can't eat it, bang it, or bet on it, it's not in my phone." Later on in the series, Charlie is seen to have added Everlyn's number onto his cellphone, with the speed dial number "666".
He is a drunken womanizer that has engaged in decades of frequent one night stands, prostitutes, booty calls, and "relationships" of short duration, in stark contrast to his brother Alan's inability to garner much female attention. Even though Charlie usually never calls any of his girlfriends again after he had sex with them, there are a few relationships on the show that lasted longer than one night, notably his neighbor Rose, who continues to stalk him after they spent one night together, and Jake's ballet teacher Mia, who Charlie was actually in love with, and almost married in Las Vegas. In Season 5, he pursued relationships that were a change of pace for him, including one with a respected judge played by Ming-Na and later with a substantially older single mother/author (Susan Blakely), but he later blew it with both women; in Season 6, Charlie proposed marriage to his girlfriend Chelsea (Jennifer Bini Taylor, who has also played 3 other roles in earlier seasons) just to get her to return his love for her.
Charlie and Rose spent one night together, a little before the show started; after this, Rose became increasingly obsessed with him. She usually spends time at his beach house when Charlie and Alan are gone, and when they come back they usually find a surprise, such as cabinets that are glued shut. Rose demonstrates her obsession with Charlie in numerous ways: she names her boyfriends Charlie; she encourages them to wear the same kind of bowling shirts Charlie usually wears; she has called all of her five ferrets Charlie. Charlie is usually charmed by Rose, but isn't interested in a relationship with her, even though Berta thinks they are a good couple together. When Rose decided to leave to go to London Charlie believed that she was only pretending in order to get him into a relationship with him; after she really left, Charlie realized that he made a horrible mistake by letting Rose go. He then went to London to meet her but quickly returned home when Rose started talking about his moving there and starting a family together. Rose has since returned to Malibu and continues to stalk Charlie. As of "The Devil's Lube," there is a chance of a relationship between the two in the future. However, in "Above Exalted Cyclops," Rose, after being set up by Chelsea, now has moved on from Charlie and is stalking Alan.
Lisa (Denise Richards) was Charlie's favorite ex-girlfriend. She appeared in season 1 and 2. In "Merry Thanksgiving," Charlie proposed to her but she decided to marry another man. In "Yes, Monsignor," Charlie had to prove he is good with babies when he found out she had one (played by Richards and Sheen's real-life first daughter Sam).
Myra is Herb's sister. She bonded with Charlie over their hatred of Judith. Charlie was heartbroken when he found out that she was engaged and he'd have to drive her to the airport after the wedding.
Beginning of the fifth season, Charlie started to date a judge and professor of his own age. Charlie wanted to be with Linda badly enough to commit a drunken crime in order to see her in a courtroom. Their relationship ended in the middle of the same season, due to Linda concluding that "she can't be connected publicly to a guy like him."
Towards the end of season five, Charlie met an older woman who was also the author of a relationship self-help book that he was interested in reading. Angie has been described as a mother figure to Charlie, more so than even his own mother Evelyn. When Angie introduced him to her grown son Jeremy and his fiancee Tricia, Charlie realized that he had dated Tricia earlier in his life. After Tricia revealed that she still had feelings for Charlie, Tricia dumped Jeremy, and Angie became, as Alan describes, a "mean drunk" who verbally lashed out at Charlie and furiously broke up with him.
Mia is a ballet teacher who Charlie had a crush on. Later on in the relationship, Charlie finally couldn't stand the changes Mia tried to made him do (quit smoking and drinking), and broke up with her. After a while, Charlie met up with Mia again, with Mia suggesting Charlie to donate sperm to the sperm bank. The thought of not being able to meet or hang out with his son/daughter in the future, he didn't do it. Instead, he asked Mia for her hand in marriage. They soon eloped to Vegas as they couldn't stand both sides of the families. In Vegas, Charlie decided not to marry Mia, so that Alan and Jake could stay with him; only to find out that Alan married Kandi and moved out. Charlie later became sexually reckless and depressed because he found out Mia was going to marry someone else. They reunited in person at the end of season 6, resulting in a cliffhanger for the season finale. In season 7's premiere "818-jklpuzo", Mia appears in much less favorable light. Mia asks Charlie for help with a singing career but in reality she appears to want him back. Charlie is torn between Mia and Chelsea. While in the studio recording a demo tape, Mia asks Charlie for sex. Charlie was on the verge of doing it, but on another round of singing from Mia, Charlie tells Mia she couldn't sing and chose Chelsea. While Charlie rushes away, he turns off Mia's microphone so he can't hear her yell and swear at him.
Charlie had a very brief relationship with Kandi before they broke up, and she married his brother, Alan.
Courtney Leopold/Sylvia Fishman
Charlie also fell for his future stepsister, "Courtney" (Jenny McCarthy), and after agreeing to stop seeing her due to their relationship to each other, he lends her a substantial amount of money and proposes moments before they become step-siblings. Charlie is heart-broken to learn that she is actually a con artist named Sylvia, but he apparently retains feelings for her, telling her that he will "wait" for her (to get out of prison).
Chelsea is the first woman he confessed his love to without prompting. He says this nearly by accident but claims he meant it. At first, Chelsea was another one of Charlie's one-night stands but it soon evolved into a relationship. The relationship comes to a rut with Chelsea wanting to break up, but after some couples counselling, the two remain together. Charlie proposes to her, ring and all, just to get her to say "I love you" back to him, and since then, they are engaged to be married. When Chelsea moves into the Harper beach house, Charlie rents out her vacant apartment to get alone time. Chelsea has a cat named "Sir Lancelot", who Charlie hates a lot, calling him names such as "Sir Craps-A-Lot", which Jake mistook as Charlie teasing him.
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