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Chuck Lorre (born Charles Michael Levine, October 18, 1952) is an American television writer and executive producer/director with an extensive resume. Basically, if the show has a laugh track, it's possible Lorre has something to do with it.

Just a few of the series Lorre has created include:

Lorre also served as executive producer for Roseanne and Mike & Molly, with writing credits for all the above shows, along with My Two Dads and many others.

Although most tropes associated with Lorre's work may be found on the corresponding show pages, here are a few consistencies in his work.

  • As Himself : He made an uncredited appearance in the series finale for Two and a Half Men.
  • Actor Allusion : In this case, creator allusion. A few shows have used the theme song for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as an in-joke. Lorre wrote the tune.
  • Production Posse : Often, Lorre will use actors he's worked with before on current programs.
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  • Running Gag : Lorre's title cards.
  • Self-Deprecation : Most of his characters make fun of their own appearances.
  • Take That!: One of Lorre's less savory traits is the fact that, if someone he worked with previously ended up having some form of disagreement with him, odds are he'll take a shot at him in one of his other works, and the man really won't let go of his grudges. Notably, after Charlie Sheen was fired from Two and a Half Men, Lorre retroactively had Sheen's character turned from a Jerk with a Heart of Gold into a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk, while the jokes at Sheen's expense got progressively more mean-spirited. This kept up all the way until the series finale, which aired a full four years after Sheen's departure. To add insult to injury, he even mocked Sheen in the finale's post-episode vanity card.
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  • Write What You Know : Alluding to the above jingle composition, Charlie on Two and a Half Men was a jingle writer.
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