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:
- Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats (co-developed with Jean Chalopin & Alan Swayze, 1984-86)
- The Big Bang Theory (2007-2019)
- Cybill (1995-1998)
- Dharma & Greg (1997-2002)
- Grace Under Fire (1993-1998)
- Two and a Half Men (2003-2015)
- Mom (2013-)
- Young Sheldon (2017-)
- Disjointed (co-created with David Javerbaum, 2017-)
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.
- 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.
- Write What You Know : Alluding to the above jingle composition, Charlie on Two and a Half Men was a jingle writer.