Dr. Charlie Goodson is a former minor-league baseball player who has overcome his past anger issues to become a "non-traditional" therapist. He has a successful private practice, holding sessions with his group of primary patient regulars each week, as well as performing pro bono counseling for an inmate group at a state prison. He is portrayed by Charlie Sheen.
Prior to his career as a therapist, Charlie was a stalled minor league baseball prospect whose road to the majors was sidetracked by his own struggle with anger issues. After a stint in therapy with the team's female psychologist – who has since become his life-long best friend - he made it to the majors and had one terrific season before his anger issues put him on the shelf for good. In the final game of his career, he tried to snap a bat over his leg, which resulted in a career-ending injury. That injury led him back to school and his current profession.
Charlie thrives on the chaos in his life while still battling his own anger issues. His life is complicated by his relationships with his own therapist/best friend, an ex-wife whose positive outlook, but poor choice in men, frustrates Charlie, and their daughter who has Obsessive–compulsive disorder.
The first season largely follows Charlie Goodson balancing being an anger management therapist and going back to therapy for his anger problems.
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Jennifer Goodson - Ex-wife, gets along with her well. They got divorced because he cheated on her, but now they seem to be friends.
Kate - Best friend, therapist, and friend with benefits.
Sam - Daughter with OCD.
Martin Goodson - Father, strained relationship due to his Father's harsh treatment and lies as a child.
- Goodson is partially based off of Dr. Buddy Rydell from the film with the same name.
- Despite showing similar characteristics to Sheen's character on Two and a Half Men, such as a recurring nasty streak, a throwaway delivery that sometimes smacks of laziness, a strained relationship with a parent, and an increasingly odd and unjustified claim to irresponsibility, Goodson is shown to be a more responsible, somewhat more caring person than the late Harper.