The series revolved initially around the life of the Harper brothers: Bachelor Charlie (Charlie Sheen), newly single father Alan Harper (Jon Cryer), and Alan’s son, Jake (Angus T. Jones). Charlie writes commercial jingles for a living while leading a hedonistic lifestyle. After Alan’s wife Judith (Marin Hinkle) leaves him, he moves into Charlie’s Malibu beach house, with Jake coming to stay over the weekends. Charlie’s housekeeper is Berta (Conchata Ferrell), a sharp-tongued woman who initially resists the change to the household but grudgingly accepts it.