Is “Disjointed” better if you’re stoned? Well, of course. Pot has been adding another dimension — and improving the flaws of bad television — for almost as long as we’ve had the medium. And “Disjointed,” in particular, seems designed to satisfy a mellower state of mind. It’s slow and spacey and visually kinetic, with a, well, disjointed format that frames traditional multi-camera set pieces with fake commercials, animated segments, and fictional YouTube videos. For a show on Netflix, it’s amusing...
As a writer, producer, and creator of many successful network sitcoms, Chuck Lorre has cornered the TV market on laughter. Rating juggernaut “The Big Bang Theory” is still going strong after hitting 200 episodes in 2016, and “Two and a Half Men” lasted 12 seasons. Relationships, both functional and dysfunctional, are at the core of all of Lorre’s hits, whether they’re friends, couples, family or in-laws.
But Lorre isn’t limiting himself to comedy. In 2016 Lorre announced he was developing a drama series based on “Bonfire of the Vanities” with Amazon and Warner Bros. TV. He also wrote an episode of “CSI” in 2008.
Lorre’s foray into drama isn’t a huge surprise since his comedies have never been shy about addressing serious subjects or incorporating big issues into the series, as with addiction and recovery on “Mom.”
While he started out as a sitcom writer, Lorre’s big break came when he created “Grace Under Fire.” And his penchant for expressing himself via vanity cards didn’t start until he created “Dharma & Greg.” He told Variety in 2009 that he doesn’t always put much forethought into those cards. “Sometimes they’re written on the bus to school…That’s part of what gets me into trouble. If I had a little more time to think, I may not have written a few.”
Along with “Mom,” which is going into its fifth season, and “The Big Bang Theory,” heading into its 11th, Lorre also has the new comedy “Young Sheldon,” a spinoff of “Big Bang,” debuting in the fall on CBS, and “Disjointed,” starring Kathy Bates, bowing on Amazon. He’s under a lucrative overall deal at Warner Bros. TV, where he’s been signed since 2000.