Chuck Lorre is undoubtedly one of the most prominent names in the American television history. He is a writer, director, producer, composer and production manager and is credited with creating highly successful sitcoms, such as "Two and a Half Men", "The Big Bang Theory" and "Grace under Fire".
After finishing school, Lorre began his career as a guitarist and songwriter and travelled across the United States.
He wrote the soundtrack to the 1987 series "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". Afterwards, he shifted to writing and eventually wrote for 1988 sitcom Roseanne.
Lorre's sitcoms are known for depicting the regular life activities of various professionals who come across bizarre circumstances while doing their work.
As the creator of critically acclaimed shows celebrates his 63rd birthday, here is a list of five of his most popular shows that have garnered immense fan following not only in America but across the globe.
1. 'The Big Bang Theory'
Premiering on CBS in 2007, "The Big Bang Theory" is one of the most critically as well as commercially successful sitcoms of all times. The show features five characters, namely Leonard Hofstadter, Sheldon Cooper, Penny, Howard Wolowitz and Raj Koothrappali, who live in Pasadena, California, and is centred on their daily life struggles and activities.
2. 'Dharma and Greg'
Aired from 24 September, 1997 to 30 April, 2002, "Dharma and Greg" starred Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson as Dharma and Greg Montgomery, a couple who married on their first date even though their life was completely opposite to each other.
3. 'Two and a Half Men'
"Two and a Half Men" broadcast on CBS on 22 September, 2003 and ended on 19 February, 2015 after a long 12-season run. It originally starred Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper (a self-indulgent jingle writer), Jon Cryer as Alan (Charlie's nervously week brother) and Angus T Jones as Jake (Alan's son). After Alan had a divorce, he moved to Charlie's house with his son that complicated Charlie's unrestricted life. In season 9, Ashton Kutcher was also introduced playing the character of Walden Schmidt.
4. 'Grace Under Fire'
"Grace Under Fire" aired on ABC from 29 September, 1993 to 17 February, 1998. It featured Brett Butler as a single mother who was having a hard time to learn how to raise her three children alone after she divorced her abusive husband. It was the highest rated comedy show of 1993.
"Cybill" aired from 2 January, 1995 to 13 July, 1998. The show was centred on the life of Cybill Sheridan (Cybill Shepherd), a single mother of two who was divorced twice and was struggling with her acting career in her 40s. Alicia Witt and Dedee Pfeiffer played Cybill's daughter with Alan Rosenberg and Tom Wopat playing their respective fathers. Christine Baranski played Cybill's alcohol-addict friend Maryann.