It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a tv show review

A tv show written by: Lee Sonogan

(2005-) Comedy/ 22mins

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Currently, this comedy show has been going on for 12 seasons. The show is about four friends with big egos owning a bar called Paddy’s pub. But it goes into so much more with Danny Devito joining the cast in season 2. The show is crude and rude and gets away with a lot of things. Titles of the show include Dennis and Dee go on welfare, Sweet Dee’s dating a retarded person, The nightman cometh and so much more. The humour is brutal with a well-written story and dialogue for each episode.

The show stars the actor’s Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson and Danny Devito. Creator/star Rob McElhenney and co-star Kaitlin Olson were married in 2008. During a convention interview, star Glenn Howerton was asked why his character was named Dennis, whereas Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney’s characters are named after themselves. Howerton responded by saying that he wanted to distance himself from his character as much as possible. Friends of the cast often play bit parts in the series. Kristen Wiig auditioned to play Sweet Dee.

Each member of the gang shows varying degrees of dishonesty, egotism, selfishness, greed, pettiness, ignorance, laziness, and unethical behaviour; they are often engaged in controversial activities. Episodes usually find them hatching elaborate schemes and conspiring against one another and others for personal gain, vengeance, or simply the entertainment of watching another’s downfall. They habitually inflict mental, emotional, and physical pain on each other and anyone who crosses their path. They also regularly use blackmail to manipulate one another and others outside of the group.

Was almost cancelled after its first season but renewed at the last minute when FX executives decided to give it room to grow. It has gone from the brink of cancellation to being one of the highest-rated and most popular shows on FX, and when the 14th scheduled season ends it will be tied for longest-running live-action American comedy series.

It was nominated for its first Emmy in 2013. Overall, I did not like the show at first. But then it grew on me. So many memorial scenes and jokes and creative humour. One of my favourite scenes was when Dee and Charlie leave Danny Devito’s character stuck in a playground after a bender to get information off him. The end scene of the episode shows Kids playing in the playground while Danny Devito’s character is still stuck and embarrassed. I recommend this comedy show to adults and young adults who enjoy brutal humour at its best.


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