Monday, April 27, 2015

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a hilarious American television sitcom that premiered on FX on August 4, 2005, and moved to FXX beginning with the ninth season. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was created by Rob McElhenney, which he developed with Glenn Howerton, and is executive produced and primarily written by McElhenney, Howerton, and Charlie Day, all of whom star in the show, along with Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito. The series follows the exploits of "The Gang", a group of self-centered friends who run Paddy's Pub, a relatively unsuccessful Irish bar in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The series completed airing its tenth season on March 18, 2015, and is renewed for an eleventh and twelfth season, each to consist of 10 episodes.

The comedic series follows "The Gang", a group of five depraved underachievers: twins Dennis Reynolds and Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds; their friends Charlie Kelly, Ronald "Mac" McDonald, and, from season 2 onward, Frank Reynolds, the man who raised Dennis and Dee. The Gang runs the dilapidated Paddy's Pub, an Irish bar in South Philadelphia.  The show runs itself on dry, usually racist, humor.  

Each member of the gang shows varying degrees of dishonesty, egotism, selfishness, greed, pettiness, ignorance, laziness and unethical behavior, and they are often engaged in controversial activities.  The show is hilarious because each situation teaches them absolutely no lessons, and they just go and do stupid activities over and over again.  Episodes usually find them hatching elaborate schemes, conspiring against one another and others for personal gain, vengeance, or simply for the entertainment of watching one another's downfall. It's every man for himself, but in a largely comedic way! They habitually inflict mental, emotional and physical pain. They regularly use blackmail to manipulate one another and others outside of the group.  They never feel any remorse for their actions, and in turn it makes the series funny and cynical.  

Their unity is never solid - any of them would quickly dump any one of the others for quick profit or personal gain regardless of the consequences. Everything they do results in contention among themselves and much of the show's dialogue involves the characters arguing or yelling at one another.  A classic scene is all of them bickering at once, it happens at least twice every episode! Despite their lack of success or achievement, 'The Gang' maintain high opinions of themselves and display an obsessive interest in their own reputations and public images. Despite this high sense of self-worth, 'The Gang' has no sense of shame when attempting to get what they want and often engages in activities which others would find humiliating, disgusting, or even preposterous, such as smoking crack cocaine in order to qualify for welfare, seducing a priest, driving while eating cereal, hiding naked inside a leather couch in order to spy on someone, chicken and airline scams, and even huffing glue and eating cat food.  The show gets so ridiculous, and that is what makes it so addicting to come back to and watch! 

If this show has taught me anything, it's to never take life seriously, and that things will get worse before they get better!  Thanks for always making me laugh It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia!
This show is a must watch and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do! 

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