Wednesday, February 6, 2013

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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Title: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (TV-MA)

Genre: Comedy
Created By: Rob McElhenney 
Starring: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, and Danny DeVito   
TV Run: August 4, 2005 - Present (FX)
Seasons: 8, Episodes:94 (As of this posting)

Seasons 1-7 available on Netflix

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is one of those shows that I had heard about for a long time but never got around to watching. Well, once I started watching it I ended up watching the whole series within a couple of weeks.

It it brash, it is hilarious, it is straight in your face, and they take no prisoners. I hate to use the term "they go there" but this show certainly goes there without hesitation. It revolves around "the gang" a group of friends that own a bar called Paddy's Pub. It follows their daily lives which often has them hatching idiotic schemes which they try to make work.

Let's take a look at the main characters.

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Charlie Kelly (Played by Charlie Day)

Loveable Charlie. Probably one of my favorite characters in the series. Charlie is.. let's say less than average intelligence. He does a lot of what the gang calls "Charlie work" around the bar which is things like cleaning toilets and cleaning rat traps. He is pretty naive and gullible, but he has a heart of gold. It's really difficult not to like Charlie.

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Mac (Played by Rob McElhenney)

Mac is one of the more complex characters in this series. His primary job the bar is being a sort of bouncer (though we never really see him bounce anyone). He has an affinity for martial arts which he isn't skilled in but thinks he is skilled. He is the only pseudo religious one of the bunch. Mac is generally seen as less intelligent but not as bad as our friend Charlie.

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Dennis Reynolds (Played by Glenn Howerton)

I like to call Dennis the "hound dog" of the group. He is generally displayed as the most intelligent in the group (though this is all relative). He is also the most vain and is constantly concerned about still being able to attract women even though he is starting to age. Dennis is often drafted as a pseudo leader in the group and the others seem to kind of follow his lead.

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Dee Reynolds (Played by Kaitlin Olson)

Oh, sweet Dee. The most "aww they're so mean to her" character (with exception to "The Waitress" character which I'm not including in this post). Her character is similar to the Dennis character (who is her brother) in terms of vanity, but she always tries to exhume some amount of morality into the group. The gang often makes fun of her for looking like a bird. She is the go to for when the gang needs to make fun of someone.

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 Frank Reynolds (Played by Danny DeVito)

Frank Reynolds. We actually don't see his character enter until the second season, but he immediately takes on an important role in the group dynamics. He is the midlife-crisis I want to act like I'm younger again person. He also has tons of money, which makes it much easier for the group to accept him so easily. Frank Reynolds is one of those characters who is completely off the rails. Like.. completely off.. in the ditch.. smelling road kill type off the rails.  


This series is actually still airing and as of this posting I believe it has been renewed for another couple of seasons. If you're looking for a funny show that isn't afraid to delve into the more abrasive side of things this is one to see. For me, the show started a little shaky but as I watched more episodes it grew on me very quickly.

This is a very inside joke heavy show. Jokes will be presented in earlier episodes and will be referred to multiple times throughout the rest of the seasons, so while I don't think you really have to watch the episodes in order I think it helps. The characters are lovable and the schemes they end up in are hilarious. This is one of the few shows that I watch where I'm pretty sure I laugh multiple times during every episode.



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