It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Best Sitcom Out Right Now?

Season 8 Promo

Season 8 Promo

I started watching this American sitcom over the summer, after seeing seven seasons available on Netflix, and found It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia compulsively hilarious viewing. As a result, I thought I’d write a quick post to spread the word of this comedy gem.

The show follows Charlie Kelly (Charlie Day), Dennis Reynolds (Glenn Howerton), Deandra “Sweet Dee” Reynolds (Kaitlin Olsson) and Mac (Rob McElhenney) who all own ‘Paddy’s Pub’, an Irish bar in Philadelphia.

The four narcissistic, self-centred, money-grabbing pals constantly come up with ludicrous get-rich-quick schemes whilst doing the best they can to double cross each other in their deceitful and childish ways. From season two onwards,  Dennis and Dee’s father Frank Reynolds (Danny De Vito) joins the gang and gives the show some status with an A-list Hollywood actor too.

One of the best things about the show is it’s dark, immoral and awkward-situation humour. Fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm will know all about these themes but Its Always Sunny takes it to a whole new level as the characters we connect with and love, don’t have any empathy, moral integrity or understanding of society outside of “The Gang”.

In the episode “The D.E.N.N.I.S System” Dennis describes his system of luring girls to have sex with, thus creating his ‘Playboy’ image he has cultivated for himself.

This snippet above represents the sheer egotistical arrogance of Dennis and his vulgar father in Frank. The video below, from the episode “The Gang Buys a Boat”, is a great example of Dennis hatching a plan thats so morbidly ridiculous to everyone else, but in its head it’s perfectly fine.

In possibly one of my favourite episodes I have seen, the gang help Frank and Charlie, who sleep together on a futon, solve the mystery of who pooped the bed. Mac and Dennis decide to do some overnight surveillance but end up falling asleep. Then in the morning…

The show is currently airing its eighth season on FX but probably won’t be shown in the U.K. for some time. If only there was some way of watching it online…


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About Joe Heywood

English Literature & Creative Writing graduate from Cornwall living in Bath.

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