ENTERTAINMENT: Older “Always Sunny” Episodes Still Hold Up

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By Owen Paiva – Staff Reporter

With Season 11 just wrapping up and Seasons 1-10 streaming on Netflix, “Always Sunny” is a spectacle to behold. Often called “The Next Seinfeld”, it is over ten years old, yet people are unaware of its existence. A mix of sitcom and dark comedy, it is the tale of four friends who own Paddy’s Irish Pub in Philadelphia. Season 1 was produced at a much lower production value, but Fox ,and in particular, Danny DeVito saw enough in the show to fund it. This was a big break for Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, Glenn Howerton and especially Charlie Day. Charlie Day steals the show as Charlie Kelly, the bumbling fool with a heart of gold. The show centers on the various situations the “Gang” get into, whether it be trying to be a band, increase the attendance at the pub, or taking a vacation to the Jersey Shore.

The show’s main strength is character development, viewers really get to see each member of the “Gang” get flushed out, and the chemistry between certain people. The chemistry between McElhenney’s Mac, Day’s Kelly, and DeVito’s Frank is amazing. Highlights of the relationship include forming the band “Chemical Toilet” ,  and especially in the Season 2 premier which is when Frank is introduced. When the whole gang is together or broken up into smaller groups, hilarity ensues. This is on display in many episodes, with my 3 personal favorites being season 4’s “The Nightman Cometh” and Season 7’s “The gang go to the Jersey Shore” and “CharDee MacDennis, The Game of Games”. I won’t say too much about these episodes, but “The Nightman Cometh” calls back to an earlier episode, and how it expands on what was introduced was hysterical.

The show’s main weakness is not a glaring issue, but is a matter of who is watching it. Some people do not like dark comedy, poking fun of “Taboo Issues” or any offensive content, and this is how the show could not appeal to certain people.  The show is not offensive just be offensive like “Family Guy”, instead having good writing and storytelling, and incorporating the dark comedy as humor. With 8.8/10’s on IMDB and TV.com, and a 96/100 for critics and a 94/100 for audiences on Rotten Tomatoes, then the “weakness” does not even affect critics.

The show gets better and better with each season, viewers wonder “How will they top it this time?” Then they see an episode where recurring villains take the gang hostage, or a sequel to a previous episode, and their mind is blown.

When fans watch all the seasons, they see the characters and the production quality develop. They find out who their favorite is, probably Charlie, and they understand why these people are the way they are.

If people need a show to laugh at after a long day of school or work, or just a new show to binge, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is worth watching.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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