It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
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With friends like these... you're screwed.
Genre: Comedy
Sitcom
Running Time: 21-23 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: August 4, 2005-present
Network(s): FX (2005-2012)
FXX (2013-present)
Created by: Rob McElhenney
Distributed by: RCG
3Arts Entertainment
FX
Starring: Rob McElhenney
Glenn Howerton
Charlie Day
Kaitlin Olson
Danny DeVito (since season 2)
Seasons: 14
Episodes: 140


It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an American adult sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. It first debuted on FX in August of 2005 and ran for 8 seasons, but in 2013, it moved to FXX, still airing new episodes.

Plot

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia follows the Gang, a group of amoral friends who own and work at Paddy's Pub, a relatively unsuccessful Irish bar in South Philadelphia.

Why It Rocks

  1. The Gang are rude, yet funny protagonists.
  2. Nice use of public domain music, like Heinz Kiessling's "Temptation Sensation" as the opening theme.
  3. Really good cast for the characters, including Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds, who was added to the main cast in season 2.
  4. Aside from the Gang, there are plenty of memorable characters, like Rickety Cricket, the Waitress, Artemis, the McPoyles, and so on.
  5. Some of the schemes and scams pulled by the Gang are comparable to the Eds' scams in Ed, Edd n Eddy.
  6. Many memorable episodes, like:
    • "The D.E.N.N.I.S. System"
    • "The Gang Wrestles for the Troops"
    • "Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth"
    • "Paddy's Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens"
    • "Bums: Making a Mess All Over the City"
    • "Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack"
    • "The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis"
    • "The Gang Hits the Slopes"
    • "The Gang Buys a Boat"
    • "The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore"
    • "The Nightman Cometh"
    • "Who Pooped the Bed?"
    • "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award"
    • "Mac Day"
  7. Lots of memorable and funny lines, especially from Charlie and Frank, such as "Suicide is badass" and "Milksteak".

Bad Qualities

  1. Although the Gang are hilarious, they are very mean-spirited characters, and can sometimes be more unlikable than they're supposed to be.
  2. Season 1 is a bit boring. It isn't until season 2 when the show got really good.
  3. Some of the humor hasn't aged well and can be considered poor taste nowadays, like the episode title "Sweet Dee's Dating a Retarded Person".

Trivia

  • The first working title for the show was Jerks.
  • The original pilot for the show was titled It's Always Sunny on TV, and took place in Los Angeles, featuring Rob, Glenn and Charlie as struggling actors trying to pitch a TV show.

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