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A good continuation of the series -- some episodes are better than others,
This review is from: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season 8 (DVD)
IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA: THE COMPLETE SEASON 8 has been out for about a month now, and has recently been reduced in price at some of the big boxes. I have mixed feelings about this two-disc set but am glad I bought it.
PROS: Some very funny episodes here. My favorites are "The Gang Recycles Their Trash," "The Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre" (impending nuptials to Liam McPoyle!), "The Gang Gets Analyzed," "Charlie's Mom Has Cancer" (including Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs' star turn as a touchy-feely healer), and "Charlie Rules the World" (an MMORPG with avatars for all the gang).
CONS: Only ten episodes, but that is not too far off par for this series. "Frank's Back in Business" and "The Gang Dines out" in particular feel perfunctory and phoned-in.
DEBATABLE: Some of the funniest episodes have distinct antecedents. "The Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre" will be much funnier to people who understand Dennis' prior interaction with Maureen Ponderosa and the gang's uneasy history with the McPoyle clan. "The Gang Gets Analyzed" harks back to a much earlier episode about a group intervention but if anything, the second time is even funnier so I forgive them. "The Gang Recycles Their Trash" in particular lifts dialog from earlier episodes in earlier years, particularly "The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis" from 2008 (selling gasoline door-to-door). This repetition was done on purpose but some people missed the joke and found the plagiarism lazy rather than comic.
MORE PROS: Really good bells-and-whistles. Four of the ten episodes have full commentary. Side features include little delights like "Fat Mac: In Memoriam," gag and deletion reels, and "Lady House: The Lost Premiere," a pseudo-pilot of a pseudo-sitcom starring Mac's and Charlie's moms, who now live together. The last one is so hilariously bad I've heard Fox network is thinking of picking it up, lol.
OVERALL: If you are new to the series, this is not the place to begin. Instead, try this set that covers the first five years and the Christmas special, where the cost per episode is much lower: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Complete Seasons 1-5 + A Very Sunny Christmas Special. At its best, the shows of Season Eight are up to the standards of the prior seven years, but there are a couple of disappointments. At nearly twenty-five dollars, IMO Season Eight is a little overpriced right now. I was going to give this set four stars but superior Extras made me raise it to five.
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Initial post: Oct 3, 2013 10:27:33 AM PDT
mila devlin says:
Great review Allen!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 10:48:46 AM PDT
Thanks, Mila! - allen
Posted on Oct 3, 2013 5:03:33 PM PDT
Ryan J. Dejonghe says:
I love this show. I ended up halfway through Season Three before I cut the cable, but this is one of the few shows I miss. If I had to grab some shows on DVD, it would be this, The Wire, and Breaking Bad (and yeah, I've never seen a single show of Breaking Bad).
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2013 7:29:06 PM PDT
I got hooked on SUNNY just a couple of years ago when it showed at midnight on a local cable station...but one owned by the Fox station. Incestuous, isn't it? Despite the late hour, though, there are episodes in which every third word is blipped. Chuck gave me all the preceding years 1-7 for Christmas (and as I said, 1-5 have now gotten pretty cheap). I bought the captioned Season 8 when the price went down at T*rg*t. We don't have cable either and yes, other than a couple of phenomena like BREAKING BAD, don't much miss it.
Posted on Oct 31, 2013 7:20:20 PM PDT
Bryan Byrd says:
Heh - I started watching this from Netflix recently after finishing all the seasons of The Office. Completely different kind of comedy, and not for everyone. I'm still not sure it's even for me. Kind of grows on one. Surprised a refined sort of fellow such as yourself watches.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2013 7:32:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 31, 2013 7:35:41 PM PDT
I guess I like to go to extremes, Bryan. Constant vulgarity in a show or movie is wearing (I've about given up on FAMILY GUY) but the shock value of some of SUNNY really tickles me. Similarly, I don't have much truck with erotica but sometimes delve into porn. (People who have been following me for a while know I am not averse to reviewing the occasional gay "toy," too.) If there's something more there, that's great too. I'm proud to say I was the first to review THE PASSION OF GENGOROH TAGAME and took a while working on that review, because I thought it deserved in-depth treatment.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2013 8:28:49 PM PDT
Bryan Byrd says:
I'm surprised again - FAMILY GUY? My son turned me onto that when he was still at home - though I'm not as big a fan of it since MacFarlane turned over most of the creative control.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2013 9:43:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 1, 2013 10:30:52 AM PDT
Well, I also like THE BIG BANG THEORY and LAW AND ORDER SVU.
How 'bout you?
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