It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Seasons 1 & 2
Three best friends own a Irish Pub in Phili and get into sticky situations resulting from bad judgment.
Take the best elements from Seinfeld and Arrested Development and you have It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Combining the social-degenerate-buddy formula (three men, one woman) with the beyond-dysfunctional-family element, Philadelphia creates scenarios that are so hysterical, wrong, appalling, familiar, embarrassing, uncomfortable, and entertaining, the show is addictive like staring at a car wreck when you know you shouldn't, but you just can't look away; it's invigorating like a fresh, loud, wake-up slap on the face. The writing, the quick timing, and the performances are so natural, one wonders if anyone is even acting (but hopes to heaven they are). Danny DeVito joined the cast in the second season, in one of the best roles on TV. DeVito is "Frank," the buddy dad that just wants to be part of the gang, the dad that looks good on paper, but the experience for his kids is more like taking care of a vicious dog that isn't potty-trained. Three of his four talented cohorts (Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, and Rob McElhenney) not only star in the series, but write it as well. Thanks to their new take on old themes and a willingness to stretch the boundaries of appropriateness and exploit the audiences' inner insecurities, originality is back on TV.--Rachel Moss
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These characters are losers who are destined to go nowhere and see there lives degenerate into alcoholic self-destruction, but somehow they have made that funny. If the characters were sympathetic at all then we wouldn't be able to watch them fail and tear each other down episode after episode. If they actually succeeded or their machinations didn't blow up in their faces then our sense of justice would be thrown off. This show walks a very fine line and walks that line very well.
This show isn't going to be for everyone. Those (like me) who love this show will never be able to explain why to those who don't like it. I think to truly love this show one has to have a bit of nihilistic streak with in themselves. I hope the gang can walk this fine line for many more seasons to come.