It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Seasons 1 & 2
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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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Joining the three to compose "the gang" are Dennis' twin sister, vulgar Sweet Dee (Kaitlin Olson), who has illusions about her appearance, talent, and social viability, and the twins' raucous, ready-for-anything stepfather, Frank (Danny DeVito).
Whereas many post-1987 American television comedy series, from 'Seinfeld' (1989-1998), 'Roseanne' (1988-1997) and 'Mad About You' (1992-1999) to 'The King of Queens' (1998-2007) were supposed to be funny but simply were not, the vehemently politically incorrect 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' is that rare thing: an American television comedy that actually is funny.
The three leads--McElhenney, Howerton, and Day, who also write or cowrite many of the episodes--are extremely deft and nimble in their verbal and physical interaction, which is critical, since, despite a parade of elaborate set pieces in a number of episodes, typically, the funniest portions of each arise directly out of Mac's, Charlie's, and Dennis' explosive repartee. In this regard, Olson and DeVito contribute only slightly less.
'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' is also an intelligent and fairly sophisticated comedy posing as a lowbrow comedy, not unlike 'Married With Children' (1987-1997). The ghosts of the Marx Brothers hover overhead, but the ghosts of the original Three Stooges are always close at hand too (for example, in the episode in which Charlie and Frank, interlocked and spine-to-spine, crack one another's backs). At the show's best, in both dialog and plot, the writing approaches the nonsense absurdity of Lewis Carroll.
Other than being genuinely hilarious and clever, 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' has an absolutely unique voice and vision, something few television programs of any era can claim.
The Irish, Italians, Blacks, Latins, Koreans, Muslims, Catholics, Jews, Anglo-Americans generally, women, the wealthy, the poor, the homeless, unwed mothers, the overweight, the short of stature, the pretentious, the socially gauche, the elderly, homosexuals (same-sex jokes abound, though largely directed at Mac, Dennis, and Charlie and questioning the sometimes murky nature of their friendship, though all three characters are ostensibly heterosexual), transsexuals, aging hippies, drug addicts, surrogate mothers, single adults, priests, cancer patients, children: no religion, race, ethnicity, "protected group" or other sacred cow or cause is spared lampooning; "The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby" is a typical episode title, one fans of the show will instantly find hilarious and be able to place in full context.
Everyone and everything is addressed, mocked and skewered in equal measure, and yet 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' manages to do so without being in the least mean-spirited: a genuine feat indeed.
Though all five main members of the cast are highly talented, and each in a number of ways, it is endlessly shrill, highly kinetic Charlie Day who steals most scenes and, occasionally, entire episodes. It is only in Day's favor that his character, Charlie Kelly, is the most complexly shaded member of "the gang." The raspy-voiced and endlessly inventive Day is a comic talent of the first order.
Not all episodes wholly succeed, and some fall completely flat (such as "Frank Reynolds' Little Beauties" and "Frank's Brother" from Season Seven), but these are the rare exception.
1. i love the show since Danny DeVito got involved with the show made way funnier compared to the first season. now the first season is still pretty funny but not as funny when "Frank" came along in the second season.
2. i would recommend this to any one that does not have this already, its has their classic episode on this set like (the gang gets racist S1, underage drinking: a national concern S1, gun fever S1, charlie got molested S1, charlie gets crippled S2, the gang goes jihad S2, the gang gives back S2, Dennis and Dee go on welfare S2, Mac bangs Dennis' mom S2, the gang runs for office S2, hundred dollar baby S2, charlie goes America all over everybody's ass S2, the gang exploits a miracle S2, plus Dennis and Dee get a new dad S2.
3. because amazon has really great cheap prices for these series. trust me, if ya see a new season of it's always sunny in Philadelphia like at wal mart or target thinking not bad price, then go on amazon to see the price difference you would flip out. i have a couple times feeling i got screwed. thats why i always go through amazon or if i actually find it cheaper some where else which is like once in a blue moon
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