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on December 20, 2012
'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia,' which debuted on the FX channel in 2005 and is still going strong as of 2012, is a highly original and hilariously funny adult comedy series about three callous and self-centered male friends who own a struggling dive bar in Philadelphia: Mac (creator Rob McElhenney), who is obsessed with physical culture, "intel," and defense, believes himself to be the group's leader; Dennis (Glenn Howerton), who is smug, narcissistic and arrogant to an advanced degree, and Charlie (Charlie Day), the illiterate, unwashed 'low man on the totem pole' who does the janitorial work and is romantically obsessed with a local waitress (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) who wants nothing to do with him.

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.
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on August 30, 2015
The only criteria seems to be that within the context of the show - is it funny? There's rarely any consequences to what they do. Each character has few if any redeeming values. But is it funny? Oh yes. The addition of Danny DeVito made a good show great. Introducing the character seemed a bit awkward, but after that it's clear sailing. I particularly like the very special Christmas episode where they each have revelations about their childhoods, but really it's hard to single out any one episode. Its definitely not a "network" show - setup, punch line, laugh track - or a one joke show (I get it - they're nerds and she's hot, or he's fat and so is she - ha ha). That said its not for everybody. A lot of people like one joke shows. But if you like absurd, anything for a laugh comedy - this could for you.
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on April 30, 2015
I don't watch many television programs, but this is one of the first shows that caught my interest from day one. I own every season now and I watch them waaaaaaayyyy too much. Some people don't find it funny at first but once you catch a show that makes you laugh, you'll be hooked and you'll understand why it's funny. There are many little things within the show that make it funny like awkward moments they create for themselves, or Charlie claiming that he specializes in Bird Law or his sales pitch for Kitten Mittens. Let's not forget Frank Reynolds (Danny DeVitto) he is hilarious in that show. If you're not like some people who get easily offended at the littlest thing (seems to be common these days) and can see the humor for what it is, then this is the perfect show for you.
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on February 10, 2014
i gave this a 5 star cause
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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on January 10, 2016
Sunny has to be one of the funniest shows on television (or Amazon). I laugh so hard, even though I've probably seen each episode a lot of times. I think some people have a hard time getting over how awful each character is, but to me that is part of the fun. It's a raw look at the worst of human nature that also includes some of the dumbest of human nature. Sunny is great escapism and great commentary at the same time. I recommend everyone give it at least two episodes. Another great thing: each season seems to get better.
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on January 3, 2017
Great value for two seasons and a great show! This was packaged well and arrived fast.
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on March 17, 2016
Only just started watching when the show was removed from Amazon Prime. I don't remember seeing any warnings that is was going to be removed.
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on June 19, 2017
This show is just crazy funny. NOT for kids. This is how these nut jobs first started letting you get to know them all and laugh until it hurts.
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on February 1, 2016
It's hard to imagine how this show found its way to television at all - let alone for 11 seasons. It's irreverent - often to the point of being obscene - and touches on subject matters most shows wouldn't dare approach. Still, somehow, and mostly thanks to clever writing and a cast that's been able to embrace the material with incredible zeal and humor, it's possibly the best comedy on television.
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on November 23, 2015
I had been told a number of times that I just had to watch this program due to its off-kilter sense of humor. I'm sorry I waited so long. The characters are likable, and so it's almost hard to watch because of the predicaments in which they get themselves. But it's totally worth it. If you like scatological humor (think Archer, Family Guy), you'll enjoy this program. It's genius.
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