“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
What a show!
It’s twisted fetishes and alcohol-fueled debauchery make it one of the most depraved situation comedies to ever hit a screen, and now it’s scoring in syndication.
First shot on a camcorder and aired on FX in 2006, the show has reached a deal to show re-runs on Comedy Central and WGN Chicago. And even though the show has now moved to full HD production in its seventh season, the gimmicks and stunts haven’t been allowed to go stale. To the contrary, they’ve only become more bizarre and fascinatingly idiotic.
The main characters of “It’s Always Sunny,” Glenn Howerton, Rob McIlhenney, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito are a estranged family running a Philly pub in and out (mostly out) of solvency. A filthy hell-hole of a tavern, Paddy’s Pub is owned by DeVito and run by Howerton and McIlhenney. Olson plays smarmy bartender and Day the lynch pin as janitor.
DeVito as father is madness, and Howerton, Day and Olson are lucid in their respective roles as his maladjusted and sordid children. McIlhenney is the only person unrelated to the insanity, though he’s no less retarded.
The group invests in scheme after scheme, the characters get hooked on illicit drug after drug, and the psychosis of Howerton somehow ties it all together.
I used to think “Seinfeld” was great. Then I got stuck on “The Office.” I’ve even had a recent fling with “Big Bang Theory,” but “It’s Always Sunny…” has garnered a place in my cannon of great modern sitcoms.
And at 84 episodes and counting, there’s precious little new time left with these characters. The show must have, what, three seasons remaining before the actors divest (sans DeVito) and seek movie careers? Day has already tasted big-screen success following his hilarious role in “Horrible Bosses” in 2011.
Whatever lies ahead for “It’s Always Sunny,” the show has already provided me with more smirks and sardonic laughs than any other. Such is my scope for measuring quality non-sports programming.