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Loud, impetuous and often offensive, this single-camera comedy may not appeal to the majority on the face of it, but after a few episodes most will find themselves drawn into the argumentative world of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’.
Narcissist’s Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Mac (Rob McElhenney), Charlie (Charlie Day) and Dee (Kaitlin Olson) own the Irish themed Paddy’s Pub located in, you guessed it, Philadelphia. Forever getting in their own way, as well as each other’s, Dennis and co are forever scheming to either bring in business or sleep with people, all at the expense of doing any actual work.
As it progresses, ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ becomes more outlandish, the traits and flaws of each character becoming more accentuated and delivering great comedy, especially with the addition of Frank (Danny DeVito) after season one.
The gang’s poor judgement along with Charlie’s stupidity, Frank’s vulgarity, Mac’s latent homo-sexuality, Dennis’s psychotic tendencies and the constant mockery of Dee are all excellently exploited. As is the use of the incestuous McPoyle family, led by brothers Liam (Jimmi Simpson) and Ryan (Nate Mooney), Dee’s disgustingly bold friend Artemis (Artemis Pebdani), the increasingly unfortunate Rickety Cricket (David Hornsby) and a local attorney (Brian Unger) who despite his hatred for the group continues to receive their often trivial business.
Created by McElhenney and developed alongside Howerton and Day, ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ is funny, often topical (at the time anyway) and full of contemptable characters you’ll love but would never want to meet. It’s even spawned a Russian adaption ‘It’s Always Sunny in Moscow’ which, let’s face it, is probably the best recommendation the original can receive.