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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a farcical ensemble comedy on FX that revolves around a group of friends who own a bar in Philadelphia. The running joke of the show is that all of the friends are horrible people who do not even seem to like each other very much.

The characters are mean, competitve and occasionally racist, but the tone of the show makes it clear that the audience is supposed to know that these attitudes are wrong. The audience is not meant to like or relate to the characters. The four men on the show are especially cruel toward their one female friend, Dee. Dee, played by Caitlin Olson, is constantly the butt of sexist jokes and disparaging remarks about her appearance. This too is tongue-in-cheek, as Olson is clearly a very attractive woman. Dee is occasionally the voice of reason but more often is just as ridiculous and awful as the men are.

Glenn Howerton plays Dennis, Dee's twin brother who is far more vain than he deserves to be. Dee and Dennis grew up believing that Frank, played by Danny DeVito, is their father. They find out in the course of the show that he is not their real father. He might be their friend Charlie's father though. Charlie, played by Charlie Day, is uneducated and lacks logical thought processes. His moments of sweetness are undercut by his bizarre obsession with a local waitress. Charlie and Dee have been shown to have the show's closest approximation of a functioning friendship.

Rob McElhenney's blue collar Mac has delusions of grandeur. He is the most immediately identifiable character archetype in the ensemble. He is usually the one who sparks the gang's crazy projects, which inevitably always spiral out of control. Most episodes center around the friends' half-baked schemes. Their plans usually begin with innocuous ideas that never come to fruition because no one in the gang possesses much in the way of real intellect or talent. Their bar, Paddy's Pub, is the primary set piece for the show.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is hilarious if one can overcome the cruelty of the humor. It has a sensibility that is similar to that of the Canadian series Trailer Park Boys. Fans of comedian Daniel Tosh will also likely enjoy Always Sunny. The show contains obscene language and adult content. There is real wit underneath the stylized crudeness.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on FX
12 Seasons, 137 Episodes
August 4, 2005
Comedy
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  • Dennis divulges his secret - he has a baby - and the gang tries to help him get out of the jam, but their suggestions border on the extreme.

  • Get a glimpse into Cricket's world and then a possible redemption when his family intervenes.

  • It's Valentine's Day and Paddy's is packed. Dennis struggles to get the gang to do one single day of work because they are distracted by a mystery crate in the alley.

  • Dee dates a male stripper and tries to prove her worth after learning she's his "rock bottom." Elsewhere: Mac and Frank get sucked into a VR war game, leading Mac to develop a case PTSD.

  • The gang fight over a lottery ticket and seek out an arbitrator to decide a rightful owner, who also decides if Frank is a hero or hate monger.

  • Dennis becomes the main suspect when a cat-woman dies.

  • Franks Fluids LLC is threatened when a news segment reveals Wolf Cola has become the official drink of Boko Haram. Dee and Dennis help with the PR nightmare while Charlie and Mac focus on securing a deal to make Fight Milk the official drink of the UFC.

  • Charlie believes Mac's mom is holding his mom hostage so the gang decides to investigate.

  • The gang takes a trip to a local waterpark, ripe with personal agendas and ulterior motives. Dennis feeds off his mantra of "the park provides" and takes on a protégé. Frank and Charlie are determined to ride every ride by any means necessary and Mac and Dee get stuck in a tube slide for most of the day.

  • While watching the Wiz, an electric blanket shorts out and the gang realizes they've turned black. Together they must figure out how to get back to being themselves.

  • The gang becomes truthful in the face of death.

  • The gang tries to take a break from the norm by going on a cruise, but old habits die hard.

  • Dennis gets innovative when he comes up with the idea of a mobile Paddy's pub experience, but things don't turn out how he imagined. Meanwhile, Charlie and Mac attempt to catch a thieving leprechaun.

  • Injustices emerge when the Lawyers sue Bill Ponderosa on behalf of Liam McPoyle and his lost eye.

  • The gang has a new scheme and Frank is determined to be involved.

  • Mac and Dennis move to the suburbs for cheaper rent but struggle to acclimate.

  • Dennis and Dee film an adaptation of Dennis' erotic memoirs while Frank and Mac pretend Charlie is a gifted artist.

  • Dennis and Frank battle Dee and Mac for control of the mountain, while Charlie discovers the rules of the slopes.

  • When Frank falls out the window causing him to think it's 2006, the gang decides to jump at the opportunity for a second chance and fix their past mistakes.

  • In the season premiere, the gang agrees to a truce while demonstrating Chardee MacDennis for an interested board game executive, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.

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