It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an FX sitcom created by Rob McElhenney about four friends (played by McElhenney, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and Kaitlin Olson) who run an Irish bar, "Paddy's Pub", in Philadelphia. The series deals with a variety of controversial topics, including abortion, gun control, racism, sexism, religion, slavery, sexual harassment in education and gay rights.
The story of four unrepentant narcissists, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia dishes out what other comedies lack. Edge, absurdity and a healthy dose of satire. The gang does what they want, don't care what you think, and make for one of the best comedies on television. One of a kind.
Kidnapping, torture, and rape are all part of the shenanigans at paddy's pub. If the idea of staging a fake baby funeral to scam IRS sounds funny to you then It's Always Sunny will offer you the perfect blend of dark, and twisted comedy.
This is one of those absurd comedies done right. The plot always involves something utterly ridiculous but I find the part that makes me laugh instantly is the episode title card. Try not reading the episode title or description here on Sidereel or in the TV Guide and instead watch the opener cold... that's guaranteed to be your first laugh of the episode 7 out of 10 times.
UPDATE 2019: As the seasons have progressed, the writing has weakened somewhat but it is still worth the watch. It is like an even more crass South Park but without animation and without the witty social commentary.
"Four sociopaths, running a bar in Philly, pulling moronic schemes? Okay, sounds good; I'll try watching an episode or two." That's what I thought to myself before after checking Always Sunny out online due to several friends recommending it to me. So, after procrastinating for a few days, I finally did sit down and watch an episode or two... and 4 more full seasons - all in a single weekend. Wasn't too long after that I had finished every episode of the show; it's that addicting and that funny. This is a show that requires a certain sense-of-humor; where a combination of randomness, stupidity, narcissism, and flat-out manipulative sociopathy equals hilarity.
In other words, if you enjoy Archer (the only TV show, in this humble reviewer's opinion, that is greater than It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), then you will get more than just a few chuckles out of this show. The most recent season, #11, is probably the weakest season of the show - and yet it's still hilarious. I'm glad The Gang was renewed for a twelfth season, and I hope they go back to their roots.
Some of the most despicable characters on TV. And stupid. They spend their days getting into all sorts of ridiculous antics. All of them have an over inflated image of themselves. And everyone who comes in contact with them finds their lives being destroyed.