Show 101: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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SHOW: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

PREMIERES: Thursday, September 16 at 10pm on FX

WHY YOU MIGHT LIKE IT: If you like lampoonish, over-the-top comedy that is really a commentary about karma biting you in the ass because you’re an awful person, then tune in. If you like off-the-hook absurdity, cringeworthy moments, and perfect comedic timing—not to mention dudes who wear sleeveless shirts and huff glue—watch an episode. It’s Always Sunny in Philladelphia is like a cracked out combo of Taxi's perfect casting and Curb Your Enthusiasm’s neverending worst-case scenarios. Episode titles that might give you a sense of the show's inane antics include "The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis," "The Gang Gets Extreme: Home Makeover," "Sweet Dee's Dating a Retarded Person," and "Who Pooped the Bed?"

WHY YOU MIGHT HATE IT: If none of the above appeals to you, or if you don’t like incessant yelling, crass jokes, or watching so-called "adults" behaving badly, then maybe this show isn’t for you.

THE PREMISE: The gang—Mac (Rob McElhenney), Charlie Kelly (Charlie Day), Frank Reynolds (Danny DeVito), Dennis Reynolds (Glenn Howerton), Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds (Kaitlin Olson)—spends its days at Paddy’s Irish Pub, a run down bar in South Philadelphia that all of them work at and/or own. They are not, what you would say moral upstanding citizens, and frequently ruin other people's lives for their own benefit.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Hey-o! Almost all It's Always Sunny... episodes are self-contained, so you can easily jump in at any point. A few running plot points, character backstories, and jokes: Dennis and Sweet Dee are brother and sister, and Frank is used to be their father. Frank and Charlie live together in a disgusting apartment where they share a bed, and Frank is possibly Charlie's dad due to a one-night stand and a failed abortion many years ago. Mac and Dennis are best friends. Charlie can't read. Sweet Dee looks like a bird. Mac rarely wears sleeves and thinks he's a master of karate. They are all pretty much the epitome of awfulness, and they are all totally unaware of their awfulness.

I leave you with this parting thought, from the Season 5 episode "Paddy's Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens":

But you should probably watch the Auto-Tuned Season 6 trailer and the cast's Season 6 overview, too:

See you tonight, bitches!

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