Five Reasons Always Sunny in Philadelphia is the Best Show on Television

Danny Devito’s Hair (or pretty much anything)

It’s always awesome when you have a character who you can laugh at just by looking at them.   It’s impossible not to laugh while looking at Devito’s height.  And this season his hair is absolutely out of control.

There are few if any Limits

The only other show I know that stretches ethical, political, and moral boundaries as far as Always Sunny is South Park, and they are allowed because it’s a cartoon.  Always Sunny get’s pretty close.  The Chapelle’s Show used to do it.  But now?  Always Sunny is the show that stretches the bar.

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  1. This and Dexter are my two favorite shows this season. Usually a fan of Big Bang, How I Met, Parks & Rec, and The Office as well. Aside from P&R I feel like the rest of my favorite shows are falling off in quality. Dexter almost lost my interest last season, but I think Sunny is as strong as it’s ever been. Love Fat Mac and @David – as soon as that episode was over I wanted to watch another one where they just played Chardee MacDennis again!

  2. What the show does great is be inventive, they spark ideas like green man, drinking wine from soda cans, Chardee MacDennis, flip-a-delphia, Dick Towel, and so on.

    But I agree with David, this season and last have been meh. I watch for the general entertainment, but find the laughs few and far apart. unlike seasons 2 and 3.

    Maybe its because it is SO outrageous, its hard to laugh.

  3. The fact that you named two shows that have been noticeably more mediocre than they’ve ever been further demonstrates to me your ignorance of what “the best” truly is. Chardee MacDennis and some of the first couple episodes of Sunny were truly inspired, but this show is not creating laughs on as much of a consistent basis as shows like Community or Parks and Rec in my humble opinion.

  4. I agree, they all are smart. But Charlie is the dumbest. He can do random things though, like play piano, but other than that he has some pretty severe dyslexia or is just plain illiterate. Dennis, the character, actually went to Penn, so hes pretty brainy. but they all have such a weird set of ethics and are extremely selfish that they are ignorant sometimes.

  5. This show fell off after the third season. At this point they’re running on fumes. They’ve figured out what I call the South Park formula of success. Meaning they’ve figured out a working formula to crafting an episode a long time ago and figured why switch things if they’re working. Sadly they’re not working. A baby funeral? A whole flashback episode to Frank in the 70’s? WTF? Splitting the gang into two separate groups and having them deal with [random taboo subject #1] and [random taboo subject #2] all while making some type of random pop culture reference doesn’t always necessarily translate into comedic gold. And Danny Devito simply being a short fat man doesn’t always make him funny either.

  6. @ John:
    You talking about Community pretty much destroyed your argument. Senior Chang and the Dean peaked their quirkiness last season, so they are trying to force them to be quirky and it isn’t funny. Every night is another of Jeff’s monologues that are getting old and Britta just isn’t a good comedic actor. They both became caricatures of themselves and in comedy that isn’t good. The jokes about Shirly and her religion are getting old.

    This is what happens when you make a series without any idea of what you want to do with it, or were you want it to go. I’d rather have it die than continue to flounder into its fourth season.

  7. @Tim, if your getting hung up on the mechanics and not the content, I’m afraid you should just stop watching TV or almost any media in general.
    You’ve just called out a near plethora of shows that fall within that “formulaic” criteria of yours.
    Specificity. Learn it, bitch.

    Look @Caesar. He actually mentions Community’s problems first-hand. I don’t necessarily agree with him, but I certainly see his point as valid.

    I found season’s 5 & 6 of Sunny to be a little bit unmemorable. Sure, they were funny. But I think the problem is that season 4 set the bar so high that it was tough to clear.
    I’m glad season 7 looks like it can clear that hurdle.

    PS to Tim: You could stop watching the show, ya know?
    Idk why anyone would wanna endure 4 seasons of a show that they believe has “fallen off”. The problem here is you, not the show.

  8. Sunny is the one show I couldn’t get my friends into, I introduced them to Community, Parks and Rec, The League, but with this, it’s kind of “you get it or you don’t.”

  9. I’m with Tim, IASIP fell off shortly after season 3. I think Danny Devito’s character has kind of ruined it and caused every episode to become too frantic and outrageous (plot wise). Don’t get me wrong the show has always been very outrageous but for the last few seasons it seems like it’s just being edgy for the sake of being edgy. The gang should go back to their early roots like in seasons 1 & 2, gimme some more McPoyles and random pop culture references (Planet Hollywood jacket). I also found the baby funeral to be distasteful and I have a plethora of dead baby jokes. Hopefully the show doesn’t go on for too much longer with Charlie Day’s burgeoning movie career.

  10. Well said john C! These people are a bunch of pussies! Always Sunny kicks ass and will remain a comedic staple in my life for one. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it and pull your skirts down! Fuck!

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