Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Sun Keeps Shining

Gloryholes, guns, Danny Devito, abortion, real estate scams. “I hate listening to people's dreams. It is like flipping through a stack of photographs. If I'm not in any of them and nobody is having sex, what's the point,” the first episode of the FX comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia aired four years ago and prepared audiences for what they could expect for the next five seasons. The show follows five socially inept rehtards including Mac (played by writer/creator Rob McElhenney), Charlie (writer/creator Charlie Day), Dennis (writer/creator Glenn Howerton), his sister Dee (Kaitlin Olsen), and their father Frank (played by Danny DeVito) as they manage a failing bar and take on ridiculous situations every week. This is literally a synopsis of the entire show, they manage a bar and come up with ridiculous problems each week. That’s it. And it’s perfect.

“No, it's not a joke! You remember Genesis? Book two, verse three: And he breatheth into the nostrils of Adam on the first day and it was good," - a biblical quotation Mac endorses to support his stance against abortion, Frank prefers “flush it out” not only to endorse abortion, but suggest an disturbing the means of which one could the perform the difficult procedure. The show has absolutely no barriers, something that seems to be a modern comedic necessity as everything has already been made fun of, and taboo can often be hilarious in and of itself; as long as you watch it away from church officials or immediate family members. The selfish, dishonest and completely moronic cast of characters makes hilarity out of usually unfunny subjects, each episode spelled out with its title including names like "Mac’s Banging the Waitress" ,"Charlie Has Cancer,” "Dennis Looks Like a Registered Sex Offender", and "Charlie Got Molested."

“I'm not saying I agree with it. It's just that bird law in this country, it's not governed by reason,” aside from the ridiculous nature of the show, what makes it even better is that on some deeper level it retains some social commentary; and sometimes they talk about dumb bullshit that doesn’t exist like birdlaw.
Aside from the dumb bullshit, important issues like the gas crisis, socialized healthcare, and this season the mortgage crisis are all commented on just to name a few of the problems tackled by “the gang” as they try their best to solve the problems almost always to promote their personal gain. Waterboarding, top level buyouts are a couple of tactics employed by the gang in accordance with heavy alcohol consumption that somehow always result in the same infinitely appropriate ending; a complete failure by all parties involved in whatever endeavor they partake in. The effect of these beautiful morons embracing these methods emphasizes the ridiculousness of their actual real life endorsement, most often by the government. If nothing else it makes you feel a little better about watching episodes titled “Sweet Dee Dates a Retarded Person.”

As a metaphorical cherry on top of the Sunday, Danny Devito is a drunk, weedhead pervert (my favorite kind of pervert) who comes up with ideas like a gloryhole for the bar bathroom, and babbles off requests like “Go on the internet and download me a hoagie” as his buddies sit around and watch him smoke his huge new bong. Oh and he carries a huge gun which makes frequent cameos. Perfect.

As the show speeds into its fifth season there is absolutely no sign of it slowing down as the laughs keep coming in enormous doses. Be sure to check it out every Thursday at 10 on FX. Viewer discretion is seriously advised.

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