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IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA

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									                         “It‟s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
                                Season Two Review Excerpts
                                       June 29, 2006



“Every once in a while, even the omniscient, panopticon-like gaze of The Professional
Television Watcher misses something. Last year, for instance, I didn't review FX's It's
Always Sunny In Philadelphia, which lacuna, being the standup guy that I am, I will blame on
the fact that the early episodes were not that great. But as the season went on, I realized I
was wr--er, that is, the show raised its creative game to the point that it became one of my
favorite comedies. The show didn't make it onto many viewers' radar either, but FX kept faith in
the show and brings it back for a second season Thursday at 10 p.m., so that you may see the
error of your ways. (Really. I mean, what is wrong with you?) The sitcom, in the Seinfeld show-
about-nothing mold, is nothing impressive on its face: four not-too-bright buddies in their twenties
run a dive bar in Philly, while getting into politically incorrect scrapes. But it's one of the few
shows that beg Seinfeld comparisons that actually deserve the comparison….Dedicated to
a sincere belief in the venality of man, refusing to let any sacred cow go ungored, it's like Curb
Your Enthusiasm for a lower tax bracket. What the show lacked last year, maybe, was a single
big name or breakout talent to grab it attention. This year, the producers (Charlie Day, Glenn
Howerton and Rob McElhenney, who are also the writers and stars) made up for that by casting
the sexy, made-for-Us-magazine mug of... Danny DeVito. What DeVito lacks in polish, he makes
up for in... well, lack of polish: his abrasive, merry-misanthrope character niche is perfect for
Philadelphia's comedy of bad manners….It's as if Louie DePalma had never left TV….Don't
make my—I mean your—mistake again this summer.”
     James Poniewozik, TIME

“Politically incorrect gem on FX….There is a willful, even gleeful abandonment of political
correctness in FX‟s spare, painfully funny comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It‟s that
very fearlessness, that desire to push the boundaries of what‟s considered offensive that made
this series such a wonderful surprise last season….It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has lost
none of its giddy sharp edges….the best news here is that DeVito fits in nicely, retapping
into his roots as Louis De Palma and bringing up the unsavory social aspects that play so well
in this series….[FX] stuck with Sunny…giving the comedy a full 10-episode order that significantly
improves the state of the genre. That it has survived this long is great news for TV comedy.
This is a series that‟s ridiculously funny....It seems genuinely smart about sending up hot-button
issues instead of appearing calculating….Sunny has an infectious goofiness to it that leavens the
subject matter….Credit goes to Day, McElhenney, Howerton and the wonderful Kaitlin Olson
(who completes the main foursome) for taking the material and making it go further than
expected….Part of the allure of Sunny, to be sure, rests with these four actors having a good time
putting on a show. It‟s like they sat down, came up with a string of ridiculous situations and said
„Ok, let‟s film it, but let‟s be ourselves as much as possible.‟ The lack of gloss is welcome, the
lack of pretentiousness even more so…Each one of the actors and their respective characters
brings something of value to the series….For comedy that‟s not pretty, It’s Always Sunny in
Philadelphia is damn funny. WILD APPLAUSE (highest rating)”
      Tim Goodman, San Francisco Chronicle

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“…just might be this generation‟s Friends…”
    Derrik J. Lang, Associated Press


“brazenly funny…. so-wrong-it's-riotous.”
     Matt Roush, TV Guide

"This is one gloriously brazen, deliciously acted comedy."
    John Griffiths, US Weekly

“How much of a difference can it make to add one cast member to a comedy ensemble? In
the case of Danny DeVito, added for season 2 of It‟s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the
difference is significant and all for the best….{DeVito‟s character] isn‟t a huge stretch from his
blustery Louie DePalma character on Taxi, but it opens up great new possibilities….the comedic
possibilities increase exponentially….This series has become sunnier than ever.”
     Barry Garron, The Hollywood Reporter

"Sunny's misshapen roots probably lead to a different classic sitcom. It's really a blue-collar
version of Seinfeld….The depraved laughs in Sunny are undeniable, as long as you
remember, kids, not to try this at home.”
    Glenn Garvin, Miami Herald

“Sit back and enjoy the farce that is FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia….Watch and
laugh.”
     Mekeisha Madden Toby, Detroit News

“DeVito‟s star power could propel cult sitcom to mainstream…DeVito seems relaxed and enjoying
his time on camera….”Mac Bangs Dennis‟ Mom” (tentatively schedule for July 6 at 10:30)
may just be a comedy classic, ranking with the very best of Seinfeld. It‟s dark and brilliant
and should be a master class for any wannabe sitcom writers. Be grateful that some people
grow up and that the weather is almost always funny in Philadelphia.”
     Marc Perigard, Boston Herald

“The show adds stars here but keeps its ragged charm….Not since Seinfeld have central
characters been so self-centered and politically incorrect.”
    Mike Hughes, Gannett News



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“…it is never sunny in the hilariously amoral world inhabited by the members of our gang….as
the laughter ensues and the principals fall ever more deeply into sin….in this show that's like
Seinfeld on crack, which last year shone a fun-house mirror on such serious subjects as
abortion, underage drinking and gun control, things are worse, which means for viewers, they're
better. It's easy to see why DeVito…would want to do his first regular series role since
Taxi's Louie De Palma more than 20 years ago….The language is offensive, the characters, in
one light, reprehensible. But they and their show are a lot like puppies, too - incorrigible, yet
lovable. You can't wait to see whose slipper they'll chew next.”
     Jonathan Storm, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Sunny returns for a second season tonight, darkly comic as ever…. anyone who
appreciates the dark and twisted might be highly amused…. The further the show pushes its
stories over the top, the funnier they can be, particularly in the upcoming episode "Mac Bangs
Dennis' Mom," which features characters trying to retaliate against one another, continuously
upping the ante with hilarious/pathetic results.”
    Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“The series is like a live-action 'toon from Matt Stone and Trey Parker (South Park)…. If you're
easily offended by crude, brazen comedy about sex, abortion, race and the physically
handicapped, this show isn't for you. On the other hand, it can be downright uproarious at
times. That's certainly true of tonight's season opener, which features the addition of Danny
DeVito in his first stint as a series regular since his days as Louie DePalma on Taxi. Cast here as
Dennis and Dee's father, he fits right in to their grungy, morally questionable lifestyle.”
    Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News

“It’s Always Sunny is unlike any other show on TV. And I mean that in a good way…”
      Aaron Barnhart, The Kansas City Star

“Sunny shines despite its cloudy characters….The young actors in Sunny, who also
produce and write the show, are uniformly talented, and it‟s clearly not easy to master the
nuances of an energetic, single-camera comedy….Sunny is much more of a latter-day
descendant of Seinfeld, with DeVito as the most gleefully selfish character in the bunch.”
    Maureen Ryan, Chicago Tribune




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“FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is politically incorrect, but in TV comedy, that phrase is
almost pointless. These days, nearly every sitcom -- network or cable -- thrives on the very topics
once deemed too touchy to touch. In fact, political correctness may have made sexism, terrorism,
retardation, religion, and poverty seem that much funnier, since it upped their risqué factor. As
with Mary Tyler Moore at the funeral of Chuckles the Clown, the more you're not supposed to
laugh, the more you want to. Even so, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which returns for its
second season tonight at 10, is really politically incorrect. It lives to transgress. It does a nutty
dance all over the danger zones, such as in tonight's opener, in which the characters fake
handicaps to milk sympathy and get sex. We see that kind of situation on Curb Your Enthusiasm
and we saw it on Seinfeld, when George pretended to be disabled for the perks. But on Sunny,
the morality-impaired characters deliver the disability jokes with particularly gleeful abandon….If
you're prudish or just polite, in other words, you'll be turned off by all the happy offensiveness. If
you're not turned off, though, you may be entertained, as I am. The show is the quintessential
slacker comedy. Unlike network sitcoms that have marketed themselves as such -- think Friends
or Four Kings -- Sunny is the real deal….Howerton, Day, and McElhenney, the show's
creator, have a great chemistry….DeVito, brought in to call attention to the series, mixes well
with the lightly sociopathic atmosphere of Sunny. He (and, in one scene, his toupee) blend right in
with the jerkiness.”
     Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe

“observant, audacious, subversive comedy….DeVito couldn‟t be a better fit….Dennis, Dee,
Charlie, Mac and even Frank are just regular schmoes who let greed, lust and other temptations
get the best of them. The results are both dizzily farcical and oddly moral. Who could ask for
more from a sitcom than that.”
     Joanne Weintraub, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“gleefully raunchy and hilarious….Maybe that„s why Danny DeVito chose Philadelphia for
his return to television….They are an incorrigible bunch – yet they‟re remarkably endearing.
The secret to Philadelphia’s success is the delight it takes in ridiculous situations. They go in
whole hog, with no apologies. You either think it‟s funny or you don‟t, and they don‟t really care
either way; they‟re having too much fun to worry about it….They take their absurdity seriously, as
oxymoronic as that sounds, and it pays off. Sometimes you feel bad laughing at what you‟re
seeing, but at least you‟re laughing….What makes Philadelphia a far better show is that it
remembered the comedy part, as well.”
     Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic
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“[Sunny] is very funny. It's also incredibly, remarkably politically incorrect.”
     Scott Pierce, Deseret News


“Sunny is often a vile, twisted beast that crosses the line of acceptable taste. But it can
also be highly amusing, and the addition of DeVito and Archer does nothing to diminish
that.”
    Verne Gay, Newsday


“…when Sunny works, it makes your rib cage ache. Even when it‟s not up to usual standards,
it‟s still better than whatever else is passing for a good time at the moment.”
      Melanie McFarland, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

								
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