REVIEW: It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
Season 1 - 2
"It's always sunny in
Philadelphia" is one of the funniest comedies created
by non premium cable TV channel (FX) in recent years.
The project was created by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn
Howerton. In addition, the pilot was shot
with $200 digital camera and offered to the cable networks .
FX picked up the sitcom and gave $400,000 to the creators for
the first season. McElhenney, Day and Glenn shot seven
episodes for the first season with the first one
airing on 8/4/2007. From word to mouth publicity, the
show got enough ratings for a second season. Probably trying
to make the show more popular, FOX will release the DVD a
week and half before the season 3 premieres September
13. It makes more sense to start the third season in the
fall than in the middle of the summer like they did with
season one and two.
"It's always sunny in
Philadelphia" is about Mac (Rob McElhenney), Charlie
(Charlie Day) and Dennis (Glenn Howerton) best friends since
high school, that decided to get a bar in order to get chicks
and free alcohol. Together they own "Paddy's Irish Pub"
in Philadelphia. Dennis calls on his sister Dee (Kaitlin
Olsen) to be the bartender. These selfish and loser
the most serious and controversial topics racism, abortion,
underage drinking, molestation, cancer and death, of course
they will try the get the most out of each situation for
their personal interest (girls, alcohol and keep the bar
running). Sometimes these 20 something friends will try to
scam one another creating a funny, "intelligent" and
outrageous comedy in cable television.
In the first season the gang
took on some of the most controversial social issues. For
example, in the first episode called "The Gang Get Racist", Charlie tries
to prove he is not racist by going out on a date with a black
girl. Some other issues in the first season are abortion,
underage drinking, guns and sexual harassment. In all of
these episodes sarcastic humor is evident like in the
episode "Charlie Wants An Abortion" where Mac joins a
pro life rally in order to score with one of the rally
girls, while Dennis joins a pro choice rally convinced by Dee
that a pro choice rally will have more women. These episodes
set up the grounds on what the series is all about. A
sarcastic adult dark comedy were laughs are not missed in
every single episode.
For the second season and to
add more market value to the series, FOX added Danny
Devito to the cast as Dee and Dennis father (Frank
Reynolds). Also we get to meet Mrs Reynolds (Anne Archer)
Dee and Dennis' mother. Both parents are probably more selfish
and opportunistic than their kids. The addition of these
characters give more material to the series writers. But it
is not Danny Devito's performance in the show what has
center stage, it is
Mac, Dee, Dennis and Charlie who steal the show. Their
spontaneous humor and the way to make comedy is what takes this
series to the next level.
For the third season Fox is
giving this excellent comedy a great opportunity by releasing it in the
fall, which gives the sitcom a better chance
to become popular.
Digital 5.1 Surround - English,
Subtitles - English, Spanish,
Scenes From The Original Pilot.
A couple of scenes from the
pilot episodes "Charlie Has Cancer" and "Mac Meets Carmen"
Making-Of Featurette: "Sunny Side Up"
A nice 17 minutes featurette
were the cast talk about how the show came to live.
Featurette: "Making a Scene"
9 minutes documentary about the new
additions to the show for season 2, including how Danny
Devito got to be part of the show.
A 5 minutes talking about Kaitlin's audition.
The Gang F*#!s Up -
Outtakes A 4 minutes of outtakes not as funny as
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