There aren’t very many shows that make it to their fifth seasons on TV these days. And there are even less shows that stay consistently good, let alone get better with age. Not to mention, actually grow in popularity and gain viewers after five years.
One of those shows is FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
The comedy, which premiered in 2005, has become the most inappropriately hilarious half-hours on television. As they have done in the four seasons before, the most recent season saw the crazy group of five continue getting themselves into (and often out of) the most outrageous of situations and in the most hilariously enjoyable ways.
The series started off as a hidden gem on FX after a string of comedy failures. And while the network finally found a modest hit comedy, it didn’t immediately catch on and appeal to a wide audience, thanks in large part to the show’s pull-no-punches, nothing off limits style. Tackling everything from politics, to the war, North Korea, addition, and disabilities, it is admittedly not for everyone.
But for the increasing number of fans that have found the show over the years (it has just finished its most watched season), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a consistent half-hour of fun every week.
The series submitted “The Gang Hits the Road,” the 2nd episode of this season, for Emmy consideration, and while a fine, yet most likely safe submission, to see the best of the season and possibly the series, watch episodes 4 and 5, “The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention” and “The Waitress is Getting Married.”
Both episodes, absolutely two of the most hilarious episodes the show has ever done, and were notable in how both built up to their climaxes (something series character Dennis would probably say). And also demonstrating how the series has created this eclectic world of characters that they can regularly pull from to tell a story.
With its solid writing and a cast like no other on television, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, and Danny DeVito, it is a wonder why the Emmys have still ignored the series even though they aren’t really shy about honoring series that push the boundaries, even if Sunny still has plenty of boundary to push.