Thursday, March 9, 2017

TV Show Review: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 12)

While being one of the funniest shows on television, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is not afraid to address complicated social issues in enlightening ways. From addressing racial discrimination to poverty, the gang always find some strange way to explore difficult situations in a hilarious way. Season 12 saw the gang actually try to tend bar at the behest of Dennis (Glenn Howerton) and Mac (Rob McElhenney) finally come out of the closet just to receive the winnings of a lottery ticket after a long litigation that cost the price of the ticket. Charlie (Charlie Day) got jealous of a tapeworm and finally impregnated the waitress (Mary Elizabeth Ellis). Frank (Danny DeVito) had trouble with his fluid business and Dee (Kaitlin Olson) became obsessed with destroying the life of a male stripper.

The gang never fail to go over the top with their outlandish and idiotic schemes that from filming Mac and Charlie's parents and turning it into a sitcom to trying their hand at public relations. Cricket (David Hornsby) got an episode where his father tries to pull out of poverty, though his descent due to Dee is too far to ever come back from. Dee enacted the same sort of vengeance on a stripper even though her attempt to prove that she wasn't his lowest point lead to a disturbing encounter. Dee is continuously bullied by the gang and ignored.

Frank is my favorite character with outrageous one-liners and a wild personality that seems so oblivious to his surroundings while also still being highly successful by taking advantage of people. Mac and Dennis have an interesting dynamic that is complicated by Mac's attraction to Dennis and his attempts to sleep with him. They do bond over a rocket launcher and the fact that their apartment burned down in a previous season so they all have to share Dee's bed. 

My favorite episode of this season was probably the first one where the gang wakes up to find that they have turned into black people and must experience prejudice for the first time. The episode explored the issue of race while still generating plenty of laughs though it might be considered highly insensitive, something It's Always Sunny excels at. They had a few strange episodes that only had a few jokes, mainly from Frank, but an overall confused plot. The show never follows a single storyline with each episode having its own adventure, though some recurring jokes do come up.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is still going strong for twelve seasons, one of the longest running shows on television and it looks to keep on going for two more. I enjoy the characters tremendously and always look forward to watching a new season. I can't count how many episodes I've highly enjoyed and the countless jokes they have through each episode. I hope to see plenty more of the gang and look forward to each actors' career as they branch off into their own projects. 

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