Love them or hate them, the gang is back. Sometimes viewed as racist and psychotic, the owners of Philadelphia’s own Paddy’s Pub are headed into their 12th season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Never disappointing in the sense of creativity, Always Sunny has a strong following here at Lake Forest High School.
If you are not familiar with the program, it is based on a gang of five underachieving south Philadelphians: twins Dee and Dennis Reynolds, their pals Charlie Kelly and Mac McDonald, and Frank Reynolds who raised Dennis and Dee. The five degenerates own and operate a broken down bar that is almost always empty. With all of this free time on their hands, they find themselves coming up with schemes that are most definitely controversial. Often exemplifying a common blend of greed, laziness, egotism and ignorance, the gang is simply in search of a good time. With absolutely no sense of shame they never let their heads hang low and each character brings a unique personality twist to the group dynamic.
What is so attractive about this awful mix of people? The simplicity and satirical play on society. Nowadays, with everyone’s lives busy and stressful with jobs and work, it’s nice to see how too much free time is not a good thing. A lack of structure may seem chaotic, but the way it is portrayed proves to an extreme that life doesn’t always have to be so frustrating. It’s how you make the most of what you have. Although extremely entertaining the show’s deeper meaning reflects how terrible people can act with one another in real life. No matter what situation they get into, however, they always demonstrate a loyalty to their home. If they leave Paddy’s Pub it’s often only for a short period, as the message “there is truly no place like home” is habitually promoted.
Senior Leo Spano had this to say about the show, “I have fallen in love with the gang. As terrible as their lives may seem, I find myself eager to spend a day in the grungy old bar scheming around with no real commitments. In all honesty, I wouldn’t mind that lifestyle: bumming around all day, messing with the people I love. It is easy to see the love the group has for each other and how they can’t live without one another, which is special because most people spend their entire life trying to find that.”
You can catch the gang and all their glory tonight at 9pm central on FX. If you’re anxious to get more than just a taste, seasons 1-11 are currently on Netflix.