In our current world climate of political correctness for everything, the gang of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is back to return chaos and balance to society.
It’s Always Sunny follows the everyday lives of Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), Mac (Rob McElhenney), Charlie (Charlie Day), and Frank (Danny DeVito), as they collude and scheme around the city or from their bar, known as Paddy’s Pub.
This cult classic show, created by Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton, has returned for its 14th season, airing on FXX.
With a total of ten episodes, season 14 yet again tackles all of the current social hot topics that most shows are precautious of. It’s Always Sunny has made a staple of showing opposing views on controversial issues, using light hearted, but also extreme scenarios to give different perspectives to viewers. An episode titled “A Woman’s Right to Chop” uses a trendy haircut style to highlight rights to one’s own body. Another episode, “Thunder Gun 4: Maximum Cool”, takes on stereotypes and representation in movies. These are a couple of the many satirical topics covered.
Season 14 delivers the mischief and crazy antics that fans have grown to love over the years, while keeping it fresh and lively. Continuing the course of the more recent seasons, It’s Always Sunny goes beyond its already weird plotlines and ventures into more artistic concepts occasionally. It’s these episodes that really shine on the creative storytelling and character development that can easily be missed by casual viewers. The episode “The Janitor Always Mops Twice”, filmed with an old fashioned crime noir take to recount how Frank got diarrhea. Yes, you heard correctly.
Another creative take on an episode, “The Gang Texts”, takes on the culture and miscommunications of texting. It also gives us a better glimpse at the gang’s dynamic and personal relationships, giving them more depth and understanding than expected in such a show. It’s Always Sunny takes storytelling to another level in the black comedy sitcom genre.
One unique aspect of this season is the use of jokes from past seasons and expanding on them. The episode “Dee Day” brings back stereotypically inappropriate characters that Dee created for standup comedy and tweaks it by forcing the rest of the gang to dress as them.
While the gang is the main focus of the show, many recurring characters make appearances again, sometimes in bigger roles with a plot centered around them. The show has also introduced some new characters that meshed well while dealing with the gang. At one point we see an actor cameo reveal for an ongoing character joke throughout the series.
I recommend you grab yourself a milk steak and hang out with the gang for another season of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia because despite the ridiculous premise and cynical nature of these characters, viewers will ultimately cheer for the gang. Not because of their socially abnormal antics (well maybe partly for that), but mainly because underneath these sociopaths, lies a family that cares for each other and will stick together in both the good and bad…mostly bad.
The newest season has controversy, chaos, and charm all mixed together with a particular brand of humor that has kept this series running strong since 2005.