It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is headed into its fifth season and based on the first few episodes, it seems the gang of Paddy’s Pub hasn’t run out of ridiculous schemes to fill their time with.

It’s Always Sunny is an FX comedy series that follows a group of greedy, morally bankrupt friends who run a pub in Philadelphia. They drink too much and spend most of their time trying to find a way to improve their quality of life, even if it means stepping on other people or each other to achieve their goals. Each episode involves the characters working either together or apart on some silly scheme that they’re convinced is going to land them in fortune and/or fame. As some of them are related and they’ve all been friends for a while, there’s a lot of history among this group, which often adds to the hilarity of the show.

Season 2 brings Dennis, Sweet Dee, Charlie Kelly, Mac, and Frank back together for another series of pathetic attempts at fortune and glory. Among them are a road trip that goes wrong, a spot in an M. Night Shyamalan movie, a possible surrogate baby for Dee, and an intervention for Frank. 24 fans will also appreciate a hilarious guest-starring role by Mary Lynn Rajskub, who plays the creepy, stoner cousin that Dee and Dennis refer to as “The Snail.” She’s so ridiculous that she’s almost unrecognizable from the uptight Chloe we’ve all come to know and love on 24.

It’s Always Sunny is kind of like The Simpsons in that no matter what crazy shenanigans the gang gets themselves into in any given episode, things are always reset to normal for the most part by the next episode. Their constant failure is for the best though as the series relies largely on the characters’ desperation and their willingness to do anything to get ahead. Their indifference towards right and wrong is what makes the series so funny, if you have a dark sense of humor. If the thought of seeing morally reprehensible characters ignore the rules of decent social conduct in their attempts to get some money or one up each other isn’t your cup of tea, It’s Always Sunny probably isn’t for you. If you like that sort of thing, this is definitely a series anyone can jump into even if they haven’t seen the earlier seasons. And if you’re a regular fan of the show, I think you’ll be pleased with the start of the fifth season as it’s mostly more of the same of what we’ve come to expect from the series.



It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Starring: Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, Danny Devito
Premieres: Thursday, September 17 (10:00PM EST) on FX

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