Why “It’s Always Sunny” is the show to binge

Look no further for the perfect show to waste your summer on


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The cast of “It’s Always Sunny” (from left to right): Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, Danny DeVito, and creators Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney.

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, which means that if you’re like me, you will be looking for a TV show to spend your newly acquired free time with. While there are many fantastic shows available to stream, one stands out among the rest: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”.

For those who don’t know, “It’s Always Sunny” is focused on “The Gang”; a group of friends who who own a bar in Philadelphia. It becomes clear within the first couple of episodes that all of them are ridiculously narcissistic.

Of course, the bar is practically empty most of the day, so this gives them plenty of time to be stupid and wreak havoc around town, often ruining the lives of those around them in the process. Not only are they terrible to others, but they’ll even backstab each other if it means any sort of personal gain.

The show is on FXX; a network that is known for allowing more risque content than most, and it’s clear there’s not much the executives say no to. If you are someone who gets offended fairly easily, this is probably not the show for you, as much of the show’s comedy is very dark humored.

There’s not much about the show to complain about. It’s clear that it’s a labor of love for creators/co-stars Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton as well as the rest of the cast.

The writing is stellar in most episodes. While there can be a dud here or there, as is the case with episodes like “The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell”, where the ideas that probably seemed funny in inception fail in execution, the vast majority of the episodes are extremely funny: some highlights of mine being “The Nightman Cometh”, “The D.E.N.N.I.S System”, and “Sweet Dee’s Dating a Retarded Person” just to name a few.

The ensemble cast is also fantastic. McElhenney and Howerton, along with Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson and eventually veteran actor Danny DeVito (who joined the cast in season 2) all work off of each other very well comedically and really hold the show together.

It’s clear that the deep involvement of the creators and cast in both the writing and filming stages of production makes it as great of a show as it is. There is certainly a sense of cohesiveness and a brand of humor that only comes from a small collaborative group like this.

Not only is it a hilarious show, but there is no shortage of episodes to watch. With 10 seasons spanning over 100 episodes on Netflix, there is quite a bit to catch up on if you’re new to the show. Each episode is about 20 minutes, so it’s easy to watch one when you have a bit of free time, although inversely it’s also easy to start and never stop, and before you know it, you’ve watched half a day worth of TV.