By Krista DeJulio & Seán McGlone – Co-Editor-in-Chief & News Editor
Do you remember the one with the rum ham? The one where they taught us how to play Chardee MacDennis? Kitten mittens? The Nightman Cometh? Flipadelphia? Wade Boggs? The underage bar? The pro-life rally? There are so many episodes of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” I’m sure nearly every topic and offensive thing has already been said on the show. But yet the FX series ran its twelfth season with no intention or stopping or slowing down. The show is about four friends (and a crazy father figure played by Danny DeVito) running an Irish bar in Philadelphia called Paddy’s Pub. What could go wrong?
Seems normal. Absolutely not. Far from it. The characters are selfish, stupid, and clueless slackers, which would normally make a show unwatchable. Not here.
Charlie (Charlie Day) is an illiterate man-boy who “survived” an abortion. Frank (DeVito) seems to be Dennis (Glenn Howerton) and Dee’s (Kaitlin Olson) father, but is actually only Charlie’s. The show has also hinted at Frank running sweatshops in Vietnam. Charlie’s mom (Lynne Marie Stewart) faked cancer for money. Dennis and Dee accidentally got addicted to heroin because they wanted welfare. Mac (Rob McElhenney) banged Dennis and Dee’s mom (and used the terminology “banged”) to get back at Dennis. And altogether, they exploited a miracle. They are known as “the gang” and are just a bunch of alcoholic, middle-aged scumbags with Daddy issues from the heart of Philadelphia with no ambition in life. Classic.
The season starts off with the episode titled “The Gang Turns Black,” where the gang does just that: turns black. They are watching “The Wiz,” wondering why an all-black version of “Wizard of Oz” is necessary. Mac says, “We did have a black president…before the orange one.” And through a freak accident involving a lightning storm, a VCR, and a new character called Old Black Man, the gang promptly turns black and think they have to learn a lesson while facing their newfound differences.
While there were a couple of filler episodes in the 10-episode season, the recurring characters and jokes during the rest of the season involves the classic hilarity we expect. “Making Dennis Reynolds a Murderer” is one of the funniest episodes of the season, the episode being a parody documentary of “Making A Murderer” on the death of Dennis’s ex-wife, Maureen Ponderosa (Catherine Reitman), who is a “cat” and makes Dennis pay for her cat surgeries as part of her alimony.
Although terribly raunchy and hilarious, this season has also been heartwarming and charming. Charlie finally gets through to the waitress, Dennis gets a shocker with a woman from his past, Mac has an epiphany about himself, Dee makes an attempt to bring together a father and his estranged daughter, and Frank accidently sells his new soda to Boko Haram.
These five would kill each other, and with no regrets, if they were offered up enough money. There are no lessons being taught on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and that’s half the fun. It’s the biggest and most obnoxious group of loudmouthed assholes TV has ever seen and there’s never enough.