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(S05E01) It’s Always Sunny is back and it’s kicking your ass. Or at least it’s threatening you and your wife until you start crying a little bit and agree to partake in the antics, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. There were a lot of good moments in the premiere episode, though it didn’t really feel like a typical season opener, in as much as it didn’t present anything too big and different from the usual Always Sunny episode. Again, it was funny, of course, but it didn’t scream “premiere”, and perhaps that’s the best thing for Always Sunny.
Honestly, a small part of me feared that five seasons in would be about the time the creators decided to give the show a mini-makeover, like some other shows. Make a fancier title design, drop “Temptation Sensation” for something specifically tailored to the show… I probably would have started shouting at the television (because we all know that’s incredibly effective) if there was something like a wacky season five spruce-up of the opening credits. I still feel the sting of Weeds‘ almost-betrayal in my mind, when they dropped their catchy little theme tune for some crappy digital visual gags.
But I digress.
The members of the gang don’t change, don’t improve upon their selves, so why should anything be punched up and different on the show? Dropping us right into another terrible, greedy plot (which ends in a carefree chicken fight in someone else’s pool) is just perfect and maybe even a little reassuring, as if to let us know that it’s still the show we love.
As always, whenever there are people suffering and feeling a little desperate, the gang sees a golden opportunity. In this case, it’s the mortgage crisis, and in this episode, the boys decided to make a little cash from it. Mac and Dennis donned some blazers and got a little flirtatious and needlessly angry (respectively) to try and sell a house they technically didn’t already have. One of the best parts of the episode was just Mac’s confused fury-face after the confrontation on the stairs. I would also like to note that Mac could have removed the sleeves from that blazer and totally pulled off that look.
Meanwhile, Charlie brushed up on some of his lawyer-ing skills, which somehow turned into him putting on his one go-to tie and challenging a real lawyer to a duel. I like how Charlie’s illiteracy has now spiraled out of just crazy-scribbles to generously sprinkled malapropisms in his speech. Yeah. “Malapropisms.” I totally paid attention to most of AP English.
Sweet Dee, on the other hand, essentially tried to sell her uterus as prime real estate to a couple looking for a surrogate. “You guys want to do the Octomom thing? I’m game. You want to out-do that bitch? I’ll have that conversation! — I’m kidding, I don’t want ten people inside of me.” Also, way to find an excuse to show off those abs. Kaitlin Olson, your lankiness is deceptive.
Frank was also there, accidentally severely burning children’s hands and sending battering rams through gates. Usual Frank stuff.
The show began as a pilot called “It’s Always Sunny on TV” and was shot on a digital camcorder by Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney. After viewing the pilot, FX Network executives ordered the first season. Although it is often stated publicly that the pilot was shot for $200, the makers of the show have claimed that the cost was much lower because the only costs were videotapes. Danny DeVito, who joined the show in Season Two, said on The Daily Show (August 3, 2006) and on The Late Show with David Letterman (September 6, 2007) that the cost was only $85.
The first season ran for seven episodes with the season finale airing September 13, 2005. According to McElhenney, word of mouth on the show was that it was good enough for FX to renew it for a second, which ran from June 29 to August 17, 2006. DeVito joined the cast, playing the father of Dennis (Howerton) and Dee (played by Kaitlin Olson). Reruns of edited first season episodes began airing on FX’s parent network, Fox Broadcasting, in 2006.
In the UK and Ireland, Bravo broadcast the first season in early 2006, with the second season broadcast on Virgin 1 in late 2007 after a rerun of the first season. It is also shown in Ireland, Sweden, Israel and Canada where it airs on Showcase. The show premiered in Australia in 2007 on the Seven Network. Seven recently began airing season 2 at 11.30 pm Sundays. The first season aired in the Arab world on Showtime Arabia’s Paramount Comedy Channel in November 2006. Airing of the show began on Comedy Central Poland on January 7, 2009. The show also began airing on Subtv in Finland under the title Elämää Philadelphiassa (“Life in Philadelphia”) in March 2009.
On August 18, 2007, a preview episode from a third-season episode “Mac is a Serial Killer” appeared on the group’s MySpace page. The third season ran from September 13, 2007 to November 15, 2007. On March 5, 2008, FX renewed It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for a fourth season.
On July 15, 2008, it was reported that FX has ordered 39 additional episodes of the series which means that the show will run until at least a seventh season. All remaining seasons will consist of 13 episodes. All five main cast members were secured for the entire scheduled run.
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