Posts Tagged ‘TV

09
Sep
09

Sunny is Funny

I have never been a big fan of TV shows. And when I like them, it is usually comedies. And I’m not talking about ‘Friends’ here. I like the more gross, taboo, demented, edgy stuff like ‘South Park’. So what is it like to see Cartman and Kyle battle it out in live action? Well that exactly is ‘Its always sunny in Philadelphia’ for you.  I had read about this particular show on forum and decided to check it out. I downloaded an episode from the fourth season and it was funny as hell. The tagline for the show is ‘It’s Seinfeld on crack’ and I can guarantee you that it truly lives to its reputation. I’m done with the irst two seasons and I’m absolutely addicted to this insane masterpiece.

its always sunny in philadelphia Just like ‘South Park’, Sunny was also piloted as a low-budget handy cam quality project with a budget of less than $200.  After knocking the doors of the big networks, the show was finally picked up by FX network, skyrocketing their TRPs.  The show is set in an Irish pub in Philadelphia (The word ‘Irish’ was enough to get me addicted to this) and is about its owners. Dennis Reynolds, is a narcisstic loser with a  high dosage of superiority complex. Deandra ‘Sweet Dee’ Reynolds, his sister,  is on her eternal quest to “prove women are equal to men”.  Charlie Kelly is an underachiever who does his best to woo the Waitress across the street. Mac is Charlie’s childhood friend and coming from a broken home, his only goal is acceptance. Then there is Frank Reynolds, Dennis’ and Dee’s dad, played by Danny DeVito who joined in the scond season. These 5 make up the co-owners of the pub and are always ina bid to out-do each other.  The only thing that the guys are bothered about is somehow getting laid, through hook or crook and in the process getting in trouble almost inevitably. There is also the Waitress (whose name is never revealed as of the 2nd season) who is the subject of Charlie’s constant attention although it is Dennis who mostly scores her.

The episodes usually follows the gang’s exploits at making the most out of others’ miseries. All the members of the gang are self centered bastards only bothered about their own financial gain. They are never united and each person is more than ready to dump the other for their own small personal benefits. The characters are played by the makers of the show themselves. It was Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney who plays Charlie, Dennis and Mac respectively who shot he initial piolt on a digital camcorder before FX ordererd for the first season. The show started telecasting in August 2005 and so far 4 seasons have been completed, with the 5th just started.

For all those in India, if you are part of that civilization which hasn’t mastered the craft of torrents, I guess you can catch it on Star World. Don’t ask me about timings.  I’ve more or less ditched the idiot box.

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