TV review: FXX kicks off with “It’s Always Sunny”

By Columbus Alive
From the August 29, 2013 edition

Entering its ninth season and being FX’s most successful comedy makes “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” a good choice to launch the new network FXX. When FX announced its new (mostly comedy) channel would focus on a younger demographic, it was obvious Always Sunny” would jump ship. Other series with Sept. 4 premieres on FXX are “The League” and late night show “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.

“It’s Always Sunny” is basic cable’s longest-running non-animated comedy ever, and while recent seasons haven’t hit the highs of earlier ones, it’s still entertaining and often hilarious (by trading in some of the most depraved behavior on television). This season’s early episodes do their job by offering up what the fans want—The Gang doing horrible things and acting crazy.

The premiere begins with an interesting take. Sweet Dee (Kaitlin Olson) has finally givn up as the group’s whipping boy. I mean bird.

Since they’ve finally broke Dee, Mac (Rob McEenney), Charlie (Charlie Day) and Frank (Danny DeVito) decide to finally support her standup career. Dennis (Glen Howerton) thinks this is a bad idea, and tries to find Dee a subpar fella to settle for instead. It sounds fairly simple, but there’s some interesting commentary on standup comedy and the strange relationship between twins Dennis and Dee.

The second episode is better as it’s one of those times when The Gang tackles a social issue, like the oil crisis, social networks or welfare. This time it’s guns, gun control and just for good measure, school shootings. It’s hilarious and lighthearted—Charlie and Mac spend most of their time arguing which weapon better for protecting schoolsamurai sword or handgunbut also demonstrates clever logic.

It’s good to have The Gang back — and with another “Lethal Weapon” parody coming, there’s something else to look forward to. Who knows how long “It’s Always Sunny” will run, but its legacy is strong and doesn’t show signs of lessening