Philadelphian show may push boundaries for a laugh

By Justin D'Andrea
September 29, 2011

The cast of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has begun its seventh season and isn’t wasting any time pushing the boundaries for a laugh. The show airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

The gang of “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” is back for their seventh season and wasting no time pushing the envelope with their discretional humor.

Most people sit in anticipation to see what kind of obscene things these friends will get into next and how extremely dirty their humor will become.

“I like the show a lot because it’s hysterical. I also like how some of it is actually filmed in Philadelphia, which is cool because I’ve seen most of the places where they’ve filmed,” Patrick West, junior information systems major, said.

The premiere, “Frank’s Pretty Woman,” started off with some news changes. Mac (Rob McElhenney) gained 50 pounds and Dee (Kaitlin Olsen) keeps believing that she can do better than the rest of the guys. Dennis (Glenn Howerton) is back into old habits, Frank (Danny Devito) falls head-over-heels for a junkie hooker and Charlie (Charlie Day) continues to be an illiterate moron.

As a viewer, you never know what the gang will do next. This is the reason why people come back to watch the show, year after year.   The unspeakable actions of the cast are enticing and viewers turn in each week to see how these ridiculous situations are resolved. The cast of the show makes up a  dysfunctional family that is the butt of all jokes.

In the first episode, the group actually admired and befriended a grungy crack-smoking-hooker. Let’s just say she was nothing like Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman.”

The second episode of the new season may have been even more comical and twisted as the characters embark on a journey to the Jersey Shore.  They stay at a crummy motel and head to a dirty, abandoned beach where Frank gets stuck with a syringe in the sand.

The show may have gone too far as Dennis, Dee and Charlie encounter two homosexuals having sex under the boardwalk.  The show depicted the Jersey Shore to be a terrible place and the people from New Jersey to be nothing but meatheads.

The show is true to Philadelphia because besides Patty’s Pub (the gang’s bar) and the apartments where Dee, Frank and Charlie live, a good part of the footage is shot in the streets of Philadelphia.  The gang has done episodes at Lincoln Financial Field, The Wells Fargo Center and outside of Citizens Bank Park because they are all Philadelphia sports fans.

In season four, there was a historical episode where they fabricate a story about their bar to make it a historical landmark.  They claim their ancestors cracked the Liberty Bell.

There was also a Rocky scene in episode five of season two.

The cast has visited famous Philadelphia  hot-spots such as the Ben Franklin Bridge, the Italian Market and streets like 10th Street and Packer Avenue in South Philadelphia. No show is strictly shot in one city, so you cannot expect every episode to be shot in Philadelphia.

While the show has a rep for being a bit distasteful, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” still has a large fan base, seven seasons later.

You can tune into new episodes of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” every Thursday at 10 p.m. on FX.

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