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"It's the Holy Trinity: beef and beer and Jesus..."
Fox / 220 Minutes / 2012 / Unrated / Street Date: September 3, 2013
I don’t think I’ve ever fallen in love with a show faster than with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I’ve had deep and lasting relationships with comedy television series in the past – I don’t take TV dedication lightly – but within one episode in the show's first season (Hundred Dollar Baby), I was ready to sign over a blank check to Philadelphia and all who are involved with it.
Alas, we must call a spade a spade: even if The Complete Season 8 has more than its fair share of outrageous and inspired moments, Sunny isn’t now what it once was. Four assholes who do awful, awful things to themselves, to their friends, and to strangers - this of course remains a fertile scenario for off-color comedy, but as was the case with the last season or three, highlights here don't outweigh missed opportunities the way they should. Dennis (Glenn Howerton), “Sweet” Dee (Kaitlin Olson), Mac (Rob McElhenney), and Charlie (Charlie Day) all work at a place called Paddy’s Pub - just like they always did - and spend each half-hour episode of their beautifully uncouth series just… well, just doing stupid stuff.
Dee and Dennis struggle with the knowledge that their beloved grandfather might have been a Nazi stooge, the crew spend a particularly zany session with a local psychiatrist, there’s a big season finale crime trial (that, of course, takes place at Paddy’s) – if anything, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season 8 is only rarely dull. In fact, compared to a lot of the garbage currently on the air, Sunny remains one of the more reliable entities still in production. I either give the show too much credit or am too dumb to turn it off. Either way, Season 9 is currently underway!