With House Of Cards complete, I needed to sink my teeth into something new. That, came in the form of a Rob McElhenney- written comedy series.
Confession. I’m somewhat in the early stages of series one. But let that not discourage you from reading this.
The opening credits are reminiscent of that in Murder She Wrote, something in which yes, i still watch because after all, when it comes to Angela Lansbury solving murders… as a writer, it’s worth the watch. With It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, this Pennsylvania city is shown in all its metropolitan glory after the episode is introduced by a rather pleasant introduction- such as: “9:43pm. On a Friday. Philadelphia, PA.” etc etc.
What strikes first, or at least to me, is the single-camera shot, dim-lit, unglamorous version of a sitcom… finally. Though ones love for Friends has never died, nor will it for any TV generation because we all know there is something unexplainable which makes it a winner, it is one of few. Series such as How I Met Your Mother, Rules of Engagement and possibly Scrubs, fall into a category which is rather imperceptive- though each hold their accolades and are of long in running years. It’s Always Sunny, on the other had, is alternative, joining the TV ranks alongside Modern Family, Girls and The Office. Tv is a dense area and discussing it in such a nonchalant manner is of course difficult, but there is a definite spark of genius, a uniqueness over an intended burden to be different and humours, well-observed characters.
“Four narcissistic friends run a Philadelphia bar where their juvenile behavior brings situations from uncomfortable to hysterically horrible.” – Netflix
The themes are relevant- abortion, sex, racism, friendships and light remarks on religion; a selection of what is explored through the writing of a vast team including Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton- the three main men of the show. It then seems a shame that Kaitlin Olson’s name doesn’t feature in the writing credits, but as she’s married to McElhenney, one can only imagine her leaving post-its on the fridge door with notations.
Is it todays Seinfeld? Perhaps. Female-to-male ration aside, what Seinfeld gave us, other than the notorious words of George Constanza and the delight every time Kramer entered a room… or moved, It’s Always Sunny has a little spark of ‘something’. The New York to Philadelphia move may just be a significant one, because New York has no time for lazy days in Irish bars right? It’s also interesting, in then Googling Seinfeld alongside It’s Always Sunny that “It’s Seinfeld on crack” pops up. It seems my revelation were not just my own. Having been called ‘anti-Seinfeld’ as well as Seinfeld’s answer to post-Seined, or something to that effect, there are many comparisons, so one shall not bore you with that her, just Google it.
“One can only imagine her leaving post-its on the fridge door with notations.”
It is documentary-esque, but less so than that of The Office or Modern Family, or like Modern Family without speaking to the camera. All one can now do, is anticipate the characters evolution, or not and await the emergence of Danny DeVito.