Posted: 10/05/2009


It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Season 4 On DVD


by Laura Tucker

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I’d heard a lot about It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, starring Danny DeVito. I didn’t think there was anything for me not to like. It’s rare that I watch a sitcom and not like it. I can usually find the humor in it at least somewhat, even if I’m not “laughing out loud.” I don’t watch a lot of sitcoms anymore, but usually like them when I do chance across them. I’ve always loved Danny DeVito, even when he’s appearing drunk on talk shows, so really wanted to watch this series of his, but never got a chance. With the release of season 4 on DVD, I figured it was my golden opportunity.

Unfortunately, I was only given two episodes of the season to watch, and I say unfortunately, because either these two episodes weren’t a true representation of the show, or it’s just not that good. It wasn’t just that I found the show unfunny, but I found it irritating, to the point where I just didn’t even want to watch it.

The first episode centered around Charlie (Charlie Day) staging a musical he’s written. He doesn’t seem to care as much about the possible success of the play as he is getting a woman he likes to come see it. Staging the play with his friends from the bar, Dee (Kaitlin Olson) is upset that she’s singing a song about being in love with a baby boy. She refuses to do it until Charlie says he’ll replace her, then does it anyway. I just didn’t see any of that as funny. On top of that, the character of Charlie is so over-the-top in everything he does, speaking, directing, whatever. He was like a caricature of an annoying person.

I thought perhaps it was only because Charlie was really anxious about directing his play, and watched the second episode about the gang from the bar doing a spoof of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and scaring the wits out of a family breaking into their house in the middle of the night, telling them their redoing their home. Don’t get me wrong, I see where he humor is coming from, but it just wasn’t funny to me. I found that Charlie was just as annoying whether he was making over a home to help a disadvantaged family or staging a play about a woman being in love with a baby.

Also included with the two episodes in this selection of the DVD set are the “extras.” This included a live staging of the musical episode, Nightman Cometh, which really wasn’t any less annoying live, a selection of character Dennis Reynolds erotic fantasies, which include one of him and an elderly geisha that smells that some type of white fish, and some bloopers. Well, bloopers are always funny, even if they’re about something that was originally annoying and not funny.

By the time I was done, I couldn’t decide whether I just didn’t receive a good cross-section of this show to try it out or whether it really is that annoying, but being the number of people that I know like the show, I’m hoping it just wasn’t a proper cross-section of episodes. I’m hoping that if I can watch the pilot of the series at some point it will give me a better baseline of the series and I’ll better understand where it’s coming from.

If you’re a fan of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia or would like to give all of season 4 a chance, it was released on DVD September 15.

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker is the webmaster of Reality Shack, and its accompanying Reality Shack Blog, and is a freelance writer providing reviews of movies and television, among other things, at Viewpoints. She is also an Associate Instructor and 2nd dan black belt in tae kwon do with South Elgin Martial Arts. Laura can be reached at

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