‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ fails in its 11th season


Lucas Rosen

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been on the air for over a decade.

Lucas Rosen, Video Editor

The FXX television show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia returned on Jan. 6 for its 11th season. The show premiered in 2005 and is created by Rob McElhenney. The program is centered around “The Gang,” a group of five friends — Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson) and Frank (Danny DeVito) — who are awful to each other and everyone around them.

The show consists of many recurring characters and jokes that seem to get more extreme as it goes on — Charlie’s illiteracy, Dennis’ serial killer tendencies or Frank’s disgusting habits, just to name a few. In the earlier seasons, these jokes were subtle and few but are now severe as It’s Always Sunny nears it end in its eleventh installment.

Unfortunately for longtime fans, Season 11 is mostly a disappointment. It has its moments and at least three of the ten episodes are great, but the majority of the season is not only dull but forgettable. A lot of the jokes just aren’t funny this time around. It’s not the acting, it’s the writing. It just feels off, or at least a whole lot weaker than previous seasons.

The most memorable episode of the season is “Being Frank,” in which the audience is brought through a day in Frank Reynold’s life. The entire episode is in first-person, which had never been done before in the show. The episode is great but only fans who are very familiar with the characters. Nevertheless, it remains one of the more obscure yet indelible episodes.

So many of the episodes in the season start with an exciting premise but fall apart quickly. The episode “Frank Falls Out the Window,” in which Frank hits his head and thinks that he is in the year 2006 again, is an example. The episode has the opportunity to be terrific, but sadly it remains a callback to Season 2, in which characters repeatedly reference older episodes by reusing jokes until it disappointingly ends.

Another episode, “Mac & Dennis Move to the Suburbs,” is painstakingly anticlimactic. It primarily features Mac and Dennis, who no longer have an apartment after it burned down in a previous episode. The duo decides to get a house in the suburbs, where they slowly grow insane due to the mellow nature of suburbia, because they are accustomed to city life. The idea sounds great, but it is unfortunately too repetitive to be considered funny.

Despite Season 11 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia failing to be as entertaining as it has been in the past, the show has already been commissioned for a twelfth season, meaning that it has a chance to redeem itself and showcase its former glory.