Dee, wearing a pair of gray chucks, keeping her stuff on her side of the bar.
It’s Alway Sunny in Philadelphia is a sitcom that that follows “The Gang”, a group of five depraved underachievers, who are constantly referred to as the worst human beings ever. The Gang is comprised of twins Dennis (Glenn Howerton) and Deandra “Sweet Dee” Reynolds (Kaitlin Olson), their friends Charlie Kelly (Charlie Day) and Ronald “Mac” McDonald (Rob McElhenney), and Frank Reynolds (Danny DeVito), Dennis and Dee’s father. The Gang runs the dilapidated and constantly broke Paddy’s Pub, an Irish bar in South Philadelphia. Each episode focuses on The Gang who, after dealing with a series of self-inflicted mishaps and trauma, learn a very important lesson about life…that they forget immediately as soon as the credits roll.
Dee as she tries to pull herself out of a funk.
While they are all objectively horrible human beings, it’s the way that they’re horrible that actually makes you root for them when they inevitably get themselves in a horrible mess. Charlie has anger issues and a drinking problem. He is also very dim, but this lets him be the most moral member of the Gang. Dennis is a sociopath and is so self-obsessed that there is this lovable charm about him. Mac tries so hard to be the tough guy of the group that you can’t help but hope that he actually wins a fight for once. Frank is just the lovable, old oaf that is constantly trying to be one of the gang, and you want him to be in spite of his horrible past of shady business deals. Dee, while very violent and angry (at one point she lit her college roommate on fire), is often the butt of the gang’s jokes so you want her to succeed just to show them up. She also wears chucks in nearly every episode, and they are a signature part of her wardrobe.
The gang enjoying a lunch that they can’t afford.
A few key episodes to check out include the episode “Charlie Has Cancer”, which is the premise that the actual pitch for the show is based on. It follows the gangs dealing with the bombshell that Charlie may have cancer. The episode “Charlie Got Molested” deals with the revelation that one of the teachers from Mac and Charlie’s middle school is being acused of being a child molestor. In “The Gang Goes Jihad”, the Gang deal with a new neighbor who threatens to kick them out of their bar. Finally, the episode “Dennis and Dee Go on Welfare” follows the Reynolds twins as they exploit the government welfare system. All of these episodes are shining examples of the great comedy this show provides, with our positively despicable losers constantly making wonder how much lower they will go on their escapades through South Philly. Following these horrible, yet lovable losers is a great experience, and this show is consistently one of the funniest on television. Definitely give it a watch if you can!
Dee briefly suffers from a bout of polio.
The gang hides from an intruder at their bar.
Dennis and Dee attempt to get Charlie’s cast off the only way they see fit.
Dee and Dennis enjoying their newfound life of unemployment.
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