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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Irreverent comedy for older teens only.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While the show parodies current moral topics such as lying, greed, and binge drinking, it does so in a way that could easily be misconstrued by younger audiences. On the face of it, these characters will do anything that benefits them (for example, pretending to be handicapped to score dates).


The main characters get into fights and, in at least one episode, drink and drive -- which results in a minor crash.


Sexual innuendo, simulated hooking up, scenes with strippers, trolling bars for the opposite sex.


Strong. Curse words like "asshole," "s--t" and "f--k" are used freely.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lots of social drinking, often to the point of excess.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the central characters are immature and get into predicaments ranging from the goofy (pretending to be wheelchair-bound to attract sympathetic members of the opposite sex) to the illegal (drunk driving). The language is strong, and some of the show's situations and innuendoes are too much for younger viewers.

What's the story?

In FX's IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADEPHIA, four self-involved friends from high school who all work in a neighborhood bar attempt to balance their professional and personal lives. Each week, the core foursome stumbles from one bad situation to another while putting the spotlight on social faux pas and moral questions including pedophilia, bribery in politics, gun ownership, and taking advantage of the elderly.

Is it any good?


The show began as a $200 digital camera project that was later sold to FX by executive producers/writers/stars Glenn Howerton (That '80s Show, Must Love Dogs), Charlie Day (Law & Order, Third Watch) and Rob McElhenney (A Civil Action, Wonder Boys) who play Dennis, Charlie, and Mac, respectively. Dennis' sister, Dee, is played by Kaitlin Olson; Danny DeVito joined the show in its second season as Dennis and Dee's dad, Frank (marking DeVito's first regular TV role since Taxi).

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's humor comes from the offbeat scenarios in which the friends find themselves; the humor is dark and adult, and none of the characters are particularly admirable. For example, when Charlie's ex-girlfriend informs him that he's the father of her child, it inspires Charlie to attend a pro-choice rally in the hopes of meeting another woman. In another episode, Frank returns to tell Dee and Dennis that he and their mother are divorcing. Frank proceeds to call his wife a "whore mother" who is "on vacation banging one of the boys she hangs out with." Younger viewers might find the physical hijinks funny, but the writing and subtle jabs at society's hang-ups will fly right over their head.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about relationships. Why is it important to love and respect your parents, siblings, sons, and daughters? How can family members smooth over differences? Is it easier to confront/get mad at family members than friends? Why or why not?

  • Families can also talk about the issues raised by the show. What is the show trying to say by dealing with sometimes-controversial topics in a funny way?

TV details

Premiere date:August 4, 2005
Cast:Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson
Networks:Comedy Central, FX, FXX
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byAra Rezaee March 25, 2012

Watch it without kids

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 13, 15, and 17 year old Written bymodernmother January 11, 2011

Not suitable for the impressionable

A hilarious show for age appropriate viewers, but it requires a knowledge of right and wrong to fully understand. These characters are NOT role models, but can serve to a more mature viewer as an antithesis of what is moral behavior,
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byBrando804 May 6, 2010
Positively the funniest show on T.V! I watched two episodes and got hooked! Its Hilarious. Theres a lot of drinking and some depiction of drug abuse, but all in good humor. I love the cast and the humor in this show, its wonderfully written and truly one of the best shows on T.V.
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking