A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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).
Violence & Scariness
The main characters get into fights and, in at least one episode, drink and drive -- which results in a minor crash.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual innuendo, simulated hooking up, scenes with strippers, trolling bars for the opposite sex.
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Strong. Curse words like "asshole," "s--t" and "f--k" are used freely.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of social drinking, often to the point of excess.
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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.
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.
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