This Thursday night was unarguably one full of quality programming, from NBC’s new Thursday night lineup (“new” only because Weekend Update Thursday is temporarily filling in until 30 Rock premieres next month) to CW’s Supernatural and Vampire Diaries to Fox’s Fringe to the premiere of the 5th season of FX’s vulgar and hilarious It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Admittedly, while I was looking forward to the return of most of tonight’s shows, it’s Always Sunny that I’ve been anticipating the most. When it’s funny, it’s laugh out loud hilarious, and even when it doesn’t completely hit the mark, it’s funnier than most half our comedies currently on television.
Tonight’s season premiere “The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis” did not disappoint.
Always Sunny has always been unafraid of tackling sensitive subjects, and while the mortgage crisis isn’t so much “sensitive” as current, it was perfect fodder for the gang to try and make some money off of it. At first, the primary plot line (Frank, Dennis, Charlie and Mac attempt to buy a foreclosed house and sell it) seemed a bit contrived and like a retread from last season– when the gang tried to do an extreme home makeover– but it quickly became something much funnier as Mac and Dennis decided to get their own cheesy blazers, become realtors and cut out the middle man. Good realtor, bad realtor, sweet and sour realtors…Honey and Vinegar.
If there’s anything more hilarious than Mac and Dennis pressuring a couple into buying an obviously used house by screaming at them, I haven’t seen it yet.
And while I didn’t find the b-plot this week as funny (Dee offers up her womb to a couple for $20,000), I did laugh quite a bit when Dee claimed to have never done drugs or suffered from any kind of illness at all. Of course, we all know about the time she was addicted to crack.
The premiere was everything an Always Sunny viewer could hope for. There was lots of hilarious yelling, destruction of private property with a tiny battering ram, people and children were mistreated without a second thought…
The gang is back.
I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what other immoral and hilarious situations they find themselves in this year and will be eagerly waiting to see if we’ll get a sequel to The Nightman Musical.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia airs at 10/9c on FX. Want to catch up? The first four seasons are currently available on DVD.