‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Season 10 Episode 1 – The Gang Beats Boggs | TV Review
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, or It’s Always Sunny for short, is a long running comedy series about a group of drunk sociopaths who own a bar. Packed full of memorable scenes and quotable lines, it very much deserves its place in the zeitgeist. So, as series ten has just appeared on Netflix let’s have a gander, shall we?
From the start it’s apparent that these are people that seem to get worse, in appearance and behaviour, with each season. The gang are flying to L.A. on a sort of booze cruise, drinking an obscene amount of beer (It’s very cold!) to try and beat Wade Boggs’ supposed record of 64 (or 107) beers. Sweet Dee, played by Kaitlin Olson, in particular looks grotesque; with bloodshot eyes and permanent marker on her forehead chugging down beers and burping all the while.
Some references to earlier episodes are made as well, such as when Frank, played by Danny DeVito, asks the steward for some condoms (The D.E.N.N.I.S. System, Season 5 Episode 10) and when he poisons a frat boy he claims to be “Mantis Toboggan M.D.” when a doctor is needed (The Gang Reignites The Rivalry, Season 5 Episode 12 and The D.E.N.N.I.S. system again for the latter). Call-backs to earlier episodes are now a sort-of trademark for the show, and while most of them bring a smile to my face or indeed a laugh, let’s hope that it doesn’t rely on them too much for future episodes. The essence of comedy is the unexpected after all.
The strongest scene of the episode is most definitely the final one (Spoilers!) where Mac, played by Rob McElhenney, and Charlie, played by Charlie Day, are on a baseball field trying to beat Boggs’ record of “three for five” whatever that means (I’m English). It’s a new spin on an old joke from The Gang Dances Their Asses Off (Season 3 Episode 15) where Charlie is so wasted that he needs subtitles to be understood. This new season has started off strong and I hope it has it in it, to go all the way and hit a homerun. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10 is now available on Netflix.
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