Of the hottest shows of the year, FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will certainly get a lot of attention, but is it worth the hype? On paper, this show has a lot going for it, and with the addition of some great guest stars, it appears to be on track to be the next hit comedy. The question is, is it really that great?
This show was created by the creators of the original It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton. In essence, that’s about it. No one who hasn’t watched It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has any idea what this show is like, or if it has any value beyond the funny bits. There is some benefit to this, as there is no easy answer, but it can also be harmful and can cause someone to lose a little faith in the future of television comedy.
This show isn’t really aimed at those watching it, but rather the audience as a whole, and depicts a world that is so far away from everyday life, that it will be tough to get caught up in the action. They are kind of like those cheesy, infomercials where they show you how to take care of yourself, and then go on to promote something else. If the points being made are not a part of everyday life, it can be easy to dismiss them out of hand.
This show does a good job of showing that it is possible to create a niche for yourself by creating a show that is a little unique. It is also pretty difficult to watch these shows, because they can be so silly and off-the-wall. The closest thing that I have seen to it was One Tree Hill, which did a better job of showing that the people in it were real, but the show could be a little off-putting.
At the end of the day, this show may not be all that bad, because it does show that you can create your own niche within the market, and work within a basic truth that exists in the world. It’s all well and good for all of us to wish that there was something better out there, but until we change the way that we are viewing things, it may not be possible to achieve what we want. Therefore, in this regard, it can be good to look at other things, and see if the other shows of the year are doing what you want them to do.
FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, on the other hand, is clearly going for the larger audience. It is aiming at a large portion of the population that loves to laugh and can relate to the main characters’ daily activities. When you look at the shows of the rest of the year, they are not targeting their humor at as broad a group of people as This show is, and so that works in its favor.
In the end, it all boils down to who is paying attention to the entertainment, and who is truly interested in the future of television. The people who are buying channels for their home, or renting a movie, or purchasing games for their consoles, or even trying to watch the hottest shows of the year may not be as keen on this show as the average viewer. However, it is still a little hard to watch an infomercial that is funny, but takes itself too seriously. Ultimately, whether someone is buying a cable subscription or renting a movie, or downloading games for their console, people want to know that their entertainment is something that they can feel comfortable with.
If you are not, chances are, you will not be in the one of the three main ways that people are finding entertainment these days. Without the entertainment, we wouldn’t have any reason to be watching it, and unless the future of television becomes such a hot topic, we will not care one bit.
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