Teen takes cardboard cutout of Danny DeVito to prom, so he takes cardboard cutout of her to work

For many of us, Danny DeVito has been a stalwart, unshakeable presence in every phase of our lives; from reruns of Taxi, to roles in films like Matilda, Batman Returns, or Throw Momma From The Train, to his current multi-year run as the strangest, most vulgar presence on the wonderfully strange and vulgar It’s Always…

Batman Returns is a relic of an age when disgusting monsters only ran for office in the movies

It seemed ridiculous in 1992: the idea of a misshapen, braying lunatic running for higher office while barely bothering to disguise his own painfully obvious-bordering-on-theatrical creepiness. These days, would anyone blink? In fact, the biggest difference between Batman Returns and our own impossible present-day…

We all have to come to terms with the raw sexual power of Fifty Shades Of DeVito

It’s a real shame that so few film or TV projects have willingly tapped into the sheer erotic force of Danny DeVito. One of America’s most prolific and beloved actors, there’s no denying that there’s a sensuality to DeVito’s performances that is often sadly ignored. But no more: A new Funny Or Die video, playing on…

It’s Always Sunny’s momentous season finale leaves the Gang in flux

Season finales have never really been It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s strongest outings. The perceived need for a big finish tends to elevate plot over character, and the busyness, as a rule, distracts from the joy of watching the characters do deep dives into their collective and individual madness. “Dennis’…

“A Cricket’s Tale” shows the inescapable pull of the Always Sunny Gang’s black hole

There once was a man named Matthew Mara. But now there is only Rickety Cricket. The moniker—like the innumerable disfiguring injuries and debilitating humiliations that have transformed him into the homeless, drug addicted creature we see here—was inflicted upon Matthew by a quintet of infinitely thoughtless assholes.…

It’s Always Sunny delivers a near-perfect poisoned valentine

Season 12 has seen It’s Always Sunny stretch itself. And while the show’s stylistic ambitions have been mostly successful (sometimes transcendently so), “The Gang Tends Bar” shows that there are still tremendous rewards to be reaped from simply going back to the basics. Written by Megan Ganz, the episode shows that an…

An undisciplined It’s Always Sunny squanders Dee’s darkness

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is such a finely calibrated comedy engine that, when it goes wrong, you can just hear the mismatched, ill-assembled parts clunking like actual monkey wrenches. “PTSDee” has some laughs, and a lot of pieces that should be pleasing to fans, but, in operation, the episode jerks…

Political correctness is life and death on a hilarious It’s Always Sunny

The five main characters of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia are often described as “the worst people in the world.” And, sure, they pretty much are. Scanning around their Paddy’s Pub HQ most weeks, one can hear the ghostly echoes of Ben Kenobi’s pronouncement about Mos Eisley as “a wretched hive of scum and…

It’s Always Sunny can’t commit to “Making Dennis Reynolds A Murderer”

As It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia has gone on, the Gang’s insanity has picked up layers. While the show was birthed remarkably itself, the show’s conception as a disreputable hangout comedy has gone deeper, broader, and darker, while valiantly staying on-mission watching what happens when five of the most…

Amid damage control and rebranding, It’s Always Sunny remains itself

An episode of callbacks, cameos, and score-settling, “Wolf Cola: A Public Relations Nightmare” nonetheless finds freshness in the Gang’s jangling hang-ups and obsessions. Frank, happily starting his morning off with a pistol and a sandwich baggie of cocaine (“Yeah, we just didn’t wanna interrupt your morning routine,”…

It’s Always Sunny sweetens its situation when the Gang secretly goes multi-camera

There’s been a lot of talk going into this season about It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia tying Ozzie & Harriet for the longest-running live action TV comedy in history (once it finishes its already-booked 14th season). Some call foul, since Sunny only does 10 or so episodes a season, but, as tonight’s episode, “Old…

Even a water park can’t dilute the Always Sunny gang’s comic awfulness

After the ambitious, mostly masterful musical spectacle that was last week’s season 12 premiere, this week, the Gang fucks around in a water park. And it’s, in its own way, just as successful, a low-stakes goof-around that allows all five members of the cast to do what they do best—make us laugh like brat kids…

A 5-course introduction to the depraved delights of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

In 5 To Watch, five writers from The A.V. Club look at the latest streaming TV arrivals, each making the case for a favored episode. The reasons for their picks might differ, but they can all agree that each episode is a must-watch. In this installment: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, the first 11 seasons of which…