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Category: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

My Top Ten of 2013

  December 30th, 2013     Arrested Development, Breaking Bad, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Enlightened, Game of Thrones, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mad Men, Masters of Sex, Orange is the New Black, Rectify, The Good Wife     7

2013 really has been an absolutely incredible year of television. To honour these fantastic shows, I’ve decided to compile a list of my 10 favourite shows of the past year. Some shows have just begun, some have just ended, but all are worthy of recognition. My list is not numbered, and is posted in alphabetical order, because it’s impossible to choose one over another. There were certain shows I had to omit to keep the list down to ten — otherwise this post may have gone on forever — and so many more shows that I haven’t had a chance to experience yet. I look forward to 2014, where I will hopefully have to make an even harder decision than I did this year. Keep reading ›

The Gang Will Never Squash Their Beefs

  November 9th, 2013     It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia     1

Well, another season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is officially over. Though it’s completely awful that we will need to wait a whole year for new episodes, we are fortunate enough to have these past 10 episodes that are definitely worthy of watching over again. When I wrote about Always Sunny‘s 100th episode, I mentioned that this season was turning out to be unusually remarkable for a show this far into its run. That episode took place in the middle of a season, which means there were four more episodes that could have made me change my mind.  After finishing the season, I can now confidently say that this season was probably one of the most consistently great seasons of the show, and a great season of television in general. Keep reading ›

The Gang Reaches 100

  October 10th, 2013     It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia     2

100 episodes of television is a milestone. By reaching the 100th episode, the show solidifies its status as “popular”, as unsuccessful shows rarely last this long. On American networks, the typical number of episodes per TV season is around 22, making the 100th episode occur somewhere in its 4th or 5th season. Sometimes at this point in its run the show is still fresh enough that the spectacle of their milestone episode is an improvement on the show as a whole, adding a new spin on something already great. More often than not, the 100th episode falls flat — a reminder of how far the show has fallen from its season 2-3 peak. Today was the first time I’ve ever seen someone consider a show’s 100th episode to possibly be its greatest. Keep reading ›