‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ Season 7 Premiere Review

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The gang of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is back for a new season of mayhem, squalor, and hilarity, and the season 7 premiere, “Frank’s Pretty Woman” certainly delivered on all three counts.

As was pointed out by Dennis (Glenn Howerton) at one point in the episode: it seems as though The Gang is sinking to new lows this season, what with Mac (Rob McElhenney) having gained 50 pounds of “mass,” Dee (Kaitlin Olson) slipping even further into delusions of having a better life, Dennis feeling that old crack/cocaine itch again, Frank (Danny DeVito) wanting to wed the raunchiest hooker in Philly, and Charlie (Charlie Day)…just being Charlie.

Did I mention that this is just the starting point for the season?

“Frank’s Pretty Woman” quickly reminded us just who we are dealing with here (as if we could forget after six seasons): a group of selfish, shallow, morally-devoid human beings who might just be the best friends you never want to have. While it was great watching scenes like Frank wooing a hooker, Charlie vomiting gross amount of fake blood on a blind date, or Mac and Dennis talking hedonist philosophy over chimichangas and excessive insulin injections – the real standout of this premiere episode was Roxy the hooker (Alanna Ubach), who literally and figuratively sucked the charm out the admittedly-absurd Pretty Woman fantasy.

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Alanna Ubach as Roxy.

Even better than having an over-the-top character like hard-drinking, crack-smoking, foul-mouthed Roxy, was the way in which the episode detailed the gang’s transition from initially viewing this woman like most of us would (with shock and disdain), to having feelings of admiration blossom in their black little hearts – only to pull another 180° at the very end of the episode, when they haul a dead Roxy out of Charlie’s dilapidated apartment and leave her like trash in the hallway – lest they have to deal with the inconvenience of calling 911 and explain themselves. That final image (a soiled dead hooker laying in a filthy hallway while the Pretty Woman theme song plays) is one of those shockingly inappropriate moments that only Sunny can turn into comedy gold.

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R.I.P. Roxy - We Hardly Knew Ye

All in all, this was a good start to seaon 7, and I’m definitely liking the fact that we’re starting to see the show utilize its own established mythos by casually re-introducing old plot points and running jokes (such as Dee and Dennis’ crack addiction from way back in season 1). By now we know these characters and their world so well that for long-time fans the inside jokes only make the viewing experience that much richer – while new viewers get a crash-course in how the gang from Paddy’s Pub gets down. Before seeing “Frank’s Pretty Woman” I might have guessed what kind of hijinks we might be in for in season 7. But after seeing this premiere, I can’t even imagine what the showrunners have cooking inside those wonderfully twisted minds of theirs – I just know that I’m looking forward to it, whatever “it” may be.

You can catch It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Thursday nights @ 10pm on FX.


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  1. This was a great first episode. Her laying in a heap in the hallway then Pretty Woman starts had me laughing pretty hard. And is a new classic moment in the series for me.

  2. Actually the episode Dennis and Dee were smoking crack was from season 2.

  3. How about Alvin from the Cosby show coming back, posing as tiger woods like he did In season 3? Posing as donovan mcnabb, that was better than the crack reference

  4. Although the characters appear to be their same charming selves, at times the acting (or the writing?) is contrived. I don’t like the “sanitized” sets – I thought it was much more effective with the gritty backgrounds and lighting – it gave this series an edge. Now it just feels like they are playing it safe while blending in with the rest of the white bread/mayonnaise sitcoms. Too bad. This was one of my favs.

    • I think you’re seeing cleaner sets and it’s ruining the mood for you so you’re not believing it, that has nothing to do with the writing itself being contrived. The writing for this episode was as good as it’s ever been and that’s what this show is about, very dark jokes delivered from the most morally bankrupt people you could possibly imagine. Screw the set, they could be on the set of 90210 and it wouldn’t matter because this show has almost nothing to do with the set, it has to do with the characters. if you don’t get that then you’re watching the wrong show.

    • EXACTLY! You are one smart person. This is show has sucked big time since last season. It feels no different now than some cookie-cutter network sitcom playing it safe for the corporate sponsors…Subway, Coors, etc…

    • ROFL Playing it self because the sets look a little better? You do realize shows are about story right?

      So the crack addiction and dead prostitute in the hallways is to you playing it safe?

      You they fit right in with other sitcoms I remember the episode of Everybody loves Raymond where they smoked crack, moved a dead hooker in to the hallway , puked up massive amounts of blood capsules, and foot fetish hookers. Yep just like every other cookie cutter sitcom.

    • Well it sure looks like It’s Always Sunny silenced little Nancy with last weeks episode. Are you sure Jersey Shore bum butt bumping wasn’t gritty enough for you. Lets see what they have in store this week. It’s always sunny is back!

  5. Man this episode was fantastic. Sunny really dropped the ball the last 3 seasons and I’m so happy to see it getting back up to the same heights … or maybe down to the same lows lol that it once had. This season could end up being just as good as the first 3 were which would be great considering how mediocre 5,6, and 7 all were.

    • THIS IS 7!

      • Bob

        Yea my mistake noticed right after I posted but thought “Oh well its not like some random poster is gonna make some huge deal out of it like I kicked their mom or something.”

        Guess I was wrong about that.

    • I loved season 6!

  6. I…am…obsessed…with this show. I own all the seasons and have watched them multiple times. I find each one equally hilarious. Looks like this season is more of the same excellent humor. I have never enjoyed a TV show like this one.

  7. Blood Capsules In Limo = Fav Clip Of Sunny since Dennis reading Charlie’s campaign speech. “I think I’ve been posioned by my constituents” Haha

    • Lol that had me laughing the hardest. I Think I’ve been poisoned by my Constituents ! Lmao! I think this is the funniest episodes of any show ever!