• Network: FX , FXX
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 4, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 15, 2013
    100
    Laden with laugh-out-loud moments. ... Just as "Curb Your Enthusiasm" so boldly and brilliantly attacks taboo subjects, so does "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," though the humor is spread from one clueless, self-centered ass to four, clueless, self-centered slackers. [4 Aug 2005]
  2. An underlying warmth and a certain charm to the characters mitigate some of the childish jokes and give the series real appeal. [5 Aug 2005]
  3. 88
    It's not your father's "Cheers." [3 Aug 2005]
  4. Reviewed by: Paul Brownfield
    Jul 15, 2013
    80
    A small-scale gem. [3 Aug 2005]
  5. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jul 15, 2013
    80
    The laughs, as they should, come fast and hard from the characters, somehow likable in their social ineptitude. But if you can't see the situations - irreverent barely begins to describe them - as absurd, you might not have a lot of fun. [4 Aug 2005]
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 15, 2013
    80
    Invariably clever and occasionally a laugh-out-loud riot. [1 Aug 2005]
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jul 15, 2013
    80
    Hilarious. [4 Aug 2005]
  8. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jul 15, 2013
    75
    The castmates aren't polished performers, but they know how to work a joke fast and move on. [4 Aug 2005]
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Lechevallier
    Oct 11, 2012
    75
    In its eighth season, It's Always Sunny doesn't try very many new things, but the writers are smart enough to know not to mess with a successful formula, and the series carries itself with an air of aplomb that many comedies rarely come close to exhibiting.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Jul 15, 2013
    70
    Has moments of brilliance. [11 Aug 2005]
  11. Reviewed by: Ann Gerhart
    Jul 15, 2013
    70
    [Has an] intimate, ensemble feel, without grandstanding or fussiness or mugginess. It keeps the four feeling like good company for a half-hour. [4 Aug 2005]
  12. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 15, 2013
    70
    What makes it palatable is that it is often laugh-out-loud hilarious. If Seinfeld broke down a few barriers when it came to subject matter in a sitcom, Philadelphia gleefully smashes right through them. [3 Aug 2005]
  13. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    Jul 15, 2013
    70
    Funny, refreshing and bold. [4 Aug 2005]
  14. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jul 15, 2013
    70
    Lacks the hard, uncomfortable edges of [FX's also premiering] "Starved," but it's clear this show wants and intends to do a little damage, too. [4 Aug 2005]
  15. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jul 15, 2013
    60
    Funny - barely - in an uncomfortable, theatrical way, some moments feel like performance art or improv exercises, albeit with nice title sequences. [14 Aug 2005]
  16. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 15, 2013
    60
    Ridiculous, and somewhat predictable. [4 Aug 2005]
  17. 60
    "It's Always Sunny" peddles immaturity and discomfort with remarkable wit in a few instances. [4 Aug 2005]
  18. Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    Jun 18, 2013
    50
    It is smug enough to think it's breaking ground, but not smart enough to know it isn't.
  19. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jul 15, 2013
    40
    "Sunny" simply isn't funny enough often enough to justify its rather labored envelope-pushing. [4 Aug 2005]
  20. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jul 15, 2013
    40
    In general, "Philadelphia" pulls back just short of being really tasteless, which seems to miss the point. [4 Aug 2005]
  21. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 28, 2013
    38
    It's more like Seinfeld reconceived for the slacker sensibility of a director like Kevin Smith or Richard Linklater. And that's what's wrong with the show: It's hard to shake the feeling that it's just someone's project.
  22. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jul 15, 2013
    30
    The writing is not witty enough to carry the material, which is not even very original.
  23. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jul 15, 2013
    12
    Just because you can put something on TV doesn't mean you should. [3 Aug 2005]
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 160 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Jan 2, 2013
    1
    Not too comical, alright to watch when you're really really really bored though. The show is not funny until later seasons, basically until Danny Devito comes in to play Frank Reynolds. I think Devito being on the show attracted better writers and made the characters more funny. Full Review »
  2. Mar 11, 2011
    10
    BEST SHOW EVER! Ridiculously funny. The whole cast is awesome. Never an episode that won't make you laugh. The cast are always getting themselves into crazy situations and it is always fun to watch. Full Review »
  3. Dec 27, 2010
    9
    For awhile, this was my favorite show on television but it has slipped a bit lately. Seasons 3 and 4 are insanely funny and possibly the funniest two seasons I've ever seen from any show. Seasons 1 and 2 are ok. Season 5 and 6 have about 2 good episodes each. I love a show that doesn't hold back and they definitely don't. Full Review »