It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia : Season 1

  • Network: FX , FXX
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 4, 2005
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23

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Critic Reviews

  1. San Francisco Chronicle
    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. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Jul 15, 2013
    88
    It's not your father's "Cheers." [3 Aug 2005]
  3. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Charlie McCollum
    Jul 15, 2013
    88
    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]
  4. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Paul Brownfield
    Jul 15, 2013
    80
    A small-scale gem. [3 Aug 2005]
  5. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jul 15, 2013
    80
    Hilarious. [4 Aug 2005]
  6. Philadelphia Inquirer
    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]
  7. Variety
    Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 15, 2013
    80
    Invariably clever and occasionally a laugh-out-loud riot. [1 Aug 2005]
  8. Boston Herald
    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. Arizona Republic
    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]
  11. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    Jul 15, 2013
    70
    Funny, refreshing and bold. [4 Aug 2005]
  12. Deseret News
    Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Jul 15, 2013
    70
    Has moments of brilliance. [11 Aug 2005]
  13. Newsday
    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]
  14. Wall Street Journal
    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]
  15. Denver Post
    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. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 15, 2013
    60
    Ridiculous, and somewhat predictable. [4 Aug 2005]
  17. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jul 15, 2013
    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. Newark Star-Ledger
    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]
  20. Philadelphia Daily News
    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]
  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. New York Daily News
    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 211 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Mar 1, 2016
    9
    This show is a still for some unknown reason a hidden gem which not many in my country have heard about, but it is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S andThis show is a still for some unknown reason a hidden gem which not many in my country have heard about, but it is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S and written and played so smart (I guess because studio involvement was kept to a minimum).

    Highly recommended, if not just for all for all those laugh-out-loud joyful moments it gave me during the years.
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  2. 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 untilNot 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 »
  3. 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 gettingBEST 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 »