IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA: THE COMPLETE SEASON 6
MOVIE: ****1/2 (out of 5)
BLU-RAY EXPERIENCE: **** (out of 5)
BY KEVIN CARR
I’m not easy to offend, which is why I love “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” The series has gone through some ups and downs over the years, but they seem to have hit a stride after season 5. The sixth season makes no pretense in offering character development or growth, unless that growth is disease-inducing and disgusting.
The overlying story of the season offers an open-ended question as to who got Sweet Dee pregnant. The resolution to this storyline is pounded home at the end of the season, to hilarious consequences. This season shows some bigger production value, getting the gang out of Paddy’s Pub and into various places like a new boat, a school and on a road trip.
Like previous seasons, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season 6” isn’t afraid of topical issues, and they deal with them in some of the most silly and insensitive ways. The gang takes on gay marriage, divorce, white trash, the education system, birth, death and arson. In past seasons, some episodes have been iffy, and while this year doesn’t give a season of home runs, but they’re more than base hits.
The Blu-ray comes with some great special features, especially for a later season release. There’s audio commentary on four of the twelve episodes, plus about 15 minutes of deleted and extended scenes along with w blooper reel. There’s a set-top trivia challenge game and complete video episodes of Dennis and Dee’s podcasts along with a legal advice show with the godawful lawyer Jack Kelly.
Finally, Dennis and Mac’s film effort “Lethal Weapon 5” is presented in its full unedited glory, along with in-character commentary. With “The Office” giving us “Threat Level Midnight” on their most recent season release, this seems to be the year for bad-movie-in-show bonus content, and I’m okay with that.