Rob McElhenney

The American Dream as Nihilism: Why ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Never Gets Old

As befitting a comedy staple that’s been on air for a decade, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an easy show to take for granted, or to reduce to not quite “must see TV” because it plays better in reruns. Part of this is due to its well-trod consistency: every episode follows a similar formula for the demented, self-centered assholes who make up “the gang,” where they get into one scrape or another, jokes upon jokes are made, and then the credits roll. It is not a show with morals or anything close to a one true pairing, which is part of the reason it can just be a show, super funny and pleasurable in half-hour bites. … Read More

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The Embarrassing Early TV Commercials of Your Favorite Comic Actors

Last week, the folks at Gawker did a bit of celebrity archaeology, discovering a 1993 TV ad for the NRA that featured a very young Molly Shannon. The soon-to-be Mary Catherine reached out to the site, emphasizing that she appeared in the spot when she was — direct quote, with emphasis — “A STRUGGLING ACTRESS,” and while we understand her taking pains to separate the spot from her own views, she’s hardly the first future famous funny person whose early work was only humorous in retrospect, and unintentionally. After the jump, we’ve got early commercials by several of our favorite comic actors — all equally embarrassing. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon is launching a new rarities label, Chigliak Records, as an imprint of Jagjaguwar, that will feature music that was “never commercially released” or “locally released [in Wisconsin] and never put out on vinyl.” [via NME]

2. You do not want to know how much money Apple CEO… Read More

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The 15 Funniest Scenes From 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'

Last season it felt like FX’s raunchy and hilarious sitcom, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was getting a bit long in the tooth. Perhaps it’s because the first five seasons about the demented gang that owns Paddy’s Pub were so gloriously absurd and raised the bar for intelligent, crass humor. Season six, however, was just disappointing. So, it was much welcomed this summer when one of the actors on the show decided to gain 50 pounds for the new season, launching the summer of “Fat Mac.” Then, FX released a few hilarious promo videos and the excitement for the show quickly rekindled on the Internet.

The new season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia kicks off tomorrow night. Over at Uproxx, they were doing some heavy lifting by rounding up the best GIFs from the show and then the best fan art ahead of the premiere. This list is by no means comprehensive, but take a gander of what we picked as the best moments/scenes from the show’s available YouTube clips and let us know if it matches up with your own favorites in the comments. … Read More

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