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'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Recap: 'The High School Reunion Part 2: The Gang's Revenge'

12/16/2011 11:28am EST
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” closed out its seventh season last night with the conclusion of last week’s high school reunion tale, and thankfully the second half was better than the first. Still, it didn’t come close to the high expectations I had for it. I may eventually come around on this (as I did with “The Nightman Cometh,” an episode I inexplicably didn’t like upon first viewing), but for now I’m calling it the series’ weakest season ender yet. (Oh, there will be rankings. Just wait.)

Picking up from where we left off last week, the gang is collectively humiliated. Dennis a...

'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Recap: 'The High School Reunion'

12/9/2011 11:14am EST
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
In the first half of the "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Season 7 finale, the gang heads to their high school reunion. Although there were plenty of familiar names and faces and some good moments, the episode wasn’t up to the level that I expect from “Sunny” – especially for a season-ender. Hopefully, the second half will wrap up this season in the proper demented and darkly funny fashion.

It’s always been apparent that high school was a pivotal time for the gang, and none of them seem to have changed very much since those days. Dee may have physically changed – from the Aluminum M...

Kings Of Leon Members To Cameo On 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia'

12/8/2011 8:52pm EST
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
Kings of Leon rockers Nathan and Jared Followill are making their acting debut on Danny DeVito's madcap TV comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

The brothers recently joined DeVito and cast members Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney to film cameos for the cult series - and it airs on Thursday night.

Alerting fans to his guest appearance on his blog, Jared Followill writes, "I'm making my acting debut tonight on It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia... with @Glenn_Howerton. It's touching stuff."

And his proud brother and bandmate Nathan also urged fans to tune in,...

'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Recap: 'Thunder Gun Express'

12/2/2011 12:54pm EST
Kaitlin Olson in
Sorry for the delay with today's recap, folks. I was having some Internet problems. I blame Obama.

This week, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” tries a theme episode – the action-movie-within-an-action-movie, “Thunder Gun Express” – with mixed results. Although there are some funny moments, it never reaches the level of the brilliant “Community” theme episodes, against which all theme episodes must now be measured. Compared to its own attempts at themes or gimmicks, this installment of “Sunny” is certainly better than “Frank’s Brother” or “The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell,” but not near...

'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Recap: 'How Mac Got Fat'

11/18/2011 10:26am EST
Rob McElhenney in
While last week’s episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” started in the middle and never looked back, this week’s installment is told mostly in flashback. Via the classic church confessional setup, Mac finally acknowledges the elephant in the room: that he is the elephant in the room. (Oh, snap!)

Although Mac now realizes that the extra mass around his waist isn’t muscle, he isn’t about to take responsibility for being fat. As that poor priest quickly discovers, “How Mac Got Fat” is a convoluted story, told from Mac’s POV, that explains why the Paddy’s gang of “sinners and pricks...

'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Recap: 'The Gang Gets Trapped'

11/11/2011 9:20am EST
Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson and Charlie Day in
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” shook up its formula this week with "The Gang Gets Trapped," a creative yet odd episode that caught up with the gang in media res. For a story that was pretty much all "middle"—with no flashback to its beginning and an awkward ending—it was easy to follow, wildly entertaining and jam-packed with laugh-out-loud moments.

The episode takes place entirely in an unknown person's home, and begins with Dennis and Dee trapped in the closet with R. Kelly nowhere to be found and Frank hiding under a bed. With a clever bit of exposition, Dennis quickly ge...

'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Recap: 'The ANTI-Social Network'

11/4/2011 9:45am EDT
Kaitlin Olson, Rob McElhenney and Danny DeVito in It's Always Su
This week, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” asks the questions: Would Paddy's Pub have more business if it had a Facebook page? Why does Dennis seem like a Facebook novice, when he should have long been using any number of social media sites to lure women down to the bang bunker? Is shushing just about the most annoying thing a person can do to another person? Can a man blow a sign off a building? Some of these are answered; the most vexing one is not. I mean, seriously, how has Dennis overlooked the woman-hunting power of the Internet thus far? Wasn't he on MySpace back when Frank creat...

'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Recap: 'Chardee MacDennis: The Game Of Games'

10/28/2011 10:55am EDT
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
This week on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” the gang introduces us to Chardee MacDennis. Although that sounds like a character from some terrible young adult fiction series, it’s not. It’s a game. Actually, to quote Charlie, “it’s not just a game, it’s a war.”

It seems that once upon a time, the gang created their own board game – a game that is once again being dusted off as an antidote to mind-numbing boredom. I immediately love this idea because I remember back to when I was a kid and how my friends and I would occasionally attempt to create the “best game ever” and fail miser...

'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Recap: 'The Storm of the Century'

10/21/2011 9:11am EDT
Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson and Charlie Day in
Although it's not on the same level as the first few episodes of this season, the latest episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is definitely a step up from the meh-ness of last week's "Frank's Brother."

In "The Storm of the Century," we get to see how each member of the gang reacts to a potential crisis—in this case, the kind of media-hyped storm that drives people with perfectly normal digestive systems to run out and stock up on a year's supply of toilet paper.

It's revealed that Paddy's basement is equipped with a bunker, which Dee insisted upon prior to Y2K (the "robopocay...

Our Favorite TV Bosses In Honor Of National Boss' Day

10/17/2011 1:00pm EDT
Favorite TV Bosses
Usually celebrated on Oct. 16, National Boss' Day is being observed today because yesterday was a Sunday.

In honor of the non-secular "holiday," Starpulse is honoring some of our favorite television bosses.

Check out the slideshow below (in no particular order), and tell us who YOUR favorite boss is!

'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Recap: 'Frank's Brother'

10/14/2011 1:50pm EDT
Danny DeVito in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It seems that after the frenzied hilarity of the first three episodes and last week’s rather dark turn, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is taking a breather with a rather lackluster decade-spanning flashback fantasy. But given that this season has been strong right out of the gate, that’s perfectly OK.

Much like the other fantasy ep, “The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell,” “Frank’s Brother” probably won’t end up on a lot of “best of” lists nor does it really warrant repeated viewings. Still, it’s not without its charm. However, most of that charm doesn’t come from any of the main charac...

'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Recap: 'Sweet Dee Gets Audited'

10/7/2011 10:31am EDT
Kaitlin Olson in
In its fourth episode, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" takes a quick meta-moment to acknowledge to the audience that it's really pushing the envelope this year. It seems a bit odd (and maybe a little late) to make that acknowledgement on a show that's always tested the boundaries of good taste. So what is the gang doing now that warrants poking a hole in the fourth wall? Oh, just throwing a baby funeral. That it's fake doesn't make it any less uncomfortable.

The not-really-dead baby in question is the one Dee gave birth to last season, and the one she's claimed (and intends to contin...

'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Recap: 'Frank Reynolds' Little Beauties'

9/30/2011 8:04am EDT
Danny Devito in
This week, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" comes about as close as it ever will to producing a "Cable in the Classroom" lesson. Hopefully, everyone involved with "Toddlers and Tiaras" and idiot stage moms everywhere were paying attention to "Frank Reynolds' Little Beauties," because there will be a test later.

As I've mentioned in my previous recaps, the action so far on this season of Sunny has been frenzied. The first two episodes split the gang into groups of three, causing a LOT of story to get jammed into a mere half hour show. (Not that the rapid-fire hilarity hasn't been fun, ...

'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Recap: The Gang Goes To The Jersey Shore

9/23/2011 10:15am EDT
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Just like you can't always judge a book by its cover, you can't always judge a "Sunny" episode by its title. If anyone was worried that this week's installment would be a lackluster half hour filled with little more than orange skin and Snooki jokes, those fears were allayed by a barrage of images much more disturbing than the "Jersey Shore"'s STD-infested hot tub.

Last week, I mentioned that the premiere felt a little too all over the place. The same can be said for this week's episode, but for some reason, the more randomness that was introduced and the more things spiraled out of cont...

'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Recap: Frank's Pretty Woman

9/16/2011 8:50am EDT
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Frank's Pretty Woman
When we last saw the Paddy's gang, they were witnessing the miracle of birth. When we caught up with them last night, they were dumping a dead hooker in the hallway. Ah, the circle of life.

If last season's baby-centric finale left anyone with a slightly sweet feeling, Season 7 quickly veers us back into sour territory, as "Sunny" pulls out all the sick and twisted stops that we've come to expect. Things get rolling when Frank, always striving to prove himself as the most disgusting member of the group, reveals that he has big plans for his hooker girlfriend Roxy (Alanna Ubach): "I'm gon...

Patricia Heaton, Danny DeVito & Other Stars React To Thursday's Earthquake

9/2/2011 9:46am EDT
Patricia Heaton
Danny DeVito and Patricia Heaton were among the Hollywood stars rocked when an earthquake hit Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon.

A 4.2-magnitude quake, centered 24 miles northwest of downtown L.A., shook the city and several aftershocks followed.

The former "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Heaton quickly took to Twitter, asking fans, "Was there an earthquake in LA? My desk just shook like crazy", before adding: "Whoohoo! Earthquake LA! Life is precarious, people - carpe diem!"

Pauley Perrette was on the set of her hit series "NCIS" at the time of the tremors, and she updated her followers ...

Danny DeVito Honored With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

8/19/2011 8:51am EDT
Danny DeVito
Actor Danny DeVito became the latest celebrity to unveil a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Thursday.

The It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star and director/producer marked his 41st year in the show business industry by receiving the 2,445th star on the famous walkway.

DeVito's wife Rhea Perlman attended the ceremony, along with the couple's daughters Lucy and Grace, and their son Jacob.

The pint-sized funnyman posed for pictures lying down next to the landmark, as he joked, "The question is, do I get to take this home or do we leave it here? Or do I move into this store over he...

Brittany's TCA 2011 Blog: 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'American Horror Story,' 'Rescue Me' And 'Always Sunny'

8/8/2011 2:00pm EDT
Rescue Me
After spending some time with FOX, my TCA (Television Critics Association) blog comes to an end with a look at sister network FX, which brought to Beverly Hills four returning series and a new one. Not to mention one big moment that I may unfortunately never be able to get out of my brain.

Executive Session

Last time we talked about FX, I mentioned that I have a great deal of respect for network president John Landgraf. I was certainly happy to hear the announcement Saturday morning that Landgraf, who's been with FX for more than seven years, had renewed his contract for three more. He'...

'Mad Men' Wins 3 Awards At Critics' Choice Television Awards; See All Winners

6/21/2011 8:39am EDT
Jon Hamm
Hit TV show "Mad Men" was the toast of the inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards in California on Monday, scooping three top honors.

The series won the Best Drama prize at the Beverly Hills ceremony, while its star Jon Hamm took home the Best Actor in a Drama award. Christina Hendricks rounded out their trio of honors by winning Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.

Best Actress in a Drama went to Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife" and John Noble won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for his turn in "Fringe."

Tina Fey was also celebrating at the event after claiming the Best Actre...

Danny DeVito Supports Healthy Food In Public Schools

5/20/2011 11:37am EDT
Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito is throwing his support behind celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's campaign to improve food in American public schools.

The British chef and TV personality has been trying to convince U.S. officials to revamp school lunches to include more nutritious options for students.

DeVito has now pledged to help Oliver on his food crusade, insisting it's important for kids to adopt a healthy lifestyle at a young age.

In a series of posts on his page, DeVito writes, "Got up again to talk about Jamie Oliver and his passion about getting kids to start on a good diet and fight th...

Top Ten Memorable 'Movie Moms'

5/6/2011 2:00pm EDT
Mother poster
Like ‘em, love 'em or hate ‘em, everyone has a mother. The person who carried us for nine months, mended our boo-boos and smothered us with so much love that sometimes it felt like a woolen blanket on an extra hot day. (Wait, maybe that was just mine - kidding mom!) In any case Mother’s Day is coming up on May 8 and Starpulse thought it only respectful to pay a little cinematic love to the ladies who first gave us life. So here is an ever-eclectic list of the funniest, toughest, scariest, strangest and downright quirkiest caregivers to ever grace the silver screen – it’s our...Top Ten M...

Katy Perry, Ashley Greene And Other Top Stars Hit The Coachella Music Festival (Pics)

4/17/2011 6:06pm EDT
Katy Perry
The first day of the Coachella Festival in California was a star-studded affair on Friday - and it had little to do with the acts onstage.

The crowds were littered with Hollywood celebrities and hot young couples smooching in the sun.

Vanessa Hudgens made her Coachella debut with her rumored boyfriend Josh Hutcherson, while Hilton sisters Paris and Nicky were spotted partying with Nicky's boyfriend David Katzenberg.

Lindsay Lohan and Katy Perry were also among the music fans living it up in the desert, as were actress Kate Bosworth and her beau Alexander Skarsgard, reality TV star Whitne...

Celebrity Impersonators Flock to Las Vegas for the Reel Awards - Do They Pull off Their Stars Though?

2/27/2011 5:45pm EST
This is why What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas: the "stars" - Lady Gaga, Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Pattinson and a myriad of others - were out Thursday night at the Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas for the 20th Annual Reel Awards - given to the best celebrity impersonators from around the world.

Yes, around the world.

The event is a spoof/tribute to the Academy Awards and is presented as such; with categories that mirror the Oscars, like Best Actor, Best Actress and a Lifetime Achievement Award. It also has its own categories, like Best Tribute Band, Best Classic Crooner and Most Professi...

Lindsay Lohan Tweets Her Support For The People Of Egypt

2/12/2011 9:59am EST
Lindsay lohan
Actress Lindsay Lohan is turning her attention to world politics - she's tweeted her support for the people of Egypt after Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down as the country's president.

Mubarek bowed to pressure from angry pro-democracy demonstrators on Friday and resigned from the job he's held for three decades, a day after stunning the world by defying calls to leave office. The politician's exit was announced by Vice President Omar Suleiman, who revealed power had been transferred to the military after almost three weeks of protests.

As the news spread across the world, Lohan decided ...

'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Recap: Dee Gives Birth

12/10/2010 11:44am EST
The Gang and baby
This season of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has had its ups and downs, but with last night’s finale, it ended on a high note.

When Dee goes into labor (right in the middle of Dennis and Mac’s investigation into why Frank and Charlie hang out in the sewer), the rest of the gang worries. Not about Dee’s or the baby’s well-being or anything dumb like that, of course. No, they start worrying about how the kid is going to mess up their lives. Hell, it’s still in Dee’s uterus and already it’s ruined the transmission in Dennis’s car and interrupted the “perfectly good sewer conversation....

'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Recap: The Gang Gets Stranded In The Woods

12/3/2010 9:13am EST
Dee and Mac
After the lackluster “King of the Rats” episode, "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia" bounced back beautifully with last night’s little tale of a road trip gone awry. Unlike in last season’s “The Gang Hits the Road,” the gang actually manages to make it out of Philly this time—and the change of scenery was just the breath of fresh air this somewhat uneven season needed.

Frank takes the very well-dressed gang on a trip to an Atlantic City casino, where—thanks to a very large donation—he’s scheduled to be the keynote speaker at an animal rights event. That charitable move doesn’t really mak...

'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Recap - Charlie Kelly: King Of The Rats

11/19/2010 1:36pm EST
So, I've been reading a lot of gushing around the Interwebs from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" fans who seem to think that this week's episode was hilarious, with some even going as far as calling it the best of the season. That kind of talk makes me feel like Charlie at the movie theater—I can't figure out which dimension I'm living in.

Being a "Charlie episode," I was really looking forward to this one, but I just didn't get it. While it had a good premise—Frank convinces the normally selfish gang to throw Charlie, burned out from a life of rat killing, a surprise birthday party—...

'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Recap - Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth

11/12/2010 11:20am EST
Dennis and Mac in Lethal Weapon 5
Despite her name being featured in the title, no one will ever remember this half-hour of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" as a "Dee episode." This one was all about Riggs and Murtaugh. Er, Dennis and Mac.

Maybe I was just too anxious to see the gang's production of "Lethal Weapon 5," but I felt like the first half of this ep dragged a bit. Dee and Charlie were still working at the school, with Dee subbing for the injured Dr. Meyers and Charlie relishing his role as janitor. There were some funny bits—all the kids calling Charlie "Professor," Charlie digging an orange out of the trash...

'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Recap: Who Got Dee Pregnant?

10/29/2010 9:07am EDT
Sweet Dee
On this week's episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," Kaitlin Olson finally gets to stop hiding her belly behind big shirts, towels and such. Thank God. Although it probably hasn't been too difficult for her to conceal her condition. She's the skinniest pregnant chick I've ever seen.

The rest of the Sunny gang certainly hasn't noticed Sweet Dee's motherly glow. When they rag on her for eating too much and getting fat, she fires back: "I'm pregnant." The ever-observant Mac whines, "I feel like you say that all the time now," before reiterating that he doesn't care about her or what...

'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Recap: Mac's Mom Burns Her House Down

10/22/2010 9:19am EDT
Rob McElhenny
Perhaps with the latest episode, the Sunny writers wanted to pay homage to Betty White's newfound superstardom and/or the deaths of the other Golden Girls over the last few years. I don't know. All I know is that when Season 6 of Sunny comes to DVD, I'll feel the same way about this ep as I do about Golden Girls overall—while it's amusing and has some really funny bits, it's not something I'll feel compelled to watch over and over.

Of course, I'm always happy to see Mac's mom, who, as the episode title suggests, is central to the plot. After Mrs. Mac falls asleep with a cigarette in her mo...