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It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Invents Its Own Clip Show Format

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“The Gang Does A Clip Show,” demonstrates all the wrongs with the let the show live formula on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Clip shows have been a great cheat for sitcoms. They are money jigs that established TV shows can safely rely on when the bucket of ideas runs empty. However, the sad reality is that this screening is far poorer than it sounds. And for an already sinking ship like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, clip shows can make bad things worse. Thankfully, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was aware that a traditional clip show would result in fans smashing stuff in frustration. Though the episode does start off in a traditional clip show format, the story quickly diverges well from the anticipated.

How The Story Sets Things Up

The show arranges for the gang to update their phone software opening a passage way down the memory lane. The clip show revisits several golden memories, in a traditional style. We see the couch giving birth to Frank, there is also Dee’s stellar physical comedy. We also revert into the iconic Charlie Vs. Santa, and the Blood Vomit. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has given TV its quirkiest, most savage, most entertaining moments. And, the clip show celebrated this with subtle sophistication.

Clip Show Glitches

However, you can’t simply miss the That’s what you do when you start getting old. You start reliving the glory days because you can’t think of anything new to do trope on the clip show episode. The show is left only with the last ten minutes to salvage the crisis it created, to begin with. Some people, expecting nothing from a clip show, did not simply tune in. And those who did pretty much got bored to death in the first few seconds. Only a handful of attentive ones stayed, and these were the only ones who appreciated the Sunny-esque surprise. 

Things Later Go The It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Way

The episode at several instances precipitates startling confusion. Dennis points out that Charlie and Dee keep coming up the delightful joys. He slams them for inserting their own goofy horseplay into his big scene and stealing his thunder. The episode’s first laugh out loud moment takes a lot of footage before gracing the scene. This happens in a memory chase as Charlie delightedly steals Dennis’ dramatic flip of Paddy’s light switch. And his version of Dennis dances happily in the background. Eventually, the Gang assembles its memories to form a rather perplexing cosmic network. I’m pretty sure the show aimed at synchrony and telepathy. But the redundancy ended up in a sad pandemonium.

Seinfeld Meets It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Furthermore, Dennis loses the thread once Dee confuses Seinfeld reruns with their own replaying memoirs. The real beef is when the show proceeds to have some fun with the idea of altered memories by dubbing part of “The Nightman Cometh” in Japanese. The gang then mimics scenes from Seinfeld. Rolling Stone critic Alan Sepinwall recently noted that Always Sunny was the “true successor” to Seinfeld. He said “no hugs, no learning” aesthetic, a nod to the NBC sitcom was the perfect fit for a false memory on Sunny.” The five members of the gang took on the roles of the core four Seinfeld characters. This hybrid of a crossover and remake was certainly one of the most inventive gags in sitcom history. For fans of both shows, it’s simply pure entertainment bliss.

The episode; however, still campaigns for a decline in quality. It wasn’t a stand-alone entertainer. It still had the voids of the “not all 24 episodes” trick. The Inception conundrum did not register the tone it aimed for. Unfortunately, the laze has palpably taken over Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia with this clip show.

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