September 14, 2005

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia

This is (was) the best new show on television. Last night was the season finale, and I suspect that this seventh episode will be the last we see of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Oh well, it was a good run while it lasted. FX is on a binge of TV-MA shows which supposedly "push the envelope" by dropping a few sh--s and a racy sex scene or two into each episode. While the looser restrictions of the TV-MA rating do allow a lot more creative freedom for the writers of the show, I feel like they also are restricting themselves by being subjected some sort of "edgy quota." At some point it feels forced, and I think that shows like Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, Starved and Always Sunny would benefit by not being pigeon-holed into a TV-MA rating for every single episode.

Granted, I'm not saying that I've been offended by any of the material, as I doubt anyone who would choose to watch an entire episode would be. My point is only that FX should concentrate on promoting quality, long-lasting series and not on getting as much objectionable fare as the advertisors will tolerate.

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