It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 7 (2011)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 7 Review

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 7 Review

The seventh season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is far from the best seasons. However, it still features plenty of memorable, highly entertaining and diverse episodes.

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I’m going to wait right here and wait for my minions to swarm me

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 7 Review

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Frank’s Pretty Woman is such a perfect, clever and brutally honest parody of the titular movie with Dennis being great, but Frank being the funniest and most memorable with a couple of hilarious one-liners. The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore definitely crossed my tolerance zone in that one gruesome sequence, but this was still a pretty interesting experiment. Charlie having a romantic evening with Waitress was great and of course Dennis and Dee got the best and most brutal scenes here.

Frank Reynolds’ Little Beauties is such a hilarious episode that deals with an overdone premise, but does it so well that it lifted the material entirely. The girls were funny and Dee got some superb, amusing scenes, but it is Frank who is the highlight once again and I loved DeVito’s performance here. Sweet Dee Gets Audited is a good episode with a great Dee subplot, but the other subplot with the guys got a bit repetitive near the end and that final scene definitely was too much for me. It is interesting how in this season alone you got two of the most brutal and to me unnecessary scenes of the entire show.

Frank’s Brother isn’t the most entertaining episode, but it again features Frank at some of his best and watching his hilarious backstory was fun at times with some scenes being true to the character and very funny, but I expected more from his brother to be honest. The Storm of the Century again isn’t perfect, but it showcases a good use of Cricket and especially Dennis who is so funny as an obsessed creep over a busty news reporter.

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Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games was very relatable to me personally as I loved inventing games as a child too, but this game of theirs is especially twisted and I loved its various details and how little sense it made. It is one of the most perfectly constructed and consistently entertaining and inventive episodes. The ANTI-Social Network definitely needed a better third act, but it is a nice commentary on the fakeness of internet profiles with both of its subplots working so well. Dennis is so funny here.

The Gang Gets Trapped is a high-concept idea done right. I loved all of the character interactions here as everyone was superb, but the execution of this great premise was mostly excellent and I liked how it ended as well. How Mac Got Fat is probably the worst episode of the season as it does give us a proper, but still somewhat repetitive and not as entertaining explanation for hot Mac got fat in the first place.

Thunder Gun Express isn’t great in all its parts, but it works pretty well as a whole with again all of the five members of the gang getting their hilarious moments and although the ending was abrupt, it was still satisfying.

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The High School Reunion finally shows us their high school and that was great. Finally we see how all of the guys were so lowly positioned in school. Charlie is so sad here, Mac is funny, Dennis is the best and this reveals a lot about his twisted behavior and of course Dee was pretty active this time around.

The High School Reunion Part 2: The Gang’s Revenge is a satisfactory conclusion to this great two-parter and although brutal, they needed to be humiliated like this as it was only fitting to the story. And of course that dance ending was just hysterical and so well executed.

The seventh season in the end definitely does have its weaker episodes, but most are great and highly memorable with some even giving us excellent character explanations and backstories. Dennis and Frank were particularly strong here and the season definitely ended on such a high note.

 

Worst Episodes: Sweet Dee Gets Audited, Frank’s Brother and How Mac Got Fat.

Best Episodes: The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore, Frank Reynolds’ Little Beauties, Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games and The High School Reunion.

My Rating – 4.4

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 6 (2010)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 6 Review

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 6 Review

The sixth season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is another great one at the time when the series was at the height of its powers.

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What do you say we slip into a room…. and you two split me open like a coconut?

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 6 Review

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Mac Fights Gay Marriage is such a blast to watch. It features one of the best uses of Mac ever and it is such a great character study and a further proof of his closeted homosexuality. His argument with the tranny is hilarious, but Frank and Charlie getting married was also such an amusing subplot in its silliness.

Dennis Gets Divorced is the continuation of this story and here we do not see much of Mac, but to me Dee got such a great conclusion and one of the most brutal ones for her. But of course the highlight is Dennis and watching his infatuation with Maureen Ponderosa was an entertaining and quite interesting experience as we had never seen him like this before.

The Gang Buys a Boat is a classic. Dennis is so funny and creepy here, but of course Dee, Charlie and Frank making a mess at the boat was very fun to watch and I thought that all of the five got their good moments here. Mac’s Big Break is one of the weaker episodes of this season which has its memorable moments with Mac and the Waitress in particular, but the overall two storylines were admittedly not up to part with the rest of the stories here.

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Mac and Charlie: White Trash is an absolute classic. Of course these two rednecks were so good here, but Dennis and Dee trying to get into the fancy pool was hilarious. Everyone here shines and all of the subplots lead really well into a coherent and quite endearing in a way finale. Mac’s Mom Burns Her House Down has a pretty good dynamic between Frank and Dee, but the highlights are Mac and Charlie and especially their mothers who share such a great dynamic. The racist joke was the best one here.

Who Got Dee Pregnant? is too ridiculous for its own sake, but still watching Dee being a bird in the gang’s recollections was hysterical and I thought the conclusion was satisfactory and quite funny. The Gang Gets a New Member is such a great episode and the introduction of Shmity was great. I liked that it led to Charlie leaving the gang and this is one of the best episodes regarding his relationship with the rest of the guys.

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Dee Reynolds: Shaping America’s Youth is a great continuation of the last episode and Dee is greatly used in both episodes, but finally getting to see their Lethal Weapon movie was a rewarding experience. The movie is ridiculous and offensive in the best Sunny fashion.

Charlie Kelly: King of the Rats is a classic! It is one of the rare Sunny episodes that is actually different, authentic and yes, even emotional. Here the gang, besides Frank, act nice and for once give gifts to Charlie for his supposed birthday. The whole episode was perfectly built up, the twist with Frank is terrific and of course the finale was so heartwarming and I just loved Charlie here.

The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods is one of the most adventurous Philly episodes. Of course the truck driver was absolutely hysterical, but Frank’s moments with the rabbit were quite unforgettable in their own right. I thought both subplots perfectly ended and coalesced into each other and I wish we got more episodes with the gang outside the city as this one is so good.

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Dee Gives Birth isn’t the best episode here, but it has its great scenes and it was quite entertaining watching all of the guys that Dee banged in one room together. A Very Sunny Christmas is just amazing. It is an episode split into two parts, but both are great and should be watched together. Again an atypical Sunny episode where the gang is nicer than usual. I thought its backstories for Mac and Charlie explained their characters perfectly and this episode features amazing storytelling, truly something special. And the ending is quite sweet. This two-parter is somehow simultaneously brutal and heartfelt.

All in all, the sixth season of Sunny had its weaker parts, but most of the episodes here are great and even classics with for once present backstories and atypical and unique storylines that gave fresh depth to the series. This was certainly such a great time for the show when they were firing on all cylinders.

 

Worst Episodes: Mac’s Big Break and Dee Gives Birth.

Best Episodes: Mac Fights Gay Marriage, Mac and Charlie: White Trash, Dee Reynolds: Shaping America’s Youth, Charlie Kelly: King of the Rats and A Very Sunny Christmas.

My Rating – 4.7

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 5 (2009)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 5 Review

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 5 Review

The fifth season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is one of the best seasons with a consistent quality to it and many classic episodes.

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Your mother had to have a c-section because of those hands

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The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis finds Charlie facing off the lawyer in a hilarious manner, but Mac and Dennis are very good as well and Dee is the highlight here with such a redneck attitude and many hilarious lines. The Gang Hits the Road features a very neat conclusion and it was very entertaining watching the gang leave Philly for the first time. Charlie is naturally the highlight as he has never been out of the city before and has never eaten a pear. That was stupid in the best and funniest way possible.

The Great Recession finds Mac and Dennis in one of their finest pairings, so funny. But Frank is easily the highlight in a very ridiculous and quite brutal subplot. The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention is another Frank classic as this time around he hit his lowest and it is up to the gang to help him out. I found the entire dynamic of the gang superb here with Frank being the most repulsive and memorable here.

The Waitress Is Getting Married is another true classic with its fair share of absolutely hilarious scenes and moments. Naturally Charlie’s date was so amusing, but Dee is the standout one here as watching her try to win the heart of her former classmate was so funny and rewarding in its brutal, if abrupt ending. The World Series Defense is not up to par with the rest of the episodes here, but it is still pretty good as the entire storyline is ridiculous and quite unforgettable and of course the gang being confronted by authorities is always rewarding.

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The Gang Wrestles for the Troops has a very well realized Dee storyline, but to me the highlight this time around were the guys. Watching them turn into birdmen produced some of the funniest and campiest scenes of the season. Paddy’s Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens finds the lawyer at his most cunning, Charlie at his silliest and the rest of the gang ain’t shabby either as all of them got their moment to shine in this fast paced and hysterical outing.

Mac and Dennis Break Up is a much calmer, but quite interesting part. I loved the examination of Mac and Dennis’s relationship, Charlie and Frank also got some great scenes together and Dee was very well utilized too. The D.E.N.N.I.S. System is an absolute classic. It is one of Sunny’s episodes that are consistently great and superbly made all around. Easily one of the series’ best. All of the gang got their funny bits, but naturally Dennis got probably the best episode yet and the one which explains his character in the finest and most detailed way possible.

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Mac and Charlie Write a Movie is most certainly the weakest episode here. Yes, it has its fine moments, but I thought that the entire Hollywood angle was quite poorly used here and the entire episode felt underwhelming in laughs. The Gang Reignites the Rivalry is quite the opposite. It is both funny and well constructed, Dee getting poisoned was funny and brutal, Frank has some great scenes and this is another fine examination of Dennis’s crazy and creepy persona.

In the end, it has a couple of weaker episodes, but most of the others are definitely great with some being some of the series’ best as a whole. Thanks to its great use of supporting characters and excellent, certainly the best character development yet coupled with a high amount of true classics, this fifth season of Sunny is without a doubt one of the best in the show’s history.

 

Worst Episodes: The World Series Defense and Mac and Charlie Write a Movie.

Best Episodes: The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis, The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention,

Paddy’s Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens, The D.E.N.N.I.S. System and The Gang Reignites Their Rivalry.

My Rating – 4.7

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 4 (2008)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 4 Review

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 4 Review

The fourth season of It’s Always Funny in Philadelphia isn’t the greatest with only a handful of true classics, but at least it doesn’t have any stinkers in it either.

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You gotta pay the troll toll to get into this boy’s hole!

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Mac and Dennis: Manhunters is a very good episode with both of its subplots working really well. I found the ending to be mediocre and truly this show rarely manages to wrap up its episodes in the best way possible, but Mac and Dennis hunting Cricket was hilarious and what was even better was watching Charlie and Dee lust over human meat. The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis unfortunately is much weaker. It has its solid comedic moments, but the premise alone is not the most interesting one and the execution is so-so.

America’s Next Top Paddy’s Billboard Model Contest is a classic, there is no doubt about it. Charlie and Dee trying to make a viral video was a genius idea that paid off in many absolutely hilarious scenes and of course Frank hosting the modeling contest and Dennis participating in it naturally was a great idea that was executed superbly. Mac’s Banging the Waitress interestingly enough doesn’t feature Frank or Dee, but the rest of the gang is great here. Some parts weren’t as great as the others, but the core was terrific and of course the highlights are all the hints to Mac’s sexuality.

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Mac and Charlie Die Part 1 is much better than Part 2 as the conclusion wasn’t as great, but the scenario with them faking their death was so entertaining and the episodes are strong and hilarious even if Dennis’ subplot was never up to par.

Who Pooped the Bed? features such a ridiculous scenario and the episode was definitely overly silly, but it still worked for the most part with Frank being funny and Dee hanging out with Artemis and the Waitress was the highlight – both amusing and cleverly written.

Paddy’s Pub: The Worst Bar in Philadelphia is such a consistently funny, awesome episode! The gang gets extreme here and tortures a reviewer and some parts were just hysterical. This is one of those episodes where the situation is brutal and the gang gets extreme, but the story still wrapped up really well and somewhat realistically.

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Dennis Reynolds: An Erotic Life is an odd episode. Some weirdness was fine here, but other more trippy elements didn’t quite work in my opinion. Charlie and Dee’s subplot is the better one and they truly are an interesting comedic pair and the show never made full use of it. Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack once again featured Frank in a parody of his movie which was rehashed too much plus Dennis and Dee’s part isn’t that funny, but Mac and Charlie are much better in a weird, yet ultimately satisfying plot.

The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell is a silly episode. They tell the story of how their bar was significant in 1776 and of course it is bizarre and funny. I thought it was overly silly and most of the parts did not work, but those that did such as Dee being a slave and Cricket falling in love with her were terrific.

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The Gang Gets Extreme: Home Makeover Edition is another extreme and quite brutal episode which benefits from a somewhat realistic conclusion and all of those Americanization scenes which were just so funny. The Nightman Cometh is a genuine classic. It is a glorious musical in its silliness and it features Charlie at his most “creative” and some truly hilarious musical numbers. I loved how it was all for the Waitress and I enjoyed mostly those truly hilarious lyrics and that all of the gang got their moment to shine.

In the end, not a great season, but not a bad one either. It is perfectly solid and although lacking in comparison to the previous one, it is on quite par with the first and second season and might be even better. It does have its weaker episodes, but some are genuine classics too and the balance of great and good was solid with no bad episodes this time around.

 

Worst Episodes: The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis, Dennis Reynolds: An Erotic Life, Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack and The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell.

Best Episodes: America’s Next Top Paddy’s Billboard Model Contest, Mac and Charlie Die Part 1, Paddy’s Pub: The Worst Bar in Philadelphia and The Nightman Cometh.

My Rating – 4.2

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 1 (1987)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic animated superhero comedy TV series. The first season aired in 1987 and consists of five episodes.

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Cawabunga!

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I simply loved this show when I was a kid and it was one of my favorites and now finally years afterwards I decided to watch it and see if it holds up through the eyes of an adult and I am happy to say that it does. The plot and characters are as fun as they ever were and I enjoyed this first season so much and I am looking forward to seeing the rest as this is just the start.

Technically, it is very weak. The animation is as dated and as cheap as any 80s American animated series and that is something that I realize only now. But the character designs are excellent as I love the looks of each of its characters. And the city as well as the sewers are so well utilized as settings.

The voice acting is also very weak across the board. The turtles are voiced better than the others, but overall I am unimpressed. But thankfully it doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of the show too much. As for its score, it is awesome and of course I just love its opening theme – so catchy and a perfect cartoon opening by all means.

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The first season is well paced and it is a good introductory season to all of its characters. It only has five episodes and I am going to go through each of them shortly. I thought this was a great introduction to the storyline, setting and characters and it’s overall a satisfactory first season. The turtles need more development in the future, but they are a lot of fun and I loved their movie references. They are funny and amusing. April O’Neil is a strong female character for the time and I loved her relationship with the turtles; Splinter is such a wonderful sensei character and the villains are all very good from intriguing Shredder to over-the-top Krang to Bebop and Rocksteady who are quite good as stupid henchmen.

Turtle Tracks is a very good pilot for the entire series and it does its job well, although a bit too frenetically. Everyone gets their proper introduction here and I liked how quickly April became part of their gang.

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The Technodrome is introduced in Enter the Shredder which is the season’s finest episode. I loved the entire episode, but the highlight was seeing the backstory of Bebop and Rocksteady and how they were created by Shredder. It was evident here that the show is based on a comic-book series and they adapted it into TV form so well.

A Thing About Rats has its moments and Splinter got more to do, but it is the weakest episode of the first season that started off fine, but ended up with too much action and not enough humor or substance.

Hot Rodding Teenagers from Dimension X is a very entertaining episode and Neutrinos are such crazy and fun, typically 80s characters. But besides setting up Krang’s story and Dimension X, this episode does not belong here as it came way too soon in the show’s run and it isn’t particularly connected to the rest of the season.

Shredder & Splintered is a very good, if too action packed episode that of course features a great fight between the titular characters and such a great ending for the episode and the season. I loved that Krang finally got his body, how Donatello was established as a tech wiz and that we see just how much Splinter cares for his turtle pupils.

Overall, the first season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is too short and rushed, but mostly a very good introduction to the story, setting and its fun characters with great action, fun humor and excellent and well established backstories for each of its memorable characters.

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Worst Episode: A Thing About Rats.

Best Episode: Enter the Shredder.

My Rating – 4.1

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ReLIFE (2016)

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ReLIFE Review

ReLIFE is a 2016 drama anime series directed by Tomo Kosaka. It is a pretty good and funny, albeit ultimately disappointing show.

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If someone always follows the perfect path without ever facing hardship…

Is it really what’s best for that person?

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The anime follows a 27-year-old man who is unemployed and joins a scientific experiment where he gets rejuvenated by ten years and is sent back to high school as a student. Now obviously this is a high-concept idea which I really liked as it is pretty unique and simplistic, but provides great, emotional drama in the process. And because I myself am not employed and I am already 25, this story was very relatable to me personally.

I will talk about the problems of the show later, but now let’s talk about its characters. Arata Kaizaki is a very relatable, realistic and ultimately satisfactory protagonist. He is likable without being too likable or too boring. Ryo is solid, but not as interesting. Chizuru Hishiro is a great love interest and I just loved her socially awkward persona. They are such a great, wonderful couple and I loved them all the more as you get my personality when you mix these two together. They are such great characters that all of the others are lacking in comparison. But the voice acting is excellent for sure.

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So the problem with ReLIFE is just that it loses its steam in the second half of its run. At first it was basically a comedy, but then it became too much of a teen romance to me personally and I would have liked for it to have stayed in the comedy genre throughout its whole run as it was so funny and fun that way.

The humor is excellent and its first couple of episodes made me laugh for more than a couple of occasions. It was the perfect mix of relatable and awkward humor with many great and highly amusing situations so well mined for laughs.

But the romance itself, although good, is overly emphasized and ultimately not as epic as it should have been. The series just lost some of its luster in the second half as it was rarely as funny there plus the drama was also lacking. Mixing drama and comedy was what its first episodes did so well, but then they decided to go full teen romance angle and that hurt it tremendously.

The animation in ReLIFE is excellent and the kind of modern anime animation that is very pleasing for the eyes and not too colorful. I liked how the characters looked and I loved their school and how well the interiors were designed. The school setting was so well utilized here.

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The final episode was excellent and the first couple were great, but the middle parts were honestly disappointing. And the choice to focus on more supporting characters and volleyball bored me as I did not care for those characters and of course I have no interest in any sports whatsoever. As for its score, I liked it quite a bit and its opening theme is quite solid and very catchy. The show is also well edited and directed, but rarely as emotional as the script demanded and rarely as dramatic, though it was still rather relatable to me as I cared for and found myself in the two main characters.

In the end, ReLIFE is disappointing in its second half which relied too much on romance and not enough on humor, but the first half is great with excellent humor and many great situations. The character development is solid and I loved its main characters, the story was relatable to me personally and it is quite a good concept and it is ultimately a good anime that could have been great but ending up being just good.

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Worst Episodes: Revenge and Everybody’s Selfish Desires.

Best Episodes: Kaizaki Arata (27) Unemployed and Confession.

My Rating – 3.9

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 3 (2007)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 3 Review

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 3 Review

The third season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is quite possibly the best one with almost every episode being not just great, but fantastic. It is such an amazing season.

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You tell her that she’s a god damn whore,

always been a whore!

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Thankfully this time around we’ve got more episodes than before with 15. The first one is The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby which isn’t the best of the season, but watching Frank and Charlie bond around trash was fun and of course Dee and Mac wanting to make dumpster baby a star was hilarious. But the highlight was Dennis teaching a hippie a lesson by banging his girlfriend. Dennis was on fire in this episode in a brutal fashion.

The Gang Gets Invincible is great for having Dee beat the guys in sports, but eventually Mac and Dennis screwed her over in a funny manner. That subplot was great, but the one with Charlie and Frank was even better. Frank tripping on LCD definitely provided one of the craziest moments on the show whereas Charlie amusingly got to be Green Man for the first time here.

Dennis and Dee’s Mom Is Dead gets to deal with a lot of things during its twenty minute run time. Their mom dies, they inherit nothing except for Dennis who gets the house, Frank and Dee try to fool Bruce into giving them money by pretending to be a couple, the other guys throw a party in the house and it all ends with Bruce screwing them all over. Yes, that’s a lot. But they managed to make each one of these subplots and sequences great. The opening with the lawyer (who appears here for the first time) is not just the funniest scene of this show, but of any show as I have never laughed harder than I did here, absolutely hysterical! But the rest of the episode is also great and it ends superbly. A classic and in my opinion the best episode ever for the series.

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The Gang Gets Held Hostage is another Sunny classic. We’ve got McPoyles at some of their nastiest and most memorable here. I loved this episode as they proved to be formidable, but watching the gang split and trying to betray each other was so much fun and some scenes here are the most brutal of the season. And of course the conclusion was neat.

The Aluminum Monster vs. Fatty Magoo is amazing. Frank got some good lines along with Mac, but the highlights here are Charlie and especially Dennis. His narcissistic behavior leads to him doing drag at the end of the episode in an unforgettable, such a funny ending. The sexual humor here is so good.

The Gang Solves the North Korea Situation finds Charlie at his surprisingly most triumphant and Dee at her lowest and some of the brutal lines said to her were so funny. But of course the highlight is the entire story which wonderfully makes use of North Koreans and this episode isn’t the most polished, but it is the best in its parts as all of its parts work magnificently.

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The Gang Sells Out is really good because it has Waitress in it as she was rarely used in this season. I loved her dynamic with both Charlie and Dennis. And Dee with her robbing was so funny in this episode. Frank Sets Sweet Dee on Fire features the titular scene which was hilarious, but everything leading to it was also great. Dennis an Dee getting drugged was amusing and the entire premise with all of them trying to become famous was superbly utilized with every character getting their proper due.

Sweet Dee’s Dating a Retarded Person is great in Dee’s subplot as it eventually turns out that he isn’t retarded and he trashes her in one of his songs, but it is even better in the other subplot where the guys pursue their musical careers. The Night Man Cometh was born here and that song is stupidly entertaining that it ended up being one of the most memorable things in the entire show.

Mac Is a Serial Killer has Charlie acting like a lawyer in such a ridiculously funny manner, but the standout is Mac as we get the first hint that he is gay as he begins dating a transsexual woman whereas the others think that he is serial killing. It has a wonderful use of situational comedy and misunderstanding.

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Dennis Looks Like a Registered Sex Offender is one of the weakest episodes here as the subplot with Mac’s father is good and has some great scenes, but the titular subplot isn’t the greatest and they unfortunately didn’t get anywhere with it.

The Gang Gets Whacked Part 1 is pretty good, but is only the warm-up for Part 2 which is a much more entertaining episode. Mac was very funny and I liked their parody of Italian American mob, Charlie and Dee got some fun moments and of course the highlight is Dennis becoming a whore while Frank is his pimp. Rarely has Frank being this manipulative and this funny and I loved how each of its three subplots ended up coalescing into a coherent whole.

Bums: Making a Mess All Over the City didn’t conclude Dee and Mac’s part really well even though it was previously great, but Frank, Charlie and Dennis were fantastic and of course the highlight is that mingy cat who loves to get into fire and is a survivor. Such a ridiculous, yet very funny and memorable part.

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The Gang Dances Their Asses Off features Rickety Cricket at some of his funniest and most over-the-top, Dee masterminding everyone was great and of course Charlie turning up to be a great dancer is hilarious. But the entire premise is superb and utilized phenomenally with some of the best action from the series so far.

In the end, this third season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is absolutely fantastic with only a couple of episodes that aren’t as great with most of them being perfect and classics. It has a great use of all of its characters and even those supporting ones. All of these episodes are so well made and of course immensely humorous that it is definitely the best and the standout season of the entire show.

 

Worst Episodes: The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby, Dennis Looks Like a Registered Sex Offender and Bums: Making a Mess All Over the City.

Best Episodes: Dennis and Dee’s Mom Is Dead, The Gang Gets Held Hostage, The Aluminum Monster vs. Fatty Magoo, The Gang Solves the North Korea Situation and The Gang Dances Their Asses Off.

My Rating – 4.8

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Gravity Falls Season 1 (2012)

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Gravity Falls Season 1 Review

Gravity Falls is a 2012 animated TV series which was aired on Disney Channel. It is a very popular and acclaimed mystery comedy which did not disappoint.

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When there’s no cops around, anything’s legal!

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It consists of two seasons broken into twenty episodes each. The show definitely has its arcs and plot progressions, but because most of the episodes serve as standalone stories, I will thus comment upon each one of them from the first to the twentieth.

It follows two siblings who spend a summer at their Great Uncle’s Mystery Shack in the town of Gravity Falls. The town is mysterious and holds many secrets and thus each episode delves into a mystery of its own.

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Tourist Trapped is a very good opening for the season and the whole series thanks to a pretty involving and mysterious episode. Yes, the gnomes were too childish, but still a lot of fun. The episode’s plot twist is unexpected and it succeeds in introducing us to its characters with Mabel stealing the show here. The Legend of the Gobblewonker features a much better and more entertaining storyline than the previous plot with an overabundance of terrific humor and with such an amusing use of Soos.

Headhunters isn’t the best episode. It does have some pretty good parts, but it is mostly overly typical and forgettable as it doesn’t leave the greatest and lasting impression. I am not the biggest fan of Gideon (more on him in my character analysis later down this review), but The Hand That Rocks the Mabel is a probably the best use of him during the whole season and a great introduction to his character. I loved Dipper and Mabel’s interactions in particular here.

The Inconveniencing is such a forgettable, uninspired episode that isn’t worth talking about more. But Dipper vs. Manliness is terrific and one of the funniest episodes of the season. Dipper is so great here and although we’ve seen this premise before, this take on manliness is actually pretty inventive in its own right with some great humor and a great use of music in it.

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Double Dipper is another very inventive episode that again features a familiar premise of cloning and duplicating, but it features a great progression of Dipper’s arc with Wendy and such a charming, wonderful ending. Irrational Treasure definitely is overly silly, but still a pretty solid historical piece that excels the most in its abundant details and amusing Mabel.

The Time Traveller’s Pig is a time travel episode done right resulting in one of the best that the season has to offer. Dipper’s Wendy subplot is dealt with the best here quite possibly as we here have him give up on her in order to save Mabel’s pig. I love their sibling relationship and here it was emphasized the most. And of course Waddles is introduced here in a fine manner.

Fight Fighters is another stellar episode. Yes, Stan’s part is most certainly not great and sort of poor when compared to the main plot, but that main story is so good that it is worth the trip. I loved the parody of fighting video games and that fighter character is absolutely hilarious here with many unforgettable, truly clever lines. And this is the finest use of Robbie yet.

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Little Dipper is one of the weakest parts of the season owing to its over-reliance on derivative storyline and humor. Summerween is another uninspired episode and a pretty weak take on Halloween which is surprising and disappointing as this holiday and Gravity Falls should go hand in hand, but unfortunately they didn’t manage to make that happen for us.

Boss Mabel could have been better, but it still has a great premise and Mabel is so funny here. Bottomless Pit! is simply put great! Rarely do episodes with the structure of telling stories succeed as this one, but here we have one of the best implementations of such a structure with all of its stories working wonderfully and with the overall plot and conclusion of it being immensely original and intriguing.

Dipper’s subplot in The Deep End is surprisingly disappointing and derivative, but Mabel falling in love with a merman naturally produced many laughs and smiles. Carpet Diem does have its weak parts, but it is mostly pretty entertaining with the relationship between the siblings put to a much greater emphasis than before.

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Boyz Crazy finds Mabel at one of her funniest, but it is otherwise pretty uneventful and frankly even dull at times. However, Land Before Swine is quite possibly the finest episode of the entire first season as it is just such a wonderfully sentimental, yet funny take on all of its characters with the interactions and relationships between them being so well established and explored. Mabel and Stan in particular are wonderful here.

I have to say that the last two episodes disappointed me immensely and they are two me the weakest and the only mediocre parts in this season. Yes, Dreamscaperers and Gideon Rises are both overly action-oriented and they put too much emphasis on Gideon who is so over-the-top and frustrating in this instance.

Let’s talk about the characters. Robby is a stereotype and Gideon is overly theatrical. I think he is the most cartoony character here and was mostly overly annoying. Waddles is very cute and Wendy is solid, but serves better as love interest to Dipper than an individual character. Soos is such a clichéd stupid character, but I have to say that he is still surprisingly funny at times.

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Grunkle Stan is a problematic character. His humor is overly aggressive and childish and some of his subplots do not work at all and serve more as annoying detours. However, he still has his memorable moments, he can be funny and he is great with the kids. Mabel and Dipper are naturally the highlights. I liked Dipper quite a bit and he is a realistic kid, but Mabel is the standout Gravity Falls character thanks to such an infectiously amusing personality and a great sense of humor. It is rare for animated shows to have this great and this lovable female characters, but Gravity Falls pulled that off remarkably well.

The animation is typical for American cartoons – overly simplistic, but with a solid attention to detail. The score is great and I love the opening theme, so fitting in tone to the style of the show. It succeeds both as a comedy and as a mystery and although this first season is quite uneven as a whole, it succeeds more often than it fails with its fair share of great laughs and inventive storytelling.

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Worst Episodes: The Inconveniencing, Little Dipper, Summerween, Boyz Crazy, Dreamscaperers and Gideon Rises.

Best Episodes: The Legend of the Gobblewonker, Dipper vs. Manliness, The Time Traveller’s Pig, Fight Fighters, Bottomless Pit! and Land Before Swine.

My Rating – 4

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Futurama Season 7 (2012)

Futurama Season 7 Review……………………………………..

Futurama Season 7 Review

The seventh season of Futurama is one of the better, but not the best, ones with its fair share of excellent installments and it is a great closing season for the series.

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You can’t simply know something by assembling a committee of words!

That’s it! I’ll assemble your committee!

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The Bots and the Bees is a pretty good, if far from great episode that features a solid Bender storyline in which he accidentally gets a son with a promiscuous soda machine. I liked here the most the fact that Bender proved to be a good dad. A Farewell to Arms is overly emotional and even if it was an interesting parody episode, it wasn’t the most original one.

Decision 3012 is a very good and funny social commentary on Obama’s birth certificate that featured a for once good use of Nixon and the episode is political, but also clever and frequently funny. The Thief of Badhead is such an authentic, truly one of a kind episode which again finds a good use of Bender who is great here. But the overall story is immensely original and certainly memorable.

Zapp Dingbat is such a hilarious episode. Leela’s mother begins dating Zapp and of course that was bound to get funny results. The episode is very amusing with an excellent sense of humor and a great use of Zapp who unfortunately didn’t get much to do in this season. The Butterjunk Effect is rarely funny, but Amy and Leela’s dynamic here is terrific and the setting and plot are fun.

The Six Million Dollar Mon is as boring and us unfunny as you would expect from a Hermes episode plus its robotic storyline felt pretty uninspired to me personally. Fun on a Bun is pretty interesting in its concept and sometimes amusing, but is mostly forgettable.

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Free Will Hunting is another boring, typical and ultimately immensely forgettable episode with a weak use of Bender. Near-Death Wish is somewhat odd for featuring an emotional Professor Farnsworth storyline, but it still worked surprisingly enough as watching him as a kid with his parents was heartwarming.

31st Century Fox once again finds Bender at his best and he is the highlight here. But the overall fox hunting story was well animated and interesting to me plus the animal rights were so well utilized as a theme. Viva Mars Vegas is boring and forgettable and not even Zoidberg could save it with his signature humor.

Naturama is such a unique and yet odd animal-centric Futurama episode where we follow the crew as various animals done in a typical nature documentary fashion. Some parts worked better than the others, but overall it was well animated, fun, original and the highlights were the Professor and Mom of course. Forty Percent Leadbelly again finds Bender pursuing a singing career and the end result is rehashed and clichéd.

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2-D Blacktop features a forgettable first half, but the second half is so great in its crazy 2-D antics which were both original and funny in the best Futurama fashion. T.: The Terrestrial is certainly amusing with a great relationship between Fry and Lrrr’s son, but the overall parallel and parody was too obvious.

The Inhuman Torch is amazing! Looking at the premise alone, I was expecting the worst. But surprisingly and quite stupendously, this turned out to be one of the best episodes of the seventh season. Bender becoming a hero, but hiding it with Fry was a touching moment for both of them. Their friendship was beautiful to witness here and this is the most human that Bender has ever been.

Saturday Morning Fun Pit features three Saturday Morning cartoons parodied. I love these kinds of episodes and it was great watching three distinctly different animation styles present here. To me G. I. Joe was disappointing and it ruined what could have been a classic episode, but The Smurfs/Strawberry Shortcake subplot was genius and funny and of course Scooby-Doo is the highlight. What they did here was to perfectly make fun of that ridiculous show and the laughs came by quickly and made a big impact.

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Calculon 2.0 is phenomenal, it is actually one of the best, if not the best, parts with this character. It just might be the most important one and a great swansong for him. Watching Calculon get resurrected from death to be ridiculed for his old-fashioned acting. But he eventually delivered a great performance and died happy in a wonderful moment.

Assie Come Home puts Bender’s ass at the center and surprisingly, it is solid and actually quite moving in a weird way. Leela and the Genestalk is a very charming and sometimes even authentic rendition of this famous fairytale that was unfortunately undone by its very obvious ending.

Game of Tones features a wonderfully mysterious, always engaging storyline with a great use of Fry and his past. It is sentimental, but not overly emotional and its parody is very good and interesting. Murder on the Orient Express isn’t as funny as it should have been, but it is sometimes amusing and is mostly a very good parody of this famous movie with a couple of great twists.

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Stench and Stenchibility features Zoidberg finally getting a girlfriend who loves him and of course that was wonderful to witness. Such a beautiful and to me very satisfying episode as I love this endearing character. Meanwhile is of course terrific. It was a great way to end the entire show with Leela and Fry getting their very emotional and yet subtle and wonderful conclusion. I loved its time travel, I loved all of its characters and yet the highlight is its heart and the ending was fitting and satisfying.

Overall, I really liked this season. It definitely has its problems and it has its weaker episodes and it relies too much on parodies, but it features Bender at probably his best as he got so many terrific episodes here and actually all of the characters got their moment to shine. I am sad that this is it and truly the series suffered as it was cancelled so many times, but in the end, it remains one of the best and most consistent adult animated shows and with this season, it got its proper and very satisfying conclusion.

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Worst Episodes: The Six Million Dollar Mon, Free Will Hunting, Viva Mars Vegas and Forty Percent Leadbelly.

Best Episodes: The Thief of Baghead, The Inhuman Torch, Calculon 2.0, Game of Tones, Stench and Stenchibility and Meanwhile.

My Rating – 4.2

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 2 (2006)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 2 Review………………………………………………….

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 2 Review

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 2 is another good, but far from great season with its excellent, but also a fair share of just solid episodes.

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Does anybody here have any illegitimate children

with my whore wife that I should know about?!

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Charlie Gets Crippled has its problems and a lack of focus, but it is a solid introduction to Frank and it was great seeing how normal he is and knowing how he will eventually turn out. The highlights were all of the scenes with him, but I thought that this story needed more episodes and not just one.

The Gang Goes Jihad is terrific. Barbara is as hilarious and as evil as usual and her moments with Dee were just so funny. I loved Frank here as well. I thought the episode was structured really well and everyone got their moment to shine and of course the comedic highlights were those terrorism discussions and that hysterical tape.

Dennis and Dee Go on Welfare is another great episode where we get to see everyone get their moment. Dennis and Dee’s crack addiction led to a lot of amusing moments, Frank was as entertaining as ever and I liked that he had influence in the last sequence and of course Mac and Charlie are the highlights and watching them spend Frank’s money was so funny. All of these subplots coalesced superbly into a coherent whole.

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Mac Bangs Dennis’ Mom is such a funny and endlessly entertaining episode with a killer premise. Mac having sex with Barbara and getting rejected was amusing, but the highlight was watching Dennis get rejected by two old women in such perfect character moments for him. However, even though it was funny, I still found the treatment of Charlie highly problematic here as the Waitress chose to rather have sex with Frank than him. That ending was a shocker, but it was still a too brutal in my opinion.

Hundred Dollar Baby is such a superb episode that is probably my favorite of the season. Not only is this episode a great parody of both ‘Fight Club’ and ‘Million Dollar Baby’, but it succeeds in both of its subplots so phenomenally. Watching Dennis and Mac train Charlie by punching him continuously was fitting for the characters and so entertaining, but of course Dee becoming this angry steroid addicted boxer and being trained by Frank was the standout element here. Such a great use of Dee and a great Frank/Dee combo.

Now this is where we get to some lesser episodes. Still solid, but not the greatest. The Gang Gives Back reuses too much of previous storylines with Waitress again using Charlie to pursue Dennis and I thought that element wasn’t utilized really well and ended abruptly. The basketball coaching part with the rest of the crew was much better developed.

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The Gang Exploits a Miracle is quite good, albeit overcrowded with subplots and characters. This is the first time we see Dee be particularly horrible, this time to Cricket who makes his first appearance in a brilliant fashion. Watching him as a priest and having a good life was great as he is only going to go downwards from here. I also found those religious elements quite funny.

The Gang Runs for Office didn’t utilize on its premise particularly well, albeit Dennis produces a couple of chuckles and most of the scenarios worked, but as a whole, the episode was one of the weakest and weakly structured of the season.

Charlie Goes America All Over Everybody’s Ass was also not my favorite episode. Dee got some good moments as well as Charlie, but overall this had a good story and statement, but wasn’t as humorous as needed with only a couple of scenes being really funny.

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Dennis and Dee Get a New Dad is one of the season’s finest installments, so good. Finally we get to see their biological father and the scenes with him were terrific as it was comedic seeing the stark contrast between their personalities, but I found Frank to be the biggest comedic force here. The restaurant scene is just genius, so incredibly funny and brutal that it just might be one of my favorites in the whole series.

Overall, the second season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has its weaker episodes and not as many truly great ones, but finally we get to see Dee become as bad as everyone else and we are introduced to Frank Reynolds really well. Some episodes are so great that they help elevate this otherwise problematic season to being pretty good overall.

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Worst Episodes: The Gang Runs for Office and Charlie Goes America All Over Everybody’s Ass.

Best Episodes: Hundred Dollar Baby and Dennis and Dee Get a New Dad.

My Rating – 4.2

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