It’s hard to believe that “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is still on after so many seasons, but what’s even harder to believe is that it’s still as crisp and fresh as it’s always been. This season, we’re treated to a number of episode highlights, like “Dee Day”: After so much verbal and psychological abuse from the guys, it’s nice to see Dee finally get to take over even if only for one episode, and how she extracts her revenge of them throughout the episode leads to some series-best moments (like Danny DeVito as Dee’s Martina Martinez, which could easily double as a one-man reel for DeVito’s go-for-broke comedic sensibilities). There’s also “The Gang Texts,” which reveals new layers to the dynamics among the characters that manage to quietly redefine some of their relationships, without once ever sacrificing laughs for subtext. Then there’s “A Woman’s Right to Chop,” which thrillingly captures the rather passive indifference that shitty men have towards women’s issues versus their vociferous dedication to controlling women to bolster and reinforce their own egos. The cast remains at the top of the game, and it’s also particularly nice to see that despite the various side-projects that the screamingly funny ensemble cast are involved in, none of their efforts seem distracted or half-hearted: This is full-blast, laugh-out-loud comedy from a group of hyper-talented performers and creators who know how to get the best out of each other.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)