Team Report: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
We like to call this blog “The Gang Gets Assessed” (cue music.)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been on the air for 13 years and is currently in its 13th season. It's a pretty impressive feat that Dennis, Mac, Charlie, Dee, and Frank, or "The Gang" as they're called can keep coming up with new and inventive ways to torture each other with each episode, 13 years on.
…Ok, look, no one who watches the show would ever think that The Gang had a healthy dynamic or were anything to aspire to—they’re all objectively awful human beings. We wanted to take this Team Report in the other direction and mine The Gang’s interactions to see if there’s anything salvageable in their relationship.
Interested? Read on!
They Can Come Together With a Common Goal (…If It Involves Boys II Men)
The times The Gang can come together and work collaboratively are few and far between, but they are capable of putting their petty grievances aside and working together as a team for a common, shared goal.
We weren’t kidding. It’s usually Boys II Men related…
What does this tell us? Well, primarily that no group is ever utterly hopeless—you can always find a way to work collaboratively with a dysfunctional group as long as you can find something you all agree to work towards. That common goal may be entirely unrelated to the task at hand, but no group is ever truly lost. Also, in real world terms, if you're in a group that's not cohesive, we suggest you try harmonizing Boys II Men songs as an icebreaker—hey, it works for The Gang.
They Accept Each Other for Who They Are
The Gang is…weird. They get into stupid situations that no reasonable human being ever should.
…and yet? They understand each other’s limitations, and when they’re not using those limitations against the other for personal gain, they are actually trying to help each other out.
(Before you look it up, milk steak isn’t a thing unless you’re Charlie. …Don’t be Charlie.)
In real-life terms, you probably shouldn’t be pretending to be a manager of a restaurant to help your friend or co-worker on their date. That’s a bridge too far—but you can accept them for who they are and try to support them in whatever situations they get themselves into and provide some light guidance (if asked) about ordering milk steak and raw jellybeans on a date. Again, not a thing.
They Have an Entrepreneurial Spirit
We dug deep for this but hear us out. Dennis, Mac, and Charlie own their bar, Paddy’s Pub; and the entire Gang is always trying to come up with the next big thing that will make them money or get them famous.
Mac and Charlie formulated “Fight Milk” the first alcoholic dairy-based drink to help you fight like a crow.
Sure, that is objectively disgusting, but they’re out there trying, at least.
There's also the time where garbage workers went on strike, so the entire Gang decided to create a business where they drove around in a limousine, collecting garbage from wealthy neighborhoods. Or the time they tried to do a door to door gasoline delivery service. Or even when Charlie created an entire musical play just so he could ask out the Waitress.
Say what you will about The Gang, but they know how to work to (try) to achieve their goals. Their goals aren’t, uh, orthodox shall we say, but they go after them with gusto, which we can appreciate. [Note: please do not attempt any of these goals. They are all terrible ideas that will lose you money.]
Sometimes you have to create your own opportunities—especially if you’re actively hostile to everyone you meet (like The Gang is.) In the real world, creating your own opportunities could be a great way to become your own boss, or earn extra income. Again, basically all of The Gang’s ideas are objectively terrible, and you shouldn’t try to copy them—but they’re out there doing it for themselves. Why shouldn’t you be, if that’s where your interest lies?
Well, friends, this proves it. There’s good in basically anything if you look hard enough. We managed to take one of the most hilariously dysfunctional groups on tv and find some small ways we could all learn from The Gang.
For the record, we'd like to state again that The Gang should be emulated in very few circumstances, the majority of which we've outlined above. Flerish cannot take responsibility if you decide to try milk steak (with a side of raw jellybeans), Fight Milk, or any of the other truly stupid things The Gang has cooked up over the years.
Agree, disagree? Think we left out a redeemable quality of The Gang? Let us know in the comments!