Weirdly, I’ve been watching a lot more American television than British television recently. Doing so, I’ve managed to discover some cult TV shows that have zero audience in my native England. I’m sure our foreign readers will agree that it’s usually pretty difficult to ignore some American shows, but some of them really do slip by the radar, more often than not it’s down to the fact that they’re broadcast on unknown, crappy channels (such as Channel 5).
IASIP is one of the longest running sitcoms in America. Currently airing on FX (alongside Louie and Archer), it stars Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Oslin and Danny DeVito as Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Dee and Frank respectively. They own and operate an Irish themed bar in Philadelphia. Collectively, they are known as “The Gang”, and are a bunch of depraved underachievers who are possibly some of the worst human beings to ever appear on national television.
The program shows five detestable people go through such issues as racism, homophobia, patriotism, gun control, religion and countless others (and on some occasions it can become incredibly dark), yet you still feel for the characters. You can relate to these guys and still get a kick of the jokes and situations. It breathes brand new life into the standard sitcom format. As the show grows on, not only does the humour get better, but the characters get more and more deplorable. Strangely, even though none of them are likable, it’s actually quite easy to empathise with them, so we really enjoy their crackpot schemes, their alcoholism as well as their horribleness.
Unfortunately, I cannot do this show justice simply by relaying quotes on you. Some of the humour is dark, some is controversial, some is straight up stupid, but just so you can get a little gist of it you ought to watch the following clip involving Dennis, Dee and Charlie… talking about cats.
Do yourself a favour and watch this show immediately. If you’re sick to death of laugh tracks and predictable punch lines, then IASIP might be the comedy show for you. The show only gets better with time, and for those of who you only recognise DeVito (didn’t you see Horrible Bosses?), he doesn’t pop along till season two. You’ll grow to love all of the characters anyway.