Twisted 'Philadelphia' Story

RECEIVED Tue., Aug. 16, 2005

Dear Editor,
    I read Belinda Acosta's "TV Eye" column last week [Screens, Aug. 12] and it sparked my interest to check out the new comedy programing on the FX channel. I had to write in about the show that came on after the highlighted program from the Chronicle article. The comedy program that caught my attention is titled It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
    The show is about three friends in Philly that run an Irish bar. This sitcom is one of the best comedies I've seen in a long time. It's crude, politically incorrect, and takes on subject matter that is usually taboo.
    The one episode that I watched (entitled "Charlie Wants an Abortion") had plot lines that involved one male character going to a pro-choice rally to hit on women ... then deciding to cross the picket line to the pro-life side because the pickings were slim. There is a child that gets drunk and pukes on himself, a prostitute at a free health clinic that offers a $10 blow job to one of the main characters, and lastly an afternoon fling in the backseat of a car between a character that acts like he's pro-life to get laid and the anti-abortion gal that falls for him. Nothing is taboo on this show and it is hilarious.
    Why write this letter? To get the word out on a program that isn't the same old Friends-type crap. The more folks that watch, the more chance this twisted comedy will survive and show the networks that viewers want to watch edgier programming. If you're interested in watching, it comes on the FX channel Thursday nights at 9:30pm, Central time.
Ed Snider
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