It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Seasons 1 & 2 - DVD review
Is it worth picking up? Sure; if you're a fan of the show, there's more than enough here to make a purchase worth your while. If you never saw the show but were curious, it's a good way to "catch up" (though this isn't exactly a show where you need to do that, but still...).
Packaging: Three discs: Disc one has all of season one and some extras. Disc two has the first six episodes of season two, and disc three has the remaining four episodes and the rest of the extras.Other than that, nothing special.
Picture and Sound: Standard for a TV series. Full-screen, just like it was when it aired on FX. Standard Dolby surround sound. English, Spanish, and French subtitles (too bad they couldn't have a Spanish dub of the show. That would have been funny).
Special Features: On disc one, there are two scenes from the original pilot made by series creators (and stars) Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, and Rob McElhenney. Two episodes have additional commentary: "Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom" has the boys commenting along with DeVito, who's busy noshing on potato chips throughout, and "Hundred Dollar Baby" has the boys commenting along with Kaitlin "Sweet Dee" Olson (especially funny is how often Eddie "The Big Ragoo" Mekka messed up his lines, but made things funnier in the process).
The extras on disc three include a "making of" featurette, a featurette with Olson's audition (the story behind how the boys finally got her to play Sweet Dee after a number of offers is pretty funny), a bloopers featurette, and a segment on the show from Fox Movie Channel's Making a Scene series.
The last item on the list was especially interesting to me, because it discusses how, in order to get DeVito to do the show, they had to shoot all of his scenes for the entire second season during the first twenty days of production, because that was the only time he was going to be available. That means that all ten episodes had to be written before shooting started, and the challenge the schedule posed to everyone, from the actors to the props people to the ever-important script coordinator. Who knew such a simple, goofy show could get so complicated?
As for the show itself, well... if you haven't seen it, just realize that the gang at Paddy's pub has absolutely no conscience. As long as you watch with that kind of mindset -- and you're not easily offended -- you should laugh your ass off at this series. It's light, it's funny, and it's perfect for curing the back-to-school blues.
If this whets your appetite for the third season, you can watch a preview episode on the show's MySpace site. The third season starts on Sept. 13; I've seen the first four episodes as well as the MySpace preview episode, and nothing's changed. In the world of It's Always Sunny, that's something to be celebrated.