It's hard to believe that It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, about a gang of boozing, blackhearted narcissists running a south side bar, is still on the air. But despite the Nazi uniforms, the retard jokes, and the vomit, Sunny is in its fifth season, a certified hit for FX and ready for the sitcom rite of passage: the Christmas special.
With Mac and Charlie on a quest for the Christmas spirit, Dee and Dennis set out to show Frank what a terrible person he is by showing him Christmases past, present, and future. It's hardly the first show to recycle A Christmas Carol, but probably the first to involve a naked Danny DeVito being birthed out of a couch at an office party. (The DVD's uncensored, so you get a lot more of Louie DePalma than you ever did on Taxi.)
Meanwhile, Mac and Charlie relive their twisted childhood traditions -- naturally, prostitution and home invasion play major roles -- and attack a department store Santa. Throw in juvenile delinquency and the most gruesome Rankin-Bass parody you'll ever see, and this is a surefire antidote to the talking puppies in Santa Buddies.
The extras are spare, just three short deleted scenes of the kids who play young Charlie and young Mac, a seven-minute making-of documentary with director Fred Savage (yep, that Fred Savage), and a silly three-minute Christmas sing-along that basically involves playing around with really dated editing software.
But after all that eggnog and the 18-hour Miracle on 34th Street marathon, you'll be ready for a break. And in the end, of course, the gang finds the Christmas spirit. As long as throwing rocks at trains counts.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas is available now from 20th Century Fox.