It's Always In Sunny In Philadelphia is a series that runs on the FX network and follows the misadventures of Mac, Dennis, Charlie, Dee, and Frank, collectively known as “the gang.” The show premiered in 2005 and while it was funny, it didn’t really start to click until the second season when Danny DeVito joined the cast as Frank.
The members of the gang are miserable individuals who run a run-down bar called Paddy's Pub in Philadelphia. They are always hatching schemes to get ahead in life while avoiding the necessary hard work involved. Things always start off strong with a scheme, but quickly fall apart and the gang can easily stab each other in the back as well as revel in each other’s misery. The show is funny and un-PC and I look forward to each episode to watch how sick and twisted the show can get.
The series is currently is in its fifth season, with a guarantee of at least seven. The show has never done a Christmas episode, and since that time of year is supposed to be about kindness to others, it would be a perfect playground for the series. "A Very Sunny Christmas" was originally supposed to be the season finale, but because of its content they decided to release it as a direct-to-DVD special.
It’s Christmas time and the gang are their usual miserable selves, but even more so because of all the bad memories they have of Christmas. Dennis (Glenn Howerton) and Dee (Kaitlin Olson) are mad at their step-dad Frank (Danny DeVito) because as children he would buy gifts that they would want, but then keep them for himself. Twenty years later he’s still doing it and Dennis and Dee have had enough. They hatch a scheme to “Christmas Carol Frank’s ass” to get back at him.
Then there’s Charlie (Charlie Day) and Mac (Rob McElhenney), who are also trying to exorcise their own childhood memories of Christmas. They come to realize how dysfunctional their childhoods were, as Mac comes to discover that his family's tradition of going to other people’s homes and taking their gifts (which was the explanation he was given as to why there were never any gifts at his house) was just stealing. It finally dawns on Charlie that the tradition of a Santa coming to his house with a present and then “spending time with his mom” was just his mom being a prostitute.