(Page 4 of 5)
2. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiered on FX before the recession started, but it has still successfully embraced the “new normal” of the recession while highlighting the highly narcissistic culture of 21st century America. The show is probably best described as Seinfeld on steroids. Where the social hang-ups on Seinfeld likely qualify as neurotic, everyone on It’s Always Sunny appears downright insane. The four main characters, plus Danny Devito as Frank Reynolds after Season 1, live in a completely self-absorbed world centered on the bar where they work. The show takes the “Great Recession” head-on in an eponymous episode that’s provided probably the most sober demonstration of the follies of Keynesianism you’ll find on television today. In an effort to emulate Dave & Buster’s power cards, two of the bar owners print “Paddy’s Bucks” to “stimulate the economy” of the shanty town that sprang up outside their establishment, to obviously disastrous results. The episode is resolved when Devito's character gets a government bailout.