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The Argument for Kaitlin Olson

Keith Higgons

Posted on August 25, 2018 14:11

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On September 5, the 13th season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia drops. Accordingly, we'll get another season of ridiculous and intellectually stunted mayhem from The Gang (Mac, Charlie, Dennis, Frank and Sweet Dee) at Paddy's Pub.

Now, you may not know that IASIP, at 13 seasons, is one of the longest running scripted shows in history and there are a host of reasons for this: the writing is always great, the situations are always insane and the performances are always on point.

If you've never seen it, take the selfishness of the Seinfeld characters and combine it with the absurdity of Family Guy and shoot it through the lens of director Bobcat Goldwait and you'll get an idea.

If you have seen the show, you have to wonder why it's been overlooked by the Hollywood awards mafioso for all these years. The only thing I can possibly come up with is that the subject matter of the show is ... well, it's just not for everyone.

Now maybe I can forgive the awards diss on the directing and writing because the show isn't for everybody, but the acting? That's just inexcusable. Rob McElhenney (Mac), Glenn Howerton (Dennis), Charlie Day (Charlie) and Danny DeVito (Frank) are great and despite the shows two Peoples Choice awards (Favorite Cable TV Comedy), it's shameful, pathetic and criminal how the show and specifically Kaitlin Olson (Dee) is consistently overlooked by the awards cognoscenti.

Kaitlin Olson's Dee Reynolds is a direct descendant of comedic bellwether's Lucille Ball and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Tonally, Lucy, Elaine and Dee are wildly different but all three are the stitching that hold the fabric of their shows together. And Dee, like Lucy and Elaine before her, is not a fish out of water, she is of the water and unafraid to play by the same rules the boys play by. And in the right hands, and when the stars align, that makes for great (and historical) comedy.

The downside to playing such an iconic role, like Dee Reynolds, is that it can stymie an actor. Is Kaitlin Olson a good actor? Obviously. You can't consistently pull off what she does on IASIP without great talent. I'm just not exactly sure what it would take for her to get her the recognition she deserves.

She did take a stab at her own vehicle, The Mick which ran on Fox for two seasons, and while it was a decent show, it just seemed like Dee Reynolds in a different environment. Funny, but not funny enough.

A show like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia proves that the whole is greater that the sum of the parts but it's only because the parts (Frank, Mac, Charlie, Dennis, Dee, the waitress, rickety cricket, the McPoyles, Artemis, Charlie's Mom, Mrs. MacDonald, etc.) are so damn good. Having the ability to stand out in a pool of talent that deep is no easy task.

Dee stands out and it's about time Kaitlin Olson get the recognition she deserves.

 

Keith Higgons

Posted on August 25, 2018 14:11

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