Tag-teaming Thursday nights, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League make FX the weekly spot for quotable comedy and gross-out laughs.
In its eighth season, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10 p.m.) now has a dedicated fan base thanks to the show’s blend of weird humor and social commentary. “The gang,” as they are collectively referred to, runs Paddy’s Pub in South Philly and includes brother and sister Dennis and Dee, whose cockiness is totally disproportionate to any talent they may possess; their step-father, Frank (Danny DeVito, in his most hilariously grotesque role since Twins); Mac, the would-be “jock” if it weren’t for his complete lack of real physical ability; and Charlie, possibly best described as the adult version of the smelly kid from kindergarten. With their powers combined, it’s kind of like the Scooby Doo crew, only these meddling kids are way too old to carry out the ill-fated schemes they regularly plot.
This week Charlie and Dee date members of one of the richest families in Philly, understandably sparking jealousy in the rest of the gang.
The League (10:30 p.m.) is a perfect follow-up to Always Sunny, playfully mocking and celebrating the modern phenomenon of fantasy sports. With characters oddly similar to those of its 10 p.m. predecessor, the comedy follows the guys (and one lady) of a Chicago fantasy football league. You’ve got two dads/attorneys: the arrogant Ruxin and more likable Kevin, whose wife Jenny ran his team until she was offered a spot in the league; slackers Taco (Kevin’s brother) and Pete; and the pathetically hilarious Andre, a wealthy plastic surgeon who is usually the butt of a joke or prank (a League plot staple). Expect pro athlete cameos and lots of sports-related comedy but also plenty of humorous nods to pop culture and family dynamics.
In this week’s episode, Jenny and Kevin realize The Hills alum and Jay Cutler’s baby-mama Kristin Cavallari is in their baby group, prompting Jenny to steal da Bears baby’s breast milk.
WEDNESDAY OCT. 31
Modern Family (9 p.m., ABC) – Jay and Gloria host a yard sale to help the boys’ school fundraiser but Phil can’t decide what to sell or buy and Manny finds a trunk full of secrets Gloria prefers to keep hidden.
South Park (10 p.m., Comedy Central) – The town is shaken when a certain wristband-hawking icon is discovered to have used drugs. Only Stan refuses to remove his yellow rubber bracelet.
American Horror Story: Asylum (10 p.m., FX) – A nor’easter storm rocks Briarcliff, giving patients an opportunity to escape. With Hurricane Sandy ravaging the East Coast, this week’s episode couldn’t be more haunting and timely.
THURSDAY NOV. 1
30 Rock (8 p.m., NBC) – With Jenna’s massive band of loyal Crab Catchers, she just may be the one person able to swing the election. Jack and Liz stage a debate to win her endorsement.
Project Runway All Stars (9 p.m., Lifetime) -– A Disco-inspired challenge gets the designers blending ’70s trends with modern flair.
Parks and Recreation (9:30 p.m., NBC) – The newly engaged Leslie is nervous to meet Ben’s parents for the first time. Even more exciting than an eventual P and R wedding? Breaking Bad’s Mike (aka Jonathan Banks) plays Ben’s dad.
SATURDAY NOV. 3
Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., NBC) – Louis C.K. hosts! Surely this will make for a hilarious show and an excellent future episode of Louie.
SUNDAY NOV. 4
Dexter (9 p.m., Showtime) – As Dexter determines what to do with Hannah, he realizes she may come after him next.
The Walking Dead (9 p.m., AMC) – Merle comes to the Governor with a request; Rick’s group at the prison gets separated in a dangerous situation. On a lighter note, Glen and Maggie get frisky in the guard tower!
Boardwalk Empire (9 p.m., HBO) – Van Alden dives into the Chicago bootlegging scene (yes!) and Billie hopes to become a film star (eye roll).
Homeland (10 p.m., Showtime) – Brody officially begins his work with the CIA and meets with Roya; Dana follows up on the hit-and-run.
MONDAY NOV. 5
Start-Ups: Silicon Valley (Series Premiere, 10 p.m., Bravo) – The home of the Housewives presents this new reality series following young tech entrepreneurs in California.
TUESDAY NOV. 6
Sons of Anarchy (10 p.m., FX) – Network TV may replace tonight’s programs with election coverage, but you can still catch this new episode about Jax’s search for the truth among lies.
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