Some of us here at Matterful have discovered we share a common “problem”. We are obsessed with Charlie Day. In case you are unfamiliar with him, Charlie Day is an actor and writer for the show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on FX. The character he plays on the show is also named Charlie. The character he plays on the show is the reason we are all obsessed with him….and we are trying to figure out why.
The character of Charlie on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is not a good human being. Just read this description of him I found on Wikipedia:
Charlie Day as Charlie Kelly: Mac’s childhood friend and a co-owner of Paddy’s. Arguably the most unhappy and pathetic member of the gang, Charlie is a volatile loser who displays little ability to cope with day-to-day problems and is prone to Bobcat Goldthwait-styled outbursts. He also has poor hygiene, lives in squalor, and frequently abuses inhalants. Several characters refer to his dingy apartment as a “shit hole.” His poverty is in part caused by a tendency to make “bad investments,” at one point selling several shares of Paddy’s to Mac for half a sandwich. Throughout the show, Charlie shows signs of learning disabilities, including dyslexia, and is often accused of being illiterate and “retarded” by other characters. He is sometimes unable to comprehend what people are talking about, and has a poor grasp of history and current events. Charlie has no success in dating, and harbors an unrequited crush on “The Waitress.” He also exhibits a flair for dressing in costumes and assuming other personae, including the enigmatic “Green Man,” the film character Serpico, and “Texas Charlie.” In the season three premiere Charlie’s mother reveals that he was the survivor of a failed abortion attempt.
Why would anyone find a character like that attractive? WHY? The ladies of Matterful are on a mission to understand why we find Charlie so attractive. We are going to take turns watching episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and try pin-point the charms of Charlie. Unfortunately for some, Hulu.com has just announced that they are taking down all the episodes of It’s Always Sunny on January 25th. Fortunately, I own all the dvds (minus this last season).
Let’s kick things off with Episode One, “The Gang Gets Racist”. In this episode, the gang get a promoter for Paddy’s Pub, only to discover it is being turned into a gay bar, and Charlie tries to convince the Waitress he is not racist.
This is our introduction to the whole crew, and I found myself immediately drawn toward Charlie. I think this is in part to the fact that Charlie Day looks just like my friend Drew, sans glasses. His voice even sounds a little like him, and since I think Drew is the bee’s knees, I instantly found Charlie very endearing. Here are some of the other highlights of Charlie that made me swoon a little.
- “Well, sometimes you’re not too cool” – I love it when people give extremely childish responses to insults.
- He knows about ‘crazy eyes’ – His response when Dee’s friend is talking about a man he met in a bar.
- His crush on the Waitress is kinda adorable. This is before we know that he hires someone to spy on her, and before it is revealed that she is in love with Dennis. Still, I found it cute that he would carry around her picture in his wallet. Unrequited love always gets a vote from me.
- Black chicks dig him.
- This adorable sideways look he gives Mac; look at those puppy eyes!!! Adorable!
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