We’re in a bit of a golden age for television at the moment. With so much great content, ranging from intriguing dramas to hilarious comedies, it can be a bit hard for one series to stand out from the pack for a long run. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, one of which being the irreverent and hilarious FXX drama It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Normally switching networks in the middle of a run may be precarious, but Always Sunny is showing no signs of slowing down.
FXX has just announced that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been renewed for another two seasons, making the minimum total amount of seasons for the comedy a whopping 14. This is huge news for a few reasons.
To start, a 14th season makes Always Sunny an official record holder. Tied with the classic 1950’s sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Sunny will now be the longest running live-action comedy in television history. That’s quite the record for the little comedy that could. Considering that the black comedy doesn’t pander to critics or try to be even remotely PC this is truly an achievement.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a dark comedy that revolves around a group of basically terrible people. Called “The Gang”, each member of the group is extremely self-centered and more than a bit delusional. Together they run a bar in Philadelphia, and get into every misadventure you can think of in the modern world.
The comedy is truly a labor of love, and it seems fitting that the hard work which was committed by the writer/actors would be rewarded with such an outstanding record. Always Sunny is written and produced by the trio of Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, and Rob McElhenney. Those gentlemen also play the lead roles of Charlie, Dennis, and Mac respectively. Essentially they’ve lived and breathed Sunny for the past 11 seasons, and will continue to do so till Season 14. So in addition to being hilarious on the show, they’re also responsible for the comedy as a whole, which is rather impressive.
Rounding out the cast is Kaitlin Olson and Danny Devito as Sweet Dee and Frank. While Devito wasn’t present in the first season, he arrived during Season 2 and began stealing scenes and making us cringe with his questionable habits and morals. Except for the rum ham. That was just genius. And although Olsen and Devito aren’t serving multiple roles as their cast members are, they bring much of the magic of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to the small screen.
It’s Always Sunny aired its first eight seasons on FX, before being moved to it’s sister network FXX from Season 9 through the upcoming 14th. I think the fandom perceived this as a bad sign, and that Sunny might be cancelled soon. Of course, this isn’t the case as the comedy is now the golden child of FXX and is going to be around for years to come.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia just concluded its 11th season on FXX. We’ll continue to update you on any developments as they become public.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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