While some shows change things up in major ways as seasons pass, viewers can always count on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to stick to its comedic guns – someone get that gun away from Frank! – and we take comfort in knowing it won’t make any dramatic leaps in narrative approach. Though it all goes back to when the show was first conceived, Sweet Dee probably would have been completely different had Kaitlin Olson not been the actress cast in the role. Let’s all give thanks that her skills changed the character for the better.
Stars Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day were talking with Vice about the show’s first 10 seasons on FX and FXX, and Howerton explained how Dee’s personality was formed.
You can see the evolution in the first series; mine and Rob's characters didn't change all that much, but we wanted the character of Sweet Dee to [change]. We didn't want a typical ‘the girl is the straight guy and the guys are the crazy ones who the girl doesn't get to be as funny as’ show. We knew we didn't want to do that, but we didn't know how. When we cast Kaitlin she brought so much to it in the first season that we were able to figure it out, and figure out what was funny about her. I have to give her a tremendous amount of credit because she really pushed us.
Olson is hands down one of the funniest people on TV right now, and has been for years. Not just considering women, either, but everyone. Even on this show, in which every single actor is memorably hilarious. I mean, you’ve got Danny DeVito at his most depraved, Howerton at his most pompous, Day at his most imbecilic, Rob McElhenney at his most Mac-ish, and that’s not even considering the plethora of winning side characters like Artemis Pebdani’s Artemis, David Horsby’s Rickety Cricket, and Jimmi Simpson and Nate Mooney as the McPoyle brothers. There are no misses on this show.
Day went a little further into how one of their creative goals is indeed holding the show to its own fairly simple rulebook of characteristics.
We really strive to make sure the characters don't change very much. Sort of the heart of the show is their unflappable ignorance and lack of self-awareness that allows us to laugh at some of the despicable things they do.
Dee seems like she would be the least morally repugnant, since she’s the
Season 11 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will soon be upon us, as it set to premiere on Wednesday, January 6, on FXX.