The most cult series of the network which can boast of offering its fourteenth season next September without ever failing in quality despite a very small cast is not about to stop – as long as its creators remain interested.
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is part of his cult American series both by their tone and their exceptional longevity. Broadcast since 2005, the sitcom from 25 minutes offers since its beginnings more or less 10 episodes per season with always as much quality. Created by Rob McElhenney (Mac), Glenn Howerton (Dennis) and Charlie Day (Charlie), who are also key players, it is also led by Kaitlin Olson (Dee) and Danny De Vito (Frank). If there are recurring characters (the waitress, the McPoyles, Cricket) each episode is independent, which does not prevent the series from being extremely creative. Created with a budget of $ 500 for the pilot (the credits and the episode were shot by the actors, the music is free of rights) it nevertheless immediately convinced FX.
A long-term series
The strength of the series is that it does not bother with any rule, playing sometimes with the absurd, sometimes with contemporary social problems which are debated, sometimes both. The first season focused on seven episodes on racism, abortion, alcoholism, cancer, firearms, death and rape, systematically pitting cast members over these topics. From season 2, the tone becomes lighter although still tinged with controversy. After 14 years of broadcasting, the series is not about to stop, however.
More seasons if the creative team is decided
At the Television Critics Association Awards, John Landgraf, President of FX, said: “It all depends on them [Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton et Charlie Day, N.D.L.R.]. We would be fully committed to more seasons of Sunny if the team so wishes“. The five main actors have all participated in their own personal projects in recent years, which has had little effect on the pace of production and broadcast of the series. Landgraf continues: “Rob is quite receptive to the idea of continuing, but ultimately it is up to him. I can’t believe the series still exists after 14 years, but if he wants to do a 15th or 16th season, we’d be up for it. The series is still as solid. It is more so than ever“.