It looks like it’s still going to be sunny in Philadelphia.
The FX series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been renewed for four additional seasons, making it the longest-running live-action comedy of all times. The record-breaking show will now run for 18 seasons, overtaking the 14 season-long ABC show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet to take the crown. The renewal comes as no surprise, as the unconventional sitcom attracts millions of fans each episode.
The incredible renewal was announced by FX chairman John Landgraf on 10th December, during the Disney Investor Day presentation. Season 15 is supposed to debut on FXX in 2021, with episodes airing the next day on Hulu. Landgraf also announced that both he and producers are trying to keep It’s Always Sunny… on for as long as possible. Even creator and co-star Rob McElhenney said that they were going to keep doing it forever if people keep watching.
Sunny was originally pitched as a 36 season arc. So happy to be halfway done. https://t.co/xT7US6RPnP
— Rob McElhenney (@RMcElhenney) December 10, 2020
The show was FX’s first scripted comedy, but then it moved to younger-skewing cable channel FXX in 2013. The original pilot of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, titled “Charlie Has Cancer”, was made as an amateur short film produced by Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, and Charlie Day on their own with two camcorders. The estimated cost of the episode was about $85-200, spent almost solely on tapes for the cameras.
It’s Always Sunny… follows ‘The Gang’, a bunch of misfits trying their best to undermine and ruin each other’s lives. The cast has remained the same for the past 14 years, starring Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito. ‘The Gang’ all work at the fictional Philadelphia Irish-bar ‘Paddy’s Pub.’
Though the show was renewed for a 15th season back in May 2020, there’s no release date as of yet.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia made our ‘Top TV of the Decade’ list last year – check out why here.
Words by Federica Battiato