It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
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With friends like these… you’re screwed.
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 21-23 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: August 4, 2005 - present
Network(s): FX (2005-2012)
FXX (2013-present)
Created by: Rob McElhenney
Distributed by: RCG
3Arts Entertainment
Starring: Rob McElhenney
Glenn Howerton
Charlie Day
Kaitlin Olson
Danny DeVito (seasons 2-present)
Seasons: 16
Episodes: 162

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an American adult sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. It first debuted on FX in August of 2005 and ran for 8 seasons, but in 2013, it moved to FXX, still airing new episodes.


It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia follows the Gang, a group of amoral friends who own and work at Paddy's Pub, a relatively unsuccessful Irish bar in South Philadelphia.

Why It's Always Sunny

  1. The Gang are rude, yet funny protagonists.
  2. Nice use of public domain music, like Heinz Kiessling's "Temptation Sensation" as the opening theme.
  3. Really good cast for the characters, including Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds, who was added to the main cast in season 2.
  4. Aside from the Gang, there are plenty of memorable characters, like Rickety Cricket, the Waitress, Artemis, the McPoyles, and so on.
  5. Some of the schemes and scams pulled by the Gang are comparable to the Eds' scams in Ed, Edd n Eddy.
  6. Many memorable episodes like:
    • "The D.E.N.N.I.S. System"
    • "The Gang Wrestles for the Troops"
    • "Dee Raynolds: Shaping America's Youth"
    • "Paddy's Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens"
    • "Bums: Making a Mess All Over the City"
    • "Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack"
    • "The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis"
    • "The Gang Hits the Slopes"
    • "The Gang Buys a Boat"
    • "The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore"
    • "The Nightman Cometh"
    • "Who Pooped the Bed?"
    • "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award"
    • "Mac Day"
    • "Frank Reynolds' Little Beauties"
    • "Being Frank"
    • "The Gang Saves the Day"
    • "The Gang Goes to a Water Park"
    • "Gun Fever"
    • "Gun Fever Too: Still Hot"
    • "Thunder Gun Express"
    • "The Gang Wins the Big Game"
  7. Lots of memorable and funny lines, especially from Charlie and Frank, such as "Suicide is badass" and "Milksteak".
  8. They poke fun at both sides, similar to South Park.
    • "Charlie Wants and Abortion"
    • "Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth"
    • "Fun Fever Too: Still Hot"
    • "The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon 7"
  9. The following cast members such as Rob McElhenney (Mac McDonald who also created and co-developed the series as well as serving as executive producer, co-writer, and occasional director) and Sandy Martin (Mrs. McDonald) are Philadelphia natives.

Bad Qualities

  1. Although the Gangs are hilarious, they are very mean-spirited characters, and can sometimes be more unlikable than they’re supposed to be.
  2. Season 1 is a bit boring. It wasn’t until season 2 that the show got really good.
  3. Some of the humor hasn’t aged well and can be considered poor taste nowadays, like the episode titled "Sweet Dee's Dating a Retarded Person".
    • Rob McElhenny himself regrets how Carmen’s storyline went.
    • On top of that, some people might be disturbed by the show's content, even though that’s the whole point of the show.
  4. In season 15, their trip to Ireland didn't sit well with fans. Especially with Charlie’s 'true' father's identity revealed.


  • The first working title for the show was Jerks.
  • The original pilot for the show was titled It's Always Sunny on TV, and took place in Los Angeles, featuring Rob, Glenn, and Charlie as struggling actors trying to pitch a TV show.
  • Sweet Dee was originally portrayed by McElhnny's then-girlfriend, Jordan Reid.
  • Sweet Dee was supposed to be the voice of reason, but Kaitlin Olson argued that the character was 'too boring' and 'a kind person wouldn’t associate with bad people' so her character was rewritten.
    • Olson suggested writing the character like they would a man.


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