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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Genre Sitcom
Black comedy
Created by Rob McElhenney
Developed by
Opening theme "Temptation Sensation" by Heinz Kiessling
Composer(s) Cormac Bluestone
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 13
No. of episodes 141 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)
  • Peter Smokler
  • John Tanzer
  • Josh Drisko
  • Tim Roche
  • Robert Bromwell
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 18–25 minutes[1]
Production company(s)
Original network
  • FX (2005–12)
  • FXX (2013–present)
Picture format
Original release August 4, 2005 (2005-08-04) – present
External links

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an American sitcom that first premiered on FX on August 4, 2005 and has since moved to FXX beginning with the ninth season. It was created by Rob McElhenney who developed it with Glenn Howerton. It is executive produced and primarily written by McElhenney, Howerton, and Charlie Day, all of whom star alongside Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito. The series follows the exploits of "The Gang", a group of debauched, self-centered friends who run the Irish bar Paddy's Pub in South Philadelphia.

On April 1, 2016, the series was renewed for a 13th and 14th season, which will tie it with The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as the longest running (in number of seasons) live-action sitcom in American TV history.[2] Season 13 premiered on September 5, 2018.[3]

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Hey Wisecrack, Jared again. It’s time to chug some Fight Milk and crank your favorite Steve Winwood CD, because today we’re talking about It’s Always Sunny is great, in part, because of what it’s not: a traditional sitcom. Unlike the satisfying and sentimental narratives used in classic sitcoms, ‘It’s Always Sunny’ has spent much of its twelve seasons exploring what happens when a group of narcissistic sociopaths have their insane ideas bankrolled by a troll-shaped millionaire. Rather than following customary tropes used by shows like Cheers, Friends, and How I Met Your Mother, It’s Always Sunny actively subverts them, making it the perfect anti-sitcom. Welcome to this Wisecrack Edition on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It’s Always Sunny follows ‘the gang’, 5 individuals who each serve a particular purpose in the steadily collapsing ecosystem that is Paddy’s Pub. There’s: Charlie: Paddy’s janitor, and a walking combination of bleach fumes, illiteracy, cat food, romantic obsession, and surprisingly impressive musical abilities. There's Mac: the official ‘security of Paddy’s, and a man that balances his thinly veiled homosexuality with an aggressively dogmatic catholic moralism. There's Dennis: Paddy’s lead bartender, and the Patrick Bateman of South Philadelphia. Equal parts sociopath, narcissist, and sex addict. There's Dee: failed character actress, twin sister of Dennis, and the target of the collective rage and hatred of the rest of the gang. And Frank: if the spirit of nihilistic greed was a four foot eleven bald man who spent his weekends having sex in a dumpster behind a Wendy's, this is what it would look like. One of the key characteristics of It’s Always Sunny is its lack of normal character development. Most sitcoms follow a simple formula: take broken, shitty people, and watch them develop into loveable grown-ups. In ‘How I Met Your Mother’ we see Barney Stinson go from a borderline sociopath to a moralistic single father who shames young women for their attire. In ‘Friends’, we see Joey develop from a struggling actor with the intellectual capacity of an unplugged Sega Genesis, to a successful actor who could potentially test out of ninth grade English. And who could forget Rachel’s journey from worst barista on the eastern seaboard to a key player in the fashion industry. Progress indeed… Unlike its predecessors,‘It’s Always Sunny’ chooses instead to focus on a group of people who believe that personal development is for quitters. “Quitters,” in this context, also means anyone whose personality isn’t shaped by a mix of functional alcoholism, narcissistic personality disorder, and the occasional crack binge. Throughout twelve seasons, the gang doesn’t develop insomuch as they play a game of chicken with all attempts at purpose and growth. The show has, for the most part, managed to spend twelve seasons exploring the life of the gang without any positive character development. When Frank first encounters the gang, he is a recent divorcee attempting to reconnect with his children and donate some of his massive wealth to charity. However, within hours of this, Frank ends up pretending to be a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic to get attention from strippers. Frank soon becomes a man without limits, spiraling further, further, and oh so much further into the depths of depravity. During season six Dee ends up pregnant, and lets the guys know that one of them put the baby in her. Even though it turns out this was just a ploy for attention, Dee’s pregnancy leads the gang to re-consider their lives. Dennis shows signs of genuine care for his sister’s child and Charlie and Mac contemplate raising a child. This all leads to a beautiful slow motion scene of Dee holding her newborn child. But right as we think beer soaked nihilism has been replaced by baby vomit colored sentimentality, Dee lets the gang know that none of them are the father. The gang quickly snaps out of it. Rather than falling into the traditional trope in which a baby magically changes people,apologies to Barney Stinson, the gang remains the same. By season seven it seemed as if the show had run out of ways for the characters to avoid growth. But instead of showing some form of personal or emotional growth, they instead decided to focus on Mac’s, uh, physical growth, all because Dee said that he didn’t look like a real bodybuilder. Aside from the veritable buffet of ‘Mac got fat’ jokes,this also satirizes the standard sitcom model in which characters somehow always look exactly the same from season to season, even as we are meant to believe that they are aging. Instead of remaining an ageless sitcom trope, Mac instead eats his way to disease. The show confronts this lack of development in the season ten episode ‘The Gang Misses the Boat’, in which the gang literally misses out on an exclusive boat party and leads the rest of them to reflect on the ways in which they’ve missed out in life. This leads Dennis to acknowledging the hard fact about what they’ve become while Frank finds a silver lining to their collective madness. This continued failure isn’t just for the gang; in fact, it’s their friends and associates that often deal with the worst consequences of their antics. Take Rickety Cricket. When he first enters the world of Paddy’s Pub, he is a handsome young priest. After the gang takes advantage of his lingering love for Dee, he ends up alone and out of the priesthood. Cricket quickly ends up homeless and takes the fall for the gang’s misadventures with the mafia, gets hunted by Mac and Dennis, has half his face burned off, and ultimately ends up a Paddy’s bathroom regular. Then there’s Bill Ponderosa whose affair with Dee sets him on a downward spiral, and eventually asks his AA sponsor, Frank, to let him drink himself to death. And to add good measure, Bill’s son ends up becoming a goth cocaine dealer. Even a character that usually beats the gang at their own game, the Lawyer, eventually has his right eyeball devoured by a bird. The Lawyer’s fate as a Cyclops shows once and for all that no one can flirt with the gang for long without being irrevocably changed for the worse. Moral messages are a common theme in sitcoms. From Cheers’ early episode about bar-based homophobia, to Friends’ explorations of the space between being in a relationship and cheating, the sitcom has a tendency to periodically become an afterschool special. ‘It’s Always Sunny’ explores a group of friends with a collective moral code that is somewhere between Bernie Madoff’s financial principles and Lil Wayne’s views towards substance abuse. And whenever morality comes up, it’s usually as a means to their own nefarious ends. In its first season the show wasted no time in tackling the abortion issue when Mac, while on one of his catholic crusades, meets a pro-life activist. Mac protests Planned Parenthood with her, mostly as a means to get laid, before she tells him that she’s pregnant. In season seven Dennis attempts to find meaning in life after opening up about the God-shaped hole in his heart. This search for meaning ends with Dennis giving an emotional, but bogus, eulogy at the funeral for Dee’s baby. And in the case a baby funeral makes you sad, don’t worry, the casket was actually filled with the corpse of a dead dog that Frank found. And the child never existed. Dennis is left accepting his own moral nihilism and lack of emotion. That is until Frank tricks him into digging up his mother’s corpse. Throughout the series the gang explores a number of pertinent ethical issues, consistently robbing them of any inherent goodness: rescuing a dumpster baby, only to take it to a tanning bed , exploiting welfare by becoming crack addicts, using a job as a children’s basketball coach to teach lessons about physical assault and getting Mac’s Dad killed by trying to prove his innocence. The gang even uses Bill Ponderosa’s attempt at a booze-induced suicide for their own gain when they take a life insurance policy out on him. At no point are the gang’s moral failings clearer than when Mac takes them all on a Christian cruise organized by a gay-friendly congregation. Though Mac fails to realize this, even after joining their musical theater show. The trip ends with the gang defending themselves from the prospect of an eternity in hell. In one day on the boat, Dee breaks a woman’s nose at the cruise talent show, Frank and Charlie get busted for sneaking a bar's worth of booze onto the boat and then getting drunk on boat fuel, Dennis attempts to sexually entrap an eighteen year old girl, and Mac (finally) realizes that this cruise is being hosted by two gay men and begs God to reign down lightning on them. The gang then almost drowns to death in an act of collective suicide while in boat jail, and later we learn that their reckoning with God was just a post-cruise meeting with insurance adjusters. If there is one trope that we’ve learned to expect from the comedic sitcom, it is the classic ‘will they or won’t they’ -romantic tension drawn out over multiple seasons. For ‘Scrubs’ it’s the constant back and forth of JD and Elliot, for ‘Friends’ we have nausea-inducing decade of Ross and Rachel (and Chandler and Monica. And Joey and roasted poultry), and of course in ‘How I Met Your Mother’ we have the romantic saga of Ted and Robin. And Barney and Robin. And Ted and the Mother. And Ted and Robin, again. Not to break from the subversion of standard sitcom tropes, the gang pushes romance to the limits of dysfunction. Let's take a quick tour of the romantic exploits of the gang: After his divorce from Dennis and Dee’s mother, Frank indulges in the pay-for-play romance offered by prostitutes and strippers. Frank also has a recurring romance with Artemis, who shares Frank’s proclivities towards ‘getting weird’. Mac’s romantic journey is a string of attempts to assert his masculine heterosexual image against the gang’s overt acknowledgement of his homosexuality. This journey in sexual identity includes a relationship with a transitioning woman , and a non-sexual PCP fueled fling with party-girl Dustee, until Mac finally admits to being gay in the most recent season. But rather than turning this into a cathartic moment, Mac only comes out for the sake of a scratch-off ticket worth $10,000. Dee’s romantic exploits might be the most pathetic of the gang. Largely a series of hook ups that end with her being mocked by the gang, the show collects all these men together for her child’s birth, including favorites like jean shorts guy, the mentally retarded white rapper, Bill Ponderosa, and the old Korean man from the back of Mr. Kim’s restaurant. Dee’s one flirtation with sitcom romance is in the episode ‘The Gang Misses the Boat’ where her and Charlie hook up. This is quickly acknowledged to be a huge mistake. Dennis is the only member of the gang that experiences any romantic success, if success is evaluated by the metrics of his own horrifying system of seduction. If Dennis has a slightly less pathetic, if a significantly more criminal, romantic life than the others, this is largely due to his absence of emotion and inability to love. Though in the finale of season twelve it seems like he may have finally give up his system for the life of family man, but more on that later. Charlie is the only member of the gang that flirts with monogamy, if we take monogamy to be a fifteen-year obsession with a waitress who has filed multiple restraining orders against him. While a traditional sitcom would make this obsession seem ‘sweet’, It’s Always Sunny shows the darkside of rom-com love. Charlie’s stalking of the waitress is a full-time job, and leads him to eventually write and produce a musical that he uses to propose to her. While his efforts to win her heart seem to be doomed, the show actually uses the trope of two people finally getting together in the most recent season. However, the show quickly gets back on course when Charlie finds himself annoyed with the waitress only hours after consummating over a decade of romantic desire. And soon after, Charlie is accusing the waitress of stalking him: While for any other sitcom Charlie’s sexual victory would signify a Rachel and Ross level of romantic consummation, It’s Always Sunny brutally subverts standard sitcom logic and give a realistic take on what happens when obsessions become reality. At Paddy’s, there is no happily ever after. For the gang, any romantic achievement is just a reminder of their fundamental lack of ability to ever be truly happy. After spending eleven seasons avoiding reliance on any classical sitcom tropes, season twelve might have many thinking that the gang has finally been forced to grow up, especially as we have Dennis embody Sam Malone’s closing moments on ‘Cheers’. And at this point, the gang finally growing up feels like your long-term drug dealer all of the sudden inviting you to the local bible study. Luckily, the show has figured out how to critique the outside world while letting the gang stay the same. And instead of selling out to network style tropes, they manage to offer hilarious critiques of moralistic musicals and our recent obsession with true crime shows. They even get a little meta when they make a sitcom out of Mac and Charlie’s moms, all while taking a jab at canned laughter. So rest assured, your drug dealer won’t be inviting you to church anytime soon. While there is no indication if Dennis is actually going to move to North Dakota to raise his son, the logic of the Paddy’s universe seems to indicate a low possibility of actual growth.



The series follows "The Gang", a group of five fictional misfit friends: twins Dennis (Glenn Howerton) and Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds (Kaitlin Olson), their friends Charlie Kelly (Charlie Day) and Ronald "Mac" McDonald (Rob McElhenney), and (from season 2 onward) Frank Reynolds (Danny DeVito), Dennis' and Dee's legal father. The Gang runs the fictional Paddy's Pub, a dilapidated Irish bar located in South Philadelphia.

Each member of "The Gang" shows behavior that would be considered unethical by today's standards, such as excessive drinking and traits such as dishonesty and egotism. Episodes usually find them hatching elaborate schemes and often conspiring against one another and others for personal gain, vengeance, or simply the entertainment of watching another's downfall. They habitually inflict mental, emotional, and physical pain on each other and anyone who crosses their path. They also regularly use blackmail to manipulate one another and others outside of the group.

The Gang's unity is never solid, and any of them would quickly dump any of the others for quick profit or personal gain, regardless of the consequences. Everything they do results in contention among themselves, and much of the show's dialogue involves the characters arguing or yelling at one another. Despite their lack of success or achievements, they maintain high opinions of themselves and display an obsessive interest in their own reputations and public images.

The Gang has no sense of shame when attempting to get what they want and often engage in activities that others would find humiliating, disgusting, or shocking. Some of these situations include smoking crack cocaine and pretending to be mentally challenged in order to qualify for welfare, attempted cannibalism, kidnapping, blackface, hiding naked inside a couch in order to eavesdrop on people, tricking a man into giving his daughter a lap dance, forcing each other to eat inedible items, huffing paint, foraging in the sewers for rings and coins, sleeping with each other's romantic interests, seducing a priest, secretly feeding someone their dead pet, plugging their open wounds with trash, grave robbing, setting a room full of people on fire and locking the door to avoid an uncomfortable Thanksgiving meal, fantasizing about killing each other, pretending to have AIDS in order to get priority access to water park rides, taking out life insurance on a suicidal person, orally siphoning gasoline, and stalking their crushes.

During the Season 7 episode "The Gang Gets Trapped", in which The Gang breaks into a family's home and has to hide from them when they return, an angry monologue by Dennis captures the essence of The Gang's modus operandi:

Cast and characters

McElhenney, Howerton, Day, Olson, and DeVito at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con.
McElhenney, Howerton, Day, Olson, and DeVito at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con.
  • Charlie Day as Charlie Kelly – Charlie was a co-owner at Paddy's Pub, but traded his capital investment for "goods and services", half a sandwich, and other undisclosed compensation. He is a childhood friend of Mac, and high school friend of Dennis and Dee. He is also the roommate of Frank, who may be his biological father. Charlie does most of the actual work and maintenance (referred to as "Charlie Work") at the pub. He is unable to properly read or write, and is an alcoholic substance abuser who is often seen huffing glue or paint, as well as eating various items not meant for human consumption, such as cat food. He lives in squalor with Frank in a run-down, vermin-infested apartment and has deep-seated psychological problems, believing his dreams to be haunted by a figure known as "The Nightman", which other characters believe represent childhood molestation/rape, the perpetrator of which is implied to be Charlie’s Uncle Jack. Charlie has unresolved anger issues, often screaming as a means of getting his point across. He also has an unhealthy obsession with "The Waitress", a recurring character who finds Charlie repulsive and shows no interest in him.
  • Glenn Howerton as Dennis Reynolds – Dennis is a co-owner of Paddy's Pub and is Dee's twin brother. Easily the most sociopathic of the characters, Dennis is narcissistic, superficial, demented, hypersexual, selfish, and abrasive. Dennis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a minor in psychology. It is at times hinted that Dennis may be a serial killer, but this remains ambiguous. In season 10, he is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder which explains his abrupt mood changes between feeling too much or too little, fears of abandonment and unstable relationships. In the season 12 finale, he discovers he has an infant son and moves to North Dakota to be a father.[4] However, he returns to Philadelphia in season 13.
  • Rob McElhenney as Ronald "Mac" McDonald – Mac is a co-owner of Paddy's Pub. He is Charlie Kelly's childhood friend and Dennis's high school friend and later roommate. The son of a convicted felon who has been in prison for much of Mac's life, he frequently attempts to demonstrate his toughness and refers to himself as the "sheriff of Paddy's". He also often brags about his hand-to-hand combat skills, although he typically flees from physical confrontation. Mac is a Roman Catholic, though he often espouses strong Christian fundamentalist opinions, despite his often amoral behavior, such as engaging in casual sex with numerous women, including Dennis' mother. Though it is frequently insinuated Mac harbors homosexual feelings, he maintained an adamant denial of any such proclivity, much to the annoyance of the gang, until the season 12 episode "Hero or Hate Crime?", when he finally comes out.
  • Kaitlin Olson as Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds – Dee is Dennis's twin sister and is the bartender at Paddy's Pub. Dee dreams of becoming an actress, although she lacks any apparent talent and suffers from debilitating stage fright. She wore a back brace in high school, leaving her with the nickname of "The Aluminum Monster", and she is constantly referred to by the gang as a bird, due to their perception of her as a giant, awkward, avian-like creature. She majored in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, but did not graduate. Dee lives alone in an apartment. Her comments and ideas are usually disregarded by the others, though they will often repeat what she has said word-for-word and pretend it was their idea, at which point it will be hailed as a great idea. She is often left to deal with the negative consequences of the gang's activities. Though often the butt of the gang's jokes, she is frequently involved in their schemes. She is portrayed as the angriest and most physically violent of the group and has a history of assault, including setting her roommate on fire in college.
  • Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds – Frank is the legal father of twins Dennis and Dee, and may be the biological father of his roommate Charlie. He used to be a successful businessman with a long history of illegal operations and dealings with sordid characters, but chose to abandon that life and redeem himself after leaving his "whore wife". He has since embraced his "feral" nature and describes himself as "fringe class". Despite having substantial financial resources, he chooses to share a decrepit studio apartment with Charlie, where they live in squalor and sleep together on a pullout couch. The two also share similar interests, such as playing the inexplicable game of 'Night Crawlers' and foraging naked in sewers for valuables. He is also a severe compulsive gambler, seen betting on everything from grade school basketball to Russian roulette, usually with his chain smoking, and high-stakes betting ring of Vietnamese friends. He styles himself a master manipulator and frequently takes the lead in the group's schemes. He sometimes arms himself with a handgun and often snorts cocaine as part of his daily routine.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
17August 4, 2005 (2005-08-04)September 15, 2005 (2005-09-15)FX
210June 29, 2006 (2006-06-29)August 17, 2006 (2006-08-17)
315September 13, 2007 (2007-09-13)November 15, 2007 (2007-11-15)
413September 18, 2008 (2008-09-18)November 20, 2008 (2008-11-20)
512September 17, 2009 (2009-09-17)December 10, 2009 (2009-12-10)
614September 16, 2010 (2010-09-16)December 16, 2010 (2010-12-16)
713September 15, 2011 (2011-09-15)December 15, 2011 (2011-12-15)
810October 11, 2012 (2012-10-11)December 20, 2012 (2012-12-20)
910September 4, 2013 (2013-09-04)November 6, 2013 (2013-11-06)FXX
1010January 14, 2015 (2015-01-14)March 18, 2015 (2015-03-18)
1110January 6, 2016 (2016-01-06)March 9, 2016 (2016-03-09)
1210January 4, 2017 (2017-01-04)March 8, 2017 (2017-03-08)
1310[5]September 5, 2018 (2018-09-05)November 7, 2018 (2018-11-07)[5]


Exterior shots of Paddy's Pub are shot at the Starkman Building on 544 Mateo Street in Los Angeles.
Exterior shots of Paddy's Pub are shot at the Starkman Building on 544 Mateo Street in Los Angeles.

The show began as a short film idea written by Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton about a man telling his friend he might have cancer, while the friend is only intent on trying to borrow a cup of sugar for the "shitload of coffee" he has made. This was then developed into a pilot called It's Always Sunny on TV and was shot on a digital camcorder by Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, and Rob McElhenney. It was believed the pilot was shot with a budget of just $200, but Day would later comment, "We shot it for nothing...I don't know where this $200 came from...We were a bunch of kids with cameras running around shooting each other and [the] next thing you know, we're eleven years in and we're still doing the show."[6] This pilot was shopped by the actors around various studios, their pitch being simply showing the DVD of the pilot to executives. After viewing the pilot, FX Network ordered the first season. Although it is often stated publicly that It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was one of the first shows to be shot in 24p standard-definition video, using Panasonic's DVX100 MiniDV prosumer video camera, from the sixth season forward, the show was shot in 24p using high-definition video cameras.

Danny DeVito joined the cast in the first episode of the second season, playing the father of Dennis (played by Glenn Howerton) and Dee (played by Kaitlin Olson).

Much of the filming locations for the show take place in Los Angeles. The exterior of Paddy's Pub is located at the Starkman Building on 544 Mateo Street in Los Angeles.

In March 2017, after the conclusion of the twelfth season, Glenn Howerton revealed he might not return to the series, due to working on other projects.[7] In June 2018, when FX announced the premiere date for season 13, it was confirmed that Howerton would return to the series.[8]

Broadcast and syndication

The first season ran for seven episodes with the finale airing September 13, 2005. According to McElhenney,[9] word of mouth on the show was good enough for FX to renew it for a second season, which ran from June 29 to August 17, 2006. Reruns of edited first-season episodes began airing on FX's parent network, Fox, in June 2006, for a planned three-episode run—"The Gang Finds a Dead Guy",[10] "Gun Fever" (which was renamed as "Gun Control")[11] and "Charlie Gets Molested"[12] were shown. The show would not be shown on broadcast television again until 2011, when FX began offering the show for syndication.

The third season ran from September 13, 2007 to November 15, 2007. On March 5, 2008, FX renewed It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia for a fourth season.[13] On July 15, 2008, it was reported that FX had ordered 39 additional episodes of the series, consisting of the fifth and sixth seasons. All five main cast members were secured for the entire scheduled run.[14] The fifth season ran from September 17, 2009 to December 10, 2009.[15] On May 31, 2010, Comedy Central began airing reruns of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.[16] WGN America also began broadcasting the show as part of its fall 2011 schedule.[17]

The sixth season ran from September 16, 2010 until December 9, 2010, running twelve episodes, plus the Christmas special. The seventh season ran from September 15, 2011 until December 15, 2011, running 13 episodes. On August 6, 2011, FX announced it had picked up the show for an additional two seasons (the show's eighth and ninth) running through 2013.[18] On March 28, 2013, FX renewed the show for a tenth season, along with the announcement that the series would move to its new sister network, FXX.[19]

In April 2017, it was announced by Kaitlin Olson that It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia would go on an extended hiatus. In an interview with TV Guide Olson stated, "We ended up pushing our next season a year because we were all busy with separate projects this year. So at the end of this coming shooting season of The Mick I'll step right into Sunny after that."[20]

On October 2, 2017, the show premiered on Viceland.[21]


The theme song is a piece of production music called "Temptation Sensation" (originally titled "Haute Couture"[22]) by German composer Heinz Kiessling. Additionally, Kiessling's work ("On Your Bike" and "Blue Blood") can also be heard during various scene transitions throughout the show, along with other composers and pieces such as Werner Tautz ("Off Broadway"), Joe Brook ("Moonbeam Kiss") and Karl Grell ("Honey Bunch"). Many of the tracks heard in the series have been taken from Cafe Romantique, an album of easy listening production music collected by Extreme Music, the production music library unit of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Independent record label Fervor Records has also contributed music to the show. Songs from The Jack Gray Orchestra's album, Easy Listening Symph-O-Nette ("Take A Letter Miss Jones", "Golly Gee Whiz", and "Not a Care in the World") and the John Costello III release Giants of Jazz ("Birdcage", "Cotton Club" and "Quintessential") are heard in several episodes. The soundtrack, featuring most of the music heard on the show, was released in 2010.[23]

Soundtrack track listing

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Music from the Original TV Series)
1."Temptation Sensation (Main Title Theme)"Heinz KiesslingThe Heinz Kiessling Orchestra2:53
2."Derby Day"Werner TautzThe Heinz Kiessling Orchestra2:39
3."Blue Blood"Heinz KiesslingThe Heinz Kiessling Orchestra2:54
4."On Your Bike"Heinz KiesslingThe Heinz Kiessling Orchestra2:15
5."Take the Plunge"Heinz KiesslingThe Heinz Kiessling Orchestra3:10
6."Hotsy-Totsy"Heinz KiesslingThe Heinz Kiessling Orchestra2:18
7."Off Broadway"Werner TautzThe Heinz Kiessling Orchestra2:31
8."Coconut Shy"Heinz KiesslingThe Diamontinos2:25
9."Honey Bunch"Karl GrellThe Ralph Manning Orchestra2:44
10."Glitterati Party"Werner TautzThe Heinz Kiessling Orchestra2:51
11."Singles Soiree"Richard FaecksThe Rüdiger Piesker Orchestra2:09
12."Pink Deville"Paul RothmanThe Ole Olafsen Band2:34
13."Captain's Table"Heinz KiesslingThe Heinz Kiessling Orchestra2:44
14."Starlet Express"Werner TautzThe Heinz Kiessling Orchestra2:31
15."Final Fling"Heinz KiesslingThe Heinz Kiessling Orchestra2:29
16."Sweetheart Serenade"Werner TautzThe Heinz Kiessling Orchestra2:54
17."Tea at Tiffani's"Werner TautzThe Heinz Kiessling Orchestra2:28
18."Moonbeam Kiss"Joe BrookThe Rüdiger Piesker Orchestra2:21
19."Grand Central"Werner TautzThe Heinz Kiessling Orchestra3:15
Total length:50:05


It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has received critical acclaim. Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker praised the show, calling it "not merely the best sitcom on television but one of the most arresting and ambitious current TV series, period".[24] Gillian Flynn of Entertainment Weekly reviewed the first season negatively, commenting "it is smug enough to think it's breaking ground, but not smart enough to know it isn't".[25] Brian Lowry of Variety gave the first season a positive review, saying it was "invariably clever and occasionally a laugh-out-loud riot, all while lampooning taboo topics".[26] Later seasons of the show have received favorable ratings on review aggregator Metacritic, receiving 70/100, 78/100 and 85/100 for seasons 4, 5 and 6 respectively.[27] The show has become a cult hit with viewers and is often compared in style to Seinfeld—particularly due to the self-centered nature of its main characters. The Philadelphia Inquirer reviewer Jonathan Storm wrote "It's like Seinfeld on crack," a quote that became widely used to describe the series,[28] to the point that FX attached the tagline, "It's Seinfeld on crack."[29]

In 2014, Entertainment Weekly listed the show at #7 in the "26 Best Cult TV Shows Ever", with the comment that "it's a great underdog story ... If it sounds too dark for you, consider that there's an episode about making mittens for kittens, and it's adorable."[30] In 2016, a New York Times study of the 50 TV shows with the most Facebook Likes found that Sunny was "more popular in college towns (and most popular in Philadelphia)".[31]

In 2015, Rolling Stone rated the top 20 greatest and funniest It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episodes, stating "for 10 seasons, the series had mined comic gold from the execrable behavior of the owners of Paddy's Pub." They claimed the two-part season 4 episode, "Mac and Charlie Die" is the sitcom's greatest episode yet.[32]

Year Award Category Winner/nominee Result[33]
2008 Satellite Award Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical Danny DeVito Nominated
Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Nominated
2011 Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical Charlie Day Nominated
Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Won
2012 People's Choice Award Favorite Cable TV Comedy Nominated
2013 Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or a Variety Program Marc Scizak Nominated
2014 Nominated
2015 Nominated
2016 People's Choice Award Favorite Cable TV Comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Won

Other media

The Nightman Cometh live

In September 2009, the cast took their show live. The "Gang" performed the musical The Nightman Cometh in New York City, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.[34] Mary Elizabeth Ellis and Artemis Pebdani also appeared in the performance as The Waitress and Artemis. Actress Rhea Perlman (wife of Danny DeVito) assumed the role of Gladys.[35]

Creator Rob McElhenney said that Live Nation originally approached the cast about doing the show at 30 cities, but in the end the cast settled on 6.[36] Co-developer Glenn Howerton described the show as "essentially an expanded version of the actual episode of "The Nightman Cometh", which was the final episode for season four. There are some added moments, added scenes, added songs, and extended versions of songs that already existed."[37] Two new songs were included in the performance and a longer running time allowed for greater improvisation by the actors. The performance was also preceded by a preview screening of a season five episode.

The Los Angeles performance, filmed at The Troubadour, was included as a bonus feature on the season four DVD box set.

Russian adaptation

A Russian adaptation of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiered in Russia on the television channel TNT on May 12, 2014. This version is titled В Москве всегда солнечно (V Moskve vsegda solnechno, It's Always Sunny in Moscow) and like the original, centers around four friends, who own a bar called "Philadelphia" in Moscow.[38]


A book based upon It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was released on January 6, 2015, titled The Gang Writes a Self-Help Book: The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today.[39]


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