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It could soon become the longest-running live action sitcom on American television.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia isn’t just one of the most gleefully misanthropic sitcoms on television, it’s also one with the most longevity, having been renewed by FX for a 13th and 14th season in 2016. Season 13 aired on FXX in 2018, and Season 14 is predicted to premiere this fall, when it will officially tie with The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as the longest-running live action sitcom on American television.
And it looks like Dennis, Mac, Dee, Frank and Charlie may actually break that record with a 15th season, according to comments made during FX’s panel at TCA19. “As long as we can come to business terms that fit both our needs and they can continue to make episodes as good as they have been making, there is a good chance it may go past Season 14,” John Landgraf, CEO at FX, told the audience. He went on to describe the show, which was created by Rob McElhenney in 2005, as “the first successful deconstruction and reconstruction of a sitcom.”
Charlie Day, who writes and executive produces the show as well as starring in it, has already stated that he has hopes to overtake Ozzie and Harriet. Speaking to The Wrap in 2018, he said: “Fifteen [seasons] would be the record for the longest running live action comedy, so we’ll probably try and break that record if we can.”
Fans of Always Sunny have been left wondering what the future holds for the show after the Season 13 finale, which addressed the long-running joke of Mac’s sexuality in a way that defied its deeply entrenched cynicism and subverted all viewer expectations. No spoilers for anybody who has yet to see it, but let’s just say the episode crams more empathy into its climactic scene than the show has expressed in its entire 13 year run, begging the question: Where do The Gang go from here?
“After 13 seasons, I figured I knew what ALWAYS SUNNY was selling, and I was not a repeat customer,” tweeted NPR’s Glen Weldon shortly after the episode aired. “But name me a show that breaks its format—that risks something—like this moment in the S13 finale did.”
Of course, this being Always Sunny, it’s entirely possible that those final moments will be revealed to be merely a flashback sequence gone awry, or an ayahuasca-induced hallucination (neither of which are outside the realm of possibility on the show). Fans will have to wait until the Season 14 premieres to find out. And as for after that; let’s just pray to the Green Man that FX renews the show for a 15th season.