Last night saw the premiere of the 14th season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The long-running show began from a humble pilot that was made for cheap — roughly $85 to 200, and that only went toward the tape to film it. That began way back in 2005 has become one of the greatest comedy series of all-time. While the show is going strong and its fans as adamant as ever, Sunny looks to have a bright future, despite its age.
While the show may very well continue for some time, there will come a point where we say goodbye to the Gang and lock up Paddy’s one last time. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the cast weighed in on why the gang continues their shenanigans.
“It’s whether we can put out a good season of television. So it’s always making sure everyone has the time and desire to put in the hard work we put in to make the show what we think it is.”
Rob McElhenney :
“For us, we just have a short checklist: Do we still enjoy it, are we still having fun, are we still stretching ourselves creatively, and is the audience still there? It seems like all those boxes keep getting checked, so we keep coming back.”
“There’s no rumblings about stopping. Next year we’ll come back and do another season and just keep going. Right now I’m having everyone sign this script for a friend of mine’s kid who is in England and went through something. It’s his favorite show and he pops it on when he feels like he needs a lift. He’s 11. So our fanbase is growing; we have older guys, women, 11-year-old kids. If we can be like Warner Bros. cartoons, let’s do it. Throw on a Looney Tunes once and a while and see what Frank and the gang are doing. Maybe we’ll expand in the next couple years to some really specific special-effects things, because don’t you think we should all be able to fly? [Laughs] No skydiving, though!”
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Judging by what was said up above, it doesn’t seem like Paddy’s last call is happening anytime soon. However, this has made me think about It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s finale episode.
Well, obviously Charlie gets the bar and becomes the sole proprietor as he loves the bar more than the rest of the Gang. If Charlie doesn’t get the bar, none of them should. Dennis sets out on a sexual conquest across Europe. Mac becomes a celebrity fitness personality, Frank is elected Mayor of Philadelphia, because politics is where someone as cunning, ruthless, and sleazy as Frank will. Sweet Dee, she deserves a big win, doesn’t she? Dee gets an audition on Saturday Night Live.
The show is now at the point now where the characters are so established I think they can go out on limbs with creativity. I like the idea of the upcoming Noir episode, and think they should do more episodes like this, throw the Gang into settings in which they’ll thrive. Personally, I think an entire season of parody episodes would be great.
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