“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Is “Seinfeld” on Crack


Assistant Sports Editor Kaley Bell has a strong love for “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” (Courtesy of Instagram)

When I talk about some of my favorite pastimes, it’s always hard to make a decision on what to entertain myself with. I enjoy reading books; however, there are so many good ones that it is hard to choose which one is my favorite. The same goes for movies; I can never decide on just one. But, when it comes to my favorite TV show, there is only one answer that comes to my mind without any second guessing: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

Anyone who knows the show knows that it is the prime example of peak comedy. An irreverent sitcom reminiscent of Seinfeld, “It’s Always Sunny” features the adventures of five friends who own a bar in Philadelphia. The friend group twins, two friends from their high school and eventually, the father of the twins ends up doing outrageous things together and sometimes apart, pushing the definition of comedy to its limit.

Comedy has always been my go-to genre, and for me, this type of comedy dark humor is my favorite. A little vulgar and a little dumbed down, the show never fails to make me laugh. The jokes never grow stale, and the inside jokes make it something that you want to stick to and watch without stopping. 

While the dark comedy may come across as disgusting or disturbing to some, I find it refreshing. It is clear that “The Gang,” as the friend group collectively calls themselves, has no sense of boundaries or a moral compass. Collectively, the group explores the middle-aged lifestyle of a Philadelphia resident.

The show currently has 14 seasons and  has been renewed for five more, making it the longest running live-action comedy series in American history. With big-time stars Danny Devito and Charlie Day, “It’s Always Sunny” has never had a dull moment even after a more than 15-year run.

Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney, stars of the show, came up with the idea for the show as struggling actors and wrote it together. Charlie Day, also a struggling actor at the time, helped them film the first episode of the show. This was the spark that started the fire of what would eventually become “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and I hope the fire keeps burning.