Most shows that are lucky enough to make it to their 100th episode reach that milestone somewhere around the 5th season, but It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has never quite been conventional. The FXX comedy series is set to unveil show 100 this Wednesday with an episode titled “The Gang Saves The Day” which airs about midway through its 9th season. What started off as a short film idea about a character who tells his friend that he may have cancer, while the unaffected friend is really only interested in getting some sugar for his coffee, eventually evolved into a TV pilot that landed at cable network FX. Created by and starring Rob McElhenney (Ronald “Mac” McDonald), Glenn Howerton (Dennis Reynolds) and Charlie Day (Charlie Kelly) the show launched in summer 2005 to a modest following and decent critical attention. The fourth key role in the first season went to Kaitlin Olson as Dennis’ twin sister Deandra “Sweet Dee” Reynolds. And so the gang was born.
Season 9, in fact, has delivered one of the strongest strings of episodes ever for the series with each installment since the premiere not only shining but constantly outdoing the last. If Deandra’s hilariously self-loathing joke-spewing in “The Gang Broke Sweet Dee” or Dennis and Macs oblivious financial misfire in “Mac and Dennis Buy a Timeshare” weren’t among the funniest things on TV this year then I don’t know what was. Glenn was asked multiple times during the press call about the lack of Emmy love the series has gotten over the years, an issue the show itself addressed perfectly this season in “The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award”. Howerton says he’s not really phased by the lack of recognition but has an idea of what it could be attributed to. “I think that first impression of a low-budget, we-don’t-need-to-pay-attention-to-this-small-cable-comedy thing kind of stuck” he says of the shows early days when the gang was barely on the media radar. “We’re still having fun, I can tell you that” Glenn offered. And the audience is, too, which are really the only two things that matter.