With season 14 currently underway (and running strong – check out our reviews below), FXX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is now tied with ABC's The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as the longest-running live-action comedy series.
Now that's a title Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), and Frank (Danny DeVito) would be more than happy to hang behind the bar – and one they're expected to hold on their very own very soon.
Safe to say things are pretty good for The Gang from Paddy's Pub – and from the sounds of FX CEO John Landgraf, the network would like things to keep going "pretty good" for two more seasons (at least).
After a failed attempt at finding love (at least for some of them) and a successful (if not "scorched earth"-like) effort to "save" the Thunder Gun franchise, Dennis, Mac, Charlie, and Frank didn't want to waste time getting back to the scheming. Unfortunately for them (but big props to Dee), they ran face-first into the brick wall that was "Dee Day".
Moving quickly on from there… the season got back on track as we travelled into Charlie's twistedly bizarre mind as he looks to crack the case of who "diarrhea-poisoned" Frank. Then "The Gang Solves Global Warming"… only to find a way to leave things wonderfully worse – before "Paddy's Has a Jumper" and The Gang tries to apply analytics to their questionable sense of morals.
Which leads us to the one-hour, two-episode season finale "A Woman's Right to Chop" / "Waiting for Big Mo" – and it doesn't look like the series plans on going out on break on a "warm and fuzzy" note. Taking on a woman's right to choose via hair and staging a Samuel Beckett homage in the middle of a laser tag game?
If there's one thing this season deserves credit for is its willingness to creatively swing for the fences and (for the most part) not play it safe:
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" season 14, episode 9 "A Woman's Right to Chop": When a trendy new hair salon opens up right next door to Paddy's, Dennis and Frank go on the offensive to stop women from cutting off their hair. Meanwhile, Mac is reunited with his childhood dog Poppins. Written by Dannah Phirman & Danielle Schneider, directed by Pete Chatmon.
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" season 14, episode 10 "Waiting for Big Mo": Dennis and Charlie stand guard at the entrance to their laser tag base waiting to ambush the legendary "Big Mo," but Dennis begins to ponder the reasons they play laser tag and if their pursuit of a victory is worth their effort. Written by David Hornsby; directed by Pete Chatmon.