‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ to End after Season 10?

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Despite the fact that most sitcoms have historically possessed a soft and gooey center, there is an alternative, a sub-species that makes comedic hay out of the meanness and selfishness of its characters. Seinfeld embraced that, The Larry Sanders Show embraced that, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia certainly follows that same path. The thing is, after a while, you run out of road, and that may soon be the case with It’s Always Sunny.

In a new interview, show star/executive producer Glenn Howerton (aka Dennis) indicated that the show was coming to an end after the 10th season (season 9 starts up this September), essentially citing the same reasons that Seinfeld had thrown into the media chum bucket when his show ended back in 1998. That said, 10 seasons may not be enough for Dennis, Sweet Dee, Frank, and the rest of the gang after all.

Here’s the initial quote from Rolling Stone. The question is: “Are you really quitting after ten seasons?”

Yes. There’s a certain point where you wear out your welcome and we don’t want to do that. We want to leave them wanting more. We spend a lot of time trying to find new lines to cross. We’re not trying to offend people…but we’re looking to surprise them. I think we’re proud of what we’ve done so far, so it’s time to stop. I’m sure there are already a few people who are like ‘Jesus Christ is that show still on? Go away.’”

Later in the interview, when Howerton was asked about the show’s lack of Emmy success as well as if he would be attending the Emmys, he reiterated that next season was going to be Always Sunny‘s last.

I don’t know, maybe in the 10th season, just because it’s the last season and for the sake of the show, maybe we’ll try to butter some people up. But then again part of me wants to be like [curse-word x3]

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That all sounded very cut and dry, but apparently, it was all a big misunderstanding. Here’s Howerton’s response via Twitter from last night:

That was a misquote in Rolling Stone, y’all. We’re signed on through 10 seasons, but may do more […] It’s a great article in Rolling Stone. I just think he misunderstood when I said we’re only signed thru 10. We still might sign on for more […] Easy on RollingStone, you guys. It was an honest mistake.

Kudos to Howerton for not jumping up and down on the journo for “an honest mistake,” but this whole escapade makes us wonder when we’ll actually see last call at Paddy’s Pub.

Ten seasons is a long time for any show and it is virtually unheard of for a cable show, especially one that hasn’t always been a juggernaut. Couple that with the challenge of moving to FX’s new channel, FXX, and perhaps the time is drawing near and perhaps Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, Rob McElhenney, and Charlie Day want to flex other muscles or take some time off.

Day is already establishing himself outside of the show, playing a part in the cancellation of the apocalypse in Pacific Rim and he’ll reprise his role in the Horrible Bosses sequel in the near future, so clearly he has other options besides the show and that Dayman/Nightman: The Cinema Film project that we’re all secretly hoping for.

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Remember, Howerton said that they “might” sign up for more of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which means that they also might not.

For now, though, fans can take solace in the knowledge that they have at least 2 more seasons with the gang and few interesting surprises on the horizon like an episode written by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and the possibility that Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner might do one as well. Will those guys be able to get down with Always Sunny‘s penchant for crude-y rude-yness? Probably, but if nothing else, it shows that the Always Sunny team really wants to topple their Emmy jinx.


It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia returns on September 4th @10PM on FXX.

Source: Rolling Stone via Uproxx, The New York Times

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  1. Aw, I just recently got into the show. I need to watch the previous seasons still.

    • netflix bro, they got all the seasons!

  2. 20 seasons and a movie trilogy!

    • Would be the most epic thing ever created by man kind and could possibly reshape the universe itself.

  3. Spin off show! “frank and charlie”

    • Just picture it. An episode where all they do is play “Nightcrawlers”. Now I would watch that!

  4. Hmm, 10 seasons huh?

    I only heard of it a few months ago and thought it was one of those stupid Disney Channel shows like The Suite Life.

    Luckily, if I ever wanted to watch it, I know of a website to watch stuff like that for free (like Bates Motel since the UK doesn’t seem to be getting it).

    • lol you’re cool, man. Everyone and their mothers know of a streaming site.

  5. Glad to say I’ve been a loyal and dedicated fan since Day 1. A tenth season sounds like a fine time to call it quits. It’s amazing to me how long they’ve been around as it is. Would hate to see them go, but smart on their part to know when to call it a day. A lot of shows don’t know how too. Love this show and it’s cast!

  6. Gonna miss this show. They better concluded everything with a movie.

  7. Good riddance!

    • but then you won’t be tea bagged anymore…


    • Yeah, shut up Street Rat!

  8. Every show should take the Breaking Bad approach, end it while you are still on top.

  9. Nooooo, Family Guy and The Simpsons overstayed their welcome. Always Sunny hasn’t done that.

    • What are you talking about, there is no such thing as overstaying, but simply trying to grasp a new audience just as the simpsons did, and the family guy will soon too.

  10. One of the reasons I think this show can go longer than 10 seasons is because they have never done 24-26 episodes per season. The past few years have only been 10 episodes and that’s a perfect amount.


  12. Hmm, it totally looks like he said something and then was convinced to take it back. How can a professional interviewer misquote that badly, twice?

    In any case, if the quality keeps up, then I’m happy to see more. I was starting to think they lost it in season 7, but season 8 made up for it.

  13. Please NEVER stop making this show!!

  14. Seriously the show is amazing , its the perfect comedy show they can never run out of ideas since there is 1000s of things they can come up with and the characters of the cast is simply unique which makes it easier for the writers to come up with ideas but it all ends up if the crew is still able to do more seasons, i’d say they can hit it up to 15 seasons and its over

  15. Please don’t stop the show yet! I understand stopping while you’re up but….. PLEASE JUST DON’T! This is my all time favorite show. I watch all the seasons on repeat in the background whenever I’m home. I can quote any episode lol.

    Keep it going!

  16. Sunny will be having a season 10, 11 and 12!!!

  17. The fact that Sunny hasn’t won 1, let alone multiple, Emmys’ completely devalues the award for me. In my opinion, it’s the greatest comedy sitcom of all time. I understand their frustration. I know there is no profanity on this site and it’s for a good reason because all I want to do is loudly curse about this!!

  18. Actually just saw a Youtube video of Charlie Day’s commencement address to Merrimac. He says they are “currently filming season 10″, but mentions they are signed for 2 more. So that puts them at at least 12 seasons.

  19. this show has been so bad since they left FX. The new episodes are horrible compared to the first 5 seasons

  20. this show should only end if danny devito [frank]; dies.

  21. The show is great, but if you have to go think about making its always sunny movies, and or comeback after awhile like beavis&butthead athf, and robot chicken, etc.