It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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Television series
German title It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Original title It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) since 2005
length 23 minutes
Episodes 154+ in 14+ seasons ( list )
genre Sitcom , black humor
Theme music Temptation Sensation - Heinz Kiessling
idea Rob McElhenney
production Fred Savage ,
Matt Shakman
First broadcast August 4, 2005 (USA) on FX
first broadcast
January 18, 2007 on Comedy Central

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia , often abbreviated to IASIP , is an American television series that was broadcast on FX from 2005 to 2012 and has been continued on FXX since September 2013 . In German-speaking countries, the series was first seen on January 18, 2007 on the German Comedy Central .

In April 2016, the series was extended for a fourteenth season, which started on September 25, 2019. This makes the series the longest-running live-action sitcom in American television history.


Most of the action takes place at Paddy's , a Philadelphia pub owned by Dennis Reynolds, Mac and Charlie Kelly. Dee, Dennis' twin sister, works as a bartender there . The pub suffers from chronic downturns, and so various measures are taken to increase profits again. In addition to their pub work, the characters regularly get into trouble. These are mostly overcome by fleeing, the problems are not solved.

All characters can be characterized as self-centered and selfish. The personal advantage is most important to everyone and is also tried to enforce. The characters do not include possible negative consequences of the action in their considerations. Amoral behaviors are also very pronounced. This can be seen, for example, in an anti- abortion demonstration in which the friends are not interested in the content, but only use it to get to know women. And when the friends find a baby in a garbage can, Frank advocates bringing it back to the place where it was found and leaving it to itself there.


main characters

Dennis Reynolds ( Glenn Howerton ) is Dee's twin brother and co-owner of Paddy's . He puts special emphasis on his clothes and, in his own judgment, is irresistible. Although the pub makes little money, Dennis is able to maintain a luxurious lifestyle due to the wealth of his family. Dennis has a degree in psychology, which he emphasizes again and again to Dee because she dropped out of her psychology degree. He also likes to present himself to his friends as extremely intelligent.

Deandra "Dee" Reynolds ( Kaitlin Olson ) is Dennis' twin sister and works as a waitress at Paddy's . She studied psychology but dropped out to become an actress. Dee is very self-centered and mostly shares her friends' prejudices and panics when thinking about or confronting older people. Her friends constantly criticize her for her looks, lack of talent, and the fact that she is a woman, adding to her insecurities.

Mac ( Rob McElhenney ) is the second co-owner of Paddy's . He's been friends with Charlie since childhood and Dennis since high school. He comes from a broken family - his father is an imprisoned drug dealer who often tries to use Mac for his criminal activities and his mother constantly shows indifferent behavior. He always tries to appear masculine, but still avoids all conflicts.

Charlie Kelly ( Charlie Day ) is the third co-owner of the Paddy’s . He's been friends with Mac since childhood. Of all the characters, he can be considered the most miserable because he does not attach particular importance to hygiene, lives in miserable circumstances and spends a lot of time sniffing . There are signs of learning disability and dyslexia , which is why his friends consider him retarded.

Frank Reynolds ( Danny DeVito ) is the legal father of Dennis and Dee, but not the biological father . He was a successful businessman who did not shy away from illegal business practices. After Dennis and Dee's mother divorced, he had a midlife crisis . In the course of the series, he also becomes a co-owner of Paddy's and Charlie 's roommate, whose possible father he is. Although he always insists that he only wants the best for his children, he constantly uses them and harnesses them for his own purposes.

Minor characters

Mary Elizabeth Ellis plays a waitress on the show, but her name is never revealed. She is Charlie's object of desire, but has no interest in him herself, but in Dennis. However, their efforts to get Dennis's attention also fail.

Ryan and Liam McPoyle ( Nate Mooney and Jimmi Simpson ) are former classmates of Mac and Charlie. In the series it is often suggested that the two have an incestuous relationship with their deaf and mute sister. They are declared enemies of Charlie because he thwarted a plan between the two of them to get rich. To get revenge on him, they raid the pub in one episode and take Charlie, his friends and Frank hostage.

Rickety Cricket ( David Hornsby ) was a classmate of the gang and was tormented by them both then and now. In the series, he appears for the first time as a pastor. Since Dee wants to use him again for her own purposes, he gives up his job and wants to marry her. But since that was never Dee's interest and he can't go back to church, he becomes a bum. From then on, the gang would come back to him whenever they needed a drug dealer or wrestler. He never gets money for his services, instead the boys only take advantage of his love for Dee.

Artemis ( Artemis Pebdani ) is Dee's only friend from her acting class. She is particularly noticeable because of strange habits and is very convinced of her abilities as an actress.

Carmen ( Brittany Daniel ) is a trans woman who piques Mac's interest. Although he is strongly attracted to Carmen, her past as a man poses an issue.


The idea for the television series comes from Rob McElhenney . In 2004, his manager presented the people in charge of the FX television station with the concept for a new sitcom . McElhenney, Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day shot a pilot episode especially for it called “It's Always Sunny on TV”. Although the pilot only cost 200 US dollars , the people in charge at FX were able to be convinced and commissioned the first season.

The first season aired in the US from August 4, 2005 and contained seven episodes. According to McElhenney, the first few episodes were all about making the series so good that it will be extended for another season. The series was received positively by critics. Among other things, the biting humor was highlighted, especially when it comes to taboo topics such as race or abortion.

In front of the Nate Starkman & Son Building in Los Angeles , exterior shots of Paddy's were taken

From the second season, Danny DeVito joined the main cast. Since his leading role in the television series Taxi, DeVito had only worked in larger film productions. Guest appearances in television series were the exception. He justified his leading role in the series with the fact that he was looking for something attractive.

A total of 13 seasons of the series have been produced so far. The shooting took place in Philadelphia and in Los Angeles, for example in front of the Nate Starkman & Son Building, which was used for exterior shots of Paddy's . After the third season, the shooting for the fourth season was delayed due to the writers' strike in 2007. With the beginning of the ninth season, the series switched to FX sister station FXX on September 4, 2013 and will be shown there from now on. In March 2013, the production of a tenth season was also announced. Almost exactly a year later, the series received two more seasons, making it the longest running non-animated comedy series on US cable television.

Cast and dubbing

The series was set to music by Bavaria Film Synchron under the dialogue direction by Michael Nowka .

Role name actor Voice actor
Dennis Reynolds Glenn Howerton Robin Kahnmeyer
Mac Rob McElhenney Boris Tessmann
Deandra "Dee" Reynolds Kaitlin Olson Anke Reitzenstein
Charlie Kelly Charlie Day Gerrit Schmidt-Foss
Frank Reynolds Danny DeVito Klaus Sunshine

Episode list


Satellite Awards

DVD release

  • Seasons 1 and 2 were released on May 22, 2009
United States
  • Seasons 1 and 2 were released on September 4, 2007
  • Season 3 was released on September 9, 2008
  • Season 4 was released on September 15, 2009
  • Season 5 was released on September 14, 2010
  • Season 6 was released on September 13, 2011
  • Season 7 was released on October 9, 2012
  • Season 8 was released on September 3, 2013
  • Season 9 was released on September 2, 2014
  • Season 10 was released on January 1, 2016
  • Season 11 was released on January 3, 2017
  • Season 12 was released on September 4, 2018

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Interview with Rob McElhenney ( memento of the original from April 25, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. ; Retrieved April 26, 2009  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. a b IGN: Article by Eric Goldman ; Retrieved April 27, 2009
  3. Variety: Review by Brian Lowry ( Memento of May 22, 2008 in the Internet Archive ); Retrieved April 27, 2009
  4. Nellie Andreeva: FX Renews 'Wilfred', 'Louie' & 'Sunny', Inks $ 50 Million Deal With 'Sunny' Creators . Deadline Hollywood . August 6, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  5. Nellie Andreeva: FX's 'It's Always Sunny', 'The League' & 'Legit' Renewed, Will Move To FXX . In: . March 28, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  6. ^ Nellie Andreeva: Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton & Charlie Day Ink Big New 3-Year Deal With FX Prods. That Includes 2-Year Renewal Of 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia', Series Pickup Of Tracy Morgan Comedy, Pilot & Script Orders . In: . April 4, 2014. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  7. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in the German synchronized file; Retrieved April 25, 2009