100 Episodes: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia‘s wheel of awfulness spins cruelty into comic gold

For most of the history of television, the barrier to syndication—and to profitability—has been 100 episodes. The shows that have made it to that mark are an unusual group. Many were big hits. Some found small cult audiences. Still others just hung on as best they could and never posted numbers quite low enough to be canceled. In 100 Episodes, we examine the shows that made it to that number, considering both how they advanced and reflected the medium and what contributed to their popularity. This entry covers It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, which celebrates the 10th anniversary of its debut on August 4, and has run for 114 episodes and 10 seasons on FX and FXX.

While it’s easy to found a comedy on unremittingly terrible behavior, it’s hard as hell to sustain one. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, the creation of Philly …

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