It’s that time again. FX has renewed the offensive, yet (somewhat) funny It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for a tenth season, giving the gang additional air time after the ninth season debuts this fall. As a fan of the first few seasons, I have incredibly mixed feelings. Will the creators be able to plow through two seasons of original material or will they have to pull from previous seasons again?
One of the reasons why I lost interest in the show was its lack in original ideas. Somewhere between the fourth and fifth season, the writers decided to bring back gags from the previous seasons – instead of creating new ones – which was great at first.
Then the characters morphed into caricatures of themselves.
The show’s first season introduced us to a group of selfish, ignorant people that got thrown into hilarious situations. Looking at the most recent season, each character is a complete sociopath that tries to ruin each others lives for the benefit of themselves. Because of that, there’s no character that I like anymore.
So, how can the show get out of this rut?
1. Go back to their roots.
Early on, the show was coined the “Seinfeld on crack” and the characters and their situations were (somewhat) relatable. There’d be moments where you could understand their plight, but never take it as far as the gang did. Because of that, the show ended in hilariousness. I’m not sure if it’s even possible at this point for the show to return to its roots, but if I had any say in the direction of the show, I’d tame it a bit. Get back to those (somewhat) relatable situations. Obviously they’re hurting for ideas, which worries me when they renewed the show before a new season begins.
2. I can’t think of anything else.
At this point, what could make It’s Always Sunny better? The show peaked years ago and I believe it’s ready to be put down before it becomes a frothing mess.
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