Is 'It's Always Sunny' About To Make TV History?

by Ashani Jodha

It's a good day in TV land for sitcom lovers. FXX revealed Friday that their hilariously dark and witty comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will be returning for Seasons 13 and 14. Not only is this exciting news for fans of the sitcom, but it's also sort of historic: With 14 seasons, It's Always Sunny will give longest-running live-action comedy in TV history, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, a run for its money, and tie for the record. Whoa... talk about using "The D.E.N.N.I.S. System," much? This means three more years of hanging out at Paddy's Pub with Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), and Frank (Danny DeVito).

After Season 11 ended with a two-part episode featuring the gang trying to escape the literal depths of hell, the show was already set to debut Season 12 in early 2017. FX Networks and FX Productions Original Programming President Nick Grad attests the granting of more seasons to the successful cast and crew: "If anyone doubts the power of a camcorder and a dream, just look at It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which was a DIY backyard pilot when Rob, Charlie and Glenn brought it to FX and will go down in TV history as one of the most loved and enduring comedies," he said. "Few shows make it this far or have such devoted fans, and we owe it all to the creative vision and great humor of the creators and cast who keep Sunny fresh and inventive every season." Even with the shift from network FX to newer sister network FXX in 2013, Sunny has seen ratings increase from 17 percent among 18- to 49-year-olds to 24 percent, according to TVLine.

With the great Sunny renewal and clearly loyal comedy show watchers, though, it really got me thinking — what other shows have made this kind of landmark history before? Did any show even come close?

Apparently, more than a few did:

The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet

As previously mentioned, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet holds the current record for longest-running live-action comedy with 14 seasons from 1952 to 1966 under its belt.

My Three Sons

This family sitcom that hugely resembled a Full House set-up (it followed a widower trying to navigate life raising his three sons) ran for 12 seasons during 1960 to 1972.

Make Room For Daddy, M*A*S*H, Happy Days, The Jeffersons, Cheers, Married With Children, And Frasier

Make Room for Daddy (1953-1964), M*A*S*H (1972-1983), Happy Days (1974-1984), The Jeffersons (1975-1985), Cheers (1982-1993), Married with Children (1987-1997), and Frasier (1993-2004) all hit equal records of 11 seasons during their respective years — and some even won a few awards along the way. Heyyy!

Friends, Murphy Brown, And The Love Boat

Yes, of course Friends — the show that transcends generations of yours and mine was def. going to make the list. Though it isn't tying with Sunny this lifetime around, it raked up a full 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004 before going to syndication heaven. Additionally, Murphy Brown, the sitcom that shed light on a tough female journalist and her world aired from 1988 to 1998, and The Love Boat, the show about the romances and theatrics on a cruise ship aired from 1977 to 1987.

Seinfeld, Family Matters, The Drew Carey Show, Everybody Loves Raymond, And The Office

Seinfeld (1989-1998), Family Matters (1989-1998), The Drew Carey Show (1994-2004), Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005), and The Office (2005-2013) — all shows that brought us true truly comedic gems of episodes, catchphrases, and laugh-cries — ran for nine seasons.

Let's hope Sunny is able to continue to top the list and make it to 15 seasons!

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