One of the funniest shows on television is It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia on FX. If you enjoy that show, you’ll enjoy these other 10 comedies as well.
Those who have watched Dennis the Menace for a long time know that the show’s darkly comedic world has a way of both enrapturing and shocking viewers. Although it’s been on American television for the most seasons of any live-action sitcom, there are still limitations to the show’s longevity.
You can watch It’s Always Sunny as many times as you want, but eventually you’ll want a change of pace and look for something new in the same vein. If you’re a fan of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, then check out these other shows.
On the 3rd of February in 2020, we updated the information to reflect the latest findings. We got ten new half-hour episodes of It’s Always Sunny’s fourteenth season recently, and they were full of absurdist jokes, repulsive behavior, and even some unexpectedly sweet moments. Despite the fact that a fifteenth season renewal is all but guaranteed, FX has yet to announce it. This means that fans will have to wait a long time before seeing new episodes. As long as the show keeps evolving, it will always feel new, so we’ve added a few more items to this list.
1. RICK AND MORTY
Despite the fact that the premise of Rick and Morty and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia are vastly different, the comedic tone of the two shows is strikingly similar. Rick and Morty’s outlandish sci-fi plots keep the show interesting, similar to the more experimental episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
With the traditional setup of a group sitcom, It’s Always Sunny flips the script by creating a highly dysfunctional dynamic among its characters. Rick and Morty do likewise with a family setting by creating unhealthy relationships among its members and then allowing those relationships to develop.
As soon as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiered, critics dubbed it “Seinfeld on crack.” The show even used this description in its promotional materials. It’s a good analogy. Seinfeld, like It’s Always Sunny, follows a gang of egotistical misanthropes who live in a big city and unwittingly make the lives of everyone they come into contact with miserable.
Seinfeld’s greatest episode, “The Contest,” was parodied in the season 13 episode “The Gang Does a Clip Show,” in which the cast recreated a scene from it.
3. AFTER LIFE
After Life, while sweeter and more heartfelt than It’s Always Sunny, does share the FXX hit’s bleak outlook on the world and dark sense of humour with the audience. Ricky Gervais portrays Tony, a widower who has fallen into a deep depression following the untimely death of his wife. In order to start saying and doing whatever he wants, he decides to end his life if it all becomes too much for him.
With each episode, Tony makes new friends and gains a fresh outlook on life. After Life’s Brandy is like Sunny’s Poppins from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
4. THE BOYS
The Boys on Amazon is like It’s Always Sunny but set in a superhero-infested comic book world, with a group of vigilantes taking on people with superhuman abilities who misuse them. The cast is headed by Karl Urban.
A faithful adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s classic comic book series, The Boys will delight fans of the gang’s outrageous antics. Executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, known for their work on the film This Is the End, can be found throughout the series.
5. BETTER CALL SAUL
It’s Always Sunny fans will enjoy Better Call Saul, despite the fact that it’s an hour-long drama rather than a half-hour comedy. Throughout the course of the show, the characters in It’s Always Sunny only become more horrible. However, the story of Bob Odenkirk’s character Jimmy McGill on the show Better Call Saul is more nuanced than that.
Unlike the original Breaking Bad, which was known for its dark humor, Better Call Saul emphasizes the comedy because the show is based on the comic relief character from that series.
6. AMERICAN DAD!
American Dad! is the strongest of Seth MacFarlane’s adult-oriented animated sitcoms, and it’s also the most similar to It’s Always Sunny in the Morning in terms of tone and humor. Instead of relying on non-sequiturs to drive the plots of Family Guy episodes, American Dad! relies on increasing the stakes and tension in any given situation, something It’s Always Sunny excelled at.
The show also has a greater focus on the characters than Family Guy, which will appeal to any Sunny fan. After moving from Fox to TBS, which allowed them to go crazier and weirder with the humor, the new seasons are the darkest.
7. THE OFFICE (UK)
The characters on the NBC remake of The Office are endearing and always get along, as well as having a good time. That’s fine, but the tone has shifted dramatically from the original British version, which is far darker and cynical.. The characters in this show aren’t really friends; they’re just coworkers. With a lot of ghastly humor, the show makes the worst of humanity laughable.
Every episode of It’s Always Sunny takes the show’s tried-and-true formula to some new and surprising place. The NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community’s Dan Harmon mastered this technique while working on an episode that was shot and edited like a Hollywood action thriller and another episode that experimented with parallel dimensions while using a board game as a prop.
As well as being self-aware, they’re both meta-aware. Community is a must-see for fans of Always Sunny in the Park because it challenges the sitcom form while presenting flawed but ultimately lovable characters. Just like Sunny’s Christmas special, this show features a stop-motion animated segment.
The animated series next door to It’s Always Sunny on FXX may look completely different, but they share a similar aesthetic sensibility. In the series, a chauvinistic gentleman spy, a la James Bond, goes on missions with the help of a motley crew of misanthropic coworkers at his spy agency, including his overbearing mother Mallory, who happens to be his boss.
This show looks like Mad Men, but it has the cynical viewpoint, vile characters, and dark sense of humor that made It’s Always Sunny such a strange delight in the 1960s.
10. PEEP SHOW
Peep Show would be the result if It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was set in Britain and only featured two characters instead of five. As two London flatmates who have nothing in common but still can’t live without one another in the sitcom, David Mitchell and Robert Webb play those characters. Peep Show’s Mark and Jez give Mac and Dennis a run for their money with antics ranging from accidentally killing a dog to kidnapping a love rival.
11. ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
In Arrested Development, a wealthy family becomes embroiled in a corporate scandal thanks to a comedy series shot in a cinéma verité style (without necessarily being a mockumentary). While Arrested Development has a cast full of childish and repulsive characters, it relies heavily on running gags like Charlie’s illiteracy and Mac’s sexuality (which was just spectacularly paid off in the season 13 finale). Other examples of running gags include the chicken dance and The Blue Man Group from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Despite Arrested Development’s more complex plot and writing, Ron Howard’s narrator makes it easy to follow along.
12. EASTBOUND AND DOWN
If Dennis, Mac, Charlie, Frank, and Dee combined their evil tendencies into one person, the result would be something like Kenny Powers. He was a star pitcher in the Major Leagues, but after testing positive for steroids, he was forced to return to his hometown and teach fitness classes. In fact, his adventures will take him from Mexico to Myrtle Beach, among other places.
Matthew McConaughey, Will Ferrell, and Jason Sudeikis all appear as guests. Kenny embodies Danny McBride’s comedic persona as the brash, obnoxious, and loud-mouthed buffoon who ultimately turns out to be a tragic character. Everything about it is breathtakingly beautiful.
In all likelihood, Fargo is a crime drama with hour-long episodes and multiple seasons telling distinct stories about distinct characters, but it’s also a dark comedy. In this respect, it is similar to It’s Always Sunny in terms of amoral pleasures and reckless disregard for human life.
14. SOUTH PARK
As with It’s Always Sunny, South Park uses a current social or political issue as the basis for a storyline that places its characters in the middle of. Like South Park’s Facebook Tron parody while It’s Always Sunny gave Dee a catfish when social media was first becoming popular.
Following on from South Park’s Halloween witch hunt, It’s Always Sunny adapted the #MeToo movement into a sexual harassment seminar episode, in which the characters discuss the past misconduct that had been depicted in the series.
15. CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia owes a lot to Larry David’s HBO sitcom, at least in the first few seasons. All of the scenes in Curb are completely improvised by the cast, starting with an idea that is sketched out in a storyboard. There is a lot of scripted dialogue in It’s Always Sunny; however, improvisation is used to give the dialogue a loose, spontaneous feel.
Larry frequently makes egregious decisions and takes actions that no rational person would take. Do you recognize that? Curb has also, like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, used humor to address serious issues like cancer and incest.