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The show began as a pilot called "It's Always Sunny on TV" and was shot on a digital camcorder by Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney. After viewing the pilot, FX Network executives ordered the first season. Although it is often stated publicly that the pilot was shot for $200, the makers of the show have claimed that the cost was much lower because the only costs were videotapes. Danny DeVito, who joined the show in Season Two, said on The Daily Show () and on The Late Show with David Letterman () that the cost was only $85.

The first season ran for seven episodes with the season finale airing . According to McElhenney, word of mouth on the show was that it was good enough for FX to renew it for a second, which ran from to . DeVito joined the cast, playing the father of Dennis (Howerton) and Dee (played by Kaitlin Olson). Reruns of edited first season episodes began airing on FX's parent network, Fox Broadcasting, in 2006.

On August 18, 2007, a preview episode from a third-season episode "Mac is a Serial Killer" appeared on the group's MySpace page. The third season ran from to . On , FX renewed It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia for a fourth season.

On July 15, 2008, it was reported that FX has ordered 39 additional episodes of the series which means that the show will run until at least a seventh season. All remaining seasons will consist of 13 episodes. All five main cast members were secured for the entire scheduled run.

As of August 24, 2009, is advertising the return of the series for the fifth season on Thursday, September 17 2009. The scheduled release date for the fourth season on DVD is Tuesday, September 15, 2009.



the season 5 already permiered and its hilarious.  The episodes are always so randomn and spotlight things that are currently happening in everyday american life.