While superficially about drinking, dirty pranks, and get-rich-quick schemes, It’s Always Sunny doesn’t shy away from news headlines.

Aggressively disturbing plotlines about things like rape are delivered with perfect irreverence.

Despite desperate attempts to convince their exes, high school friends and foes and, above all, themselves that they are smart and successful, the reality is they are none of those things.

They’re just self-described badasses, clinging to the lost years of their 20s and desperately seeking relevancy.

Yet, no matter how much blood is shed and bullets are fired in a twenty-minute episode, the gang sits around shooting the shit in the end. Of course, knowing that Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis are actually married makes watching Charlie’s pathetic pining after the Waitress even more endearing.

Listening to Mac and Dee’s brutal critique of one another’s appearances and intelligence feels like you’re in on a private joke when you consider that the actors are married with two children.

The series was renewed for a twelfth season consisting of 10 episodes, 134 episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia have aired, concluding the twelfth season.

On April 1, 2016, the series was renewed for a thirteenth and fourteenth season, which will make it tied for the longest running live-action American comedy series in history.

On the most basic level, the show is about a group of friends who run Paddy's Pub in Philadelphia.

But it's much more than that - "the gang" takes on social and political issues in their own deprived way, often to awkwardly disastrous results.

And, after finishing its ninth season, it’s undeniably deserving of our praise.

The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum, in a love letter to the show, extols its unusual edginess: “In a fairer universe, it would be heralded as not merely the best sitcom on television but one of the most arresting and ambitious current TV series, period.” (It’s Always Sunny hasn’t won an Emmy.)So how does a show that frequently features “whores,” the phrase “banging,” and the nagging feeling that any second a character will be showered with feces or stabbed, manage to be so binge-worthy?

They live in filth and huff glue and do many, many idiotic things.