“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has never shied away from making fun of serious topics, and the Season 8 premiere of the hit FX comedy is no different. The debut episode tackles such hilarious issues as euthanasia, cancer and Nazis — yep, that’s all in 22 minutes.
“I really like the premiere,” says creator McElhenny. “I feel like it’s super dark and right back to us at our darkest, and trying to figure out what’s the line that we can toe, and I think we got pretty close to it.”
Explains Day, “We realized that one of the light and hilarious topics we’ve never dealt
with is euthanasia. Pop Pop, Dennis and Dee’s grandfather, is on his deathbed,
and they are deciding whether or not to put him down. As we all know, he
was a former Nazi, although he was also their grandfather, so they’re
debating the right and wrong of it and it’s a very good episode.”
Howerton says, “You run out of large subject matter, like abortion and cancer and things like that, but there are a couple that we haven’t quite covered yet. In the season premiere we get into some of that, so it’s one of our signature style episodes. It’s very topical, but it’s also just the gang getting into a lot of trouble.”
Basically, it’s the perfect episode to introduce you to the demented “Sunny” gang. “We always like to bring in new viewers with a little Nazi humor, and euthanasia, cancer,” Day jokes. “All sorts of light and jolly stuff like that.”
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” airs Thursday nights at 10 p.m. on FX. “It’s Always Sunny” Season 7 is available on DVD and Blu-ray in stores now.