Some may argue that "Arrested Development" is more underrated because it got cancelled and got poor ratings. But for the sake of this argument, ratings and cancellations mean nothing. We live in a sick and twisted universe where "Two Broke Girls" gets higher ratings than "Louie", and Jim Parsons has FOUR Emmy awards while Steve Carell has ZERO.
And then there's It's Always Sunny. The Gang that writes the show somehow seem as isolated as their fictional counterparts. Yes, Jason Sudeikis made a cameo, but that almost felt obligatory because he was in Horrible Bosses with Charlie Day.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is returning this January for their tenth season. They have already broke the record for the longest running cable sit-com, and are now just building on their empire. People seem to blow off It's Always Sunny because they are too crass, or too low brow. Comedy nerds love the sub-text, and the foreshadowing, and the double-entendres of Arrested Development. And It's Always Sunny feels like it's just a bunch of insane people doing insane shit in front of a camera. But It's Always Sunny is STUFFED with deeper sub-plots and metaphors beyond their spray-paint huffing exteriors. The best example is from their most recent season, an episode called "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award", written by David Hornsby (otherwise known as Rickety Cricket). The episode is about the gang questioning why their bar has never won an award. An allusion to the fact that It's Always Sunny has never won an Emmy. There's a part where they question their location but note that "The bar down the street has won awards." A reference to the fact that Louie, which also airs on FX, has won multiple Emmys. The episode is a brilliant deconstruction of the comedy landscape, while maintaining their signature dark characters.
The real gang - Rob McElenny (Mac), Glen Howerton (Dennis), and Charlie Day (Charlie) - are producing several shows for FX (including their own). Bill Burr - arguably the funniest stand up comic working right now - is the subject of their next project. So it seems that maybe, after ten years of incredible comedy, The Gang is Getting Their Dues.