What’s the connection between The Wonder Years and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia? Hint: It’s Savage!
Recently renewed for its eleventh and twelfth seasons, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is enjoying a long run on FX and, beginning with its ninth season, FXX. Originally shot for under $200 on a digital camcorder by Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, and Rob McElhenney (who star as Charlie, Denis, and Mac respectively), the show has experienced some measure of critical acclaim and garnered a cult following.
So what could it possibly have in common with squeaky clean period piece The Wonder Years? Turns out the main character of ABC's 80's hit, Fred Savage, who played adorably loveable Kevin Arnold, has grown up, graduated from Stanford, and is now producing and directing.
Among his jobs are 18 episodes of It's Always Sunny. In an interview with HoboTrashcan, when asked what it's like to work with "80's icons" like Danny DeVito and Fred Savage, the three writers and stars of the FXX hit laugh but admit that they grew up watching both DeVito and Savage.
"It's like getting to work with your heroes—minus Fred Savage," Howerton jokes. "But no, Fred's great. It's awesome working with those guys. There's a reason they've been around for awhile."