This is where it all started. Charlie Has Cancer was the title of the original pilot for It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, which was originally called It’s Always Sunny on TV.
There is some debate on the cost of the original pilot (part of the video is below), but estimates are between $85-200.
Of course, FX picked up the show which was renamed and there were some overall changes made (for example, it was originally based in Hollywood rather than Philadelphia).
The gang ended up using the pilot video for episode 4 of season 1.
Charlie Has Cancer Pilot
I also found this awesome video from the pilot and this one is titled Mac Meets Carmen, which is also used in Charlie Has Cancer.
Mac Meets Carmen
FYI: a spray bottle was used to simulate Carmen’s bulge.
and finally here is one more video of the gang and the early days of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
The Early Days of Sunny
The gang has changed a lot over the years, but the show is still one of the best on TV. Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Dee, and Frank (along with all the supporting characters) have created an amazing show.
What do you think of the pilot videos? Share your thoughts in the comments!