Since its debut in 2005, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has pushed the boundaries of television comedy, treating viewers to the wild and often absurd antics of the gang at Paddy’s Pub. Known for its dark humor, clever writing, and unforgettable characters, the show has produced numerous memorable episodes and moments. Today, we’re counting down our top ten favorites, so grab a beer and join us as we journey through the best of It’s Always Sunny.
“The Nightman Cometh” (Season 4, Episode 13)
This fan-favorite musical episode sees Charlie’s attempt to win over the Waitress through a stage production. With unforgettable songs like “Dayman” and “Nightman,” the episode perfectly showcases the gang’s dysfunction and Charlie’s bizarre thought process.
“The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis” (Season 4, Episode 2)
In this classic episode, the gang attempts to capitalize on a gas shortage by purchasing and reselling gasoline. Their harebrained schemes, hilarious costumes, and the memorable line “Wildcard, b*tches!” make this episode a standout.
“The D.E.N.N.I.S. System” (Season 5, Episode 10)
Dennis reveals his manipulative system for seducing women, leading to a series of disastrous attempts by the gang to implement their own versions. This episode highlights Dennis’s sociopathic tendencies and the gang’s inability to grasp basic human decency.
“Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games” (Season 7, Episode 7)
The gang introduces viewers to their twisted, self-made drinking game, complete with absurd challenges and brutal punishments. The chaos and competitiveness in this episode offer a unique look into the gang’s dysfunctional dynamics.
“The Gang Goes on Family Fight” (Season 10, Episode 8)
When the gang appears on a “Family Feud”-style game show, their incompetence and lack of common sense take center stage. The episode is a hilarious showcase of the group’s inability to function in normal society.
“The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award” (Season 9, Episode 3)
A meta-commentary on the show’s lack of recognition at award shows, this episode features the gang’s attempts to win a “Best Bar” award. Their efforts to appeal to the mainstream hilariously backfire, reflecting the show’s own outsider status in the world of television.
“Sweet Dee’s Dating a Retarded Person” (Season 3, Episode 9)
This episode tackles the sensitive topic of mental disability with It’s Always Sunny’s signature dark humor. As Dee grapples with the ethics of her new relationship, the gang forms a band, culminating in the iconic “Dayman” song’s debut.
“The Gang Gets Quarantined” (Season 9, Episode 7)
With the gang locked in Paddy’s Pub due to a flu outbreak, their true colors are revealed as they spiral into paranoia and chaos. The episode is a masterclass in character development and showcases the group’s worst traits.
“The Gang Hits the Road” (Season 5, Episode 2)
An attempt at a road trip to the Grand Canyon goes awry, as the gang’s selfishness, stubbornness, and utter incompetence lead to a series of increasingly absurd mishaps. This episode perfectly encapsulates the show’s chaotic nature.
“Mac & Charlie Die (Part 1 & 2)” (Season 4, Episodes 5 & 6)
In a desperate attempt to avoid Mac’s vengeful father, Mac and Charlie fake their own deaths, leading to a series of outrageous misadventures for the duo and the rest of the gang. As they each grapple with the apparent loss, the two-part episode explores the gang’s twisted relationships and their shared inability to cope with reality.
From bizarre musical numbers to chaotic road trips, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has given us countless memorable episodes and moments over the years. These top ten selections represent just a fraction of the show’s brilliance, and we look forward to many more laughs as the gang continues their antics at Paddy’s Pub.