Are you wondering what the top 5 best episodes of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" the popular television show on FX? This show has now completed its 8th season and has become one of the funniest and most loved shows on television, growing a cult following. The show centers around "The Gang," a group of dysfunctional friends who run a bar in South Philly, who are basically some of the worst people imaginable - they are selfish, egotistical and basically just crazy - which makes the show pretty funny if you ask me.
The TV show was created by Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, and also features Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds and Kaitlin Olsen as "Sweet Dee" Deandra Reynolds. Sunny has definitely vaulted the careers of these actors, with Charlie Day receiving a number of film roles (Horrible Bosses!) and even Danny DeVito saying on several occassions that he's proud of being on the show.
With season 8 now in the books, there are quite a number of episodes now that fans would call "the best of the best," with a total of 94 episodes currently filmed to date! I've tried to list what I consider the top 5 best episodes of It's Always Sunny, but feel free to disagree if you must!
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Episodes - What Makes One Great?
In my opinion, an episode of It's Always Sunny that is thought to be "the best" must be the following:
1) Original (meaning that it's the first time the cast does something or it is original to the show, because sometimes they repeat things such as a group performance...)
2) It must be absolutely hilarious but also have a strong story, something that not every episode
has in my opinion.
3) And...it must have an EPIC ending, something that really catches you off guard or leaves you on the floor laughing!
Without further ado....
The Top 5 Greatest Episodes of
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
#5 – Underage Drinking: A National Concern
(Season 1, Ep. 3)
This is the episode where the gang sees that underaged kids are drinking in the bar and somehow all of them get invited to a high school prom. They reminisce on their high school days and some of the exchanges between them are absolutely priceless.
I consider this one the number five best It's Always Sunny episode of all-time, for a couple of reasons.
First, the gang runs a bar and seeing underage drinking going on at that bar was absolutely destined to happen on this show. We knew it was coming, yet they executed it perfectly.
I also felt like we really got to know the characters better in this episode. You have to realize that this was only the third episode EVER in the show and I felt like exchanges such as this one were not only hysterical, but important!
Charlie Kelly: Remember how great high school was? All those parties, no responsibilities...
Mac: High school was the best.
Dennis Reynolds: Do you guys even remember high school? I don't think it happened the way you think.
Mac: What do you mean?
Dennis Reynolds: What I mean Mac, is that the only reason you got to hang out with me and the other cool kids is because you sold us all weed. Everybody thought that you were an asshole.
Mac: I was popular!
Charlie Kelly: What are you talking about? Mac was very popular. And I like to think that I was pretty popular myself.
Mac: You were!
Dennis Reynolds: No, he was. You were popular like a... like a clown is popular.
Charlie Kelly: What?
Dennis Reynolds: Yeah, you made us all laugh, and all the guys knew that you couldn't sleep with their girlfriends.
Mac: Whatever dude. The only reason you got laid is because you dated freshmen.
Charlie Kelly: Yeah, yeah, yeah. You've always had that creepy thing with younger girls.
Dennis Reynolds: I do not.
This episode had be laughing from beginning to end. Seeing Sweet Dee hook up with the high school senior jock was priceless. And I really loved the ending where the song "Forever Young" plays while Charlie dances with the high school girl.
Again, this episode is quite tame compared to the later episodes, but that doesn't mean it isn't any good! In fact, I consider it one of the best for the constant laughs, the quotes which helped us understand the characters better and... the perfect ending!
#5 Best Sunny Episode - Underaged Drinking: A National Concern
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#4 - Who Got Dee Pregnant?
(Season 6, Ep. 7)
"The Gang gets a real 'scare' after Dee reveals she's pregnant, forcing the guys to recall their last hazy Halloween Party to determine if one of them might be the father."
This episode took on special meaning because actress Kaitlin Olsen was actually pregant during filming of the show with husband and co-star, Rob McElhenney.
These things tend to happen often with TV actresses, and I'm sure the cast wasn't really expecting this to happen, but Sunny absolutely nailed it out of the park with this episode!
So, you do think that one of the Gang got Sweet Dee pregnant... I won't spoil the rest. Just know that this episode has some of the funniest Sunny moments in it. We see at the end all of the possible fathers of Sweet Dee's child which include some pretty hysterical characters such as
Some memorable quotes:
Mac: I browned out that evening.
Frank: Browned out? What's browned out?
Mac: It's when you drink so much that everything goes brown. It's not as sever as a black out because I remember bits and pieces. I call it browning out.
Dennis: It's fatness, plain and simple. It's a person becoming fat before your very eyes.
Charlie: And I don't even know how to make the bird jokes anymore. They no longer apply.
Dee: I'm not fat, I'm pregnant!
Mac: I feel like you say that all the time now.
Frank: You better do yourself a favor and flush it out.
Charlie: Wait a second, you definitely said that before.
Mac: Since we're all saying things we say all the time. I'll just reiterate. Dee, we don't care about you, or your body, or that baby bird.
Another hysterical scenes - Sweet Dee as an Ostrich in Mac's story (You really need to be a fan to understand the humor here!). The McPoyle twins hinting at the possibility at Dennis being the father (and really getting excited about it).
And then the ending, which was absolutely perfect!
#4 Best Sunny Episode - Who Got Dee Pregnant?
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#3 - Charlie and Mac Die (Part 1 and 2)
(Season 4, Ep. 5)
This could have been either number two or one, easily.
"After Mac's father is released from prison, he and Charlie freak out and decide that the only way out is to fake their own deaths, which they do by destroying Dee's car. Meanwhile, Dennis and Frank probe the origins of a mysterious hole that has appeared in the bathroom at Paddy's."
This episode has some of the funniest scenes in the entire show, such as:
- The opening scene of the episode at the courthouse (Mr. Kelly, you said that the defendant threatened that if you didn't, and I quote "Stick things up your butt, he would rape your butt until the room stinks...)
- The gloryhole scene with Dennis and Frank (enough said!)
- The scene where Mac drives Dee's car into the brick wall.
- The fake funeral scene for Mac and Charlie, and they are watching their funeral.
- Basically every other scene in the episode.
#3 Best Sunny Episode - Mac and Charlie Die
# 2 - The Waitress is Getting Married
(Season 5, Ep. 5)
"Dee discovers that the waitress Charlie is obsessed with is getting married to her ex-boyfriend and plots to derail the wedding, while Mac, Frank and Dennis try to get Charlie back on the dating scene."
I chose this episode as number 2 because it is Charlie's funniest episode, and I have always felt that Charlie is one of the best character's on the show, if not the best.
Charlie is so stupid and funny, yet so innocent and lovable at the same time. He loves the waitress with a disturbing passion, but the waitress has made it very clear she has no feelings for him.
This episode has some of the funniest scenes in the show and without a doubt some of the best quotes!
"I'm a full-on rapist." - Charlie trying to say he's a "Philanthropist."
"I'll take a milk steak, boiled over hard with your finest jelly beans, raw of course." - Charlie being stupid on his blind date.
The scenes of Mac and Dennis setting up Charlie an online dating profile are absolutely hysterical.
And then of course, the epic ending, where Charlie shows some real heart. Charlie delivers a box of hornets to the guy who ultimately jilted his dream girl. Although he knows he'll never get her, Charlie was really nice here. You never really see the gang do something like this because they are such terrible, selfish people (which is funny) but this was a raw moment of decency.
It's Charlie's best episode, one of the funniest in the series, and has one of the sweetest moments in a tv series not known for sweetness... therefore I put it as #2!
#2 Best Sunny Episode - The Waitress is Getting Married
What is the best episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia?"
Well, this is it in my opinion:
#1 - "The Nightman Cometh!!!!"
(Season 4, Ep. 13)
"Charlie stages a rock opera based on his song "Nightman," and recruits the rest of the gang to help him with it."
Just think of the most ridiculous musical of all-time... and this is it.
This is a really, really special episode. First, few of the scenes take place at the bar. You normally see the gang spend most their time there. And the episode still works out really well.
Secondly, the gang performs a full-blown, originalmusical - and it works! Imagine this: Charlie writes a full musical (for reasons unknown until the ending of the episode) and then the gang kind of messes it all up and does what they want with it, changing the lyrics and dances.
Knowning this before seeing the episode, I knew it was a hit-or-miss type of episode. They just hadn't really done anything like this before. But the gang really hit it out of the park with this episode. The laughter just kept coming, and the musical scenes were truly epic!
It really is hard to explain just how funny and strange this episode was. I think true fans of the show understand what I mean by this. The lyrics of the musical are absolutely hysterical and Charlie's angry reaction to the gang messing up the songs is great. You can tell he tried really hard to make this musical work - and it really was the worst thing, ever.
#1 Best Sunny Episode - The Nightman Cometh
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