Wednesday night It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia celebrated a television milestone and hit 100 episodes! I have been a huge fan of this show from the beginning and am happy that it’s getting the love it deserves. In honor of this big achievement (it only took nine seasons!), I’m counting down my top ten favorite episodes of the show.
10) The Gang Hits the Jersey Shore (Season 7, Episode 2)
Fat Mac and Rum Ham sounds more fun that smooshing with Snooki but Charlie finally getting his dream moment with The Waitress was the highlight. Sure, it was because of a drug induced stupor but Charlie will take what he can get. Also, who can forget the ingenius “booze in the suntan bottle” technique? Sure, people will think you’re weird because it looks like your drinking lotion, but you’re drunk so who cares?
9) Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games (Season 7, Episode 7)
This episode and any that show “True American” on New Girl make me ask one question, “Where were these awesome games when I was in college and why was I too lazy to make one up?”
8) The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis (Season 4, Episode 2)
This is the episode where the gang all figures out their key roles in the group and how that plays out in their grand schemes. But the only role that really matters is “Wildcard, Bitches!!”
7) The Gang Gets Invincible (Season 3, Episode 2)
I love episodes when the gang gets uber competitive and this gem from Season 3 is one of the best. Mac and Dennis cannot accept that Dee could be better at sports than them when they decide to try out of the Philadelphia Eagles, and will stop at nothing to take her down. Add in Frank drugged out on acid, the ENTIRE McPoyle clan and the first appearance of Greenman and this episode holds legendary status.
6) Dennis and Dee Go on Welfare (Season 2, Episode 3)
The sheer brilliance of this episode is how quickly Dennis and Dee went from living it up on the stoop drinking beer and singing loudly to Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend” to becoming crack addicts and sleeping on the street. When asking Frank later why he wouldn’t help them, his answer was simple, “Because….you’re crackheads, children.” Just the beginning of Frank’s fatherly teachings.
5) A Very Sunny Christmas (Season 6, Episode 13/14)
What’s Christmas without a naked Danny Devito in a leather couch and finding out that your mom was the real “ho,ho,ho” of the holidays? Even though the episode took the traditional route with the gangs plans foiling around them, it did have a more heartwarming ending that usual with Mac and Charlie throwing rocks at trains like they did as children.
4) Mac is a Serial Killer (Season 3, Episode 10)
The gang misinterprets Mac’s sneaking around to secretly date his transsexual girlfriend to conclude that he is a serial killer committing murders in the area. Charlie trying to outwit everyone with his lawyer “skills” show what all those Law & Order marathons are really teaching you.
3) The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention (Season 5, Episode 4)
This episode started to show the real depth of Frank’s depravity. From gargling beer to plotting to sleep with his former sister-in-law, Franks antics caused even the gang to worry about how much lower he was going to go. Their worry resulted in one intervention A&E is glad they never filmed. Plus, Gail the Snail’s appearance showed that Dennis and Dee could possibly be the normal members of that family and we were introduced to wine in a can. Genius!
2) The Gang Gives Back (Season 2, Episode 8)
One of my favorite episodes involves a scene where Charlie shows up to a mandatory AA meeting while still drinking a beer and acts shocked when someone rats him out. He then gets The Waitress to be his sponsor and blows it all as usual when he can’t ref the youth basketball game the rest of the gang is forced to coach out of jealousy over seeing her flirt with Dennis.
1) The Nightman Cometh (Season 4, Episode 13)
The musical episode had everything you could want in an IASIP episode: Charlie singing, Mac doing his fake karate, Frank being inappropriate and Dennis and Dee fighting for the spotlight. The cast doing the show live for fans made this episode rise even more in points factor.
Honorable Mention- Mac and Dennis Buy a Timeshare (Season 9, Episode 3)
I had to throw in a shout out to one of the newer episodes. The episode showed how deeply the gang cannot trust each other but still goes along with what the other is doing. Also, they have no idea how pyramid schemes work. But it never answered a critical question, how did Frank get inside that playground coil?
Do you agree with this list? What is your favorite episode of the show?