I’ve always found Tuesdays to be pretty dull. Less dreadful than Monday, yes, but still a bummer–not having quite reached the glorious “hump day.” So, why not use something to make them a little more entertaining? That’s why I’ve decided to call this day each week “Top-Ten Tuesday.” I’m going to be counting down an Always Sunny related top-ten list each week in honor of season ten coming up next month. To start out the tradition I’ve selected what I believe to be the most entertaining, goofy, and memorable episode from each season of the show thus far. These episodes caused me to laugh out loud time and time again and have stuck with me through the years as prime examples of why this is one of the most successful comedies of all time.
Since there have only been nine seasons so far, I selected the best episode from each season and then used the final spot for my favorite episode of all time. So yes, this “Top-Ten” list is a bit unconventional since order doesn’t particularly matter, but you get the idea.
So newbies, use this list as a starting point if you’re looking to dive into the series, and for die hard fans, enjoy the memories of these ten fantastic moments in Always Sunny history:
#1). Season 1, Episode 1: The Gang Gets Racist
I don’t know if it’s just me but I always find myself attached to the pilot episodes of my favorite shows. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is no exception. This first episode is hands down my favorite of season one. It follows two separate story lines that come together in the end. The first revolves around Charlie and Mac as they try to prove to the world that they’re not racist, after the waitress hears a comment from Charlie that makes him sound like a bigot. In the midst of this, Dee gets her new love interest, Terrell, to help bring in more customers to Paddy’s Pub. However, things take an unexpected turn as the gang realizes Paddy’s has become the hottest new gay bar in town. Thus the gang must take some radical measures to convince Dennis to restore the bar to its original state, due to his love of the attention he receives from the new customers. But hey, with a little tequila and a confusing one-night stand I’m sure he could change his mind…
#2). Season 2, Episode 3: Dennis and Dee Go on Welfare
Dennis and Dee’s decision to quit their jobs at the bar and take advantage of unemployment benefits in order to “pursue their dreams” pushes this to the number one spot for season two. The Reynolds siblings are shocked to find out how much money they can get for doing absolutely nothing and of course, begin to abuse the system. However, knowing that unemployment is only temporary, they decide that Welfare is a better option. Posing as a recovering crack addict, with Dee as his mentally-challenged sister, Dennis enters the Welfare office to request aid. They come to find out though that medical records are necessary to prove the legitimacy of the drug use so, logically, the two decide to do some crack before hand so they can get the records. Just a little though. Of course, that’s not how it works out as Dennis and Dee wind up addicted to the drug and put out on the streets. All the while, Charlie and Mac decide to use money from Frank’s hidden account to have a lavish night on the town–fully equipped with a limousine, top-hats, and beautiful women.
#3). Season 3, Episode 9: Sweet Dee is Dating a Retarded Person
Another day, another dude for Dee. In this season-three classic, Dee brings her new amateur-rapper boyfriend to meet the gang, and he seems to be a bit…off. Come to find out Dee’s new man, “Lil’ Kevin,” is an old class-mate of Dennis’ and is actually retarded (a word I never encourage, but will use in the context of this synopsis). Dee, having hoped to ride his growing fame to the top, is quite combative toward Dennis’ accusation, leading them into a sneaky investigation to find the truth. In the midst of this, Charlie, Mac, and Frank decide to use their “musical talents” to start a band–inspired by Lil’ Kevin’s rising popularity in Philly. However, their muddled visions, unclear direction, and sheer lack of talent cause the band to crumble–numerous times. It’s in this chaos though that we get the spray-paint induced musical collaboration between Dennis and Charlie, resulting in the “Day Man” song that has become a staple of the show.
#4). Season 4, Episode 3: America’s Next Top Paddy’s Billboard Model Contest
Season four is one of my favorites, so this was a hard decision to make. However, a classic case of Dee abuse puts this episode at the top of my season-four list. In order to put some bar funds to good use and promote Paddys, the gang comes up with the idea to create a billboard. As Mac, Dennis, and Frank take the reigns, Dee and Charlie–knowing their contributions will be ignored–take another route and decide to promote the bar by making a viral YouTube video. On the guys side, a co-ed modeling competition ensues, but Dennis gets angry that he wasn’t initially chosen as the poster boy and tries to enter the competition and win on his own–to prove he’s still got it. Dee and Charlie’s endeavors include Dee portraying numerous outlandish characters she thinks will make her famous and Charlie repeatedly pelting her in the face with a volleyball thinking it will get laughs online. The result is a hilarious episode of the show with all sorts of physical and verbal abuse on both sides that we’ve now come to expect from the gang.
#5). Season 5, Episode 2: The Gang Hits the Road
What do you get when you cram the entire gang into a tiny red car with the intentions of driving to the Grand Canyon? A hectic and hilarious episode of It’s Always Sunny that takes my #1 spot for season five. The guys decide to go on a road trip, leaving Dee out of course. But, when she catches them before they leave and Dennis’ Range Rover gives out after an aggressive altercation with a cyclist, they’re forced to use her new car and bring her along. Take a guess at how many times she has to pee along the way? Anyways, a series of typical gang speed-bumps–Charlie’s first pear, a runaway hitch-hiker, an unconventional bonfire–make for a rocky road to their final destination. In the end they don’t end up exactly where they planned, but the journey makes for quite an entertaining episode.
#6). Season 6, Episode 3: The Gang Buys a Boat
This episode centers around the gang’s attempt to fix up a disheveled boat that they purchased with the intent to start living a high-class, P. Diddy-esque lifestyle on the sea. While Frank, Dee, and Charlie are left to do the dirty work of fixing up the vessel (of course), Dennis and Mac decide to do what’s necessary to look and act the part of wealthy sea-men (buying expensive clothes and attending a boat party). In the midst of it all we have Charlie searching under water for the keys and other “treasures,” Dee dancing to 90’s R&B hits (greatly resembling an inflatable tube man from a used car lot), and Frank cookin’ up catfish. In addition, we’re introduced to Dennis’ theory of how women are likely to have sex with him if they’re stuck out at sea–don’t worry though, they can say no…but they won’t. It all comes to a close in the typical Always Sunny fashion, with a roaring fire. This sea-bound episode tops my list for season six of the series.
#7). Season 7, Episode 2: The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore
One of the few times we see the gang anywhere outside of Philly, this vacation episode of It’s Always Sunny wins the award for my favorite episode of season seven. Inspired by nostalgia from their childhood pictures, Dennis and Dee suggest that the gang should take a trip to their old get away spot: the Jersey Shore. Everyone’s excited, including Charlie once he arrives at the hotel after having been knocked out by Mac prior to leaving Philadelphia. Frank and Mac hit the beach (fully equipped with a raft and a rum-soaked ham), but things go awry when their raft floats away from the beach while they sleep. Luckily however, they’re saved by some unexpected heroes. Charlie, Dee, and Dennis go exploring on the beach, walking along the boardwalk, and soak in the culture. Along the way we have Charlie drinking some deliciously dangerous sun-tan lotion, a shocking love affair under the boardwalk, and a gruesome altercation between a carnival ride and Dee’s corn-rows. Eventually, Charlie wanders off to spend a drug-induced dream night with the waitress, while Dennis and Dee roll with a rough crowd in the hopes of having some real fun. In the end, some of the gang leaves with changed opinions on what the shore has to offer, and we as an audience leave with a lot of laughs and hilarious moments to discuss.
#8). Season 8, Episode 2: The Gang Recycles Their Trash
This season eight episode parallels the ideas from an earlier episode from season four, “The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis,” and takes the number one spot. One of my favorite episodes ever, it follows the gang as they devise two separate plans on how to get rid of all the trash build up in the bar due to the union strike at the removal company. Frank concocts a plan to dress Dee up in a slutty outfit in order to bribe a city-official into giving them the contract for trash removal. Unfortunately however, Dee ends up looking like a blonde banana and the official they meet with winds up being the same man who tried to buy the bar from them back in season three–so they’re not on the greatest of terms. Meanwhile, Charlie, Mac, and Dennis decide to dress in tuxedos and ride around town in a limo offering to remove citizen’s trash for a small fee. While they attempt to avoid repeating mistakes from their past plans like brandishing weapons, talking in accents, and letting Dennis do all the talking, their plan somehow still ends up in shambles. Once the gang regroups to get back on track, they revise the plan, and the episode ends in a wild van ride that revives our memories of the series’ earlier seasons.
#9). Season 9, Episode 1: The Gang Broke Dee
As the most recent season to premiere, these episodes are the freshest in my mind. The first episode of the season is a hilarious story centered around Dee. It begins with Dee as a lethargic, dirty, soulless blob. She’s drinking, smoking, eating, and mocking herself before any of the guys can get in a punch line. The other members of the gang conclude that they finally broke her, and concoct some plans to restore her to normal–so she’ll fight back against their attacks and bring back the fun of tormenting her. Dennis tries to find her a shockingly average man to settle down with, while Charlie and Mac decide to set her up with an act at a comedy club to help boost her celebrity image. Expecting a failure, the guys are shocked when her new nonchalant, sarcastic attitude towards herself is a hit with the crowd. Inspired by her great reviews Dee takes on more gigs and grows to be quite famous around Philly, coining the catch-phrase “I’m Sweet Dee, and the joke’s on me.” She eventually gets connected with an agent who gets her a gig on the Conan O’Brian show, promising her a lavish life in Hollywood. Dee leaves the gang behind in a diva-like fashion as she boards a private jet–only to get hammered and start aggressively gagging from nerves. The episode ends with a big surprise that proves to everyone that the joke really is on Dee.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find a clip from this episode anywhere online, but that’s all the more reason to head over to Netflix and start watching!
Finally, the moment of truth *drum-roll* the BEST ALWAYS SUNNY EPISODE EVER
#10). Season 2, Episode 5: Hundred Dollar Baby
One of the funniest television episodes I’ve ever seen, “Hundred Dollar Baby” definitely takes the cake for the best episode of this series so far. Regardless of my affinity toward any episode where I can watch Dee get hurt–this season two masterpiece is riddled with many other funny scenes throughout its entirety. We get into the heart of the episode after the gang is confronted by a meth-head in an ally way who’s looking to take their money. As expected, Dee somehow winds up pushed to the ground and deserted by the rest of the gang, prompting her to delve into self-defense classes–coached by Frank, or “Frankie Fast-Hands” as he prefers to be called. Meanwhile, Dennis and Mac get the idea to exploit Charlie (shocking..) and train him to be an underground street fighter, boosting his ego for the sole purpose of reaping the financial benefits if he were to win. Anyways, through a sketchy gym-rat that Dee runs into, Charlie and her end up hooked on steroids resulting in chaos and one of my favorite scenes from the entire series where Dee freaks out while on the pone with Frank:
“Yes dad, I know the fight is in a few hours, alright? I’m trying to find my god damn headband, is that OK? Is that OK with you, if I find my headband before I come down there? Is that alright with you, dad? Jesus, why didn’t we get the orange one like I said? This one mind as well be god damn camouflage!!”
*Punches hole through the wall*
(Sorry for the crappy video quality, and Dee, sorry for the crappy advice…).
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