When It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia returns for its upcoming 16th season, it will do so with the notable distinction of being the longest-running live-action comedy in the history of American television.
Given that It’s Always Sunny has been around so long — beginning in 2005, the series has lasted through FOUR different Presidents — it’s had to constantly adapt to the society around it, as evidenced by the fact that there are a handful of episodes that can no longer be found on streaming.
Here are all of the episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia that cannot be found streaming with the rest of the series on Hulu:
Season 4, Episode 3 – “America’s Next Top Paddy’s Billboard Model Contest”
Three of the five episodes on this list have been removed for the same reason: the presence of Martina Martinez, which is a racist caricature portrayed by Dee Reynolds actress Kaitlin Olson.
Season 6, Episode 9 – “Dee Reynolds: Shaping America’s Youth”
While season 6, episode 9 of It’s Always Sunny — “Dee Reynolds: Shaping America’s Youth” — does not include Martina Martinez, it does include a racist caricature as Mac actor Rob McElhenney adorns blackface in order to portray Danny Glover while the gang “makes Lethal Weapon 5.”
Season 8, Episode 2 – “The Gang Recycles Their Trash”
The second episode of season eight, “The Gang Recycles Their Trash” features another appearance from Martina Martinez.
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Season 9, Episode 9 – “The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon 6”
Similar to season 6, episode 9, the ninth episode of It’s Always Sunny’s ninth season — “The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon 6” — features another instance of McElhenney wearing blackface while portraying Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon movies.
Season 14, Episode 3 – “Dee Day”
The third episode of season 14, “Dee Day”, includes the final appearance of Martina Martinez and is the most recent episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to be removed from streaming.
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