The 10 Best ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ Episodes Of All Time
While it’s been woefully overlooked in terms of awards recognition, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is easily one of the flat out funniest shows in the history of television. Other series’ may be nominated for Emmys and Golden Globes, but for 11 years and counting, It’s Always Sunny has made us laugh to the point of tears perhaps more often than anything else on TV. And at the end of the day, that’s what you want in a comedy. They’re a group of lovably insane, perpetually drunk Philly- born degenerates who make the cast of Seinfeld look well adjusted. Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Frank and Dee are all, in their own way, batshit insane. Lets take a look back at the 10 greatest episodes in the history of It’s Always Sunny. They’re all great, honestly, they are, but these are the cream of the crop.
10. THE GANG GETS INVINCIBLE (Season 3, Episode 2)
There’s so much about this episode that makes it an instant Sunny classic. This is all about Dennis, Mac and Dee trying out for the Philadelphia Eagles. And while that, in and of itself, is a funny premise, there’s really so much more to this episode. In fact, two monumental Sunny milestones take place here. The first is that this is where the real Frank Reynolds begins to emerge. As it stands now, Frank is a pint-sized disaster human who loves prostitutes, sausage links and getting naked in the Philadelphia sewer system with Charlie, his possible son that he sleeps in the same bed with. He’s a bona fide maniac. Though in season 2, when the character was first introduced, Frank’s lunacy was a little more toned-down. But “The Gang Gets Invincible” is where Frank really starts letting his freak flag fly. While tailgating the tryout, Frank drops acid, shits in an outdoor garbage can and whips out his now ever-present gun. Now that’s the Frank we know and love! And the second milestone in this episode is that this is where Greenman – Charlie’s green bodysuit-clad self-invented mascot – was first introduced to the world. Greenman, though only making it into a handful of episodes over the show’s 11-year run, has now become part of the pop culture lexicon.
9. THE GANG REIGNITES THE RIVALRY (Season 5, Episode 12)
If you don’t know what Flipadelphia is – or better yet, know the song (“Flip! Flip! Flipadelphia!”) – you’re truly missing out. This episode is based on a citywide flip cup tournament that Paddy’s Pub had been banned from for a decade…for poisoning their competition, of course. But now, after 10 long years of banishment, the gang is looking to rise, like the perpetually hammered phoenix that they are, to vanquish their old drinking game enemies. But because the characters in Sunny have all the collective focus of an infant, they quickly abandon that idea and develop a new rivalry, this time with a group of college kids who are in Dennis’ old fraternity, a group of guys who Dennis learns have written “I chug dick” on his old picture in the frat house. This episode has everything you want, really. “Flipadelphia” is essential It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia viewing, if for nothing else than the sight of Danny DeVito in a pair of skinny jeans.