Season 10 of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is finally on Netflix, just days before Season 11 premiers on FXX (January 6, 2016). So if you’ve been looking out for that, you’re welcome.
If you’re new to the show, you should be aware that the first few seasons are pretty rough. To be honest, there’s tons of episodes that I don’t like and that I watched once and would not go out of my way to watch again. Yet the episodes that I like… I’ve watched them several times.
My top episodes:
S3 E11 – “Dennis Looks Like a Registered Sex Offender”
S4 E1 – “Mac and Dennis: Manhunters”
S4 E13 – “The Nightman Cometh”
S5E2 – “The Gang Hits the Road”
S5E6 – “The World Series Defense”
S6E7 – “Who Got Dee Pregnant?”
S6E11 – “The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods”
S6E12 – “Dee Gives Birth”
S6E13/14 – “A Very Sunny Christmas”
S7E1 – “Frank’s Pretty Woman”
S7E2 – “The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore”
S7E3 – “Frank Reynold’s Little Beauties”
S7E6 – “The Storm of the Century”
S7E7 – “Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games”
S7E8 – “The ANTI-Social Network”
S7E9 – “The Gang Gets Trapped”
S7E10 – “How Mac Got Fat”
S7E11 – “Thunder Gun Express”
S8E3 – “The Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre”
S8E4 – “Charlie and Dee Find Love”
S8E5 – “The Gang Gets Analyzed”
S8E9 – “The Gang Dines Out
S8E10 – “Reynolds vs. Reynolds: The Cereal Defense”
S9E2 – “Gun Fever Too: Still Hot”
S9E3 – “The Gang Desperately Tries to Win an Award”
S9E5 – “Mac Day”
S9E6 – “The Gang Saves the Day”
S9E7 – “The Gang Gets Quarantined”
S9E8 – “Flowers for Charlie”
S9E9 – “The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon 6”
S9E10 – “The Gang Squashes Their Beefs”
S10E1 – “The Gang Beats Boggs”
S10E4 – “Charlie Work”
S10E5 – “The Gang Spies Like U.S.”
S10E6 – “The Gang Misses the Boat”
S10E8 – “The Gang Goes on Family Fight”
From Wikipedia: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an American television sitcom that premiered on FX on August 4, 2005. It moved to FXX from the ninth season. It was created by Rob McElhenney, developed with Glenn Howerton and is executive produced and primarily written by McElhenney, Howerton and Charlie Day, all of whom star with Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito. The series follows the exploits of “The Gang”, a group of self-centered friends who run the Irish bar Paddy’s Pub in South Philadelphia.
PREMISE: The series follows “The Gang”, a group of five depraved underachievers: twins Dennis Reynolds and Deandra “Sweet Dee” Reynolds (played by Glenn Howerton and Kaitlin Olson, respectively); their friends Charlie Kelly (Charlie Day), Ronald “Mac” McDonald (Rob McElhenney), and from season 2 onward Frank Reynolds (Danny DeVito), the man who raised Dennis and Dee. The Gang runs the dilapidated Paddy’s Pub, an Irish bar in South Philadelphia.
Each member of the gang shows varying degrees of dishonesty, egotism, selfishness, greed, pettiness, ignorance, laziness and unethical behavior, and they are often engaged in controversial activities. Episodes usually find them hatching elaborate schemes, conspiring against one another and others for personal gain, vengeance, or simply for the entertainment of watching one another’s downfall. They habitually inflict mental, emotional and physical pain. They regularly use blackmail to manipulate one another and others outside of the group.
Their unity is never solid – any of them would quickly dump any one of the others for quick profit or personal gain regardless of the consequences. Everything they do results in contention among themselves and much of the show’s dialogue involves the characters arguing or yelling at one another. Despite their lack of success or achievement, The Gang maintain high opinions of themselves and display an obsessive interest in their own reputations and public images. The Gang has no sense of shame when attempting to get what they want and often engage in activities that others would find humiliating, disgusting, or even preposterous, such as smoking crack cocaine in order to qualify for welfare, seducing a priest, eating cereal while driving, hiding naked inside a leather couch in order to eavesdrop on someone, and even foraging in the sewers for valuables.
During the Season 7 episode “The Gang Gets Trapped”, a short, angry, monologue by Dennis Reynolds captures the essence of The Gang’s modus operandi:
“We immediately escalate everything to a ten… somebody comes in with some preposterous plan or idea, then all of a sudden everyone’s on the gas, nobody’s on the brakes, nobody’s thinking, everyone’s just talking over each other with one idiotic idea after another. Until, finally, we find ourselves in a situation where we’ve broken into somebody’s house – and the homeowner is home.”
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” on Amazon
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