The Best Episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Last Updated: Jul 16, 2018

Four egocentric friends who run a neighborhood Irish pub in Philadelphia try to find their way through the adult world of work and relationships. Unfortunately, their warped views and precarious judgments often lead them to trouble, creating a myriad of uncomfortable situations that usually only get worse before they get better.

Charlie Work

#1 - Charlie Work

Season 10 - Episode 4

Charlie directs The Gang in balancing a scheme involving live chickens, steaks and airline miles with a health inspection, in a fast hectic manner.

Directors: Matt Shakman
star 8.64
811 votes
Writers: David Hornsby
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The Nightman Cometh

#2 - The Nightman Cometh

Season 4 - Episode 13

In the season finale, Charlie gets the gang to help him put together a rock opera based on his song "Nightman."

Directors: Matt Shakman
star 8.48
662 votes
Writers: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney
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Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games

#3 - Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games

Season 7 - Episode 7

The gang plays the most twisted board game ever. Dee and Dennis face Mac, Charlie and Frank.

Directors: Matt Shakman
star 8.25
696 votes
Writers: Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney
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A Very Sunny Christmas

#4 - A Very Sunny Christmas

Season 6 - Episode 13

After years of being mistreated by Frank during the holiday season, Dennis and Dee decide to teach him a lesson. Meanwhile, Mac and Charlie reflect on their childhood Christmases, and realize that they were not as joyous and wonderful as they remembered.

Directors: Fred Savage
star 8.22
460 votes
Writers: Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day
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The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore

#5 - The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore

Season 7 - Episode 2

Dee and Dennis take the gang to their favorite childhood vacation spot where things aren't quite how they remember. While Dee and Dennis see the seedy side of the Jersey Shore, Mac, Frank and Charlie have the nights of their lives.

Directors: Matt Shakman
star 8.22
647 votes
Writers: Dave Chernin, John Chernin
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The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award

#6 - The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award

Season 9 - Episode 3

Tired of failing to be recognized for their years of service in the bar industry, the gang changes their ways to give the patrons what they think they want.

Directors: Richie Keen
star 8.22
831 votes
Writers: David Hornsby
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Flowers for Charlie

#7 - Flowers for Charlie

Season 9 - Episode 8

When an experiment successfully multiplies Charlie's intellect and takes him away from the bar, the rest of the gang find themselves struggling to complete the menial "Charlie Work" that has kept the bar running for so long.

Directors: Dan Attias
star 8.21
816 votes
Writers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
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The Gang Goes to a Water Park

#8 - The Gang Goes to a Water Park

Season 12 - Episode 2

The gang takes a trip to a local water park, ripe with personal agendas and ulterior motives. Dennis feeds off his mantra of "the park provides" and takes on a protégé. Frank and Charlie are determined to ride every ride by any means necessary and Mac and Dee get stuck in a tube slide for most of the day.

Directors: Matt Shakman
star 8.21
2,151 votes
Writers: Eric Ledgin
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The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis

#9 - The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis

Season 4 - Episode 2

Charlie, Mac, and Dennis formulate a plan to take advantage of the rising gas prices. By purchasing excess amounts now, they can sell it in the future and profit. As usual, things don't go as planned. Dee is also out to make money when she learns that Bruce is going to give the family fortune to a Muslim cultural center. She and Frank try to stop him and get the cash for themselves.

Directors: Matt Shakman
star 8.20
666 votes
Writers: Charlie Day, Sonny Lee, Patrick Walsh
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The Gang's Revenge (2)

#10 - The Gang's Revenge (2)

Season 7 - Episode 13

The gang come up with a new plan to buff their tarnished high-school reputations at their reunion.

Directors: Matt Shakman
star 8.20
527 votes
Writers: Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney
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Mac Day

#11 - Mac Day

Season 9 - Episode 5

Everyone in the gang gets a day to do what they want while everyone else in the gang must participate willingly. This is Mac's Day... and its got twice the "Mac".

Directors: Richie Keen
star 8.19
791 votes
Writers: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney
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Thunder Gun Express

#12 - Thunder Gun Express

Season 7 - Episode 11

Traffic problems as a result of the President's visit to Philadelphia makes it difficult for the gang to see the summer's biggest film, "Thunder Gun Express".

Directors: Matt Shakman
star 8.19
551 votes
Writers: Dave Chernin, John Chernin
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Charlie and Dee Find Love

#13 - Charlie and Dee Find Love

Season 8 - Episode 4

Charlie and Dee become romantically involved with two members of a wealthy family, which arouses jealousy in Mac, Dennis, and Frank.

Directors: Richie Keen
star 8.17
615 votes
Writers: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney
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The Gang Gets Quarantined

#14 - The Gang Gets Quarantined

Season 9 - Episode 7

When a severe flu outbreak sweeps through Philadelphia, the gang chooses to voluntarily quarantine themselves inside of Paddy's in an attempt to keep their singing voices pristine for an upcoming singing competition.

Directors: Heath Cullens
star 8.17
750 votes
Writers: David Hornsby
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Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth

#15 - Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth

Season 6 - Episode 9

Motivated by the drama teacher who inspired her, Dee takes a job as a substitute teacher, and exposes her students to the culture of Paddy's with a field trip to see the Gang's take on the Lethal Weapon series: Lethal Weapon 5.

Directors: Matt Shakman
star 8.16
548 votes
Writers: David Hornsby
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The D.E.N.N.I.S. System

#16 - The D.E.N.N.I.S. System

Season 5 - Episode 10

Dennis reveals his foolproof system for seducing any woman to the rest of the gang, but they don't grasp the concept.

star 8.16
628 votes
Writers: David Hornsby, Scott Marder, Rob Rosell
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Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom

#17 - Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom

Season 2 - Episode 4

Barbara hooks up with Mac to make Frank jealous, which leads to retaliation from Dennis.

Directors: Daniel Attias
star 8.16
760 votes
Writers: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton
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Reynolds vs. Reynolds: The Cereal Defense

#18 - Reynolds vs. Reynolds: The Cereal Defense

Season 8 - Episode 10

Court is in session at Paddy's Pub as Frank and Dennis present their cases to the rest of the gang, resulting in a verdict that will change their lives FOREVER... but not really.

Directors: Richie Keen
star 8.15
619 votes
Writers: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney
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The Gang Saves the Day

#19 - The Gang Saves the Day

Season 9 - Episode 6

When a routine trip to a convenience store places the gang in the middle of an armed robbery, each of them is forced to explore how they react in extreme situations.

Directors: Dan Attias
star 8.15
757 votes
Writers: Dave Chernin, John Chernin
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The Gang Dines Out

#20 - The Gang Dines Out

Season 8 - Episode 9

Every member of The Gang has something to celebrate at Guigino's, Philly's finest eatery, but when Mac and Dennis' private dinner is interrupted by an unexpected sighting of Frank and Charlie, the in-fighting begins. Dee also turns up at a table for one, and over the course of the night, the "one-ups-manship" soars to new heights.

Directors: Matt Shakman
star 8.15
593 votes
Writers: Mehar Sethi
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The Gang Dances Their Asses Off

#21 - The Gang Dances Their Asses Off

Season 3 - Episode 15

In the season finale, Charlie accidentally puts Paddy's up as a prize for a dance marathon, which prompts the gang to enter the competition in order to save their bar.

Directors: Matt Shakman
star 8.15
555 votes
Writers: David Hornsby, Scott Marder, Rob Rosell
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The Gang Hits the Road

#22 - The Gang Hits the Road

Season 5 - Episode 2

The gang tries to expand their horizons by going on a road trip to the Grand Canyon.

Directors: Fred Savage
star 8.12
623 votes
Writers: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton
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Hero or Hate Crime?

#23 - Hero or Hate Crime?

Season 12 - Episode 6

The gang fight over a lottery ticket and seek out an arbitrator to decide a rightful owner, who also decides if Frank is a hero or hate monger.

Directors: Jamie Babbit
star 8.10
1,990 votes
Writers: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney
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The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods

#24 - The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods

Season 6 - Episode 11

En route to Atlantic City for a charity event, Mac, Frank and Dee get lost. Meanwhile, Dennis and Charlie hitch a ride to town.

Directors: Matt Shakman
star 8.10
548 votes
Writers: Scott Marder, Rob Rosell, Luvh Rakhe
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The Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre

#25 - The Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre

Season 8 - Episode 3

The gang make a disturbing discovery after crashing Maureen's wedding.

Directors: Richie Keen
star 8.10
605 votes
Writers: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney
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