The Worst Episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Last Updated: Feb 8, 2019

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.

The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot

#1 - The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot

Season 13 - Episode 3

To one-up the guys, Dee has organized an "all-female reboot" of the Wade Boggs challenge on a first-of-its-kind, all-female flight headed to L.A. for the women's march.

star 7.12
642 votes
Directors: Kat Coiro
Writers: Dannah Phirman, Danielle Schneider
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Charlie's Home Alone

#2 - Charlie's Home Alone

Season 13 - Episode 8

It's the weekend of Super Bowl LII from Charlie's perspective. While Charlie searches the back office, Cricket steals the suit leaving Charlie home alone to defend himself.

star 7.27
536 votes
Directors: Kat Coiro
Writers: Adam Weinstock, Andy Jones
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Frank's Brother

#3 - Frank's Brother

Season 7 - Episode 5

When Frank's long lost brother Gino shows up at the bar, the two of them tell the gang about the jazz club they ran in the 1960s and 70s, and how they fell out over Shadynasty, a singer who was the love of both of their lives.

star 7.35
566 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: David Hornsby
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Psycho Pete Returns

#4 - Psycho Pete Returns

Season 10 - Episode 3

When Psycho Pete, long lost member of the Freight Train, is released from the mental hospital, Dennis and Dee rush to get him recommitted while Charlie and Mac attempt to restore him to his former hard-partying form.

star 7.45
680 votes
Directors: Todd Biermann
Writers: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney
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Charlie Wants an Abortion

#5 - Charlie Wants an Abortion

Season 1 - Episode 2

A girl from Charlie's past reveals they have a child together. Mac sees the benefits in being a pro-life advocate, while Dennis uses an abortion rally to meet women.

star 7.46
1,269 votes
Writers: Chalie Day, Rob McElhenney
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Dee Made a Smut Film

#6 - Dee Made a Smut Film

Season 11 - Episode 4

Dennis makes a movie spotlighting his erotic memoirs while Frank and Mac try to pass off Charlie as a gifted artist to make money.

star 7.48
1,319 votes
Directors: Todd Biermann
Writers: Eric Ledgin
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The Gang Wins the Big Game

#7 - The Gang Wins the Big Game

Season 13 - Episode 9

It’s the most important weekend of their lives and Frank has treated the gang and a crew of their ragtag hangers-on with tickets to see the Eagles in the Super Bowl!

star 7.49
473 votes
Directors: Kat Coiro
Writers: Conor Galvin
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Ass Kickers United: Mac and Charlie Join a Cult

#8 - Ass Kickers United: Mac and Charlie Join a Cult

Season 10 - Episode 10

"Asskickers" isn't just a hot new way to work out; it's a way of life...and maybe a cult.

star 7.51
789 votes
Directors: Heath Cullens
Writers: Scott Marder
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Gun Fever

#9 - Gun Fever

Season 1 - Episode 5

The guys buy a gun after the bar's safe is stolen.

star 7.52
954 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: Glenn Howerton
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The Gang Gets Racist

#10 - The Gang Gets Racist

Season 1 - Episode 1

The guys hire Dee's friend, Terrell to promote the bar. Meanwhile, Charlie tries to prove that he is not a racist.

star 7.54
1,694 votes
Writers: Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney
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Being Frank

#11 - Being Frank

Season 11 - Episode 6

The gang have a new scheme and Frank tries to keep up.

star 7.55
1,316 votes
Directors: Heath Cullens
Writers: Scott Marder
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Charlie Has Cancer

#12 - Charlie Has Cancer

Season 1 - Episode 4

After discovering that he might have cancer, Mac and Dennis attempt to find a woman who will sleep with Charlie. In the midst of their search, Mac falls in love with a transsexual he meets at the bar named Carmen. Overwhelmed by the extra workload that she had to take on since Charlie has taken a leave of absence, Dee tries to get Dennis to hire a recently out of work actress friend to help out.

star 7.56
1,006 votes
Directors: Rob McElhenney
Writers: Rob McElhenney
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Underage Drinking: A National Concern

#13 - Underage Drinking: A National Concern

Season 1 - Episode 3

After reminiscing about high school, the guys conclude that it would be a public service if they allowed teens to drink in the bar, thus providing a safe and controlled environment for teens to party. Feeling that she missed out on a lot as a teenager due to having to wear a brace for her scoliosis, Dee begins dating a high school jock.

star 7.57
1,117 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Rob McElhenney
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Mac Kills His Dad

#14 - Mac Kills His Dad

Season 10 - Episode 7

News surfaces about Mac's Dad, Luther, being a murder suspect. Mac goes into full "P.I." mode to clear his father of any wrong doing.

star 7.57
671 votes
Directors: Heath Cullens
Writers: Dave Chernin, John Chernin, David Hornsby
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The Gang Runs for Office

#15 - The Gang Runs for Office

Season 2 - Episode 8

Driven by Frank's insight into the world of politics, Dennis pursues a political career by running for office.

star 7.59
720 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: David Hornsby
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The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell

#16 - The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell

Season 4 - Episode 11

The gang fudge history by claiming that Paddy's Pub was responsible for cracking the Liberty Bell in an attempt to turn their dive into a Philadelphia landmark.

star 7.59
541 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, David Hornsby
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Charlie Got Molested

#17 - Charlie Got Molested

Season 1 - Episode 7

Charlie and Mac's old high school gym teacher is accused of molestation.

star 7.63
860 votes
Writers: Rob McElhenney
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A Cricket's Tale

#18 - A Cricket's Tale

Season 12 - Episode 9

We get to see a typical day in Cricket's world and then a possible redemption when his family intervenes. Will Cricket finally move on from the gang, finding love in the process? Will Cricket go from filthy beast to his former self, Matthew Mara?

star 7.65
1,790 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: David Hornsby, Scott Marder
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The Gang Sells Out

#19 - The Gang Sells Out

Season 3 - Episode 7

The gang agrees to sell Paddys when they get an offer that is too good to refuse, but it forces the bar's non-partners, Dee and Charlie to find new jobs.

star 7.66
686 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: Charlie Day, David Hornsby
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Frank Retires

#20 - Frank Retires

Season 10 - Episode 9

After Frank decides he's worked long enough, the rest of the gang strategizes amongst and against each other for control over "Paddy's."

star 7.67
794 votes
Directors: Richie Keen
Writers: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney
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The Gang Finds a Dead Guy

#21 - The Gang Finds a Dead Guy

Season 1 - Episode 6

Mac and Dennis befriend a patron found dead at their bar in order to win the affection of his granddaughter.

star 7.67
891 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: Rob McElhenney
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The Gang Makes Paddy's Great Again

#22 - The Gang Makes Paddy's Great Again

Season 13 - Episode 1

Meet Cindy, the new, ethnically diverse female member of the gang who can successfully pull off scams. Everything is working until Mac introduces a new member: a life-like sex doll that looks exactly like Dennis.

star 7.68
751 votes
Directors: Todd Biermann
Writers: David Hornsby
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The Great Recession

#23 - The Great Recession

Season 5 - Episode 3

With a shantytown taking shape outside, Mac and Dennis try to keep Paddy's going in tough times. Meanwhile, Frank and Dee start a family business.

star 7.68
646 votes
Directors: Fred Savage
Writers: David Hornsby
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The Gang Does A Clip Show

#24 - The Gang Does A Clip Show

Season 13 - Episode 7

With nothing to do while their phones update to the latest software, the gang decides to reminisce on old times. As everyone misremembers events from their past, the gang's current reality becomes altered.

star 7.68
587 votes
Directors: Josh Drisko
Writers: Erin Ryan
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Mac's Mom Burns Her House Down

#25 - Mac's Mom Burns Her House Down

Season 6 - Episode 6

Mac's mother is left homeless after she burns down her house, which leaves Charlie and Mac with no choice but to make new living arrangements; when Dee feels under the weather, Frank tries to muster his paternal instincts to care for her.

star 7.68
565 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: Scott Marder, Rob Rosell
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