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The top 5 episodes of 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'

While many comedies on air come from big-name studios or networks or well-known producers, what is arguably one of the best comedy TV shows right now — It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — was developed by a group of friends. Originally a short-film idea conceived by Glenn Howerton (Dennis) and Rob McElhenney (Mac), the show was eventually developed into a TV series for FX. By season 2, Danny DeVito joined the show, which was well on its way to becoming a massive success.

Now that It’s Always Sunny has gone through 11 seasons, there are over 100 episodes of the show that have aired. While there are very few (if any) bad episodes, there are a handful that stand out from the rest, so let’s go ahead and take a look at our five favorite episodes of the FX series.

5. Season 9, Episode 3: “The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award”
If this were an episode about anything else besides winning an award, it would still be a fantastic one. However, the reason “The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award” belongs in the upper echelon of It’s Always Sunny episodes is the fact that the entire episode makes fun of itself. As a dark comedy, the FX series has never won an Emmy award, so the entire premise of the episode is about how Paddy’s Pub has never gotten to win an award, while other bars have. The gang even stops by an award-winning bar that has such a sitcom feel that it’s just too perfect, making jokes about the bar “not being too black” (because “black bars” never win awards) and other jokes about how ridiculous the award process is. In the end, it’s a gem of an episode that shows that It’s Always Sunny doesn’t need validation from anyone.

4. Season 5, Episode 6: “The World Series Defense”
An argument in court over $1,000 in parking tickets leads to a fascinating journey as the gang tells the story to the judge. The story is told as a flashback, as the gang forgets to bring tickets to game 5 of the World Series to the ballpark. After a series of failed attempts to get tickets, the gang decides to try and sneak into the ballpark using a secret tunnel, which of course turns out horribly. The cut-backs to the courtroom are hilarious, and the gang is still ordered to pay for the parking tickets. But, as any fan of It’s Always Sunny knows, they never pay.

3. Season 5, Episode 8: “Paddy’s Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens”

In an attempt to raise money for the bar, the gang tries various merchandise ideas that lead to too many memorable quotes. A toy gun that dispenses alcohol from Mac and Dennis leads to the phrase, “Get blasted in the mouth!” Charlie’s idea — Kitten Mittens — steals the show, and his commercial is a classic. The episode is also the first appearance of The Lawyer, after Mac eats a contract that he and Dennis signed saying that Dee had merchandise rights to the bar. After members of the gang try to betray each other throughout the episode, The Lawyer ends up screwing all of them over after taking the rights to Kitten Mittens. It’s a jam-packed episode filled with appalling acts and odd ideas from the gang, which makes it a perfect storm of It’s Always Sunny lines.

2. Season 3, Episode 9: “Sweet Dee’s Dating a Retarded Person”
The main storyline of this episode is Dee repeatedly questioning whether or not she’s dating someone who is mentally challenged, but it turns out that her boyfriend is actually an impressive rapper. However, the battle of the bands steals the show when Charlie and Dennis join forces. Dennis finds Charlie huffing paint in his room before the two wind up creating the most memorable song of the entire series in “Dayman” (ahhAHHHHahh!). Of course, the crowd hates the song, but fans of the show fondly remember the words to the rock ballad, making it one of the best episodes of the entire series.

1. Season 7, Episode 7: “Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games”
When the gang comes up with a game, you know that it’s going to be interesting. Chardee MacDennis is a heated, highly competitive drinking game that encourages cheating and deception while the participants get hammered and try to humiliate each other. The episode is so popular that people even play the game in real life. Dee and Dennis always win, but really, doesn’t everyone win when they watch this episode?

Tyler Brooke is an Associate Producer at FanSided.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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