It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The 10 Worst Episodes, According to Reddit

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Now that it is known that the sixteenth season of It’s always sunny in Philadelphia Set to begin filming this winter, fans are wondering if the longest-running live-action series in TV history can keep up the quality.

While the series has been noted for maintaining its humor and engaging storylines over the years, it also has to be said that some episodes haven’t managed to hold up as well as others. Reddit users in particular have been vocal about which of the series’ many episodes they feel is the worst.


“A Cricket’s Tale” (Season 12, Episode 9)

Cricket and a woman in It's Always Sunny

Cricket is of course one of the best recurring characters It’s always sunny. As the object of the Gang’s manipulations, he is the living example of how terrible they are. However, while his own episode, “A Cricket’s Tale,” has its high points, it’s not popular with many Redditors.

Jurkas26, for example, writes, “The gang is only in A Cricket’s Tale for about 90 seconds, and while he’s a fun side character, Cricket isn’t funny enough to carry an entire episode on his own.” It’s a reminder to all TV shows, particularly sitcoms, that relying on a supporting character to carry an entire episode is a risk.

“Frank’s Brother” (Season 7, Episode 5)

Frank and his brother in a flashback in It's Always Sunny

“Frank’s Brother”, like “A Cricket’s Tale” is an episode that has relatively little screen time for its central band, focusing instead on Frank, his brother, and their shared love for the same woman. While this gives Frank a much-needed backstory, it also robs the episode of the usual banter between the cast.

Danimal438 argues that it’s “another one of those episodes that got too comfortable with the flashback trope”. The episode seems less adventurous than typical It’s always sunny adventure and ultimately lacks the important chemistry that is so key to the best episodes of the series.

“The Gang Cracks The Liberty Bell” (Season 4, Episode 11)

The Gang Cracks The Liberty Bell episode of It's Always Sunny

Considering it’s been on the air for so long, it makes sense that this It’s always sunny He should often stretch to find new things for his characters. In “The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell,” the present plays with the past, with the main cast playing their 18th-century counterparts.

While it has its strong points, the episode as a whole isn’t that funny. As Timelighter bluntly puts it: “I really hate The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell for not being funny…with the exception of Dee spitting in Cricket’s face. That almost makes the episode worth it “. Ultimately, the episode relies too much on flashback storytelling and less on the series’ generally strong writing, which makes it feel too gimmicky even for a sitcom episode.

“Who Pooed the Bed” (Season 4, Episode 7)

Frank and Charlie in It's Always Sunny

There is no doubt It’s always sunny has always been noted for pushing the envelope in terms of what is (and isn’t) acceptable to show on television. In the episode “Who Pooped the Bed”, this is taken to its nasty extreme, and the story focuses only on what the title suggests he does.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, many on Reddit found this episode a bit too much. Ajrsfeldash writes that “it’s one I always skip…Stupid premise and the dramatic stuff didn’t work for me. It also looks like it’s “LOL NO POOP FUNNY”. As the Reddiotr suggests, this episode relies too much on cheap laughs and less on the edgy comedy that the series usually excels at.

“The Gang Hits The Slopes” (Season 11, Episode 3)

Dennis is getting ready to go skiing on It's Always Sunny In Philidelphia

“The Gang Hits the Slopes” is one of those It’s always sunny episodes that are basically okay, but don’t do much to stand out from the rest. As the title suggests, the entire episode takes place in a ski lodge, with the usual mishaps and craziness that accompany the Gang wherever they go.

One Redditor notes, “I hate the one where they go skiing, I get that it’s supposed to be like those crappy 80s movies, but it worked for me.” While the episode is okay by typical sitcom standards, it’s one of those episodes that feels more like filler than anything really extraordinary.

“The Gang Makes Paddy’s Great Again” (Season 13, Episode 1)

Mindy Kaling in It's Always Sunny

While it’s definitely one of FX’s best shows, there are times when It’s always sunny makes some questionable choices. Once it becomes clear that Dennis might be leaving, for example, the band brings in a new character, played by Mindy Kahling. As charming as she is in many roles, she feels like a mismatch here, as Redditors have pointed out.

Grokabilly says it’s “the only bad episode in my opinion”. More than anything else, the weakness of the episode suggests that when it comes to a comedy like this, it’s really impossible to replicate the original cast’s existing chemistry.

“Charlie’s Home Alone” (Season 13, Episode 8)

Charlie holding his face in the It's Always Sunny episode Charlie's Home Alone

One of the things that It’s always Sunnand what it does very well is create “themed” episodes. In one of the most notable of these, Charlie has to contend with being left in the bar and, after being caught, gets caught up in his own traps.

While it has its funny moments, it’s ultimately not a favorite for many Redditors. As andtosumitup says: “Charlie’s Home Alone is by far the worst episode. It’s so bland and not funny at all.” This is an episode whose central gag quickly begins to wear thin rather quickly, not living up to the originality of the rest of the series.

“The Gang Gets a New Member” (Season 6, Episode 8)

Mac makes a Dennis doll in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Part of what he does It’s always sunny one of the best sitcoms is the undeniable chemistry between its cast members. Any disruption to this dynamic is sure to disrupt both the core dynamic at the heart of the show and its fans.

This helps explain why many Redditors dislike “The Gang Gets a New Member”. The addition of Schmitty, however brief, rubs a lot of people the wrong way. Herpaladerpala, for example, puts it bluntly: “I don’t really like The gang has a new member either.” Sometimes it’s best to leave things as they are.

“The Gang Gets Trapped” (Season 7, Episode 9)

Dee, Charlie and Dennis hiding in a closet

“The Gang Gets Trapped,” as the title suggests, focuses on the gang’s attempt to break out of a house they’re trying to rob. Sure, it’s filled with the usual antics of the show’s beloved characters, but it has to be said that the episode’s central story feels more than a little contrived at times.

So it makes sense that users like ImAwesomeThanks write that the episode “felt weird and kind of lame.” While not a terrible episode per se, it clearly falls short of the best episodes of the series.

“How Mac Got Fat” (Season 7, Episode 10)

Mac holds a donut while sitting in a church confession booth in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Mac is definitely one of the best characters in the series. It is also one of the aspects of the show that has changed the most since the first season of It’s always sunnyand has focused heavily on both her sexuality and her issues with her body.

The episode titled “How Mac Got Fat” is considered by many Redditors to be one of the show’s worst, for more than the obvious reasons. JF0GT writes: “It’s literally old unused scenes mixed into a new episode. It has no continuity to the point of cringe-worthy. Even a strong series like It’s always sunny has moments where its quality declines and this episode is perhaps the biggest misstep in the sitcom’s history in the eyes of fans.

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