It’s Always Sunny – Season 4 Episodes Ranked

Season 4 of Sunny is undoubtedly one of the show’s very best. Some of the episodes themselves may not be classics, but the whole season has a remarkable consistency where even the worst episodes have a certain charm or appeal.

This was also the first season with a few all-time great episodes that have gone down in Sunny folklore as being the best of the best, and when this season peaks it peaks all over us. How would I rank the episodes in Season 4?

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12 – The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell

Rating: D+

I can appreciate the ambition of this episode, and up until now I don’t think the creators have taken such a huge risk – but, sadly, it didn’t quite pay off this time.

There aren’t really any funny jokes in “The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell”, and most of the gags come from either the setting or the costumes (and the silly accents, which was the only time I laughed). Again, I respect their bravery to even attempt an episode like this, but for me it fell flat.

11 – Dennis Reynolds: An Erotic Life

Rating: C

I forgot just how strange this episode was when I re-watched it, and other than a few good jokes here or there this is easily one of the weakest episodes plot-wise.

The whole thing with Dennis getting into rehab with Sinbad was just too weird of a story for me, and the “Spend a day in my shoes!” sitcom plotline is so overused. A disappointing effort, but still watchable (like most of Sunny’s “bad” episodes)

10 – The Gang Gets Extreme: Home Makeover Edition

Rating: C+

Another episode that I remembered being much funnier than it actually was, I actually felt quite bad for the Juarez family when they got abused by the gang.

The home invasion / family abduction plots aren’t nearly as funny as the writers think, and it can be borderline miserable viewing when you see the family in such terror. There are some good jokes in it, though, so that stops the episode from bombing completely.

9 – Mac and Dennis: Manhunters

Rating: B-

While not the strongest season opener in Sunny history, “Mac and Dennis: Manhunters” was still a fun episode with some great moments.

Mac and Dennis hunting Cricket has its moments, like when they wake up to find they’ve been tea-bagged and gorilla-glued, but it’s the Charlie / Dee cannibalism plotline I like the most. The scene in the mortuary is so funny to me, and it elevates the rest of the episode completely.

8 – America’s Next Top Paddy’s Billboard Model Contest

Rating: B

It turns out this episode isn’t on Netflix anymore, which I found out the hard way. I can’t believe Netflix would go to such lengths as to censor five perfectly good episodes of Sunny … but I’ll save that rant for another day.

This episode has some great moments, like Dee’s ridiculous costumes and Dennis’s “body sculpted from the proportions of Michaelangelo’s David”, but on the whole this is a very middle-of-the-road episode of Sunny.

7 – Paddy’s Pub: The Worst Bar in Philadelphia

Rating: B

A great premise for an episode, and I love how it gets out of hand almost instantly.

I find it hilarious that it was Charlie of all people to kidnap the critic, and Charlie on the whole is pretty uncharacteristically insane and sadistic whenever he comes up with a new plan. It can almost be too OTT at times, but I still loved it.

6 – Who Pooped the Bed?

Rating: B+

I always remembered this being one of the stupidest episodes, but on my re-watch I discovered that it’s actually one of the funniest.

The whole build-up of tension as to who did the deed was great (the scene in the lab is a personal favourite), and the ending where Artemis channels her inner Poirot to solve the case was surprisingly well directed and executed.

5 – Mac’s Banging the Waitress

Rating: B+

I was shocked when the episode concluded to find out that neither Frank nor Dee had made an appearance in this episode, so it just goes to show the quality of the writing and the rest of the actors that they could carry the whole thing without me even realising two major players were missing until the end credits.

These episodes full of murky motivations and counter-plays are always my favourite, and it’s the Waitress who surprisingly gets the upper hand this time around. Also, that scene where Charlie and Dennis misunderstand Mac’s plan is one of the best of the season.

4 – The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis

Rating: A-

There are four episodes (five if you count both parts of the “Mac & Charlie Die” two-parter) in this season that I’d consider to be in the “A” tier of Sunny, which just goes to show how insanely good this season was.

“The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis” is expertly written and executed, and I especially liked Charlie’s wildcard persona throughout the whole thing. The scene where the guys get shirtless to make a sale is up there as one of my favourite scenes in the season, and yet there are still three or four other parts I can think of that were equally hilarious.

3 – Mac & Charlie Die (Pt. 1 & 2)

Rating: A-

While the first part is definitely better than the second, I still think “Mac & Charlie Die” might just be the best two-parter in the show’s run.

Any plot that involves Mac’s Dad ends up being a favourite of mine, just because of how the other characters end up panicking with hilarious consequences. It’s rare for Charlie to be the straight man, but that dynamic with Mac is one of the best two-man performances in Sunny history.

2 – Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack

Rating: A

“Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack” would have ranked high up on this list anyway just for the Pepe Sylvia scene and Charlie Day’s performance in it alone, but the rest of the episode is also comedy gold.

There’s never a dull moment, from Frank’s breezy hospital gown to Dennis and Dee’s cycle class, and when the episode peaks during the Mac and Charlie segments is makes for some of the funniest TV I’ve ever seen.

1 – The Nightman Cometh

Rating: A+

There isn’t much more that can be said about arguably the greatest episode in Sunny history, but I’ll give it a go.

Every character gets their moment to shine, both in the musical and in the rehearsals, and the musical itself is incredibly catchy and memorable – especially for a random low-budget sitcom episode.

My favourite thing about “The Nightman Cometh” (other than the fact it spawned a few live shows where the cast reprised their roles in real life!) is how Charlie had an ulterior motive all along, and once he descends from the rafters dressed as the sun I’m in hysterics. It’s the best finale in Sunny history, and it’s easily up there as one of my favourite TV episodes of all time.

Season Rating: A-

While not a flawless run of episodes (thanks, “The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell”) , Season 4 is definitely in my top 3 seasons of Sunny, and some of the individual episodes have retained legendary status over the years. Let’s see the stats for the season:

  • 4A (33%)
  • 5B (42%)
  • 2C (17%)
  • 1D (8%)

Pretty good, other than a few odd episodes it’s a very consistent season. And now for the stats in total so far:

  • 10A (23%)
  • 19B (44%)
  • 12C (28%)
  • 2D (5%)

With about two thirds of the episodes being at least pretty good (A or B), I’d say Sunny is doing quite well for itself at the moment.

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