It’s Always Sunny – Season 9 Episodes Ranked

I know I’ve been saying this for pretty much every Sunny season up to this point, but Season 9 is probably my favourite yet – in fact, barring any surprises in the last few seasons, it might just be my pick of the bunch.

While it may not be the most consistent season, the sheer number of classic episodes blew me away on my re-watch – how would I rank every episode?

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10 – The Gang Broke Dee

Rating: C+

I loved this episode on my first viewing, especially how they gave a twist ending that tied the whole thing together – but it’s actually that twist that lets the episode down on a re-watch.

“The Gang Broke Dee” is a miserable viewing experience once you know how fake the success is, and I genuinely felt bad for Dee throughout the whole thing. At least there were some funny jokes here and there, and Kaitlin Olsen gives a fantastic performance.

9 – Flowers for Charlie

Rating: B-

Fun fact – Game of Thrones’ two showrunners, Benioff and Weiss, were the writers for “Flowers for Charlie” … so yeah, nothing too sensational.

The episode probably wouldn’t work at all if not for Charlie Day’s brilliant performance, and the final reveal (albeit extremely stupid) works well enough.

8 – Gun Fever Too: Still Hot

Rating: B-

A definite improvement upon the Season One original, but part of me still thinks they didn’t quite nail the premise.

All of the shenanigans, from Dennis / Dee’s gun escapade to Mac / Charlie’s schoolyard safety mission, were all fine, but the ending where they switch sides was entirely predictably and underwhelming.

7 – Mac and Dennis Buy a Timeshare

Rating: B

There’s lots going on in this episode, with both duos trying to reclaim their lost money, all while Frank is inexplicably stuck in a kids’ playground – I love how they never even explain how or why he got there!

While not being too crazy, “Mac and Dennis Buy a Timeshare” has enough great lines and moments to keep me invested.

6 – Mac Day

Rating: B+

I forgot just how funny the addition of Country Mac was to the story, and the whole plot idea of each character getting their own day to boss the others around is genius.

Overall, “Mac Day” is just a really well-written episode that hits all of the right notes.

5 – The Gang Saves the Day

Rating: A-

A fascinating episode; while “The Gang Saves the Day” isn’t the funniest episode of the season, it’s certainly up there as one of the most entertaining.

Getting to see how all the characters would react in a certain situation is really interesting, and every segment has its moments. Charlie’s “Up” cartoon spoof was particularly impressive and emotional – you can tell they went all out for their 100th episode!

4 – The Gang Gets Quarantined

Rating: A-

An episode that only gets funnier the longer this bloody virus keeps sticking around, “The Gang Gets Quarantined” gets off to a slow start but spirals downwards into hilarious absurdity.

Mac and Charlie’s trip to the supermarket, Dennis’s high notes, Frank’s purity … there are so many classic moments in this, and if the start was a little stronger it could have easily cracked the top 3.

3 – The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award

Rating: A

A very meta episode, “The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award” is a fantastic jab at the awards bodies for neglecting Sunny all these years (and after 15 seasons, they’ve still failed to even be nominated in any major categories!).

The comparison to the more accessible bar was great, and the final few minutes of chaos where the gang tries to host a get-together of their own at Paddy’s goes just about as badly as you’d expect. We even get a hilarious Charlie song to cap things off – what’s not to love?

2 – The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon 6

Rating: A

“The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon 6” isn’t on Netflix anymore for obvious reasons (although I’m still made about it …), and it’s just as good as their first attempt.

They go all-out on this one, and with Frank’s extra money you can tell they put that budget to good use. Sure, it’s a little racist and stereotypical, but by this point we know the gang are unequivocally terrible people.

1 – The Gang Squashes Their Beefs

Rating: A

Pretty much all of my favourite characters, with the exception of Uncle Jack and The Lawyer, come together in this season finale – and it was everything I was hoping for and then some.

The McPoyles and Bill Ponderosa are as unhinged as ever, the Gail / Hwang combo is an unexpected one that never fails to make me laugh, and the final few minutes are absolutely bonkers. Other people may not agree with me, but “The Gang Squashes Their Beefs” is easily a top 10 Sunny episode.

Season Rating: A

This may change when I do my final ranking of the seasons, but at the moment I think Season 9 is my favourite of the bunch – it’s a shock to me too!

Now let’s look at the stats for the season:

  • 5A (50%)
  • 4B (40%)
  • 1C (10%)

That’s a really excellent showing, with half of the episodes being some of my favourite Sunny episodes ever!

And the stats for the series so far:

  • 27A (27%)
  • 52B (52%)
  • 18C (18%)
  • 2D (2%)
  • 1C (1%)

Aaand that’s my list – and 100 Sunny episodes (or two-parters) ranked and reviewed! You can check out some of my recent blog posts below:

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