Season 11 of It’s Always Sunny is a step up from Season 10, but it still isn’t perfect. I like these episodes a lot more, and some of them are particularly sensational, but on the whole they aren’t quite hitting their stride as much as they used to.
There are some fantastic and mediocre episodes this time around – how would I rank them all?
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9 – Being Frank
“Being Frank” is a fun idea, and Danny DeVito is always a win, but I just don’t think they quite nailed the execution.
There aren’t that many funny jokes at all, especially once the shock factor of scenes line the drug trip wears off. Still, I’m glad they’re taking big risks this deep into their run.
8 – Dee Made a Smut Film
I was surprised by how tame “Dee Made a Smut Film” was compared to what I remembered, and while it’s still funny it hardly brings the house down.
Ongo Gablogian is a great character, Charlie Day knocks it out of the park as always, and the final scene of it all coming together works well. On the whole, it’s completely serviceable.
7 – Frank Falls Out the Window
“Frank Falls Out the Window” is a bit of a cheap excuse to relive some of the moments of Sunny’s golden era, but I wasn’t complaining.
It’s lots of fun to revisit classic plotlines, but that does mean that there aren’t many new ideas brought to the table.
6 – The Gang Hits the Slopes
Some episodes of Sunny are very niche and clearly meant for a specific audience or demographic, and I don’t think “The Gang Hits the Slopes” was aimed at me.
I’ve just never watched these 80’s party movies that they keep referencing, and a lot of the jokes were lost on me as a result. Still, the cool setting and production bump it up a few notches
5 – McPoyle vs Ponderosa: The Trial of the Century
Major points lost for not featuring Liam and Ryan McPoyle, but otherwise “McPoyle vs Ponderosa: The Trial of the Century” is a decent episode.
The ending where Charlie actually gets to use his bird law is absolute insanity – I really hope The Lawyer returns one day.
4 – Charlie Catches a Leprechaun
I’m amazed it took them eleven seasons to finally do a St. Paddy’s day episode, and I’m even more surprised that I forgot how good it was.
The van scheme that leads to a robbery scheme is great, and Charlie’s Reservoir Dogs-esque intimidation scene was surprisingly nervy. A really solid episode.
3 – CharDee MacDennis 2: Electric Boogaloo
I think I was too harsh on “CharDee MacDennis 2: Electric Boogaloo” on my first watch – it’s not as good as the original, but it still has some great gags.
The flag raising ceremony is fantastic, and the games along the way are just what you’d expect. If anything, it’s the random horror segment at the end that drags it down a little.
2 – The Gang Goes to Hell (Parts 1 & 2)
One of the strongest finales in Sunny history, “The Gang Goes to Hell” is a fantastic way to close the season.
Part 1 has all the shenanigans on the ship, but it’s the confined bottle episode of Part 2 that I really love – every character gets their moment to shine, and some of the interactions are comedy gold.
1 – Mac & Dennis Move to the Suburbs
For what it’s worth, I think “Mac & Dennis Move to the Suburbs” is the best Sunny episode of them all.
It’s relentless in its humour, and Glenn Howerton gives the funniest comedy performance I’ve ever seen – this episode alone cemented Dennis as my favourite of the gang. There are too many moments to mention, but I can comfortably say there are at least five scenes that have gone down as some of my absolute favourites.
Season Rating: B
Now let’s look at the stats for the season:
- 2A (22%)
- 5B (56%)
- 2C (22%)
While not the strongest season, I have to give Season 11 credit for having the best episode of them all.
And now the stats for the series so far:
- 32A (27%)
- 62B (52%)
- 22C (18%)
- 2D (2%)
- 1E (1%)
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