A few years ago, my brother got me a box set of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as a Christmas present. I meant to watch it–my brother and I are very different, but we often have similar tastes when it comes to television and movies. However, when I was getting ready to move from DC to Baltimore, I decided to pare down my DVD collection, and I sold my box set to Record and Tape Traders.
Two years ago, I was sitting in my boyfriend’s living room, and he and his roommates were watching the show. My brother was right–the show was hilarious, and the episode that we watched wasn’t even the funniest one by far!
Since that first viewing of Always Sunny, I have watched almost all of the episodes, and here I will list 5 of what I believe are the top moments from the show (one for each character, just to be fair).
5. Sweet Dee Has the Moves
Okay, here’s the problem with Sweet Dee Reynolds. I’m the type of person who has a really hard time with uncomfortable comedy. My brother and I had this discussion surrounding the movie Meet the Parents. Sure, Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro are hilarious, but watching an hour and a half of someone being constantly embarrassed is just too much.
99% of the time, the guys on the show are picking on Dee. Luckily, since the show is only a half-hour in length, and it isn’t ALL about Dee, the uncomfortable comedy is more tolerable. And even though she’s pretty much a punching bag, she is quite lovable. And my favorite thing that Dee does is dance. Why? Because she dances as we all should: like an inflatable arm-flailing tube man!
4. Frank Saves the Day…With Hot Dogs
I’m a child of the 80’s, so I remember the show Taxi and therefore I will always appreciate the comedic genius of Danny Devito. On Always Sunny, Devito plays Frank Reynolds, who is a fairly good business man, but when it comes to anything else normal–ummmmm, well he can’t do anything else even remotely normal. And that includes saving the day.
When the gang finds themselves trapped in a convenience store during an armed robbery, each characters imagines what he or she would do to save the day. Except Frank, that is. Oh yeah, he has a fantasy–but in his fantasy, he lets everyone else get shot, while he eats all of the convenience store’s hot dogs.
3. The D.E.N.N.I.S. System
Dennis Reynolds thinks very highly of himself. In fact, he once uttered this line:
Because of this, Dennis is fairly certain that he can get any woman that he wants. This isn’t by pure luck though–oh, no–Dennis has a system: The D.E.N.N.I.S. System.
According to The D.E.N.N.I.S. System, a man should start out by “Demonstrating Value.” For example, he could show that he’s a loving grandson or something else endearing which would lead to the girl wanting to “Engage Physically.” Dennis prefers if they can get the physical engagement going even without having to take the girl out (“a waste of time and money” according to Dennis). Dennis then creates situations where the girl depends on him, but then he starts neglecting her. He lets her believe that there is hope of them staying together, but then he “Separates Entirely.”
During this scene, Dee comments that he’s a sociopath. It’s completely true–but the fact that Dennis thinks this actually works is ridiculously funny.
2. Mac Loves Chase Utley
And now for another story involving my brother. A few years back, we went to a Phillies game, and the “Hottest Players” were being announced on the jumbotron. I knew that they meant who was the “hottest” as far as how well he played, but I decided to take it in terms of attractiveness and said, “Eh, I think Chase Utley is much hotter than the other guys.” And then my brother threatened to never accompany me to a baseball game again.
Anyway, Mac on Always Sunny also loves Chase Utley. He isn’t exactly attracted to him, but as you can tell by this clip, “having a catch with Chase Utley” would fulfill the dreams of the Mac of his youth:
1. Charlie Kelly–Cat Enthusiast
I would write about this clip, but it causes me SO much joy every time I watch it, and I don’t believe any explanation is needed to impart my reasons for choosing this as my #1.