Ten years ago this week, a dirty, inexpensive-looking show called It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiered on FX, then best known for The Shield, Nip/Tuck, and Rescue Me.
FX is still in the Denis Leary business, and even after 114 episodes, It’s Always Sunny is still on (albeit on FXX) and still really good. Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, and Danny DeVito have never lost sight of their “Seinfeld on crack” vision, especially when they’re doing crack. They’re well beyond Larry David’s “no hugging, no learning” decree, and have done some truly reprehensible things in, well, every episode.
But, occasionally, the Gang tries to be good. Their self-involvement tends to get in the way of any half-decent act they might pull, but it’s the thought that counts, right? In honor of Sunny‘s birthday, here are 10 times the Gang tried to be honest people, and how it inevitably went awry.
1. “Charlie Has Cancer”
The good: When Charlie tells the Gang he has cancer, they try to cheer him up.
The not so good: Dennis visits Charlie’s crush, the Waitress, and has sex with her. Later, he reveals that he paid the Waitress to sleep with Charlie, which she didn’t even do.