Season 12 Ranked: Which Episode Was the Best?

A ranked list of the episodes from season 12 of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Vote for the one you liked the most!

Season 12 of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia was fantastic. The gang threw a lot of new angles at us and there were a lot of episodes that weren’t quite like what we’re used to, but they were all executed well.

However, which episode was the best?

Here is a ranked list of the episodes from season 12. Vote for the one you liked the most!

What was the best episode of season 12?

Click the arrow button to vote for the episode you think was the best of season 12. You can vote for more than one episode if you believe there was a tie.


The Gang Goes to a Water Park


The gang spends the day at the water park. Dennis teaches a twelve-year-old girl the ways of being a manipulative sociopath, Mac and Dee (the latter of which is paranoid over how much urine there is in water park water) get stuck on a water slide, and Frank and Charlie try to go on every ride, including one that's not open yet, which leads to disastrous results.


Hero or Hate Crime?


The gang goes to three professional arbitrators to decide who's the rightful owner of a lost scratch-off lottery ticket and prove whether Frank using a homophobic slur against Mac to save him from getting crushed by a piano is considered a heroic act or a hate crime.


Making Dennis Reynolds a Murderer


In this send-up of murderer documentaries such as Making a Murderer and The Jinx, Maureen Ponderosa (who is now almost finished with her operation to turn into an anthropomorphic cat) is found dead in an alley, and Dennis (based on his short-lived marriage to her and the growing evidence that he sexually assaults women) is the prime suspect.


The Gang Turns Black


In this musical episode, an accident involving an electric blanket and a VCR playing The Wiz causes the gang to appear African-American in the mirror and in everyone else's eyes while their friend (the old man who appeared at the end of "Dennis and Mac Move to the Suburbs") vanishes. Now the gang must find a way to reverse the spell while coming face-to-face with the prejudice and discrimination that comes with not being white.


Old Lady House: A Situation Comedy


Charlie thinks Mac's mom is holding his mom hostage so the gang installs spy cameras in their house to monitor what's going on...and Dennis ends up making their videotaped antics into a sitcom.


Wolf Cola: A Public Relations Nightmare


Frank's Fluids, LLC is in big trouble after a news segment reports that Wolf Cola has become the official drink of Boko Haram instead of Boca Raton. Meanwhile, Mac and Charlie try to promote Fight Milk (the drink they tried to promote near the end of "Frank's Back in Business").




After a male stripper realizes he's hit rock bottom by sleeping with her, Dee sets out to help the stripper re-evaluate his life. Meanwhile, Mac and Frank get hooked on a VR war game that takes a mental toll on Mac.


The Gang Tends Bar


It's Valentine's Day, and Paddy's is packed with customers. Dennis demands that the gang actually put in a day's worth of work, but everyone else would rather try to open a crate that's in the alley.


A Cricket's Tale


In this episode that connected with the events from "PTSDee" and "The Gang Tends Bar," Rickety Cricket is presented with a chance to escape the gang's toxic influence and recover some of his old life when his estranged father turns up out of the blue to offer him a job with his company, but a strange young woman may complicate things.


Dennis' Double Life


Dennis discovers that the woman he had sex with during his North Dakota layover on "The Gang Beats Boggs" has a child, and Dennis must decide whether to move in with her to raise the kid or leave her a single mother. Meanwhile, Charlie finally has sex with The Waitress and discovers that she's not as beautiful and charming as he imagines her.

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  1. I voted for “Hero or Hate Crime?”, “Old Lady House: A Situation Comedy” and “Wolf Cola: A Public Relations Nightmare”. Three great episodes, but nothing beats “Charlie Work”. Well, maybe “Who Pooped the Bed?”, but I mean…

  2. **Spoiler Alert** “The Gang Turns Black” was a genius episode. Not only does it put the gang into another ridiculous situation, it also has a hilarious cameo from Scott Bakula. The actual genius of this episode was that the ending answered the series finale of Quantum Leap! Loved it!

  3. I thought they all were great in their own way. “The Gang Turns Black” was genius because of how they handled a very delicate topic. It could have gone horribly wrong but it was pure gold. “A Crickets Tale” was also superb because of how it incorporated many Disney movie themes with a nod to M. Night Shyamalan and “The Sixth Sense”” at the end. Anyone else notice how “Belle” never changed clothes and always seemed to just appear out of nowhere? LOL If I had to pick one I guess it would be “The Gang Goes To A Waterpark”. It was pure fun, adult humor and classic IASIP.

  4. I know this is not the topic here but I had an idea I wanted to share with my fellow IASIP fans. I assume the show is near the end so I had an idea for the series finale. Most of my fellow fans may be too young to remember this but in 1990 “Newhart” ended with the final scene of Bob Newhart waking up in his darkened bedroom in bed with his “wife”. He tells her about this crazy dream he had that they owned a “bed and breakfast” in Vermont etc. His wife turns the light on only to reveal that it’s Suzanne Pleshette; his wife from “The Bob Newhart Show” which ended in 1978. The entire “Newhart” show had been a dream. This is often hailed as the best series finale EVER and I agree. Check it out on YouTube. The shocked response of the audience is is EPIC!!
    So I thought “Sunny” could do something similar. What if in the final episode Frank falls and hits head or is in a car accident (because of his poor vision . . . LOL) and and wakes up with people calling his name etc. As he opens his eyes he remembers that he’s now living in a senior citizen apartment complex with his all of his cast mates from “Taxi” and IASIP was all a dream. I know this time span arc may be too much (34 years?) but what do you think??

  5. One more thing. Maybe Charlie, Mac, Dennis and Dee could all be staff that work at the apartment complex and were incorporated into Frank’s dream (a la “The Wizard Of Oz”)? Just a thought.

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