It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (season 1)

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Season 1
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia seasons 1 & 2 DVD.png
DVD cover consisting of Seasons 1 & 2
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes7
Original networkFX
Original releaseAugust 4 (2005-08-04) –
September 15, 2005 (2005-09-15)
Season chronology
Next →
Season 2
List of episodes

The first season of the American comedy television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiered on FX on August 4, 2005. The season contains 7 episodes and concluded airing on September 15, 2005.

Season synopsis[edit]

This season, the gang inadvertently turns Paddy's Pub into a gay bar after one of Sweet Dee's acting class members invites his gay friends over to drink while Mac and Charlie try to prove to Charlie's crush that they are not prejudiced against African Americans. Then Charlie becomes a father when an old flame reveals that the son she has is his—and Charlie attempts to get a paternity test at a free clinic but the old flame finally reveals that is not true, while Mac and Dennis frequent pro- and anti-abortion rallies to pick up women. The gang then turns their bar into a safe haven for underage drinkers—and find themselves regressing to their high school ways when they get invited to the prom. Charlie fakes a cancer diagnosis and the gang looks for a woman to sleep with him before he dies.

The gang then gets gun-crazy when their bar has been robbed and Dee dates a man who may be the culprit. Following that, the gang finds a dead man in one of their booths and Dee and Dennis visit their ailing (Nazi) grandfather at a nursing home. Finally, Charlie is suspected of being a victim of child molestation when a former gym teacher is accused of sexually molesting his students—and Mac is livid that he was not one of the victims.


Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest stars[edit]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
11"The Gang Gets Racist"John FortenberryCharlie Day & Rob McElhenneyAugust 4, 2005 (2005-08-04)IP010011.42[1]
Dennis and Deandra ("Sweet Dee"), owners of Paddy's, a failing pub in Philadelphia, get entangled in racial and sexual discrimination when Terrell, a student in Dee's acting class, gets hired as a club promoter and turns Paddy's into Philadelphia's hottest gay bar. Meanwhile, Mac and Charlie (childhood friends and also co-owners of Paddy's) try to prove that they are not prejudiced against African-Americans after Charlie's crush (an unnamed alcoholic waitress) overhears him use a racial slur.
22"Charlie Wants an Abortion"John FortenberryCharlie Day & Rob McElhenneyAugust 11, 2005 (2005-08-11)IP010030.84[2]
Charlie's old flame accuses Charlie of being the father of her ill-behaved son. Charlie spends time with him when he realizes it might impress The Waitress. Meanwhile, Mac and Dennis fake being involved in the "right to life vs. pro-choice" debate (with Mac siding on "right to life" and Dennis siding on "pro-choice") to pick up women.
33"Underage Drinking: A National Concern"Dan AttiasStory by : Charlie Day & Rob McElhenney
Teleplay by : Rob McElhenney
August 18, 2005 (2005-08-18)IP01006N/A
When Mac decides to make Paddy's Pub a safe haven for underage drinkers, it becomes high school all over again as Dee, Dennis, and Charlie get asked to the prom.
44"Charlie Has Cancer"Rob McElhenneyRob McElhenneyAugust 25, 2005 (2005-08-25)IP01004N/A
Dennis and Mac help Charlie find someone to sleep with him when he announces he is dying of cancer; Mac uses the news to his own advantage.
55"Gun Fever"Dan AttiasStory by : Glenn Howerton & Rob McElhenney
Teleplay by : Glenn Howerton
September 1, 2005 (2005-09-01)IP01005N/A
Everyone gets trigger-happy when the guys buy a gun after a robbery; Dee unknowingly dates the robbery's prime suspect.
66"The Gang Finds a Dead Guy"Dan AttiasStory by : Charlie Day & Glenn Howerton & Rob McElhenney
Teleplay by : Rob McElhenney
September 8, 2005 (2005-09-08)IP01007N/A
When they find a dead old man in Paddy's Mac and Dennis vie for his attractive granddaughter's affection; Charlie discovers that Dennis and Dee's anti-Semitic grandfather was a Nazi.
77"Charlie Got Molested"John FortenberryStory by : Charlie Day & Rob McElhenney
Teleplay by : Rob McElhenney
September 15, 2005 (2005-09-15)IP010021.09[3]
When they hear news of a former gym teacher getting arrested for molesting his students, Charlie suddenly gets nervous, Dee and Dennis conclude that Charlie might have been one of the victims, and Mac becomes jealous that he was not a victim.


The first season received positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 78% with an average score of 7.9 out of 10 based on 18 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's coarse humor and shabby style may be rough around the edges, but this sinful sitcom wrings a surprising amount charm from its band of charmless underachievers."[4]

Home media[edit]

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Seasons 1 & 2
Set details Special features
  • 17 episodes
  • 3-disc DVD set (Region 1 & 4)

Technical specifications

  • Full Frame (1.33:1)
  • English Dolby Surround
  • English, French, and Spanish subtitles
  • Scenes from the Original Pilot
  • Two audio commentaries:
"Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom"
"Hundred Dollar Baby"
  • Two featurettes:
Sunny Side Up Making-of
Fox Movie Channel Presents Making A Scene: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Release dates
Region 1 Region 4
September 4, 2007[5] June 2, 2009[6]


  1. ^ "Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending August 7, 2005". Ratings Ryan. August 17, 2021. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  2. ^ "Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending August 14, 2005". Ratings Ryan. August 19, 2021. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  3. ^ "Broadcast & Cable Nielsens: Week Ending September 18, 2005". Ratings Ryan. August 30, 2021. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  4. ^ "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 1 (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  5. ^ "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – Seasons 1 & 2 (2005)". Amazon. Retrieved August 25, 2010.
  6. ^ "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Seasons 1 & 2 (3 Disc Set) (DVD)". Archived from the original on April 12, 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2014.

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