It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (season 9)

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (season 9)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes10
Original networkFXX
Original releaseSeptember 4 (2013-09-04) –
November 6, 2013 (2013-11-06)
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List of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episodes

The ninth season of the American comedy television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiered on the new channel FXX on September 4, 2013.[1] The season consists of 10 episodes, and concluded airing on November 6, 2013. The ninth season was released on DVD in region 1 on September 2, 2014.[2]


Main cast[edit]

Special guest cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest stars[edit]


On August 6, 2011, FX announced it had picked up the show for a ninth season.[3] It premiered on the new FXX channel and moved timeslots to Wednesday nights.[4][5]

On May 14, 2013, Rob McElhenney revealed that Game of Thrones series creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss guest-wrote an episode of the ninth season.[6] Charlie Day revealed it would be a Flowers for Algernon type of story about "Charlie getting smarter" in a Limitless style, and is called "Flowers for Charlie".[7]

In addition, there is an episode called "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award", which mocks the show's lack of Emmy or other award nominations, a Lethal Weapon 6 episode follow-up, and a Thanksgiving special, which brings back Gail the Snail, The McPoyles and other enemies of the Gang.[8] An animated sequence (inspired by a Pixar animation) was created for the 100th episode, "The Gang Saves the Day".[9]

An Aaron Paul cameo was announced, but he was not able to appear due to scheduling conflicts.[10]

Rob McElhenney revealed at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con that he had written an episode for this season involving the gang becoming contestants on the game show Family Feud. While Family Feud producers were receptive to the storyline, FX refused to allow the episode to proceed to production.[11]

The season premiered on September 4, 2013, and contains 10 episodes. The series' landmark 100th episode aired on October 9.[1]


The first episode of the season premiered with the lowest number of U.S. viewers since it has been tracked for the show. This was primarily due to the new channel, FXX, being unavailable from many television providers. Many Suddenlink Communications franchises, although carrying the channel, have required the subscriber to buy a "Sports Package" in order to receive the network.[12] Nonetheless, FX Network president John Landgraf said that "the numbers last night [...] far exceeded our highest expectations" and that "To have just launched the channel three days ago and get these ratings is thrilling."[13]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
951"The Gang Broke Dee"Richie KeenCharlie Day & Glenn Howerton & Rob McElhenneySeptember 4, 2013 (2013-09-04)XIP090010.757[14]
Dee is suicidally depressed after realizing the guys were right about her looks and lack of talent. To snap her out of it, Dennis tries to find a man in her league while Charlie, Mac, and Frank encourage Dee to give her stand-up career another shot, which turns her into an overnight hit due to the crowd loving her crude, self-depreciating jokes.
962"Gun Fever Too: Still Hot"Todd BiermannCharlie Day & Glenn Howerton & Rob McElhenneySeptember 11, 2013 (2013-09-11)XIP090050.606[15]
The gang once again tangles with gun control issues after Frank appears on a local-access talk show advocating the right to bear arms.
973"The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award"Richie KeenDavid HornsbySeptember 18, 2013 (2013-09-18)XIP090030.521[16]
The gang tries to make their bar worthy of a Philly Best Bar Award.
984"Mac and Dennis Buy a Timeshare"Dan AttiasDave Chernin & John CherninSeptember 25, 2013 (2013-09-25)XIP090080.458[17]
Dee and Charlie get roped into a pyramid scheme and try to get themselves out of it by scamming Ben the Soldier and others. Meanwhile, Frank is stuck in a playground coil, but no one rescues him because they think it's a trick.
995"Mac Day"Richie KeenCharlie Day & Glenn Howerton & Rob McElhenneyOctober 2, 2013 (2013-10-02)XIP090040.459[18]
Each member of the gang gets their own day where they get to do whatever they want and the others can't complain about it, so Mac uses his day to serve as a religious experience for the rest of the gang. However, the gang take a shine to Mac's cousin "Country Mac" (Seann William Scott), who, unlike regular Mac, is honest about his homosexuality, doesn't push his religious beliefs on others, and treats the others with respect.
1006"The Gang Saves the Day"Dan AttiasDave Chernin & John CherninOctober 9, 2013 (2013-10-09)XIP090070.509[19]
While out shopping at a convenience store, a robber comes in and holds up the cashier. While hiding out in one of the aisles, Mac, Dee, Dennis, Frank, and Charlie each imagine what they would do to save the day.
1017"The Gang Gets Quarantined"Heath CullensDavid HornsbyOctober 16, 2013 (2013-10-16)XIP090100.574[20]
After Frank announces that there's a flu epidemic in Philadelphia, the gang decides to quarantine themselves in the bar so they won't catch the flu, where Frank becomes obsessed with purifying himself, going as far as locking the rest of the group in a bathroom and overuse hand sanitizer.
1028"Flowers for Charlie"Dan AttiasDavid Benioff & D. B. WeissOctober 23, 2013 (2013-10-23)XIP090090.460[21]
A Flowers for Algernon-meets-Limitless parody where Charlie is used as a test subject for a new intelligence pill, which makes him smarter and more aware of his messed-up life, causing him to quit his job as janitor. Meanwhile, Dee, Dennis, and Mac try to do Charlie's work but end up getting high on gasoline, while Frank tries to bring Charlie back to his dim-witted self.
1039"The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon 6"Dan AttiasScott MarderOctober 30, 2013 (2013-10-30)XIP090060.427[22]
The gang tries to find funding for Lethal Weapon 6 after Frank backs out due to creative differences.
10410"The Gang Squashes Their Beefs"Todd BiermannRob RosellNovember 6, 2013 (2013-11-06)XIP090020.535[23]
The gang decides to invite their enemies to Thanksgiving dinner so they can forgive them for everything they've done to them.

DVD release[edit]

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season Nine
Set details Special features
  • 10 episodes
  • 2-disc set (Region 1)

Technical specifications:

  • Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • English SDH, French, Spanish subtitles
  • Sweet Dee's Comedy Reel
  • The Invigaron Presentation
  • Lethal Weapon 6: Director's Cut
  • The Gang Does 100 Episodes
  • Every Damn Take of Charlie's Theme Song
  • Audio commentaries on select episodes
  • Gag reel
Release date
Region 1
September 2, 2014[24]


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  3. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (August 6, 2011). "FX Renews Louie and Wilfred, Orders Two More Seasons Sunny". TVLine. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
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