ByHank Strickler, writer at Creators.co

Unfortunately, long time fans of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia have had to come to terms with the fact that this excellent show was not going to get recognized with any major awards. It seems the people in charge of nominations are OK with the horrific things that happen in Game of Thrones (which I love) but not OK with the slightly-less horrific things that happen in Sunny. There have been 9 seasons now and they've mostly been excellent. Here are 6 show defining Sunny moments.

Season 3: "Sweet Dee's Dating a Retarded Person" - Dayman

This is the first appearance of Dayman, one of the true heroes of our time. The Nightman never stood a chance against his powers of karate and friendship.

Season 4: "Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack" - Charlie goes insane

In my opinion, this is the best episode in the series so far, in large part because Charlie is steadily having a mental breakdown throughout. This scene alone should have gotten him some Emmy attention.

Season 6: "The Gang Buys a Boat" - The implication

This scene is pretty short, but it really signifies the start of a change in Dennis. At the beginning of the series, Dennis was just self-absorbed. However, in season 6, his character began a steady drop into semi-psychosis that ended up with a full-on god complex in Season 8-Charlie Rules the World. Plus Mac's reaction is priceless.

Season 6: "Charlie Kelly: King of the Rats"

This episode of [It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia](series:200878) is a great one, but it has always stood out especially because it's one of the few times the gang actually did something good for Charlie. After this episode, every movie theatre should have decided on a spaghetti policy. Also, note Dennis' maniacal laughter as another sign of his growing insanity.

Season 7: "The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore"-Rum Ham

Mac and Frank's short-lived love affair with a ham soaked in rum is one of the weirder things that's ever happened on Sunny. The resemblance to Tom Hanks shouting after Wilson in Cast Away is uncanny and probably intentional, knowing how smart this show can be when it wants to.

Season 8: "The Gang Gets Analyzed"-You unzipped me! (and other moments)

This episode was one of their best purely because of its incredible ingenuity. It also serves as a great benchmark for just how far the gang has devolved. Mac's mood swings, Dee's insistence that she was almost cast in The Notebook, and Frank ending his session by yelling "You unzipped me doc!" serve as signs that things aren't going too well. If Dennis isn't on a government list somewhere by now, I'm sincerely disappointed by the NSA.

Comment with your favorite Sunny moments, I'm sure I forgot about a dozen.

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