It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 12 (2017)


Season 12
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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Twelve seasons in and It's Always Sunny still shines bright thanks to its willingness to trod into new comedic territory and push the limits of its already limitless characters.

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Critic Ratings: 21

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User Ratings: 216

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Air date: Jan 4, 2017

In the 12th season premiere, the gang turn black after an electric blanket shorts out, so they engage in body switching antics they've seen the movies to change themselves back.

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Air date: Jan 11, 2017

The gang visit a waterpark and Dennis gets a protégé; Charlie and Frank try to ride all the rides by any means necessary; and Mac and Dee get stuck in a tube slide.

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Air date: Jan 18, 2017

The gang create a sitcom using spy cameras originally installed out of fear that Charlie's Mom was holding Mac's mom hostage. Later: Dee wants in on the new project and Frank becomes obsessed with Charlie's mom.

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Air date: Jan 25, 2017

Frank hits PR trouble due to a news segment that names Wolf Cola the official drink of Boko Haram, so Dee and Dennis help manage the crisis while Charlie and Mac try to plan a way to make Fight Milk the official drink of the UFC.

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Air date: Feb 1, 2017

A cat-woman is killed and Dennis becomes the main suspect.

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Air date: Feb 8, 2017

The gang fight over a lottery ticket and seek out an arbitrator to decide a rightful owner, who also decides if Frank is a hero or hate monger.

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Air date: Feb 15, 2017

Dee dates a male stripper and tries to prove her worth after learning she's his "rock bottom." Elsewhere: Mac and Frank get sucked into a VR war game, leading Mac to develop a case PTSD.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2017

Dennis asks the gang to work at Paddy's during Valentine's Day, but they get distracted by a mystery cricket hanging out in the alley. Later: they realize Dennis wants them to improve their relationships and they air their grievances.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2017

A day in Cricket's world is spotlighted.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2017

In the 12th season finale, Dennis reveals he has a baby after his Wade Boggs layover in North Dakota and the gang try to help him get out of the jam, but their suggestions border on the extreme.

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Series 12 of the seriously dark comedy about four dissolute friends who run a struggling pub in Philadelphia.

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Critic Reviews for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 12

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8)

"Philadelphia" doesn't just push the envelope; it burns it to a crisp.

Oct 15, 2020 | Full Review…

It's precisely because Always Sunny depicts such a defiantly anti-P.C. group of people that its turn toward sharper social criticism feels so rich.

Oct 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Rarely do comedies last as long as this one has, and rarer still do they continue to challenge themselves as well as their viewers. Judge it however you like, but the gang has made it impossible to ignore Sunny in 2017.

Jan 5, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The best they can do is highlight the basic inequality they see, but because they can't feel it, "The Gang Turns Black" is just a surface-level experiment.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Sometimes it feels like an American continuation of the anarchic spirit of The Young Ones...Throughout, it remains both transgressive and ingenious.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

If It's Always Sunny can jump the shark, this is when it'd happen - but for the time being, it looks like they've stuck the landing.

May 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If this complicated concept was executed by any other comedy, it wouldn't strike the same balance of hilariously reckless and soberly insightful as this [premiere] does.

Oct 19, 2020 | Full Review…

I'm one of its biggest fans, and it inspired me to go into comedy myself. And yet, by the end of last week's "The Gang Turns Black," I found myself shaken and deeply unsettled.

Oct 15, 2020 | Full Review…

As they near the horizon of what may well be their end, they have dared to branch out -- conceptually as well as emotionally -- and they have refused to rest on their laurels.

Oct 15, 2020 | Full Review…

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia always manages to impress because it isn't afraid to be daring in just how far it pushes it characters. Who might've guessed the furthest it would push a character would be into normalcy?

Oct 14, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

It's a sitcom that works not just because of how funny it is, but because it's so adept and sending up and indulging in the very worst of America.

May 23, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The show's best season ever.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 12

  • May 04, 2017
    While it begins incredibly strong, Season 12 of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia gives out about halfway through and ends up being one of the weakest seasons of the series. The show makes two rather risky moves to shake things up, bringing Mac out of the closet and making Dennis a father, and neither of them pays off (as they're not funny). In fact, Mac being ambiguously or mistakenly gay has been a huge source of laughs in the past few seasons, and with that gone the character dynamics are all off. However, there are a couple of brilliant episodes, such as "The Gang Turns Black" and "Old Lady House: A Situation Comedy," that are extraordinarily funny. It has its moments, but overall Season 12 of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia is kind of rough.
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  • Sep 24, 2020
    The series has sold out to the social justice warrior rhetoric. The characters have been annihilated acting in ways completely contrary to their traits and abilities.
  • Jul 16, 2020
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia continues to excel and exceed expectations throughout its long life, and Season 12 brings great moments from the characters we love.
  • Feb 10, 2020
    wanna try me some wolf cola
  • Oct 04, 2019
    The best season yet.
  • Aug 16, 2019
    A few odd episodes - feels like the show is trying to get more political. It confronts, and shows the dark side of racism and homelessness. I guess it can be argues that Always Sunny has always done this, but it's certainly more noticeable in this seeason. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, not at all. TV show and film makers should indeed tackle these horrors of society, they're in a powerful position to do so, and the morally correct thing is to challenge hate. I just think it takes a little away from the comedy aspect of the show. Maybe this is a good thing.
  • Oct 22, 2018
    Many great episodes here.
  • Feb 14, 2018
    The gang goes soft in season 12, hinting at the series vying for a broader appeal. The gang has every right to try for a larger market, but I'd choose Paddy's Pub over Sudz any day.
  • Nov 17, 2017
    Far and away the worst season they've ever made. One half decent episode (hero or hate crime).
  • Apr 28, 2017
    Still the funniest show on tv.

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