This show is amazing. There are only a handful that I don't really get as a whole episode, but there are fantastical elements of each. I was told to watch it for years, and when I did I blasted through them and haven't looked back. I have my ten favorite, but I am going to list about 10 as Honorable Mentions - so it's kind of like a top 20 list that I had a hard time narrowing down.
Underage Drinking: A National Concern - The gang reverts to their old ways.
Charlie Wants an Abortion - Dennis crosses the abortion fence during a dual protest.
Hundred Dollar Baby - One of the few Dee only story lines. Something about eating babies.
The Gang Gets Invincible - McBoyles brother reunion while the gang tries to make the Eagles.
Mac is a Serial Killer - One of the greatest endings, not to mention the clown dress up.
Sweet Dee's Dating a Retarded Person - Nightman is born.
The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis - Wildcard!
The Gang Buys a Boat - Dennis trying to explain himself to Mac and Dee's dancing gets me.
Dennis Gets Divorced - It's going around so sayeth Charlie Kelly.
The High School Reunion - We get the cricket, the waitress and an uber drunk song by the gang.
Who Pooped the Bed? - A Clue like tale.
10. Thunder Gun Express
was really hard picking these bottom two(9 and 10) but I feel like this
one has the perfect setup - one by one they abandon one another until
most of the gang end up at their movie destination just in time to get
hosed. Just great symmetry here.
9. The Nightman Cometh
perfect ending to the season, and if this was the last episode ever
they might have gone out on top. Franks in-ability to sing tied in with
Dee adding her own song(that I hum to myself all the time) in addition
adding in Macs comedic Nightman make up an incredible episode.
8. Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games
of the better later episodes where the gang plays a board game they
created and as usual they need to explain everything to Frank. It of
course involves drinking, cheating, mutilation and the greatest
tiebreaker of all- a roll of the die.
7. The Gang Gives Back
being sentenced to community service for the Jihad episode the gang
ends up coaching youth basketball. Charlie winds up in AA and convinces
the waitress to sponsor him. Their cheating and bafoonry doesn't end up
qualifying as time serviced to the community.
6. Mac's Big Break
answers a hockey question right on the air, so he gets a break in front
of a game to make a shot and win so called fame in their eyes. Too bad
Mac can't even skate. This has one of the funniest endings.
5. The D.E.N.N.I.S. System
learn of Dennis's system of picking up women only to find out Mac and
Frank have their own as well. At the same time they all think Dee is
getting played despite being in the complete opposite situation. Wanting
to prove his system works, he hatches an elaborate plan.
4. Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack
Dee learns her medical care never existed so she and Dennis attempt to
get back into a fitness routine though they never seem to get into it.
Charlie and Mac accept minimum wage jobs for the health care benefits
only to get fired very shortly after.
3. The Gang Gets Held Hostage
McPoyles take over the bar along with their sister using fake guns. The
gang falls for it right in the middle of Frank trying to shred his
will. Hijinx ensue consisting of Dee falling to Stockholm syndrome and
Dennis trying to make it with the sister. Frank eventually kind of saves
2. Who Got Dee Pregnant?
tells the men that one of them got her pregnant, so they try to get to
the bottom of it. The issue is that they were all partly drunk, so
everyone has their own version of the story. To get to the bottom of it
they enlist Artemis and eventually the McPoyles.
1. The Gang Dances Their Asses Off
I think it's my favorite episode for numerous reasons. Charlie
puts the bar up for ownership to the winner of a dance contest because
he can't read. Frank is in the middle of determining everyone's rank so
instead of working together they are each vying for ownership to declare
themselves the number one. The waitress and cricket get involved and
they all end up losing the bar.