February 1, 2024

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - When Does Mac Come Out As Gay?

For a show that once made Dennis pick up women at an abortion rally, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has shown a surprising amount of sensitivity when it comes to its characters' sexualities. For a long time, Mac was the only member of The Gang to exhibit any interest in men; that changed in season 11 when he came out as gay. And it was done in a way that was completely in character and not as a plot point or an attempt to make him more likable.

The episode that saw him come out was "Mac Finds His Pride," and it was one of the most powerful and genuinely emotional moments of any episode of the show. It's not every day that we see a TV show that can pull off a moment like that, especially on a comedy.

Mac's homosexuality has crept into the series over the years in a variety of ways, from the way he looks at Dennis' crotch a lot to his penis fetish (which he even shows off a little in his sexual fantasy with Dennis). But it wasn't until the show's 11th season that he formally came out as gay. And it was done through a very funny and surprisingly touching scene.

The episode was called "Mac Finds His Pride," and it saw him coming out to his currently incarcerated father through a dance sequence so elaborately choreographed that the father walks out mid-dance. It's not every day that we get a moment on a sitcom as moving and affecting as this, and it's certainly not every day that we get one on a comedy as raunchy as This Is America.

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