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Over the course of 10 years and 10 seasons, the writers of Friends delivered no fewer than 236 episodes to their ever-increasing fan base.

Almost 27 years because the first episode aired, a reunion that includes all six solid members is scheduled to happen however had to be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Look again on the present, and it feels as if every 20-or-so-minute nugget contributed its personal signature phrases and cult moments, which stay firmly embedded in popular culture these days.

Yet it’s attention-grabbing to comb by way of these mixed 4,720-ish minutes of tv and separate the highs from the lows. Friends will certainly at all times have a particular place among the many sequence that set the requirements of the sitcom style. That’s why the present stays a related matter of dialogue to at the present time, and why it has come beneath renewed scrutiny as some (including this writer) have tried to dissect the best way it broached matters akin to gender, sexuality, girls’s rights, and physique politics

Some of Friends’s finest episodes nonetheless stand out for what they contributed to the historical past of tv – an all-too-rare lesbian marriage ceremony, a surrogacy storyline, the empowering story of a younger lady discovering her footing within the company world. Others are, fairly merely, humorous in a laugh-out-loud, goofy approach, fuelled by the type of moments that designate why Friends is, for a lot of, the televised equal of consolation meals.

Here it’s, then: a full rating of all 236 episodes of Friends, from worst to finest.

236. The One with Chandler’s Dad – Season seven, episode 22

The portrayal of Chandler’s mother or father – many viewers at the moment are satisfied, in hindsight, that Chandler’s “dad” was really a transgender lady – was problematic all through the present, and this episode isn’t any exception.

235. The One with the Giant Poking Device – Season three, episode eight

“Ugly Naked Guy” was one of many least humorous – and most offensive – gimmicks employed by the sitcom. A big a part of this episode revolves round it, so it’s no shock to see it tumbling in direction of the underside of this rating.

234. The One with the Vows – Season seven, episode 21

There is nothing crucially unsuitable with this episode, besides that it’s made up nearly solely of flashbacks from earlier instalments. Can you think about tuning in, again when Friends was nonetheless airing weekly on community TV, solely to be served what basically quantities to a rerun? Boring.

233. The One with the Ick Factor – Season one, episode 22

Monica dates somebody youthful – whom she presumes to be a senior in school – solely to find he’s really a 17-year-old senior in highschool. Icky certainly. It’s simply a type of episodes the place the central joke doesn’t land.

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232. The One with the Truth About London – Season seven, episode 16

This episode would have occupied the center of this rating if not for a short sequence through which Phoebe wonders what would have occurred if Monica and Joey had ended up collectively. In this various actuality, a fats Joey struggles to convey his chair as much as the desk as he sits down to a different epic dinner cooked by his accomplice. It’s fat-shaming at its worst, and it’s profoundly uncomfortable to look at.

231. The One with the Metaphorical Tunnel – Season three, episode 4

Ah sure, The One Where Ross Freaks Out Because His Son Wants To Play With a Barbie Doll. OK, Ross. The solely redeeming high quality is the tip sequence through which a younger Ross is seen dressed as his feminine alter ego, Bea, and internet hosting a tea occasion.

230. The One with Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E. – Season six, episode 20

Another flashback episode, this time pegged to Chandler’s failure to relay necessary information to Joey concerning a attainable TV present position.

229. The One with the Rumor – Season eight, episode 9

Rachel Green’s former classmate Will (performed by Jennifer Aniston’s then-husband Brad Pitt) needed to make up an embarrassing hearsay about her in highschool, and apparently, probably the most humiliating possibility was to make Rachel supposedly intersex. This one doesn’t actually have to be defined, does it? Activists have spoken at size in regards to the stigma and disgrace related to being intersex. This is one instance of how popular culture has contributed to these points.

228. The One with the Ballroom Dancing – Season 4, episode 4

Look, the storyline through which Joey agrees to assist Mr Treeger observe his ballroom dancing is, partially, somewhat cute – however it’s ruined by the mockery he faces for it. “How goes the dancing? Gay yet?” Monica asks him in a type of moments that may remind you that Friends hasn’t at all times aged effectively.

227. The One Where Nana Dies Twice – Season one, episode eight

Ross visits his household as they put together to say goodbye to his late grandmother, and discovers dozens of sweetener packets (which she cherished to gather) tucked away in her bed room closet. It’s a really candy second so why, oh why, break it with a complete storyline about Chandler’s sexuality and whether or not he provides off some type of homosexual vibe

Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Monica (Courtney Cox) within the traditional Friends episode ‘The One With All the Thanksgivings’

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226. The One with the Thumb – Season one, episode three

Is it Phoebe’s extraordinarily unbelievable discovery of a complete human thumb in her can of soda, or is it the truth that the present was clearly nonetheless struggling to understand its personal id when this one aired in 1994? Either approach, one thing about this episode feels off.

225. The One with the Male Nanny – Season 9, episode six

Aka The One Where Ross and Rachel Find the Absolute Perfect Nanny After a Difficult Search however Have to Let Him Go Because Ross Has Outdated Ideas About Masculinity.

224. The One with the Inappropriate Sister – Season 5, episode 10

Remember that bizarre time Rachel dated a man named Danny who had an uncomfortably shut relationship along with his sister? Yes, I had blacked it out too. That storyline appears plain bizarre, and the remainder of the episode isn’t compelling sufficient to make up for it.

223. The One with Joey’s Interview – Season eight, episode 19

Oh, nice, one other flashback episode. This time, it’s pegged to Joey’s interview with an leisure reporter (a difficult train for Joey, who tends to place his foot in his mouth whereas chatting with the press).

222. The One the place Ross Dates a Student – Season six, episode 18

As the title would counsel, Ross, a college professor, begins courting a pupil – and his shocked when he learns that’s not merely “frowned upon” however plainly forbidden by the powers that be. Come on, Ross.

221. The One the place Ross Meets Elizabeth’s Dad – Season six, episode 21

When the aforementioned pupil’s father (performed somewhat brilliantly by Bruce Willis) finds out his daughter is courting an older man ready of authority, he’s none-too-pleased. Instead of accepting that reality, Ross enlists his personal ex, Rachel, to speak him as much as the coed’s father. Of course he does.

220. The One with the Breast Milk – Season two, episode two

When Ross finds out his ex-wife Carol’s accomplice Susan has tasted Carol’s breast milk, he desires to strive it too. But that is Ross, so naturally he’s torn between his rivalry with Susan and his aversion for mentioned breast milk. Not to be overly vital of Ross, however this is not his most interesting second.

219. The One with Monica’s Boots – Season eight, episode 10

Monica buys expensive boots and her husband Chandler (who is definitely just a few episodes away from quitting his job, thus placing monetary strain on his marriage) thinks they’re too costly. So Monica pledges to put on them perpetually, and when it seems they damage, she tries to cover it from him. I realise Friends is only a enjoyable sitcom, however this episode is sufficient to make you query whether or not you’d ever prefer to have a joint account with anyone.

Out of Rach: Jennifer Aniston in ‘Friends’

218. The One with the Girl Who Hits Joey – Season 5, episode 15

Far be it from me to be the Debbie Downer right here, however I don’t discover jokes about Joey’s girlfriend hitting him significantly humorous? Sure, the storyline is performed for laughs, however one thing appears a bit tone-deaf right here.

217. The One Where Chandler Can’t Remember Which Sister – Season three, episode 11

Little life tip: if you are going to idiot round together with your good friend’s sister, possibly keep in mind which one it was? Looking at you, Chandler Bing misplaced in a sea of Joey’s siblings.

216. The One with Joey’s Fridge – Season six, episode 19

Let’s return to Ross’s resolution thus far a pupil for a second. In this episode, he will get so insecure when his girlfriend goes away for Spring Break (you recognize, as she ought to) that he follows her on her seaside getaway. The sequence the place David Schwimmer is seen dancing on what seems to be MTV Spring Break is nearly humorous sufficient to redeem all of it. Almost.

215. The One with Phoebe’s Ex-Partner – Season three, episode 14

In order to maintain Rachel from attending a trend seminar along with her colleague Mark (who he is satisfied is courting her), Ross decides to accompany her – besides Ross doesn’t care about trend and is so uninterested he falls asleep. In the phrases of Joey: how Ross obtained three girls to marry him, I’ll by no means know.

214. The One with Rachel’s Assistant – Season seven, episode 4

Look, I gave Ross grief for courting his pupil, however I additionally wasn’t significantly taken with Rachel’s resolution to rent her assistant Tag simply because she thought he was cute (although he was clearly under-qualified), turning down a superbly high quality applicant named Hilda within the course of.

213. The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs – Season seven, episode eight

After just a few episodes of lusting after Tag, Rachel lastly kisses her assistant and begins a secret relationship with him. Again, I believe Rachel – who labored so arduous to carve herself a spot within the company world and actually cherished her job! – deserved higher than this narrative arc.

212. The One with the Race Car Bed – Season three, episode seven

Ugh. When Rachel brings her boyfriend Ross to dinner along with her personal father, it seems Dr Green isn’t precisely keen on the palaeontologist. Both males, nonetheless, find yourself bonding over their mutual disdain of sure facets of Rachel’s way of life, akin to her resolution to seek the advice of a chiropractor. Women, am I proper?

211. The One That Could Have Been, Part One – Season six, episode 15

Flashbacks in Friends are at all times uncomfortable to some extent, primarily owing to the portrayal of younger Monica, performed by Courteney Cox in a fats go well with. This episode isn’t any exception to the rule: on this various actuality, Monica is a 30-year-old virgin, presumably owing to her physique form.

210. The One That Could Have Been, Part Two – Season six, episode 16

More of the identical. Part two one will get a barely larger rating than the primary as a result of the alternative-reality plot resolves to convey all six pals again to their precise conditions on the present (that means Rachel leaves her fiancé Barry, Ross realises his spouse is a lesbian, and Phoebe quits her job at Merrill Lynch). As for Chandler, he realises he’s in love with Monica, making their storyline barely extra nuanced than the 30-year-old virgin trope.

209. The One Where Underdog Gets Away – Season one, episode 9

Ross is uncomfortable chatting with his unborn little one, however will get over his preliminary reluctance as soon as as a result of his ex-wife’s accomplice Susan does it. It’s barely superb what number of of Ross’s actions in earlier seasons have been motivated by his need to compete along with his ex’s accomplice. Also, any episode that includes Ugly Naked Guy routinely loses factors.

208.The One in Barbados, Part One – Season 9, episode 23

You know there’s one thing unsuitable with an episode when probably the most attention-grabbing one-liners revolve round Monica’s hair and whether or not or not she’s going to depart The Supremes (as a result of the Barbados humidity made it poofy, get it?). This one additionally units up the “Rachel and Joey try dating” story arc, which by no means actually appeared fairly proper.

207. The One with Joey’s Bag – Season 5, episode 13

Every time Friends makes a joke about masculinity (Joey wears a shoulder bag! Surely he have to be a lady!), an angel loses its wings.

206. The One with Ross and Monica’s Cousin – Season seven, episode 19

I may have lived with out watching nearly your complete Friends solid oggle Denise Richards for the higher a part of an episode. Meanwhile, Joey’s try to hide the truth that he’s circumcised (for a job through which he has a full-frontal nude scene) with Monica’s assist is among the most weird storylines within the historical past of the present.

Robin Williams and Billy Crystal performed finest pals who crash the enduring orange sofa in Friends espresso store Central Perk. Williams’ character is stressing over suspicions that his spouse is dishonest on him.

205. The One Where Chandler Gets Caught – Season 10, episode 10

Surely, Chandler should get caught doing one thing attention-grabbing, if his antics need to be changed into the episode’s title? Well, no. He’s consulting with a dealer as a result of he and Monica have determined to maneuver away from the town to boost their kids within the suburbs. Fair sufficient, however 1) the best way they unexpectedly break the information to their pals appears like a little bit of a betrayal, and a pair of) earlier than their announcement, the episodes goes by way of an entire sequence of flashbacks commemorating Monica’s life in her Manhattan residence. By now, you recognize the rule relating to flashbacks.

204. The One with the Apothecary Table – Season six, episode 11

This episode was only one main commercial for Pottery Barn, the California-based residence furnishing chain. Rachel loves Pottery Barn, Phoebe (probably the most anti-capitalist of all six pals) doesn’t. Much product placement ensues. It’s really not a foul episode, however the Pottery Barn overload feels unsettling.

203. The One with All the Thanksgivings – Season 5, episode eight

So many facets of this episode are insulting to Monica, it’s arduous to know the place to start. Over the course of 20 minutes, we’re taken by way of the group’s previous Thanksgivings, together with some within the Eighties when Monica was youthful and fatter. Courteney Cox is again in her fats go well with, and as is customary on Friends, younger Monica is portrayed in a pathetic mild – lusting after Chandler, who clearly thinks he’s too good for her. When Monica overhears Chandler referring to her as Ross’s “fat sister”, she stops overeating – as an alternative of, you recognize, telling him off. The subsequent yr, she reveals off her slimmer determine in entrance of him, fuelling the “changing yourself for a man is the ultimate act of revenge” narrative. And in any case that, she’s the one who has to make amends within the current day for by accident chopping off one in all Chandler’s toes again within the day (she dropped a knife). All I need to do is give younger Monica a hug, suggest remedy periods, and urge her to by no means, ever marry that jerk.

202. The One in Barbados, Part Two – Season 9, episode 24

The jokes about Monica’s hair – particularly, in regards to the cornrow braids she will get after her hair frizzes within the Barbadian humidity – haven’t aged significantly effectively.

201. The One with the Joke – Season six, episode 12

Nothing essentially unsuitable right here, however this complete episode simply appears forgettable. Ross and Chandler argue over who got here up with a joke printed in Playboy. Rachel takes offence with Phoebe’s declare that she’s a pushover. Joey is fired from Central Perk, then re-hired. You may take away this episode from the season and every little thing would fairly stay a lot the identical.

200. The One with the Nap Partners – Season seven, episode six

If Ross and Joey prefer to nap collectively, allow them to! Life’s too quick to let a superbly high quality nap accomplice go to waste. Also, on this episode, Monica learns that Chandler as soon as broke up with girlfriend as a result of she had gained weight – and worries he’s going to do the identical to her. Monica, if that is ever a priority, dump him. Just dump him.

199. The One with the Boob Job – Season 9, episode 16

Chandler thinks Monica is considering getting a breast augmentation and units out to persuade her that he finds her good the best way she is – which leads Monica to imagine that Chandler is fearful about her physique altering if she ever will get pregnant. Honestly, are you able to blame her for misreading this one?

198. The One with Phoebe’s Rats – Season 9, episode 12

Phoebe and Mike handle a litter of rats: OK. Joey is unhappy as a result of he can’t make a transfer on Rachel and Ross’s “hot nanny” Molly: fairly offensive, and admittedly repetitive at this level. Ross getting heartbroken after Rachel kisses another person: once more, we’ve been there so many instances earlier than.

197. The One with the Invitation – Season 4, episode 21

Definitely probably the most entertaining of all flashback episodes. In this one, Rachel has to determine whether or not or not she is going to attend Ross’s marriage ceremony to Emily in London. She finally ends up planning to not go, claiming that she should keep to take care of Phoebe (who’s pregnant with triplets and can’t fly) however, as flashbacks of her relationship with Ross clarify, it’s just too painful for her to look at him marry another person.

196. The One with the Halloween Party – Season eight, episode six

It’s Halloween, and Ross attire up as Spudnik (a cross between the Sputnik satellites and a spud). This makes up for the marginally lacklustre central plot that sees him armwrestling with Chandler to… impress the ladies within the room?

195. The One with All the Haste – Season 4, episode 19

Rachel and Monica lastly get again their residence (which that they had misplaced to Chandler and Joey just a few episodes in the past). Ross proposes to his girlfriend Emily on a whim, leaving Rachel secretly brokenhearted – and laying the bottom work for the emotional rollercoaster of his disastrous London marriage ceremony.

194. The One with Rachel’s Big Kiss – Season seven, episode 20

Rachel insists she as soon as kissed her former sorority sister named Melissa (and performed brilliantly by Winona Ryder). Phoebe doesn’t purchase it, as a result of she thinks Rachel is just too “vanilla” to have kissed one other lady. Joey, naturally, finds the entire thing very titillating. Ross, in the meantime, feedback that “that makes two of my wives” – as a result of his former partner Carol is a lesbian, get it? It’s a type of episodes that hasn’t actually stood the take a look at of time.

193. The One with the Butt – Season one, episode six

At this stage of season one, Friends was nonetheless attempting to determine its personal id, and it reveals. Joey hopes to get his large break in movie (little does he know he’s going to have to attend for a number of extra seasons), Chandler can’t address courting a lady who can be seeing different males, and Monica is a neat freak. The plot strains are a bit in every single place, and none is especially satisfying.

192. The One with the Secret Closet – Season eight, episode 14

OK, right here’s the factor: most of Friends was at the very least fairly good, so we’re attending to the a part of the rating the place some episodes find yourself in direction of the underside just because they are not as nice as the remainder. Here, the one attention-grabbing story arc is Rachel’s, who experiences Braxton Hicks contractions and depends on Joey’s assist – main Ross to grasp he desires to be extra current in Rachel’s life as she’s anticipating their little one. Other than that, Monica makes sexual noises when Phoebe massages her, and she or he additionally has a secret messy closet.

191. The One with the Football – Season three, episode 9

Watching Ross and Monica compete for the Geller Cup (a made-up award from their childhood) is fairly cute. Watching Chandler and Joey compete for a lady, much less so.

190. The One with Chandler’s Work Laugh – Season 5, episode 12

Monica will get mad at Chandler for… wanting his boss to love him? Ross dates Janice? What’s occurring right here?

189. The One with Rachel’s Crush – Season 4, episode 13

I had forgotten how horrible Chandler was at relationships early on within the present. This time, he’s mad as a result of his girlfriend Kathy, an ACTOR, performs a prostitute in a play, which he finds too sexual. Then date an accountant and depart the poor lady alone?

Danny Devito starred as 50-year-old stripper ‘Officer Roy Goodbody’ at Phoebe’s bachelorette occasion.

188. The One with the Evil Orthodontist – Season one, episode 20

Chandler desperately desires a lady to return his calls, then finds her needy when she lastly comes to fulfill him in individual. Joey tracks down a lady who was spying on the group from the other constructing. Rachel sleeps along with her ex-fiancé Barry earlier than realising she was proper to depart him on the altar. Again, I don’t hate this episode with the hearth of a thousand suns – it’s simply not so good as the remainder.

187. The One with Mrs Bing – Season one, episode 11

Phoebe and Monica combat over… a person who has by no means met them and is now in a coma (by their very own fault)? Ross makes out with… Chandler’s mom? Everything about this episode is a bit odd.

186. The One with the Cheap Wedding Dress – Season seven, episode 17

Monica has to surrender on her dream marriage ceremony gown in order that she will guide the band Chandler desires for his or her reception. Given every little thing that’s occurred over the course of the earlier seasons, one may query whether or not Chandler is admittedly price it, however OK, truthful sufficient. Surprisingly, the higher a part of this episode revolves round Ross and Joey’s competitors as they each determine to take the identical lady out on two separate dates. Usually, I’m not a fan of the “woman as a competition prize” trope, however on this case, it’s diverted in a approach that feels really humorous. (Hint: Joey makes an attempt to sabotage Ross’s date, the 2 get right into a screaming combat, the lady leaves, which these two don’t even discover till she’s gone they usually’re left to eat dinner collectively.)

185. The One with the Bullies – Season two, episode 21

Ross and Chandler realise that simply because they’re adults doesn’t imply they’re carried out with playground bullies. Also, Phoebe goes to go to her organic father, with whom she doesn’t have a relationship. After by accident working over the household’s canine, she finds out that her father has walked out on them too, however meets her half-brother Frank Jr – who, as everyone knows, will present an attention-grabbing story arc for Phoebe in seasons to come back.

184. The One the place Rachel Goes Back to Work – Season 9, episode 11

Look, it’s nice that Friends tackled Rachel’s fears that she’s going to get unfairly pushed out of her job after occurring maternity depart. But the person who fills in for her, Gavin, acts like a dismissive jerk for many of his on-screen time, and abruptly will get to emerge as a “really nice” man simply because he gives to babysit as soon as? I don’t assume so, Gavin.

183. The One with the Home Study – Season 10, episode seven

Chandler and Monica panic after realising that the social employee who’s evaluating them as potential adoptive mother and father went on a date with Joey – and naturally, he by no means known as her again. Meanwhile, Rachel reveals to Ross that she’s frightened of swings (sure, the playground tools). It’s all OK, however the episode by no means fairly takes off.

182. The One with the Screamer – Season three, episode 22

Rachel dates a person with anger points. Joey’s co-star and girlfriend has to depart for LA. Phoebe tries to achieve the customer support for her damaged cellphone. It’s all fairly humorous, however once more, there are higher episodes.

181. The One with the Flashback – Season three, episode six

This is among the nicer flashback episodes, primarily as a result of it takes place not too lengthy earlier than the present’s pilot, giving us a greater concept of how we obtained right here. We get to see Joey develop into Chandler’s roommate and meet the remainder of the group. It’s barely unusual to see the Central Perk as a bar (earlier than it was changed into the enduring espresso home), and the entire episode has a particular quirky vibe – however quirky’s good generally.

180. The One with the Lottery – Season 9, episode 18

This one belongs on the coronary heart of the “not bad, but there are far better episodes” zone. The pals enter the lottery, and it’s just about a provided that they’re not really going to develop into millionaires – though what a plot twist that will be for the present’s penultimate season.

179. The One with the Fertility Test – Season 9, episode 21

Chandler and Monica go to a fertility clinic. Chandler makes many jokes about having to ejaculate in a cup. Meanwhile, Joey tries and fails to impress his girlfriend Charlie by memorising details about varied artworks on the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This episode is simply high quality. It’s simply not laugh-out-loud humorous or surprisingly shifting, which so many episodes of Friends have been.

178. The One with the Stain – Season eight, episode seven

Monica hires a maid, turns into satisfied that she is stealing her garments and tries to peek on the maid’s crotch to examine on a possible tell-tale ink stain on a pair of denims (which she thinks is likely to be hers). Monica, are you OK?

Rachel as soon as needed to persuade Ben to cease taking part in pranks on his dad Ross

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177. The One with the Monkey – Season one, episode 10

Phoebe meets David (her scientist boyfriend and likewise the one which obtained away as a result of he went to Minsk to work on a analysis undertaking), Rachel hangs out along with her terrible crush Paolo (who additionally occurs to embody the stereotype of the promiscuous, womanising Italian), Monica invitations her personal boyfriend, Fun Bobby, whose backstory isn’t really defined, and Ross adopts his monkey, Marcel. In different phrases, it is season one, and issues are a bit messy.

176. The One with the Hypnosis Tape – Season three, episode 18

Monica begins seeing a millionaire named Pete who takes her to Rome (sure, Italy’s capital) on their first date. Phoebe’s brother Frank marries his residence economics instructor and Phoebe is, understandably, a bit shocked – however in the end accepts their relationship. This can be an sudden however attention-grabbing episode if not for the story arc that sees Chandler utilizing a hypnosis tape to give up smoking – besides naturally, the tape is for girls and Chandler begins performing in a increasingly female approach. Any storyline that entails Chandler and masculinity loses factors. Those are the principles.

175. The One with the Boobies – Season one, episode 13

Chandler by accident walks in on a topless Rachel, and this can be a sitcom, so as an alternative of apologising and shifting on, Rachel embarks on a quest to get again at Chandler by strolling him on him whereas he’s bare – however finally ends up peeping on all of the unsuitable individuals. Pretty cringey in actual life, however humorous in a piece of fiction. Meanwhile, Joey struggles after discovering out his father is having an affair, and Phoebe dates a psychiatrist.

174. The One with Joey’s Award – Season seven, episode 18

Monica momentarily panics when she realises that being engaged to Chandler means she is going to by no means expertise the fun of a brand new relationship. It’s a somewhat widespread trope, however refreshingly utilized to a feminine character (males in fiction are likely to have a monopoly on the worry of getting tied all the way down to a single individual for the remainder of their lives). Meanwhile, Ross is concerned in a fairly uncomfortable plot line through which a number of of his male college students might or might not pretend being in love with him, and will or might not pretend being drawn to males, with the intention to enhance their grades.

173. The One with the Jam – Season three, episode three

Monica tries to recover from her break-up with Richard by making numerous jam. Chandler, idiot that he’s, goes to Ross, of all individuals, for relationship recommendation. Oh, and Phoebe has a stalker.

172. The One with the Ball – Season 5, episode 21

Ross and Joey (and, later, Monica) realise they’ve been throwing a ball to one another for 2 hours with out dropping it, and problem themselves to maintain the streak going for so long as attainable. It’s a type of episodes the place a sitcom takes one thing that might realistically occur in actual life and escalates it to over-the-top heights – and the end result right here is fairly humorous.

171. The One with the Dozen Lasagnes – Season one, episode 12

Ah, sure, The One the place Rachel’s Awful Boyfriend Paolo Stars Groping Everyone. An attention-grabbing concept, which might have been higher conveyed if Paolo hadn’t been an offensive, sleazy-Italian-man stereotype.

170. The One with Rachel’s Phone Number – Season 9, episode 9

Ross, who at this level hasn’t been in a relationship with Rachel since season three, takes a message from a person Rachel met at a bar. And then doesn’t give her mentioned message. It will come again to hang-out him, and rightly so.

169. The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion – Season three, episode 24

The complete “Monica dates a millionaire” plot was a bit weird – albeit not utterly unrealistic for a sitcom set in New York, which will get usually cited as one of many cities with probably the most millionaires on the planet. It is smart, then, that Monica’s relationship with millionaire Pete ended on a bizarre notice: Pete decides he desires to develop into the Ultimate Fighting Champion and, being the dogged entrepreneur that he’s, received’t cease till he succeeds, even when which means getting severely harmed in a number of wrestling matches. Monica can’t bear seeing him get injured and breaks up with him. Strange, however factors for originality.

168. The One with the Birthing Video – Season eight, episode 15

Ross’s girlfriend Mona is getting understandably annoyed after he lies to her about Rachel (who at this level within the sequence is pregnant along with his little one) shifting in with him. His efforts to one way or the other straddle his relationship with Mona and his involvement in Rachel’s life have disastrous, but hilarious outcomes.

167. The One After the Superbowl, Part One – Season two, episode 12

Brooke Shields is superb as Joey’s stalkerish fan Erika, who’s unable to make a distinction between Joey and his character on Days of Our Lives, Dr Drake Ramoray. Plus, Ross’s quest to seek out his former pet Marcel, who has disappeared from the zoo Ross gave him as much as, is definitely fairly humorous.

166. The One Where Joey Tells Rachel – Season eight, episode 16

The Rachel-and-Joey plot total felt like a misfire, particularly as soon as these two really obtained collectively, however nonetheless – Joey’s emotions for Rachel made for a pleasant little bit of character improvement on his half. Sweet, conflicted Joey was way more attention-grabbing than season 10 Joey, who one way or the other grew from a goofy airhead to an precise fool in direction of the tip.

165. The One Where Monica Sings – Season 9, episode 13

Ross brings a really nosy lady residence, one factor results in the following, and he and Rachel (who at this level are comparatively new mother and father to Emma) realise they will’t preserve dwelling collectively. It was at all times fairly attention-grabbing to look at Ross and Rachel attempt to operate as co-parents, and the present approached that storyline in a approach that always felt sincere and as real looking as attainable within the land of sitcoms.

164.The One Where No One Proposes – Season 9, episode one

Rachel is attempting to discover ways to breastfeed her new child daughter. She thinks Joey proposed to her however the truth is he was simply selecting up the engagement ring that Ross was probably, possibly going to think about giving her. Chandler and Monica are attempting to conceive. That’s loads to pack in a 20-minute episode, however one way or the other it really works.

163. The One with the Cake – Season 10, episode 4

It’s Emma’s first birthday, and every little thing goes unsuitable. None of Ross and Rachel’s pals need to rejoice (how type of you, guys), Emma retains napping, and her cake, which was presupposed to be formed like a bunny, finally ends up being modelled after male genitalia. Eventually, although, these points get solved, and the candy decision feels earned.

162. The One with the Ring – Season six, episode 23

Phoebe helps Chandler choose an engagement ring for Monica, and she or he’s arguably the worst individual for the job, which is what makes this episode so humorous. Meanwhile, Rachel’s boyfriend Paul (aka Bruce Willis) begins displaying extra emotional vulnerability, solely to finish up shedding an countless stream of tears.

161. The One with the Soap Opera Party – Season 9, episode 20

This episode marks the arrival of Charlie Wheeler, aka Aisha Tyler, aka the primary individual of color to develop into a daily solid member on Friends. Hurrah! But sure, it took the present 9 seasons and virtually a decade to get to that time. And even then, Charlie solely remained for 9 episodes.

160. The One with the Cooking Class – Season eight, episode 21

Jennifer Aniston delivers a fairly superb (humorous and but touching) efficiency as a pregnant Rachel who doesn’t need Ross thus far anybody (however would not need to date him, both). Oh, and Monica, an expert chef, goes to a cooking class to heal her bruised ego after her restaurant will get a searing overview.

159. The One Where Rachel Finds Out – Season one, episode 24

Joey can’t have intercourse as a result of he’s taking part in a analysis research for which he must donate sperm, so he decides to deal with his accomplice’s pleasure completely. Imagine that! Of course, this solely lasts so long as the research goes on.

158. The One with Ross’s Library Book – Season seven, episode seven

Ross tries to stop individuals from playing around among the many library stacks the place his thesis is saved, whereas Rachel and Phoebe develop connected to a lady who was presupposed to be Joey’s one-night-stand. And how good is it to see Sex And the City’s Kristin Davis cross over into the Friends realm?

157. The One Where the Monkey Gets Away – Season one, episode 19

Rachel lets Ross’s pet monkey escape, and the chums embark on a breathless quest to get him again, which entails a former bullied classmate who now works for Animal Control. Rachel’s ex-fiancé Barry additionally makes a comeback, claiming that he nonetheless loves her and can’t, the truth is, marry Rachel’s good friend Mindy. So a lot drama!

156. The One with the Free Porn – Season 4, episode 17

Chandler and Joey get limitless free porn (keep in mind this was pre high-speed Internet) whereas flipping by way of the channels and resolve by no means to show off their TV set once more lest they lose entry. It’s a foolish, traditional Chandler and Joey enterprise.

155. The One with Phoebe’s Husband – Season two, episode 4

Phoebe’s secret husband, an ice skater who she thought was homosexual, comes again into her life and asks for a divorce – because it seems, he’s straight. His dialog with Phoebe is a somewhat intelligent reversal of oft-used LGBT character tropes (in school, Duncan would usually get up subsequent to girls after partying, and many others).

154. The One with Russ – Season two, episode 10

Freshly off a combat / semi-split with Ross (are you able to break up in the event you weren’t actually courting?) Rachel begins courting his clone, Russ (performed by David Schwimmer beneath the alias Snaro). Of course, she insists she will’t see the resemblance. It’s like watching Friends by way of the looking-glass.

153. The One Where Paul’s the Man – Season six, episode 22

And the award for many hilarious pep speak goes to… Bruce Willis, aka Paul-the-father-of-Ross’s-student-girlfriend, standing in entrance of a mirror and assuring himself that he’s “the man”.

152. The One Where Heckles Dies – Season two, episode three

Friends tackled the subject of demise in varied methods all through the present, and it did so in fairly a melancholic, touching approach on this episode, which is devoted to the chums’ largely unlikeable neighbour Mr Heckles.

151. The One with Joey’s Dirty Day – Season 4, episode 14

Remember when Phoebe, Rachel and Monica tried to carry Chandler’s spirits after a break-up by taking him to a strip membership (and satisfied one of many performers to give up to show the third grade)? Sure, the entire episode isn’t dealt with in probably the most refined of how, however it’s actually fairly humorous.

150. The One with Princess Consuela – Season 10, episode 14

When Phoebe finds out she will change her final identify to something she desires, she goes for Princess Consuela Banana-Hammock. And backs out when her new husband (the splendidly deadpan Paul Rudd) threatens to take the identify C**p Bag.

149. The One with Rachel’s Inadvertent Kiss – Season 5, episode 17

Rachel’s awkward impulse to kiss her future boss on the cheek after what had been a profitable job interview is the stuff of nightmares. And in fact, it solely will get worse from there.

148. The One with All the Poker – Season one, episode 18

A aggressive sport of poker amongst all six pals turns into a approach for Rachel to recover from a failed job interview, and for Chandler and Joey to get affirmation that Ross is desperately in love along with her. But principally, that is the episode that taught us that “coincidence” is “joincidence” spelled with a “j”.

147. The One Where Ross Can’t Flirt – Season 5, episode 19

Ross actually, actually can’t flirt – simply watch him order a number of pizzas whereas making an attempt to appeal the supply lady, Caitlin. There’s additionally a cute second through which Phoebe one way or the other manages has a dialog in Italian with Joey’s grandmother.

146. The One with Rachel’s Sister – Season six, episode 13

Reese Witherspoon steals the present as Rachel’s spoiled sibling Jill – and gives a fantastic little bit of character improvement for Rachel, who will get to indicate simply how far she has come because the starting of the sequence.

145. The One Where Chandler Takes a Bath – Season eight, episode 13

Joey’s emotions for Rachel create confusion within the group, Rachel by accident finds out from Ross that they’re anticipating a lady – however most significantly, Chandler realises he actually likes taking baths, and Matthew Perry’s comedic expertise shines.

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144. The One with Phoebe’s Birthday Dinner – Season 9, episode 5

Phoebe is understandably annoyed when all of her pals are absurdly late for her birthday dinner. Lisa Kudrow superbly pulls off one in all Phoebe’s uncommon however highly effective suits of rage.

143. The One the place Monica and Richard are Just Friends – Season three, episode 13

Thanks to Rachel, Joey falls in love with Little Women (as he ought to), however is heartbroken to seek out out that Beth dies. On a much less mental notice, Phoebe’s new date, Robert, retains “coming out of his shorts” and by accident exposing himself.

142. The One with the Tea Leaves – Season eight, episode 17

In an try and keep away from additional awkwardness with Joey, Rachel makes up absurd office points and tells him her boss desires to purchase her child. But the funniest bit comes when Ross makes an attempt to secretly retrieve his beloved salmon pink shirt from his ex-girlfriend Mona’s residence, and naturally finally ends up getting caught.

141. The One with the Dollhouse – Season three, episode 20

Joey falls arduous for his co-star Kate, who at first doesn’t like him again. Eventually, they get collectively, and as their romance escalates, Joey realises how poorly he has acted in direction of most of his exes – so he calls them to make amends. Meanwhile, Chandler stars courting Rachel’s boss Joanna and might’t convey himself to cease suggesting one other date, although he finds her impossibly uninteresting.

140. The One with the Birth Mother – Season 10, episode 9

Unpopular opinion: I by no means discovered the “Joey doesn’t share food!” second all that humorous. I do know, I do know. However, Chandler’s monologue when he begs a pregnant lady to select him and Monica as her little one’s adoptive mother and father packs a stunning emotional punch – a serious change of tone pulled off brilliantly by Matthew Perry.

139. The One with the Late Thanksgiving – Season 10, episode eight

Monica agrees to make dinner for the entire group, however everybody reveals up late. Joey will get his head caught in a door. A big mess ensues. But none of this issues, as a result of Monica and Chandler get a name from their adoption company telling them a lady has chosen them to be the mother and father of her child.

138. The One with the Donor – Season 9, episode 22

Monica and Chandler discover out they will’t conceive a toddler and resolve to undertake. Phoebe goes out along with her long-lost love David, seemingly shifting on from Mike! Joey’s girlfriend Charlie overhears Rachel confess her emotions for mentioned Joey to Phoebe. All in all, this is among the higher episodes of season 10.

137. The One Where the Stripper Cries – Season 10, episode 11

Danny DeVito is just unforgettable in his position as a balding, out-of-shape, but completely competent stripper going by the identify Officer Goodbody. And when Phoebe asks him to do his final efficiency for her, she will get the present of a lifetime.

136. The One with Ross’s Teeth – Season six, episode eight

Remember when Ross whitened his enamel earlier than a date, they usually ended up actually, actually white? This is a type of goofy, absurdly humorous strains that sticks the touchdown.

135. The One with All the Candy – Season seven, episode 9

Ross provides Phoebe a motorbike, then teaches her to experience it – beneath the scornful gaze of judgemental mother and father on the park. The complete factor is genuinely touching and really humorous.

134. The One with Rachel’s Date – Season eight, episode 5

Phoebe begins thus far Monica’s sous-chef, then desires to interrupt up with him – however Monica additionally desires to fireplace him. Both agree that mentioned sous-chef shouldn’t be dumped and fired on the identical day, however neither desires to attend. Hilarity ensues.

133. The One with Monica’s Thunder – Season seven, episode one

Monica and Chandler simply obtained engaged! Rachel and Ross kissed within the hallway! Monica is thus satisfied that Rachel desires to steal her thunder on this wonderful day! Rachel and Ross’s dialogue as they faux to sleep collectively (as a part of Rachel’s elaborate plan to get on Monica’s nerves) is laugh-out-loud humorous.

132. The One with Joey’s New Girlfriend – Season 4, episode 5

Ross and Rachel attempt to make one another jealous by courting, respectively, a lady who’s in search of a child sitter somewhat than a boyfriend, and a thief. A great reminder that these two had superb chemistry as offended exes. Chandler tries to masks his rising emotions for Joey’s girlfriend, Kathy – and Matthew Perry delivers a splendidly impassioned monologue about how a lot he loves her.

131. The One Where Joey Moves Out – Season two, episode 16

As the title suggests, Joey strikes out of the residence he shared with Chandler, as the 2 battle to cohabit. It was at all times unhappy to see these two combat, however it made for good, somewhat real tv. Phoebe and Rachel’s expertise at a tattoo parlour (Rachel will get a coronary heart tattooed on her hip whereas Phoebe stops the method after getting only a dot beneath her clavicle) offers nice comedian aid.

130. The One on the Beach – Season three, episode 25

Phoebe tries to seek out her start mom in Montauk, and issues get atrociously jumbled as Ross makes an attempt to decide on between staying along with his girlfriend Bonnie or going again with Rachel. All in all, this can be a good, eventful season finale.

129. The One Where They All Turn 30 – Season seven, episode 14

Rachel has hassle dealing with the truth that she’s turning 30, prompting the entire group to reminisce about their very own previous birthdays. We be taught that when Ross turned 30, he purchased a ridiculous sports activities automobile that grew to become caught between two different parked automobiles. In a flashback sequence, Ross repeatedly instructs his pals to “lift and slide” the automobile in an try and un-wedge it – in a sequence harking back to his traditional “Pivot!”.

128. The One with the Yeti – Season 5, episode six

Emily, who continues to be recovering from Ross’s notorious “Rachel” slip on the altar, asks him to promote his furnishings and transfer to a brand new residence as they try and rekindle their relationship. As her calls for escalate, Ross realises she is going to by no means belief him once more, and the 2 determine to separate for good – lastly.

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127. The One Where Eddie Won’t Go – Season two, episode 19

Remember Eddie, Chandler’s extraordinarily unusual roommate performed (brilliantly) by Adam Goldberg? He was so bizarre. And so very humorous.

126. The One Where Ross Hugs Rachel – Season six, episode two

Rachel is attempting to get Ross to annul their union after they drunkenly obtained married in Las Vegas. Ross is reluctant to take action as a result of he doesn’t need a third failed marriage to his identify, and since – because it seems – he nonetheless has emotions for Rachel. Rachel, in the meantime, should settle for the truth that her roommate Monica goes to maneuver in with Chandler, and are available to phrases with the truth that “it’s the end of an era”.

125. The One with Christmas in Tulsa – Season 9, episode 10

Chandler, who has by accident accepted a job switch to Tulsa, Oklahoma, spends the lousiest Christmas ever in his workplace. One of his coworkers begins flirting with him, prompting him to grasp how a lot he misses his spouse Monica – and at hand in his resignation, in a somewhat satisfying mini plot twist.

124. The One with Two Parts, Part One – Season one, episode 16

Seeing Joey date Phoebe’s twin sister Ursula will at all times really feel unusual, however the storyline performs out properly, and it provides a deeper look into Phoebe and Joey’s friendship – one of many sweetest bonds among the many group.

123. The One Where Rachel’s Sister Babysits – Season 10, episode 5

Joey makes an attempt to put in writing a letter of advice for Chandler and Monica’s adoption case, overuses his thesaurus, and finally ends up writing it in his personal phrases – aka, like a toddler. Mike is determined to pop the query to Phoebe, who retains unknowingly mocking his repeated proposal makes an attempt earlier than they occur.

122. The One After Joey and Rachel Kiss – Season 10, episode one

Monica, Chandler and Phoebe group as much as eavesdrop each on Charlie and Ross (who simply obtained collectively) and Rachel and Joey (ditto). The episode even takes on vaudeville undertones after Chandler pulls Joey out of Rachel’s room unbeknownst to a puzzled Rachel and an oblivious Ross.

121. The One with the Candy Hearts – Season one, episode 14

Carol, pregnant with Ben, finally ends up alone at a restaurant on Valentine’s Day after Susan wants to depart to are likely to an emergency. Ross, who occurs to be seated near her (and is on a date of his personal) tells her to come back over. The night devolves right into a last-ditch effort for Ross to get his ex-wife again – till he lastly accepts that they’ll by no means reunite. Monica, Phoebe and Rachel stage a “boyfriend bonfire” (through which they burn reminiscences of their respective exes) and bond with firefighters after the blaze will get out of hand.

120. The One with Rachel’s Dream – Season 9, episode 19

Ross and Chandler find yourself going collectively on a romantic weekend to Vermont (it’s a protracted story) and in an try and pay themselves again for the value of their room, embark on a quest to gather as many freebies as attainable. And in fact, Ross eats too many items of maple sweet, which is a golden alternative for David Schwimmer to drag off his “hyper Ross” efficiency.

119. The One Where Old Yeller Dies – Season two, episode 20

Phoebe’s shocked when she realises her mom shielded her from most unhappy film endings all through her childhood – and begins catching up on her pop-culture training. Ross causes (his then-girlfriend) Rachel to panic when he tells her he’s already mapped out their future as mother and father within the suburbs. Their argument ends with presumably probably the most angsty first “I love you” within the historical past of tv.

118. The One with Ross’s Denial – Season six, episode three

Yes, it was enjoyable to look at an enamoured Ross make one unhealthy resolution after the following whereas refusing to confess to himself that he was nonetheless head over heels in love with Rachel – and at this level within the present, he nonetheless hadn’t advised Rachel that he had didn’t get their Las Vegas marriage annulled.

117. The One with the Stoned Guy – Season one, episode 15

Monica desperately desires to impress the proprietor of a restaurant she’s hoping will rent her as a chef, however he’s excessive and extra involved in plain taco shells and gummy bears than her gourmand delicacies. Oh, and Ross’s date urges him to speak soiled to her, leading to him blurting out the phrase “vulva”.

116. The One Where They’re Up All Night – Season seven, episode 12

The title says all of it: for a wide range of causes, nobody can get night time’s sleep. Ross and Joey are caught on the roof, Tag and Rachel are caught up in a work-related argument, Chandler has insomnia and received’t let Monica sleep, and – the funniest of all – Phoebe’s hearth alarm retains beeping for no obvious motive.

115. The One with Ross’s Step Forward / The One with The Creepy Holiday Card – Season eight, episode 11

Ross freaks out when his girlfriend Mona suggests they ship a vacation card collectively and, in an try and keep away from a tough dialog, provides her a key (the solely key) to his residence. Classic Ross.

114. The One with Ross’s Inappropriate Song – Season 9, episode seven

New mother and father Ross and Rachel uncover that the one strategy to get their child daughter to snigger is to rap “Baby Got Back”, Sir Mix-A-Lot’s not precisely child-friendly hit. So what to they do? They rap. Poorly, inappropriately, and hilariously.

113. The One with the Fake Monica – Season one, episode 21

This one is so bizarre, but so attention-grabbing. When Monica’s bank card will get stolen, she catches the thief – who seems to be a lady with a really enjoyable, very felony life. Her one-episode friendship with the actual Monica is surprisingly touching, and it additionally helps Monica settle for herself for who she is.

112. The One Where Rosita Dies – Season seven, episode 13

Rosita, aka Joey’s reclining armchair, meets her premature demise. Rachel buys him a brand new one, however Chandler, who thinks he’s answerable for the tragedy, replaces Rosita along with his personal chair, resulting in some confusion on Joey’s half. All that is fairly entertaining, however nowhere close to as attention-grabbing as Phoebe’s try and preserve an workplace employee named Earl from taking his personal life. Their trade is filled with darkish humour, and it is at all times attention-grabbing to see Phoebe – quirky, enjoyable Phoebe – handle a high-stakes scenario.

111. The One Where Eddie Moves In – Season two, episode 17

Remember when Phoebe shot a music video for “Smelly Cat” and wasn’t even unhappy when she realised her voice had been changed by one other lady’s? Fun instances.

110. The One with Rachel’s Book – Season seven, episode two

Joey finds Rachel’s erotic guide and tries to make enjoyable of her for it, however appears to be confused as to the that means of the phrase “vicar”. And look, after seven seasons of the blokes’ monopoly on porn, it was good to see a feminine character (particularly prim and correct Rachel) getting in on the enjoyable.

109. The One Where Rachel Smokes – Season 5, episode 18

Rachel worries that her standing as a non-smoker means she’s getting excluded from necessary conversations at work – a delightfully Nineties concern. Also, Phoebe (who’s arranging a shock celebration with Monica) pronounces the sentence: “Monica is going to rue the day that she put me in charge of cups and ice”, which is simply epic.

108. The One with Ross’s Wedding, Part One – Season 4, episode 23

All the chums besides a really pregnant Phoebe fly to London, the place Ross is about to marry Emily – and discover out the venue is getting torn down. Joey, who’s initially extremely excited to go to the English capital, finally ends up feeling comically homesick after one cellphone name to New York.

107. The One with George Stephanopoulos – Season one, episode 4

Monica, Phoebe and Rachel are having probably the most miserable slumber occasion in historical past till they discover out that their pizza has been by accident delivered to George Stephanopoulos – and proceed to attempt to spy on the TV star. Oh, to be younger within the Nineties in New York City.

106. The One Where Rachel Quits – Season three, episode 10

Rachel quits her job as a waitress in quest of a greater profession path. By the tip of the episode, she has a brand new gig, which primarily consists of creating espresso for her boss. Still, it’s her first job in trend – and step one in Rachel’s series-long path to success.

105. The One with Rachel’s Other Sister – Season 9, episode eight

Reese Witherspoon couldn’t return as Rachel’s sibling Jill, so Christina Applegate was solid as her “other sister” – and did a outstanding job at bringing the unbearable, tactless Amy to life. This time round, Amy manages to get invited to Thanksgiving dinner with the group and has the gall to get outraged when she learns that, ought to Rachel and Ross die, she wouldn’t “get” their daughter Emma – whom she retains calling the unsuitable identify.

104. The One After the Superbowl, Part Two – Season two, episode 13

This one was odd however enjoyable – and it simply screams Nineties nostalgia. By its second season, Friends was standard sufficient to draw some high-profile visitor stars. Hence, Rachel and Monica combat over Jean-Claude Van Damme (I do know, awwww) and Chandler goes out with a former schoolmate performed by Julia Roberts. Delightful.

103. The One with the Proposal, Part One – Season six, episode 24

Sure. Chandler’s plans to suggest to Monica are very touching, however this episode’s actual * chef kiss * second occurs when Ross’s pupil / girlfriend, Elizabeth, bombards him with water balloons after he breaks up along with her. You GO, Elizabeth.

102. The One with the Prom Video – Season two, episode 14

Any sequence through which the chums are seen throughout their school years is headed straight to Cringeville (hiya, Courteney Cox in a fats go well with). Only redeeming second: when Rachel realises that a few years in the past, Ross was able to step in after her promenade date had apparently failed to indicate up. Thus, Ross and Rachel, who had kind of obtained collectively however probably not, kiss once more, and one in all community tv’s most iconic {couples} is reborn for good.

101. The One with Ross’s Thing – Season three, episode 23

Ross has a factor on his bottom. Is it a mole? Is it a cyst? No one appears to know! Only one factor is definite: Ross’s makes an attempt to seek out out will likely be more and more humiliating.

100. The One Where Rachel Is Late – Season eight, episode 22

Rachel is late. Late for what, you ask? To give start, in fact! She’s exhausted and justifiably cranky as her being pregnant continues previous its time period. A reminder if wanted of Jennifer Aniston’s comedic expertise.

99. The One with Rachel’s Going-Away Party – Season 10, episode 16

What a tearjerker. Rachel is making ready to depart New York for Paris, Chandler and Monica are about to maneuver to the suburbs, and the sequence is nearing its finish. The scenes through which Rachel bids goodbye to Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey are beautiful – and on the time they aired, they should have supplied some catharsis to heartbroken followers bidding the present farewell. After all this, in fact, Ross and Rachel argue, then kiss – and arrange the finale completely.

98. The One with Monica and Chandler’s Wedding, Part One – Season seven, episode 23

Friends had such a knack for marriage ceremony episodes. Monica and Chandler’s nuptials have been particularly beautiful, not simply because of the stunning couple, but additionally as a result of the writers made certain to incorporate attention-grabbing storylines along with the marriage itself. Here, we not solely get to look at Chandler and Monica making ready to tie the knot (cute! And a bit hectic when Chandler goes lacking) however we additionally discover out – gasp! – that one of many pals is pregnant.

97. The One Where Ross Moves In – Season 5, episode seven

Ross strikes in with Chandler and Joey – and seems to be probably the most unbearable roommate on the planet. Phoebe dates an over-eager restaurant inspector, and Rachel, determined for her new neighbour Danny to ask her out, proves surprisingly inept at taking part in it cool. It’s a enjoyable, beautiful little Friends episode, the place nothing main occurs aside from about 20 minutes of completely fulfilling tv.

96. The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry – Season six, episode 14

Remember when Ross briefly dated Rachel’s sister Jill? That was bizarre, proper? Weird however attention-grabbing. Meanwhile, Phoebe finds out that her an identical twin sister Ursula is starring in pornographic movies and utilizing her identify – and handles the scenario along with her typical panache.

95. The One with the Kips – Season 5, episode 5

Chandler and Monica have their first combat as a pair – and Chandler is flabbergasted to be taught that this doesn’t signify the tip of their relationship. A worthwhile lesson for each couple: it’s OK to argue! Speaking of which, Ross’s spouse Emily asks Ross to not see Rachel anymore, after he by accident mentioned her identify on the altar.

94. The One Where Phoebe Runs – Season six, episode seven

Sometimes, to put in writing a web page of TV historical past, that you must resort to hi-jinks and / or an abundance of dramatic pressure. Other instances, you’ll be able to simply have Phoebe Buffay run in a somewhat… distinctive approach in Central Park.

93. The One Where Joey Dates Rachel – Season eight, episode 12

Joey takes a pregnant Rachel out on a date, as a result of she misses that a part of her social life. It’s all very cute, though it foreshadows Joey’s forever-kind-of-uncomfortable crush on Rachel. The better part, although, comes when Ross desperately tries to carry on to a brand new instructing slot, although it takes place “across town”, aka on the opposite aspect of Manhattan. After a number of determined makes an attempt to cross the sizeable borough in 10 minutes (one in all which ends up in him fainting), he winds up instructing on rollerblades.

92. The One with Two Parts, Part Two – Season one, episode 17

George Clooney and Noah Wyle make a cameo as two docs treating Rachel after she hurts her ankle. It’s an ER / Friends crossover, within the mid-Nineties, again when each reveals have been of their infancy. Things don’t get significantly better than this.

91. The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy – Season three, episode one

Monica is so devastated after her break-up from Richard that she will’t sleep – till her father Jack drops by and tells her that Richard, too, is a wreck. Somehow, Monica’s story arc turns from painfully uncooked to very candy in a matter of 20 minutes. And that, my good friend, is what they name high quality tv.

90. The One with the Worst Best Man Ever – Season 4, episode 22

Joey is likely to be the worst finest man within the historical past of matrimony, however Phoebe steals the present because the funniest, angriest pregnant lady who retains snapping at her pals – all whereas denying she’s having temper swings. Just watch her yell on the crowd throughout her child bathe.

89. The One with the Sharks – Season 9, episode 4

After telling Phoebe’s boyfriend Mike that Phoebe has by no means had a severe relationship, Ross tries to repair his mistake – by posing as her tremendous severe (and intensely fictional) ex Vikram, a kite designer.

88. The One with the Baby Shower – Season eight, episode 20

Rachel turns into satisfied she received’t handle to handle her child by herself and welcomes her mom’s supply to maneuver in along with her after the start. Ross, nonetheless, steps in, and Rachel realises that 1) she received’t elevate the child alone as he will likely be there, and a pair of) she is totally able to taking good care of a toddler. It’s straightforward to neglect, amongst all of the jokes and the standard sitcom bells and whistles, how a lot Rachel grew as a personality over the course of 10 seasons – and this episode serves as a helpful reminder.

87. The One Where They’re Going to Party! – Season 4, episode 9

After studying that her personal boss, Joanna, sabotaged her software for a place as assistant purchaser as a result of she doesn’t need to lose her as a PA, Rachel is promised a big promotion. Sadly, Joanna dies earlier than any paperwork may undergo to make the adjustments official – that means Rachel is again to sq. one. Rachel at all times needed to battle to advance her profession, however this specific setback was… sudden, to say the least.

86.The One in Massapequa / The One with the Zesty Guy – Season eight, episode 18

Alec Baldwin is just unbelievable as Phoebe’s tremendous! cheerful! boyfriend Parker. Initially, Phoebe tries to embrace his joie de vivre, till she snaps and equates him to “Santa Claus on Prozac at Disneyland, getting laid”. What a diss.

85. The One with the Paediatrician – Season 9, episode three

Rachel (and, quickly after, the remainder of the chums) uncover that Ross continues to be seeing his childhood paediatrician, a lot to the group’s delight. More importantly, Joey agrees to go on a double date with Phoebe, forgets to discover a correct man for her, and finally ends up bringing the primary Mike he can discover at Central Perk. Enter Mike Hannigan, who will develop into Phoebe’s husband many episodes later.

84. The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS – Season 5, episode 4

Phoebe and Joey have an unimaginable debate about whether or not it’s attainable to do charity work solely for selfless causes. Meanwhile, Ross tries to make probably the most necessary choices of his life (does he transfer to London in an try to fix his relationship with Emily?) with the assistance of a… Magic 8 ball.

83. The One on the Last Night – Season six, episode six

It’s the final night time earlier than Rachel strikes out of Monica’s residence to make room for Chandler. Rachel and Monica preserve preventing with one another, which seems to essentially be a approach for them to not acknowledge how unhappy they’re. On the opposite aspect of the hall, Chandler invents a sport (“Cups”) to present Joey some money, as he believes that Joey received’t be capable of cope financially with out his roommate. Adorable.

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82. The One with a Chick and a Duck – Season three, episode 21

The chick and the duck, Joey and Chandler’s iconic pets, make their entrance. Ross will get picked to function on a panel on the Discovery Channel, however after Rachel injures her ribs, he provides up on his TV look (with out telling her) to take her to the hospital. The candy second comes as particular proof that their friendship is on the mend, a number of episodes after their dramatic break-up.

81. The One with the Blind Dates – Season 9, episode 14

Joey and Phoebe conspire to arrange Ross and Rachel on horrible blind dates. The funniest little bit of the episode happens on Rachel’s rendez-vous, throughout which he man named Steve complains about “doing something he hates for no money” and being “funny-looking” – however not really humorous. Jon Lovitz, who performs Steve, has impeccable supply and comedic timing.

80. The One with Ross’s Grant – Season 10, episode six

Ross is within the working for a extremely fascinating educational grant, however the man deciding whether or not or not he’ll get it occurs to be Ross’s girlfriend’s ex, who actually desires to get again along with mentioned girlfriend. Hilarity ensues. This is among the higher episodes of season 10.

79. The One with Rachel’s New Dress – Season 4, episode 18

Rachel is lastly courting Joshua, the Bloomingdale’s shopper she has been lusting after for a number of episodes, and – lengthy story quick – finally ends up having to exit to dinner with him and his mother and father in a negligee. All as a result of Joshua was too petrified of Joey and Chandler’s feathery pets (the duck and the rooster) to remain of their residence.

78. The One with the Jellyfish – Season 4, episode one

Rachel is contemplating going again with Ross and provides him a protracted letter, which she says irons out every little thing that beforehand went unsuitable of their relationship. All he must do is agree with it. Ross, naturally, falls asleep studying the letter. Upon waking up, he pretends he’s in full settlement – solely to seek out out in a while that Rachel desires him to take all of the blame for his or her previous points, which he’s not able to do. It sounds twisted as a result of it’s.

77. The One with the Cuffs – Season 4, episode three

Chandler begins courting Rachel’s boss Joanna. Rachel, fearing that this may have an effect on her job, asks him to cease. Chandler doesn’t – and winds up handcuffed to Joanna’s workplace chair, half bare. Moral of the story: take heed to Rachel. Also: Rachel and Chandler have been a fantastic pairing and may have had extra storylines collectively.

76. The One with the Fake Party – Season 4, episode 16

Aka the one the place Rachel improvises a celebration in hopes of seducing Joshua, and refuses to surrender even after making an attempt a cheerleading quantity (in her outdated uniform) and biting her lip.

75. The One with All the Kissing – Season 5, episode two

Chandler and Monica battle to cover their budding romance from the remainder of the group – to the purpose that Chandler is left pretending that he obtained used to kissing individuals on the lips as a greeting in Europe. Oh, to be younger and (secretly) in love.

74. The One Where Dr Ramoray Dies – Season two, episode 18

Sure, it’s very unhappy that Joey’s character on Days of Our Lives will get killed off. But how are we presupposed to really feel any sorrow when Chandler is busy coping with his extraordinarily unusual roommate Eddie, who at one level accuses Chandler of stealing his goldfish, earlier than changing mentioned animal with a goldfish cracker?

73. The One Where Everybody Finds Out – Season 5, episode 14

Phoebe, Joey and Rachel have all uncovered Monica and Chandler’s romance. But Monica and Chandler don’t know that they know… or do they? One factor is for sure, although: Ross doesn’t know. Until he does.

72. The One with the Cat – Season 4, episode two

Monica goes on a date with Chip Matthews, Rachel’s highschool promenade date… And realises he nonetheless very a lot lives like a well-liked high-school boy. Oh, and Joey and Chandler lose all of their furnishings after Joey willingly will get into his leisure unit (he was attempting to show a degree) and will get locked within it.

71. The One with Joey’s Porsche – Season six, episode 5

After discovering out that Ross by no means really filed for an annulment after their Las Vegas marriage ceremony, Rachel drags him to a choose’s workplace to take matter into her personal palms. She tries in useless to get their marriage annulled on varied bases, and Ross will get in an argument with a courtroom reporter who varieties his each phrase, together with the sentence: “Stop typing”.

70. The One with Joey’s Big Break – Season 5, episode 22

Chandler snaps and tells Joey that no, he doesn’t imagine that the low-budget Las Vegas film he’s been solid for goes to be his large break – and when he seems to be proper, Joey refuses to confess it and will get employed as a centurion at a resort. Rachel wants eye drops however refuses to get the therapy wherever close to her corneas, that means Monica and the opposite pals are left staging a dramatic shock intervention to ensure the drops go in.

69. The One with out the Ski Trip – Season three, episode 17

Everyone besides Ross embarks on a ski journey – as a result of Ross and Rachel have simply damaged up and might’t stand to be in one another’s firm. But the group’s automobile breaks down and solely Ross can come to their rescue. After a good quantity of backwards and forwards (and a little bit of a lecture from Phoebe) the 2 realise that they’re going to should discover a strategy to be in the identical room with out snapping at one another, to protect your complete group.

68. The One with the Engagement Picture – Season seven, episode 5

Phoebe begins courting a person named Kyle, and Ross goes out with Kyle’s ex Whitney. Naturally, Phoebe and Ross find yourself arguing primarily based on all of the horrible issues they’ve realized in regards to the different’s date – till Phoebe angrily tells Ross she and Kyle “want the last six years back”.

67. The One with Joey’s New Brain – Season seven, episode 15

Joey’s character on Days of Our Lives will get a brand new mind, or one thing like that. I don’t know as a result of I used to be too busy being attentive to Ross’s try and woo Monica and Chandler along with his bagpipes efficiency (which he desires to reiterate at their marriage ceremony). It’s so hilariously unhealthy that I’m fairly sure you’ll be able to see the solid cracking up.

66. The One with the Mugging – Season 9, episode 15

Phoebe realises, a lot to her horror, that she mugged Ross when she was dwelling on the road. At first, Ross is outraged (which, by the best way, is an effective way to assist your good friend who was as soon as homeless, Ross), however it seems that Phoebe has saved a comic book guide he drew as a toddler, titled Science Boy, all these years.

65. The One right here Rachel Has a Baby, Part Two – Season eight, episode 24

Rachel has a child. Phoebe meets a man. Joey passes as a physician to examine that mentioned man just isn’t a creep. Monica lets Rachel use the identify Emma, although she was planning on utilizing it for her personal kids. Joey by accident proposes to Rachel. Fun instances!

64. The Last One, Part Two – Season 10, episode 18

Of course, the finale was by no means going to land actually excessive up on this rating, as a result of it’s simply so unhappy to see the present finish. But watching it once more, 15 years later, I used to be struck by the truth that it’s really rather well carried out. Ross’s determined try and confess his like to Rachel earlier than her aircraft departs, mixed with Phoebe’s reckless driving as she tries to get Ross to JFK as quick as attainable – and that shock decision when Rachel reveals up at Ross’s residence and confirms that SHE GOT OFF THE PLANE – all of it’s simply so, so good.

63. The Last One, Part One – Season 10, episode 17

This one lands barely larger than half two solely as a result of the present doesn’t wrap up on the finish of the episode. It has all the stress of a sequence finale, with out the gut-wrenching melancholy.

62. The One with Phoebe’s Dad – Season two, episode 9

Phoebe tracks down her father upstate and brings Chandler and Joey along with her as she tries to muster the braveness to knock at his door. Once there, she realises she’s too scared that he’ll reject her, and leaves with out making an attempt to speak to him. Joey and Chandler, who have been presupposed to go Christmas procuring, find yourself shopping for “gifts” (if bathroom seat covers, soda cans and ribbed condoms qualify as such) from a fuel station.

61. The One with the Chicken Pox – Season two, episode 23

Phoebe’s on-again, off-again crush, who’s within the Navy, visits her within the metropolis. Unfortunately, they each get rooster pox and spent the weekend attempting and failing to not scratch their very itchy pores and skin. While this is happening, Joey will get a job at Chandler’s workplace and provides himself an imaginary spouse named Karen, Monica will get upset when she realises Richard has no obvious small obsession (not like Monica, who has many), and Ross sweeps Rachel off her ft in a Navy uniform. It’s a type of lighter-hearted episodes that simply works.

60. The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie – Season 4, episode 10

Ross, who for the file, lives in Manhattan, begins seeing a lady in Poughkeepsie, and whereas worldwide audiences may not have instantly realised what the issue was, all that you must know is that Poughkeepsie is many issues, and “close to Manhattan” isn’t precisely one in all them. It’s principally simply shut sufficient that Ross is tempted to pursue the connection, however far sufficient that it doesn’t finish effectively. His temptation to begin seeing a bigoted, unfunny, not-so-smart lady as an alternative simply because she lives uptown will resonate with the various New Yorkers who’ve spent sufficient time on the prepare for a lifetime.

59. The One After Ross Says Rachel – Season 5, episode one

Whatever occurs after somebody says the unsuitable identify on the altar is certain to be attention-grabbing.

58. The One with All the Wedding Dresses – Season 4, episode 20

Rachel spooks her boyfriend Joshua by prematurely proposing to him (as Ross prepares to tie the knot with Emily), then scares him away perpetually by answering the door in a marriage gown (which she was sporting for enjoyable with Monica and Phoebe). Oh, effectively.

57. The One with the List – Season two, episode eight

Ross, torn between his girlfriend Julie and Rachel, makes an inventory of professionals and cons for every of the ladies – and boy, does he remorse it.

56. The One with the Tiny T-Shirt – Season three, episode 19

After breaking apart with Rachel, Ross is about on getting again all of his belongings, together with a really tight T-shirt with the phrases “Frankie say relax” on it. Ultimately, although, he realises he wants to maneuver on and provides the T-shirt again to her.

55. The One with All the Resolutions – Season 5, episode 11

This one ought to actually be titled The One Where Ross Wears Leather Pants on a Date and Things Go Absolutely, Terribly Wrong.

54. The One with Phoebe’s Wedding – Season 10, episode 12

Phoebe’s about to marry Mike! That means she fires Monica as her marriage ceremony planner, then re-hires her. And simply when every little thing is nearly to fall into place, a blizzard threatens to cancel your complete occasion. But the chums find yourself improvising a small, lovable marriage ceremony on the snowy New York City streets, and it’s probably the most romantic moments in your complete present.

53. The One with the Videotape – Season eight, episode 4

Forget about romance, this one is all a couple of intercourse tape – particularly, the one Ross and Rachel shot kind of by accident whereas conceiving Emma. Their pals need to see it, Ross doesn’t need anybody to see it, Rachel may be satisfied – and unknowingly reveals to the group that she was the one who set her sights on Ross that night time.

52. The One with Five Steaks and an Eggplant – Season two, episode 5

Ross, Chandler and Monica don’t realise they make considerably more cash than Rachel, Phoebe and Joey – and rub salt within the wound after attending a really thrilling, considerably expensive Hootie and the Blowfish live performance.

51. The One with All the Cheesecakes – Season seven, episode 11

Rachel and Chandler preserve by accident receiving scrumptious cheesecakes meant for anyone else. And they preserve consuming them. As they need to.

50. The One Where Joey Speaks French – Season 10, episode 13

Spoiler alert: regardless of what he may inform Phoebe, Joey doesn’t really communicate French. But he can – kind of – drink a gallon of milk in 10 lengthy seconds.

49. The One with the Two Parties – Season two, episode 22

The total group comes collectively to maintain Rachel’s divorced mother and father from working into one another – which doesn’t sound that enjoyable in principle, however is hilarious in observe.

48. The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line – Season 4, episode seven

Chandler crosses the road. Which line, you ask? Well, the one separating him from Joey’s girlfriend’s lips, in fact. More enjoyable: Ross begins taking part in the keyboard once more and everybody (justly) thinks he’s terrible, besides Phoebe, who’s a fan.

47. The One with Ross’s Tan – Season 10, episode three

Ross doesn’t fairly perceive how his tanning sales space works (are you presupposed to depend with or with out Mississippis earlier than you flip to spray your different aspect?). A strong working joke.

46. The Pilot – Season one, episode one

Aka The One Where It All Began! It’s at all times enjoyable to re-watch the pilot, a full 25 years after it first aired. Everyone is so younger and unassuming.

45. The One with the Ride-Along – Season 5, episode 20

Ross, Chandler and Joey go on a ride-along with Phoebe’s cop boyfriend. Chandler is distressed after Joey geese in direction of Ross when a automobile backfires (sounding like a gunshot) and questions why Joey would save Ross’s life somewhat than his. Ross, in the meantime, is shaken by what he chooses to name a near-death expertise.

44. The One with Phoebe’s Cookies – Season seven, episode three

Monica actually, actually, actually desires the recipe for Phoebe’s scrumptious cookies, however it’s gone. After spending one episode attempting to recreate it, it seems the recipe is in the back of each bag of Nestle Toll House chocolate chips. And that’s the reason Phoebe’s grandmother is burning in hell.

43. The One with the Baby on the Bus – Season two, episode six

Chandler and Joey babysit Ross’s child son, Ben, and FORGET HIM ON A BUS. Things get very hectic and resolve out of pure luck. It’s not that always that Friends flirts with what may have been a six-part documentary sequence on Netflix.

42. The One with the Red Sweater – Season eight, episode two

Rachel nonetheless hasn’t advised the group who the daddy of her unborn little one is, however what we all know is that he owns a crimson sweater. And guess who owns a crimson sweater identical to this one? Tag, her former assistant / boyfriend! But additionally: Ross! Oh, the suspense.

41. The One After Vegas – Season six, episode one

Ross and Rachel get up after drunkenly tying the knot in Sin City, they usually’re none too happy. Unlike the viewers.

40. The One in Vegas, Part One – Season 5, episode 23

Ross and Rachel (who actually obtained a ton of display screen time on the finish of season 5 / early in season six) sit subsequent to one another on the aircraft to Vegas and begin competing to embarrass / annoy one another as a lot as attainable. Both are very profitable.

39. The One with the Proposal, Part Two – Season six, episode 24

Monica nearly finally ends up again with Richard, however in fact she doesn’t – and after a few misunderstandings, she proposes to Chandler as an alternative. Monica and Chandler are principally remembered because the smooth-sailing couple of the sequence (as soon as they discovered one another, they by no means actually let go), however these two did know methods to amp the drama each every now and then.

38. The One with the Routine – Season six, episode 10

“The routine” is a choreography that Ross and Monica invented as kids, which they’re keen (very keen) to carry out on ABC throughout Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve programme. “The routine” may additionally be the funniest reminiscence dug up from Ross and Monica’s childhood.

37. The One Where Estelle Dies – Season 10, episode 15

Monica and Chandler are shocked to seek out out that Janice (sure, Chandler’s ex Janice) is contemplating shopping for the home proper subsequent to their future suburban residence. Ross bribes Rachel’s former boss to persuade him to re-hire her (and preserve her from shifting to Paris for a place at Louis Vuitton). Joey’s agent Estelle dies, and Phoebe, unaware that Joey is aware of, pretends to be Estelle throughout a hilarious (and, from Joey’s standpoint, complicated) cellphone name. All this to say: there are numerous shifting components, which one way or the other come collectively to convey the present slightly nearer to its ending.

36. The One After ‘I Do’ – Season eight, episode one

Monica and Chandler have tied the knot, that means we’re free to deal with what really issues: Rachel’s being pregnant. After Monica finds out that her good friend is likely to be anticipating, she convinces Rachel to take one other being pregnant take a look at throughout her marriage ceremony reception. As all three anticipate the leads to the toilet, Phoebe pulls off a dangerous however masterful trick when she first tells Rachel the take a look at is destructive – and, after witnessing Rachel’s apparent disappointment, revealing that the take a look at is definitely constructive. Maybe don’t do that in actual life, however within the land of fiction, it’s fairly cute.

35. The One with Monica and Chandler’s Wedding, Part Two – Season seven, episode 24

The pals spare no effort to maintain Monica from discovering out that Chandler has gone lacking, hours earlier than their marriage ceremony. Joey, who is meant to officiate the ceremony, is at risk of lacking out as a result of he’s attempting to shoot a film scene with a hopelessly drunk co-star. Of course, every little thing works out, and the episode (in addition to the seventh season) ends with one of many present’s greatest plot twist when it’s revealed that Rachel is pregnant.

34. The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance – Season six, episode 4

In an incident that may rang true to anybody who has ever tried getting healthcare protection within the US, Joey loses his insurance coverage and instantly will get a hernia – which he refuses to get handled till his protection resumes. This can be the episode through which a panicked Ross places on an English accent whereas giving his first lecture – and tries to section it out when he realises he can’t presumably stick with it for the remainder of the semester.

33.​ The One in Vegas, Part Two – Season 5, episode 24

Chandler and Monica discover their approach again to one another after Monica has lunch along with her ex boyfriend Richard. Ross and Rachel are confined to their resort room as a result of Ross drew a moustache on Rachel’s face with indelible ink – till they get drunk and exit to take pleasure in Vegas. And find yourself getting married within the course of.

32. The One with Phoebe’s Uterus – Season 4, episode 11

Phoebe agrees to hold her brother’s triplets, Ross and Joey begin a mini revolution so that each one workers sit collectively at Ross’s office, however most significantly, Monica teaches Chandler a vital lesson about methods to pleasure a lady. Yay for wholesome representations of feminine sexuality on display screen.

31. The One Where Ross Finds Out – Season two, episode seven

Rachel, who’s attempting arduous to neglect her emotions for Ross (who continues to be courting Julie), goes on a date with a person named Michael. She has a pair extra drinks than strictly vital and determine to name Ross in the course of dinner to inform him that she’s over him (as a result of nothing says “I’m over you” like a protracted voicemail recorded throughout a date with another person). And that, my good friend, is what they name closure.

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This article was initially printed in February 2019



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