Ranking the 15 Best Episodes of ‘Friends’

At its core, Friends was a show about a group of friends that maybe didn’t know exactly what they were doing or where they were headed, but they had each other to lean on along the way. And we got to experience their highs, lows, triumphs, and struggles along the way.
Here are my rankings of the 25 best Friends episodes.

“The One After The Super Bowl” (Season 2, Episodes 12 & 13)

The two most-watched episodes of the entire series gave us the Ross and Marcel reunion we all needed. This two-parter was jam-packed with stars from Jean Claude Van Damme, who was crushing on Rachel and propositioning Monica for a threesome with Drew Barrymore, as well as Julia Roberts, who got revenge on Chandler by leaving him naked in a restaurant bathroom. Phoebe dated Chris Isaak and Joey went on a date with his stalker (Brooke Shields). It was hilarious all around.

“The One With the Morning After” (Season 3, Episode 16)

This was one of the more serious episodes of the series, which took place after Rachel found out Ross slept with another woman when he thought they were “on a break.” It was one of the more grown-up episodes, where we saw the two deal with the situation, which ultimately ended with Rachel turning down Ross’ plea for a reunion. But there were some humorous aspects to it, which involved Monica, Phoebe, Chandler and Joey being stuck in Monica’s room for hours as they listened to it all go down.

“The One With the Lesbian Wedding” (Season 2, Episode 11)

This episode centered on Carol and Susan’s wedding and Ross’ reaction from start to finish. Phoebe also had a massage client that died on the table in front of her, and she now believes that spirit is inside of her — Mrs. Adleman, who always stated to want to see “everything” before she died, which made for some hilarious moments.

“The One Hundredth” (Season 5, Episode 3)

Friends‘ 100th episode was eventful to say the least. Phoebe goes into labor, which finds our gang at the hospital for some pretty hilarious subplots. From Chandler’s jealousy as Rachel tries to set Monica up with a hot male nurse to Joey’s kidney stones to Phoebe giving birth, it was a fitting episode for the 100th.

“The One With Ross’ Sandwich” (Season 5, Episode 9)

Laughing at Ross having a breakdown seems cruel, but it’s still hilarious mostly because it’s all about a sandwich. When his boss eats his sandwich, Ross goes off, as all the anger about his eviction and divorce with Rachel coming flowing out. Also in the episode, Joey covers for Monica and Chandler’s relationship, where he winds up being pegged as an addict to keep the truth from everyone.

“The One With Joey’s Porsche” (Season 5, Episode 6)

When Joey finds the keys to a Porsche, he claims it as his own as he realizes it’s helping him with the ladies. But even when the owner finds his car again, Joey pretends that the Porsche is still hidden under a car cover as a way to continue flirting with women. That is until someone crashes into the pile of boxes outing his secret. Also in this episode, Rachel learns that Ross didn’t get an annulment as he promised, and she rightfully freaks out.

“The One With Chandler in a Box” (Season 4, Episode 8)

This is the first of several Thanksgiving episodes on this list and for good reason. After Chandler tells Joey that he kissed his girlfriend Kathy — and that he has feelings for her — Joey refuses to speak to him, putting a wrench in one of the best friendships on the show. As a way to prove his loyalty to Joey, Chandler agrees to sit in a box for several hours, which is a callback to when Joey was locked in the entertainment unit for hours. Also in this episode, Monica invites Richard’s son to Thanksgiving dinner, which ends in an awkward post-meal kiss.

“The One With the Jellyfish” (Season 4, Episode 1)

In this season premiere, we learn that Ross chooses a possibility of getting back with Rachel over current girlfriend Bonnie. And while everyone’s happy for the pair, Rachel can’t think about a reunion until Ross reads a letter she wrote for him detailing her thoughts on their break-up, specifically the whole Ross sleeping with someone else thing. Ross falls asleep while reading the letter — which is 18 pages, “front and back!” — so he doesn’t realize what he’s agreeing to take responsibility for.

“The One With All the Thanksgivings” (Season 5, Episode 8)

In this Thanksgiving episode, we get flashbacks to past Thanksgivings, specifically Chandler’s time with the Gellars in two different years. After Monica hears Chandler call her fat, she loses a ton of weight as a means to get back at him for humiliating her, and it all ends with Chandler losing his pinky toe. This episode also has frozen turkeys on different people’s heads and Chandler’s first love confession for Monica.

“The One With the Football” (Season 3, Episode 9)

Another one of their classic Thanksgiving episodes, “The One With the Football” gave us a look at the rivalry between Monica and Ross. In the episode, our six friends played some football, which brought out some friendly and not-so-friendly competition between family and friends.

“The One With the Proposal, Part 2” (Season 6, Episode 25)

Every Friends fan remembers where they were when Monica and Chandler got engaged. It was a classic moment in series history for the best couple on the show as both Monica and Chandler proposed to each other, which left them in tears, as well as the audience.

“The One Where Ross Finds Out” (Season 2, Episode 7)

For most of the series, it was Ross who was pining after Rachel. When she found out, she wanted to give it a try. The only problem was, he met Julie and the pair started dating. In this episode, Rachel gets drunk on a date and leaves Ross a voicemail where she reveals her true feelings for him. When Ross hears it, he’s equally shocked and frustrated given Rachel finally has feelings for him when he’s dating another woman. While the pair get into a fight about the timing of it all, it ends with that iconic rain kiss.

“The One With Unagi” (Season 6, Episode 17)

This is another episode that all Friends fans remember if only for one word — Unagi, also known as “a state of total awareness” or “salmon skin roll.” After Rachel and Phoebe take self-defense classes, Ross doesn’t believe they’re truly prepared, so he educates them on Unagi, which makes for some hilarious moments where they scare each other. This is also the episode where Chandler gives Monica a mixtape for Valentine’s Day, but it turns out it was originally from Janice for Chandler.

“The One With All the Cheesecakes” (Season 7, Episode 11)

When Rachel and Chandler find a cheesecake that’s been delivered to Monica’s apartment by mistake, the two find themselves hooked on it. This episode gave us one of the few storylines that both Rachel and Chandler shared, and they were quite the dynamic duo as they’re stealing and eating cheesecake intended for their neighbors. Meanwhile, Monica isn’t invited to her cousin’s wedding and goes with Ross as his plus-one only to discover that the groom is her ex-boyfriend, which makes for an awkward, hilarious reveal.

“The One in Vegas, Parts 1 & 2” (Season 5, Episodes 23 & 24)

In this two-parter, the gang heads to Las Vegas, where Joey is working at a casino waiting for an independent film he’s starring in to get funded. This is also where Monica and Chandler let fate decide whether they should get hitched in Vegas. But it’s actually Ross and Rachel who wind up getting wasted and married, which kind of killed the marriage mood for Monica and Chandler.

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