The 16 Best Episodes Of 'Friends' Ever

The 16 Best Episodes Of 'Friends' ~

The one where we rank all the best and funniest episodes of 'Friends'. Words by Junkee

By Junkee, 17/9/2020

It’s difficult to think of a show with just as much cultural relevancy, with the sheer cursed power and legacy, as that of the beloved TV sitcom Friends.

Ross and Rachel. “How YOU doin?” “We were on a break”. The smelly cat. Nonsense phrases that Friends has made instantly recognisable.

Over ten seasons, 236 short and snappy episodes (and a short-lived and critically reviled spinoff), Friends was influential in ways that still, decades after its last episode, ripple through our culture. I won’t even just limit its effect to just pop-culture — you only need to look at the effect of ‘The Rachel’, the haircut that was so astonishing that millions of women rushed to salons to duplicate the cut. You only need to look at the phenomenon of millions of people learning how to speak the English language from Friends clips, idioms and all.

Such is the power of Friends.

But it’s wrong to think that the influence of Friends lies only in its legacy — the rise of streaming services has meant that Friends has remained one of the most lucrative franchises in the known universe, with ridiculously expensive bidding wars being waged for the honour of having it on your platform. Meanwhile, because its so accessible, teens who weren’t alive while it was on the air are rediscovering it in massive numbers. The show is enduring.

That said — it is an artefact of the times, and while many of the jokes, the storylines, and the characters remain enjoyable, a huge amount is problematic and, frankly, upsetting. But, what are you gonna do? The show persists.

So, with that in mind, the Junkee team has put together a list of the 16 best ever episodes of Friends, using a system that ranks each episode based off a bunch of different criteria. Could it BE any more iconic?


#16. ‘The One Where They All Turn 30’ (Season 7, Episode 14)

Look, let’s be honest. A lot of the gags that made Friends a TV titan haven’t aged well. The series is bloody riddled with homophobia, transphobia, fat-phobia, and sexism, among other things.

But, at a time when millennials are being dragged by Gen Z for our particular cultural quirks (or, as those of us who love Harry Potter and natural wine like to call them, “coping mechanisms”), ‘The One Where They All Turn 30’ only gains pertinence the older you get.

Watching the episode as a 13-year-old when it premiered back in 2001, I couldn’t relate to the cast’s mixed (and hilarious) reactions to turning 30. To me, then, the Big 3-0 was ancient. But as I approached that milestone myself, the better I was able to relate to Rachel’s anger (and her sudden desire to “get something pierced”), Joey’s desperation, Phoebe’s sense of accomplishment, and Monica’s inclination to show up to her own birthday party blackout drunk (I said it was relatable, not pretty).

And that’s what this episode does so well: captures the wholly individual yet shared experience of entering the “next phase”. I only wish the writers had been more honest about the size of the hangover Monica undoubtedly suffered in the days following her ill-fated celebration.

Cultural relevance: 4/10
Quotability: 2/10
Iconic moments: 0/10
Emotional resonance: 8/10
Laughs: 8/10

Total score: 22/50

Words by: Kristen Amiet


#15. ‘The One With Phoebe’s Wedding’ (Season 10, Episode 12)

Weddings were one of Friends’ most reliable narrative vehicles (in fact, they got their own DVD feature, titled The One With All The Weddings, in 2006), thanks in large part to their scope: they could be incredibly heartfelt or incredible failures. The wedding of Phoebe and Mike (also known briefly as Crap Bag), played by ageless Golden Retriever person Paul Rudd, falls into the former camp.

‘The One With Phoebe’s Wedding’ is great for two reasons: first, because we finally get the resolution we’d all hoped for when Mike and Phoebe first got together in season 9 (the David stans can show themselves out). And, second, because it really captures all the reasons we fell in love with this bunch of idiots 10 seasons earlier.

Tasked with planning the wedding, Monica is at her most neurotic, but yet her heart is in the right place. Desperate to meaningfully contribute, Chandler and Ross are insufferably needy, but that neediness is (mostly) the product of emotional growth. Originally chosen to give the bride away and then required to officiate the wedding, Joey’s unshakeable confidence is as much of an asset as it’s ever been.

It’s the wholesome culmination of the 10 years of ups and downs we shared with this group and it’s beautiful to watch. (Fun fact: this specific episode won an Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography). You love to see it.

Cultural relevance: 2/10
Quotability: 2/10
Iconic moments: 2/10
Emotional resonance: 10/10
Laughs: 8/10

Total score: 24/50

Words by: Kristen Amiet


#14. ‘The One With Unagi’ (Season 6, Episode 17)

‘The One With Unagi’ may not be the first Friends episode to spring to mind when you think of the absolute classics.

The A plot involves Ross facing off with Phoebe and Rachel over the concept of ‘Unagi’, a “state of total awareness” that allows one to defend themselves at all times. In the B plot, Chandler and Monica are attempting to make each other Valentine’s Day gifts, rather than buy them. And in the C plot, Joey tries to make some extra cash by participating in a medical experiment for identical twins.

As a narrative, this episode doesn’t really serve any greater purpose in the Friends universe, but it is a really solid episode where each of the main six cast members get to play to their strengths. David Schwimmer, the best comedic actor of the bunch (I will die on this hill), has some wonderful moments, including his unique pronunciation of ‘karate’ (KA-RA-TAY), his screaming as he’s attacked by Rachel and Phoebe, and his post-credits attempt at revenge that goes horribly wrong.

The moment the medical receptionist slaps down Joey’s attempt to hit on her (“We already got the results back on that one and they’re not good”) is a hidden gem. Jennifer Aniston’s “salmon skin roll” is iconic, and the episode caps off with a surprise appearance from the show’s best recurring character, Janice, singing ‘My Funny Valentine’ on the mix tape that Chandler “made” for Monica.

Any Janice appearance will always get bonus points on my scorecard.

Cultural relevance: 6/10 (We all need a little more unagi in our lives)
Quotability: 7/10
Iconic moments: 5/10
Emotional resonance: 3/10
Laughs: 9/10

Total score: 25/50

Words by: Rob Stott


#13. ‘The One With The Videotape’ (Season 8, Episode 4)

“Years ago, when I was backpacking across western Europe…”

Guys, be honest — doesn’t just hearing the start of Joey’s story about the time he went hiking through the foothills of Mount Tibidabo make you want to hook up with a ’90s Matt LeBlanc? It’s ok, this is a safe space.

After Ross confides to Joey that he hasn’t had sex in six months, Joey tells him this story and says if he repeats it on his date that night he’s sure to get lucky. He doesn’t, so borrows Joey’s video camera to record himself practicing — and lo and behold, accidentally records he and Rachel getting together (and conceiving their illegitimate child! A truly magical moment).

It’s an episode full of under-appreciated lines — “Oh there he is now, the father of my child, the porn king of the West Village” — although it is a tad disturbing to see how keen Monica is to see her brothers’ sex tape.

Cultural relevance: 4/10
Quotability: 4/10
Iconic moments: 6/10
Emotional resonance: 4/10 (we do get to see some very sweet moments between Ross and Rachel)
Laughs: 8/10

Total score: 26/50

Words by: Rachael Conaghan


 #12. ‘The One With The Holiday Armadillo’ (Season 7, Episode 10)

It’s nice that Friends managed to be unproblematic and quite wholesome for a holiday episode.

The main plot of this episode revolves around Ross getting his son Ben (the future Riverdale star, Cole Sprouse) for the Christmas holidays, and deciding to use this time to teach him about the miracles of Hanukkah. The contrast between Ben’s supreme excitement about the glitz and glamour of Christmas, and Santa, and presents, compared to Ross’s dour attempt at spicing up Hanukkah is done very well — I don’t know if TV has ever manifested such a glorious drip as Ross.

Ross also can’t get a Santa costume this close to Christmas, which seems fake, but sure — and in classic Ross style, tries to make up for this by wearing a huge armadillo costume, and passing himself off as a lesser known festive figure, the Holiday Armadillo.

It’s inherently good comedy — a bunch of adults trying to pass off a huge armadillo as an exciting Santa-substitute is wonderful. Ross dolefully exclaiming “the Maccabees!” on repeat, but being interrupted each time, is perfect. The absurdity is then compounded when Chandler DOES turn up as Santa, and Joey arrives as Superman.

This is some good wholesome fun! There’s nothing bad here!

The B plot is a very by the numbers sitcom storyline about Phoebe trying to drive a wedge between Rachel and Joey, so Rachel will come back and live with her.

Cultural relevance: 4/10
Quotability: 4/10
Iconic moments: 2/10
Emotional resonance: 6/10
Laughs: 10/10

Total score: 26/50

Words by: Patrick Lenton


#11. ‘The One With All The Resolutions’ (Season 5, Episode 11)

“They’re still not coming on man, and now the lotion and the powder have made a paste!!!”

Watching Ross physically struggle to slip back into a pair of too-tight leather pants, mid-date, with a white lotion-powder paste smeared everywhere is easily the best physical comedy in the entire series. Seriously, seeing Ross attempt to squirm back into his pants, as he desperately asks Joey for help over the phone in the hopes that Elizabeth Hornswoggle (a name that is also inherently funny) doesn’t hear, is high-art.

But beyond Ross’ storyline, which alone easily makes this episode rank in the Top 16, everyone else’s New Year’s Eve resolutions managed to sum up each of the gang’s personalities perfectly. If you showed ‘Resolutions’ to someone who had never watched Friends before, they’d easily instantly understand who each character was in just 23 short minutes.

Between Chandler not being able to make fun of anyone, Rachel struggling not to gossip, and Phoebe unrealistically planning to fly a jet while trying to teach Joey how to play guitar with unconventional techniques like “bear claw”, “turkey leg” and “old lady”, ‘Resolutions’ is a perfect Friends episode.

Plus, how can anyone forget that ‘Resolutions’ was the point where Monica and Chandler’s secret relationship began to unravel with Rachel accidentally listening in on the couple’s call and breaking her “no gossiping” resolution to talk to Joey about it?! Juicy, funny and iconic.

Cultural relevance: 4/10
Quotability: 4/10
Iconic moments: 8/10
Emotional resonance: 2/10 (Ben did draw Ross as a cowboy because of his failed leather pants)
Laughs: 10/10

Total score: 28/50

Words by: Michelle Rennex


#10. ‘The One with the Proposal Part 1 and 2’ (Season 6, Episode 24 and 25)

Easily one of the most tear-jerking and important episodes of Friends, was when Monica and Chandler finally got engaged.

In the double-length Season 6 finale, we watched Joey accidentally buy a $20,000 yacht at a silent auction after he got confused and thought it was a guessing competition, Ross break up with his student-girlfriend, the others make a “back-up plan” to marry each other by 40, and Monica’s loser ex, Richard, totally derail Chandler’s plans to propose.

Just as Chandler is about to propose to Monica at a romantic dinner, Richard walks in and joins the couple with his own date. Unaware that Richard had crashed the dinner and thwarted Chandler’s plans, the others ask to see Monica’s hands and Chandler starts to pretend that he hates marriage to throw Monica off the scent.

However right as this happens, Richard professes his love for Monica and tells her is now ready for marriage and kids. Not knowing this, Chandler continues to talk about how marriage is stupid, which causes Monica to second-guess her decision to be with him. After Monica storms off, Chandler realises that he needs to stop messing around and propose ASAP, but Joey tells him that she had already packed her bags and left.

Sad and regretful, Chandler races to his now-candle filled apartment and sees Monica down on one knee ready to propose to him. Unable to get the words out over her crying, Chandler gets down on one knee too, and proposes right back. And the rest is history. Tears. Every single time.

Cultural relevance: 8/10
Quotability: 0/10
Iconic moments: 7/10
Emotional resonance: 10/10
Laughs: 4/10

Total score: 29/50

Words by: Michelle Rennex


#9. ‘The One With the Jellyfish’ (Season 4, Episode 1)

Ross and Rachel have a lot of peaks and troughs, and this episode is one of the more lighthearted troughs.

We’re knee-deep in the “we were on a break”, multiple confusing letters, blah blah blah, big relationship drama storyline, and the important thing is that they are MAD at each other, rather than super sad. Sad comes later. We love them mad. This is a funny breakup. This is a funny episode.

The iconic line, “just so you know, it’s not that common, it doesn’t happen to everyone, and it IS a big deal” is shouted by Rachel at a retreating Ross here.

But it’s also the episode where the show becomes self aware of the “we were on a break” meme that they’ve created. “If you say that one more time, I’M breaking up with you!” moans Chandler, after Ross breaks it out again. Iconic.

It’s good stuff, and we also get the titular Friends going somewhere other than one of two apartments we usually see them in — the beach! And the beach B-plot is actual gold. While at the beach (isn’t it weird when they’re NOT in their apartment?), Monica gets stung by a jellyfish. Chandler and Joey are the only two around, and it falls on them to provide the urine to fix the pain — which is a real thing, btw. You pee on a jellyfish sting, and it helps.

Seems fairly puerile humour, but they let the consequences of the action escalate from absurdity into utter melodrama, culminating in a big, over-acted reveal, like something pulled from a old timey noir movie. It’s very, very funny, and one of the best uses of Friends occasional departures from realism.

Cultural relevance: 8/10 ( we were on a break is lexicon, baby)
Quotability: 8/10
Iconic moments: 6/10
Emotional resonance: 0/10
Laughs: 8/10

Total score: 30/50

Words by: Patrick Lenton


#8. ‘The One With Joey’s New Brain’ (Season 7, Episode 15)

Listen, this episode would be funny purely for the scene in which Ross attempts to play the bagpipes. Honestly, I have cry-laughed watching this before. Phoebe attempting to sing along… it’s perfect comedy. PERFECT.

Monica and Chandler are preparing for their wedding, and realise through a series of clues (hearing him), that Ross wants to pay homage to Chandler’s distant Scottish heritage, and play ‘Celebration’ on the bagpipes. He manages to convince them to give him an audition. It is very bad. They say no. But good lord it is funny.

“You know the words — sing along!” says Ross.

Then, you get to watch the outtake of the cast themselves realising it’s inherently funny, and laugh again.

The main plot is about Joey’s character on Days Of Our Lives, Dr Drake Remoray, coming out of his coma — but with the brain of the beloved character Jessica Lockheart. Joey attempts to get tips from the actress who plays Jessica Lockheart, Cecilia Monroe (played by Susan Sarandon), and a really cute affair blossoms between them.

Joey doesn’t get a lot of romances that aren’t either tawdry or unbelievable, and I think there is meant to be an inherent comedy about having a liaison with an older soap star. A lot of their engagements are played for laughs, and it is funny — but it’s also rather cute. You really believe, that perhaps just in this moment, these two people genuinely care and respect for each other, and have a gorgeous flash-in-the-pan romance. I love it.

The other storyline is about Rachel and Phoebe fighting over the phone of a cute guy, and it’s just fine, it has some good moments like Phoebe continually knocking said phone out of Rachel’s hand.

Cultural relevance: 6/10
Quotability: 3/10
Iconic moments: 6/10
Emotional resonance: 6/10
Laughs: 10/10

Total score: 31/50

Words by: Patrick Lenton


#7. ‘The One With The Cop’ (Season 5, Episode 16)

Let’s cut to the chase: ‘The One With The Cop’ isn’t a particularly memorable episode on its own.

In it, Phoebe finds a police officer’s badge and uses it to run around doing good deeds until she’s sprung (and subsequently asked out) by the cop who owns it. At the same time, Joey wrestles with some commitment issues in a storyline that’s largely forgettable, save for this gif.

All told, it was a fine episode. But it’s on this list for one reason. Hell, it’s on this list for one word: “PIVOT!”

The scene where Ross recruits Chandler and Rachel to help move his new couch into his apartment via a too-narrow staircase is the stuff of TV comedy legend thanks to David Schwimmer’s perfectly unhinged and increasingly desperate delivery of that single, two-syllable word.

It’s just so bloody funny that the bloopers of Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, and Schwimmer absolutely losing it are as hilarious as the final edit (Schwimmer said it was “the hardest [he’d] laughed in his life”).

The “Pivot!” scene’s cultural impact was such that it’s now actually illegal to move house without shouting it. True story.

Cultural relevance: 8/10
Quotability: 10/10
Iconic moments: 4/10
Emotional resonance: 2/10
Laughs: 8/10

Total score: 32/50

Words by: Kristen Amiet


#6. ‘The One Where Ross Is Fine’ (Season 10, Episode 2)

Watching Ross, margarita in hand, drunkenly try to convince his friends that he’s fine when he’s clearly not is an eternal mood.

His complete denial, manic hospitality, and aggressive enthusiasm for his fajitas is spectacular to watch. Plus I’m a big fan of spontaneous acrostic poems about love, and in this ep Ross delivers the best one since that Frank Sinatra song they used in The Parent Trap.

I also love this episode because it gives me an opportunity to voice my opinion that Rachel and Joey were a better couple than Rachel and Ross. Yes, I know this is controversial, no I don’t care.

The episode is obviously overshadowed by Ross catching Joey and Rachel kissing, but it also has really heartfelt moments when Joey and Ross have a heart-to-heart about feelings, and Phoebe and her brother have a heart-to-heart about how much he loves his kids even though they’re little monsters.

Plus, we get to watch Chandler tell that kid who grew up to marry Meghan Trainor that he’s adopted.

Cultural relevance: 4/10
Quotability: 10/10
Iconic moments: 8/10
Emotional resonance: 4/10
Laughs: 8/10

Total score: 34/50

Words by: Rachael Conaghan


#5. ‘The One with the Prom Video’ (Season 2, Episode 14)

The ‘Prom Video’ episode is canon, as it sparked the start of Ross and Rachel dating.

It begins with Ross upset over Rachel, after getting caught making a list of pros and cons for dating her (classic Ross) and leaving Julie. There’s also a side plot with Joey gifting Chandler a bracelet, which he despises and eventually loses, leading to him purchasing another bracelet just in time for the original bracelet to be found. He gives the second one to Joey and they begrudgingly become “bracelet buddies.”

But this episode’s most memorable moments are saved for the final few minutes, as the gang watch an old videotape of Monica and Rachel getting ready for the prom. Rachel’s date stands her up, so to surprise her, Ross gets suited up and ready to save the night.

However, as he walks down the stairs, he sees Rachel rush out the door with her date and the deflated look on his face is heartbreaking. I remember watching it for the first time and it felt like my heart was shattered into pieces.

After Rachel watches the tape’s scene play out, she walks over to Ross and kisses him — which is the start of their on/off relationship which would span all ten seasons.

As they embrace, Phoebe exclaims, “See? He’s her lobster!” It’s perfection and solidifies this scene as one for the pop culture history books.

Cultural relevance: 8/10
Quotability: 6/10
Iconic moments: 8/10
Emotional resonance: 10/10
Laughs: 4/10

Total score: 36/50

Words by: Tara Watson.


#4. ‘The One with the Embryos’ (Season 4, Episode 12)

I reckon this might be one of the most misleading titled episodes of Friends ever.

I mean — yes, there are embryos. Phoebe gets implanted with a whole bunch of embryos, so she can be a surrogate for her stupid brother and his former-teacher bride (a relationship which still gives me the icks, tbh). There’s a whole bunch of medical back and forth, the stakes are raised when Phoebe discovers the cost of the procedure, and that everything depends on her getting pregnant this one time.

She does. We are happy for her. But very few people go back to specifically re-watch the surrogacy saga storyline.

The REAL story, the BEST plot, one of the funniest and high-paced skits in the entire show, is the game of spontaneous friend trivia that breaks out between Joey and Chandler versus Rachel and Monica, moderated by Ross. Colloquially known as ‘The One With The Trivia Game’, what starts as a fight between the friends about the poultry in the boys apartment waking everyone up, turns into a high stakes and hilarious trivia game, about who knows who better.

It starts off with money on the table, but Monica’s insane competitive streak pushes things until an apartment swap is proposed if the girls lose. Monica’s apartment is clearly very beautiful. In the weird bubble of the Friendiverse, you couldn’t possibly think of a higher form of currency than the apartment. In many ways, it’s the seventh Friend.

The trivia game itself is chock full of gags, and as I mentioned before, faster paced than usual. It has such ICONIC jokes as “Miss Chanandler Bong”, the pseudonym used by the boys on their TV Guide.

But it’s also, in the end, exactly what we want to see — some good friends turning their friendship into an incredibly silly competition. We love friends!

Cultural relevance: 8/10
Quotability: 7/10
Iconic moments: 8/10
Emotional resonance: 4/10
Laughs: 10/10

Total score: 37/50

Words by: Patrick Lenton


#3. ‘The One Where Ross Got High’ (Season 6, Episode 9)

Friends’ holiday episodes are always a series highlight and this is by far the best one.

Like any great Friends episode, there is a lot going on at once, and each character’s storyline is weaved in to the other. Monica is holding Thanksgiving Day, with her parents coming over for the first time since she started dating Chandler. Throughout the day Monica and Chandler cover up the fact that Ross got high in college, Joey tries to escape to attend Janine’s dancer party, Phoebe realises she has a crush on Jack (or possibly French marine Jacques Cousteau), and Rachel’s first attempt at cooking results in a layer of beef inside her dessert trifle.

By the end of the day, the entire mess comes untangled as each person yells out their own admission. Monica outs Ross for getting high, Joey admits he wants to leave, Rachel realises she wasn’t supposed to put beef in the trifle and Phoebe shouts out to anyone who will listen: “And I love Jacques Cousteau!”

The episode’s events are then perfectly summarised by Judy replying, “That’s a lot of information to get in thirty seconds,” before she instructs the distressed gang, “Joey, if you wanna leave, just leave. Rachel, no, you weren’t supposed to put beef in the trifle. It did not taste good. Phoebe, I’m sorry, but I think Jacques Cousteau is dead.”

I’ve watched this episode approximately 108 times and that end scene never fails to make me laugh until my tummy hurts. It’s high art.

Cultural relevance: 6/10
Quotability: 8/10
Iconic moments: 8/10
Emotional resonance: 6/10
Laughs: 10/10

Total score: 38/50

Words by: Tara Watson.


#2. ‘The One Where Everybody Finds Out’ (Season 5, Episode 14)

One of the biggest plot points throughout the series is Monica and Chandler’s relationship, and mainly, their struggle to keep it under wraps so their friends wouldn’t find out. ‘The One Where Everybody Finds Out’ saw this plan of secrecy crumble, hilariously.

This episode features the iconic window scene, where Phoebe first learns that Monica and Chandler are having sex by literally witnessing it from Ugly Naked Guy’s infamous apartment across the street, as Ross was inspects the home to rent.

After Phoebe learns that Rachel and Joey are also wise to the secret couple, she starts to mess with Chandler by flirting with him, which eventually leads to the couple playing right back as the “messers become the messees”. Much to Phoebe’s dismay, Chandler starts flirting back and the two plan a date, which leads to one of the most iconic Friends lines ever: “They don’t know that we know they know we know!”

Both thinking they’ve got the upper hand, Chandler and Phoebe force a kiss until he finally proclaims his love for Monica — something that not even Monica had heard prior to that moment. The two exchange ‘I love you’s’ as the gang watch on, which is really all quite sweet.

Meanwhile, while everyone else was caring about Chandler and Monica’s secret relationship, Ross was in his own world, sharing mini-muffins and getting naked with the Ugly Naked Guy in an attempt to bribe him for his apartment. After successfully securing the place, Ross invites his ex-boss over to beg for his job back but, just like the start of the episode, ends up suffering the same fate as Pheobe and sees his sister and Chandler having sex through his window.

A truly perfect, full-circle episode of Friends, which allowed Chandler and Monica’s relationship to thrive.

Cultural relevance: 8/10
Quotability: 8/10
Iconic moments: 10/10
Emotional resonance: 6/10
Laughs: 8/10

Total score: 40/50

Words by: Michelle Rennex


#1. ‘The One Where No One’s Ready’ (Season 3, Episode 2)

Without knowing how the rest of my colleagues ranked their episodes, I’m prepared to say that ‘The One Where No One’s Ready’ is the most iconic Friends episode of all time.

Occurring during the show’s best season, it’s arguably the Friends episode that best highlights the show’s original conceit: Just a bunch of friends, living in the big city, trying to make their way in the world.

This episode lets each character shine. Ross is uptight, Monica’s neurotic, Phoebe is quirky, Chandler and Joey are both idiots, and Rachel is fiercely proud. Everyone is bouncing off each other perfectly, and it makes for a delightful episode.

Taking place entirely in Monica and Rachel’s apartment over a period of about 30 minutes, this episode focuses on the gang’s attempt’s to get ready for a swanky black tie shindig where Ross will talk about dinosaurs or whatever.

As the clock counts down and Ross gets increasingly anxious, the titular friends are all going through their own relatable neuroses: Monica is still hung up on her ex, Phoebe spills something on her dress, Rachel is embarrassed because Ross got mad at her in front of everyone else, and Chandler and Joey are fighting over the rightful ownership of a chair.

This episode also contains the defining image of the show — Joey dressed up in all of Chandler’s clothes, because the opposite of taking someone’s clothes is obviously to wear all of the other person’s clothes. Behind “we were on a break”, I’d say that “Look at me, I’m Chandler. Could I BE wearing any more clothes?”, is the most quotable Friends line of all time. There’s also a bunch of fun throwaway lines (“drink the fat” and “I’m not gonna go commando in another man’s fatigues”), and silly jokes (“Donald Duck never wears pants. But when he gets out of the shower he ties a towel around his waist. I mean, what is up with that?”) that were a signature of the early seasons, but eventually faded away.

Truly, this is Peak Friends.

Cultural relevance: 8/10
Quotability: 10/10
Iconic moments: 10/10
Emotional resonance: 6/10
Laughs: 9/10

Total score: 43/50

Words by: Rob Stott


Wow! What a list. What a controversial ranking. I guess in the end, the true winner is Friendship.

Friends is currently streaming on Binge and Netflix Australia.