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The Definitive Ranking Of Iconic "Friends" Episodes

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53. “The One Where Rosita Dies” (Season 7)

Reasoning: Joey’s Barcalounger returning from the dead is such a unique plot, it definitely deserves to be on the list.

52. “The One With the Baby Shower” (Season 8)

Reasoning: The boys compete in the most complicated game known to man: Bamboozle. Monica being nervous about Rachel’s mom at the baby shower, à la sweating her ass off, is beautifully entertaining.

51. “The One With the Giant Poking Device” (Season 3)

Reasoning: The six friends poking Ugly Naked Guy with a stick made out of plastic takeout forks and knives is an amazing moment in Friends.

50. “The One With All the Cheesecakes” (Season 7)

Reasoning: It’s a great bonding episode for Rachel and Chandler, and what better way to spend time together than stealing cheesecake from a downstairs neighbor?

49. “The One With Ross’s Inappropriate Song” (Season 8)

Reasoning: Ross raps “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot to make Emma laugh. It’s comedic gold.

48. “The One With All the Wedding Dresses” (Season 4)

Reasoning: Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe drinking in wedding dresses is the highlight of this episode. This scene is hands down one of the best moments for the three best gal pals on Friends.

47. “The One With the Flashback” (Season 3)

Reasoning: Phoebe and Ross hook up, Central Perk used to be a bar, and Monica initially has a crush on Joey. But most importantly, Rachel has a fantasy about Chandler — goatee and all (bumping uglies at its finest).

46. “The One With Phoebe’s Birthday Dinner” (Season 9)

Reasoning: Phoebe yells at Judy Geller, which no other character on Friends up until Season 9 had the courage to do. PICK UP THE SOCK!

45. “The One With the Lottery” (Season 9)

Reasoning: It’s great because the episode is initially a friendly bonding experience, but takes a turn for the worse. Monica’s competitive personality shines bright.

44. “The One in Barbados” (Season 9)

Reasoning: Monica and Mike battle in an epic ping-pong duel. Main character of the episode: Monica’s frizzy hair.

43. “The One With the Videotape” (Season 8)

Reasoning: The Europe story, aka a killer strategy to get someone into bed. #BackpackingAcrossWesternEurope

42. “The One After Vegas” (Season 6)

Reasoning: Monica and Chandler decide to move in together (d’awww), and Ross and Rachel find out they got drunkenly married. This episode is also great because in the opening credits, the creators put “Arquette” at the end of every actor’s name in honor of Courteney Cox marrying David Arquette.

41. “The One Where the Stripper Cries” (Season 10)

Reasoning: Danny DeVito strips for Phoebe in a cop costume, and Monica finds out Ross was actually her “midnight mystery kisser.”

40. “The One With the Holiday Armadillo” (Season 7)

Reasoning: What better way to teach Ben about Hanukkah than in an armadillo costume? Good play, Ross.

39. “The One With the Cake” (Season 10)

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Reasoning: Emma’s birthday cake is in the shape of a penis. Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, and Joey compete to see who leaves early by racing Emma’s toys. A steller episode for Season 9.

38. “The One With Ross’s Tan” (Season 10)

Reasoning: Ross gets a beautiful tan brighter than the sun by counting Mississippily.

37. “The One Where Chandler Takes a Bath” (Season 8)

Reasoning: Ross and Rachel share a touching moment seeing Emma for the first time during a sonogram. Chandler in a bubble bath is just as beautiful.

36. “The One With Unagi” (Season 6)

Reasoning: Rachel and Phoebe mock Ross for his teachings of “Unagi.” And it’s brilliant.

35. “The One Where Rachel Finds Out” (Season 1)

Reasoning: A total game changer for the series — Rachel finds out Ross likes her and she questions if she should give him a shot. At the end of the episode, she runs to the airport to greet Ross after his trip to China…only to eventually find out in the next season Ross is with Julie. UGH.

34. “The One With All the Poker” (Season 1)

 

Reasoning: A legendary episode for the gang — what starts as a fun time for the six friends turns wildly competitive. Quote of the episode: “Joker is poker with a J.”

33. “The One With the Cop” (Season 5)

Reasoning: This episode is notorious for the classic “PIVOT!” scene. Ross, Chandler, and Rachel moving the couch up the stairs is the best physical comedy on Friends.

32. “The One Where Underdog Gets Away” (Season 1)

Reasoning: Everyone in the gang initially has different plans, but they’re bound together once their plans fall through. This is the first time they realize they’re more than friends — they’re family.

31. “The One With the Routine” (Season 6)

Reasoning: A great episode for the Geller family. Ross and Monica whip out their middle school “routine” for the Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve taping (a dance every Friends fan knows by heart).

30. “The One With the Jellyfish” (Season 4)

Reasoning: Joey pees on Monica because of a jellyfish sting, and Rachel yells at Ross: “It’s not that common, it doesn’t happen to every guy, and it is a big deal!”

29. “The One Where Eddie Moves in” (Season 2)

Reasoning: Phoebe stars in a music video for “Smelly Cat.” Enough said.

28. “The One With the Birth” (Season 1)

Reasoning: This one is legendary because it’s the first birthing episode on Friends. Ross becomes a father, and it’s a sweet moment for the gang — a new life coming into the group.

27. “The One With Chandler in a Box” (Season 4)

Reasoning: Chandler proves his friendship to Joey by sitting in a wooden box all through Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a classic Friends Thanksgiving jam.

26. “The One Where They All Turn Thirty” (Season 7)

Reasoning: We get a look at everyone’s 30th birthday. The best one? Monica’s fancy cocktail hour at her apartment. Because Drunk Monica.

25. “The One With Ross’s Sandwich” (Season 5)

Reasoning: One of the funniest episodes for Ross. His boss eats his leftover Thanksgiving sandwich (The Moistmaker), he yells at him for doing it (“MYYYY SANDWICH?!”), and gets fired. Absolutely brilliant.

24. “The One With All the Resolutions” (Season 5)

Reasoning: Ross gets stuck in the leather pants. Ross gets stuck in the leather pants. SOMEONE COMMENT ON THE PANTS.

23. “The One With the Rumor” (Season 8)

 

Reasoning: It’s ridiculously cute to see Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston share the screen together. Highlights of this episode: Phoebe and Chandler pretend to watch football to get out of helping with Thanksgiving dinner (Green Bay Mermen) and Joey’s Thanksgiving pants (“Here come the meat sweats”).

22. “The One With the Blackout” (Season 1)

Reasoning: Chandler is stuck in an ATM vestibule with Jill Goodacre. Genius genius genius.

21. “The One Where Ross and Rachel…You Know” (Season 2)

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Reasoning: This episode is pure gold. Joey and Chandler never leave their new Barcaloungers (even when the fire alarm goes off), and Ross and Rachel finally go on their first date. A great deal of firsts in this classic episode.

20. “The One Where Nana Dies Twice” (Season 1)

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Reasoning: Although it’s a sad time for Ross and Monica’s family, it’s an episode that brings the six friends closer. As they’re looking through Nana’s pictures after her funeral, they realize they’re a fun gang.

19. “The One Where No One’s Ready” (Season 3)

Reasoning: Ross shines with his typical know-it-all behavior and Joey and Chandler fight for the chair in Monica’s apartment. The unique part about this episode is it all takes place in Monica and Rachel’s living room.

18. “The One With the Late Thanksgiving” (Season 10)

Reasoning: Monica and Chandler find out they’re finally going to be parents after struggling with adoption for so long (YES). Also, Joey makes this face, and it’s brilliantly frightening.

17. “The One That Could Have Been” (Season 6)

Reasoning: This episode is so creative and such a great concept. Where would these six people be if they made certain life decisions, and most importantly would they still be friends if Phoebe worked at Merrill Lynch and Rachel married to Barry?

16. “The One With All the Thanksgivings” (Season 5)

Reasoning: Friends flashback episodes are hands down the best and most creative. In this one, the audience gets a look into the gang’s past life, whether it was in 1880s fashion or 1980s fashion.

15. “The One With the Red Sweater” (Season 8)

Reasoning: Friends fans find out Ross and Rachel are having a baby. THE RED SWEATER BELONGS TO ROSS.

14. “The One Where Ross Got High” (Season 6)

Reasoning: Rachel makes a dessert trifle with beef, and Phoebe has a sex dream about Jack Geller. This episode is pure GOLD.

13. “The One With Phoebe’s Wedding” (Season 10)

Reasoning: Phoebe and Mike get married in a snowstorm outside of Central Perk, and Chandler walks Phoebe down the aisle. It’s all so beautiful.

12. “The One With Ross’s Wedding” (Season 4)

Reasoning: This episode is golden because it shows that Ross and Rachel are never off the table. Ross says Rachel’s name at the altar (EEEEEK).

11. “The One With the Football” (Season 3)

 

Reasoning: A classic Thanksgiving episode. The gang initially wants to play a friendly game of touch football, which takes a turn for the worse. Because the brilliance of The Geller Cup.

10. “The One Hundredth” (Season 5)

 

Reasoning: This episode shows a beautiful, personal side to Phoebe. She’s upset she can’t keep one of the triplets, and the reality of having to give them up unfortunately settles in.

9. “The One Where Rachel Has a Baby” (Season 8)

Reasoning: When you think back to where Ross and Rachel started in the beginning of Friends, this episode is clearly one of the best. These lobsters welcome Emma Geller-Green into the world, and together share a life-changing experience.

8. “The Last One” (Season 10)

 

Reasoning: Phoebe and Ross chasing Rachel at the airport is such a legendary sequence (“I got off the plane!”), and Monica and Chandler welcome children into the world. They conclude the series just the way they start it: with the six friends going to Central Perk for a cup of coffee.

7. “The One With Monica and Chandler’s Wedding” (Season 7)

 

Reasoning: Monica and Chandler finally tie the knot after three seasons of dating. This episode is sweet because they’re not just a couple getting married — they’re best friends. Also, in the last few seconds of the episode, the audience learns Rachel is pregnant. GAH.

6. “The One With the Embryos” (Season 4)

Reasoning: Every character in this episode shines with the apartment game (“THAT’S NOT EVEN A WORD!”) while Phoebe waits to see if she’s pregnant with the triplets. It’s an episode that illustrates a big change for the whole gang.

5. “The One Where Everybody Finds Out” (Season 5)

Reasoning: Phoebe seduces Chandler with her sweet dance moves. Joey introduces us to Hugsy his bedtime penguin pal, and Chandler and Monica tell each other “I love you.”

4. “The One With the Proposal” (Season 6)

Reasoning: Chandler tries to catch Monica off-guard by shooting down marriage, and almost messes it up completely. One of the most beautiful moments on Friends because Monica proposes to Chandler in the apartment, candles lit everywhere. Two friends get engaged!

3. “The One Where Ross Finds Out” (Season 2)

Reasoning: Ross and Rachel finally confront their feelings at Central Perk… Ross and Rachel are both pretty upset… Ross walks back to the coffee house, and looks at Rachel through the door… they gravitate toward each other, and finally embrace. ROSS AND RACHEL’S FIRST KISS! YAY.

2. “The Pilot” (Season 1)

Reasoning: The first episode is filled with legendary moments that every Friends fan appreciates, like Paul the Wine Guy, Ross and Rachel splitting the Oreo cookie, and the gang yelling at the soap opera on Monica’s television: “Push her down the stairs!”

1. “The One With the Prom Video” (Season 2)

Reasoning: Ross and Rachel FINALLY get together, after a season and a half of that whole “will they/won’t they” angst. This episode establishes one of the greatest love stories on Friends: Ross and Rachel finally commit to a relationship. HE’S HER LOBSTER.

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