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50 best Friends episodes of all time

  • 50 best Friends episodes of all time

    If you were born before 1990, chances are you’ve watched “Friends” live on TV. With 236 episodes, the sitcom about six pals living in New York City is one of the most popular and longest-running primetime TV shows. Fans eagerly awaited each new episode, and a whopping 52.5 million people tuned in to watch the season 10 finale live. Critics clearly shared the fandom, as every starring actor except Courteney Cox received an Emmy nomination over the show’s 10 seasons.

    “Friends” has also enjoyed a prolific afterlife long after the final episode aired, thanks in part to streaming services like Netflix. Whether you’re just starting to binge the series or want to relive its best moments, this list of the 50 best “Friends” episodes should whet your appetite for some classic '90s television.

    Stacker compiled IMDb ratings for each episode of the 10-season series to come up with this list of the 50 highest-rated episodes. From emotional cliffhangers that shocked audiences to hilarious moments that produced some of the show’s most beloved jokes, this list runs the gamut.

    Read on to see where your favorite episode falls on the list—and maybe get excited to start watching the classic sitcom all over again.

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  • #50. The One After Vegas

    IMDb rating: 8.8

    Season 6, Episode 1

    Air date: Sept. 23, 1999

    Ross and Rachel don’t remember anything the morning after their Las Vegas wedding, so the rest of the group has to break the news to them. Joey and Phoebe take a road trip back to New York City in Phoebe’s grandmother’s cab, while Monica and Chandler decide whether or not they should really get married.


  • #49. The One Where Ross Can't Flirt

    IMDb rating: 8.8

    Season 5, Episode 19

    Air date: April 22, 1999

    Joey finally lands a speaking part on “Law & Order,” so he invites his grandmother to come visit and watch his episode. The thing is, his scene actually got cut in post-production. Meanwhile, a bet with the gang leads Ross to try to demonstrate his natural flirting talent (or what little he has), and Phoebe and Rachel search for a pair of Monica’s earrings that Rachel lost.


  • #48. The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line

    IMDb rating: 8.8

    Season 4, Episode 7

    Air date: Nov. 13, 1997

    Chandler’s feelings for Joey’s girlfriend Kathy intensify after Chandler accidentally sees her naked, so he tries to convince Joey to break it off. Phoebe discovers that Ross used to play the keyboard in college and persuades him to play his music for the gang. She loves his “sound,” but the crowd at Central Perk doesn’t agree.


  • #47. The One Hundredth

    IMDb rating: 8.8

    Season 5, Episode 3

    Air date: Oct. 8, 1998

    The gang takes Phoebe to the hospital after she goes into labor slightly early. Joey starts having sympathetic labor pains that turn out to be kidney stones. Monica freaks out when Chandler says they’re not serious and threatens to go on a date with a hot male nurse in retaliation.


  • #46. The One with Rachel's Other Sister

    IMDb rating: 8.8

    Season 9, Episode 8

    Air date: Nov. 21, 2002

    Rachel’s selfish middle sister Amy shows up for Thanksgiving dinner and causes problems among the gang. She remembers Ross as the guy who was weirdly obsessed with Rachel and Monica as Rachel’s fat friend. Even worse, she doesn’t congratulate Rachel on Emma’s birth, but for some reason, still thinks she should be Emma’s godmother.


  • #45. The One with Ross's Tan

    IMDb rating: 8.8

    Season 10, Episode 3

    Air date: Oct. 9, 2003

    Ross is jealous of Monica’s tan, so he decides to go get a spray tan. There’s one problem: He doesn’t follow the instructions and winds up looking comical. Rachel and Joey try to hook up, but Rachel can’t stop slapping him and Joey can’t unhook her bra—something that usually comes naturally to him.  


  • #44. The One with the Chick and the Duck

    IMDb rating: 8.8

    Season 3, Episode 21

    Air date: April 17, 1997

    Joey is smitten by a video of baby chicks that he sees on TV so he adopts one. When Chandler insists he take it back, he adopts a baby duck, too. Pete offers Monica a job at his restaurant, but he is still clearly in love with her and she can’t decide whether to accept or not.  


  • #43. The One with Ross's Wedding: Part One

    IMDb rating: 8.8

    Season 4, Episode 23

    Air date: May 7, 1998

    The group is preparing for their trip to London, but Joey is driving Chandler crazy by forgetting everything and screaming “London, baby!” over and over. By the time they get to London, Chandler has had it and ditches Joey when he buys a hideous, touristy Union Jack hat. Emily takes Ross and Monica to their wedding venue only to discover that it has been torn down ahead of schedule. Meanwhile Phoebe is too pregnant to travel and is stuck at home. 


  • #42. The One Where Ross Is Fine

    IMDb rating: 8.8

    Season 10, Episode 2

    Air date: Oct. 2, 2003

    Ross doesn’t take the news of Joey and Rachel’s relationship particularly well and gets drunk at a dinner party with disastrous results. Meanwhile Monica and Chandler visit friends of Phoebe's who have adopted a child, and during the visit, Chandler accidentally reveals to the child he was adopted.


  • #41. The One After the Superbowl: Part 2

    IMDb rating: 8.8

    Season 2, Episode 13

    Air date: Jan. 28, 1996

    Ross finds out that Marcel is starring in a movie that is being filmed in New York and the whole gang goes to the set so Ross can reunite with his former pet. Marcel doesn’t seem to recognize Ross, but the girls lock eyes with Jean-Claude Van Damme and fight over who should ask him out.