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24 best and funniest Friends episodes, ranked

From Ross' Unagi to Chandler's trip to Yemen and Joey's new brain, these are the best Friends episodes ever.

Published: Wednesday, 2nd June 2021 at 11:15 am

Every single episode of Friends is now available to stream on Netflix. That's 84 hours of Chandler's one-liners and embarrassing situations involving Ross and his ill-advised attempts at self-improvement.


Each one is extremely watchable (ask the millions of people who have whiled away afternoons sitting catatonic in front of whatever re-runs happened to be on Comedy Central) but some of them are much, much funnier than others. Take, for example, almost any episode in which Ross is part of the lead storyline. It has been said many, many times before, but Ross is clearly the best (and for that matter, the funniest) character on the show.

We're put together our list of the best and funniest Friends episodes from the 10-season run, and ranked them. Don't forget to get up-to-date with our how to watch the Friends: The Reunion too.

24. The One With Ross' Wedding: Part 2 (season 4, episode 24)

Ross has moved on with Emily, but he hits a bit of an issue when Rachel rocks up to their wedding in London leaving him torn and saying the wrong name at the altar. Ouch.

23. The One With the Prom Video (season 2, episode 14)

Ross and Rachel's first kiss! After endless back-and-forth and will-they-won't-they (“you’re OVER me? When were you under me?”) the two finally got together. Rachel watched their high school prom video and realised Ross really was her lobster.

22. The One With Ross' Tan (season 10, episode 3)

Ross decides to get a spray tan but, thanks to some mishaps in the booth, ends up with very tanned front and a very pale back. This is just one of many of Ross' 'mishaps'. We'll get to more of those later...

21. The One With All the Thanksgivings (season 5, episode 8)

Chandler is upset after a Thanksgiving story-telling session so Monica decides to cheer him up, by dancing around with a turkey on her head, because of course.

20. The One With Ross' Teeth (season 6, episode 8)

Ross decides to lighten his teeth for his date, but he leaves the gel on far too long and, well, his teeth become glow in the dark luminous.

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19. The One With Phoebe's Uterus (season 4, episode 11)

SEVEN! Monica gives naive Chandler a very vocal lesson in the seven erogenous zones on a woman’s body leading to that famous moment where she shouts "SEVEN!".

18. The One Where Joey Speaks French (season 10, episode 13)

Joey describes himself as a fluent French speaker on his CV but there’s just one problem: he doesn’t understand a word. And when Phoebe tries to teach him, it becomes clear he’s not going to pick it up any time soon…

17. The One With the Holiday Armadillo (season 7, episode 10)

Ross wants to teach Ben about his Jewish heritage so – to compete with Chandler’s Santa – he dresses up as the Holiday Armadillo to hold his son’s attention.

16. The One With The Embryos (season 4, episode 12)

Monica and Rachel take on Chandler and Joey in a trivia quiz to see who knows each other best. The stakes are raised when competitive Monica bets the girls’ apartment.

15. The One Where No One's Ready (season 3, episode 2)

Ross, Phoebe, Joey and Chandler from Friends
The One Where No One's Ready Friends Episode

Joey sits in Chandler's chair, Phoebe gets hummus on her dress, and Monica is freaking out over a voice message that her ex Richard (Magnum PI's Tom Selleck) has left on her answering machine. Not exactly the best reasons for missing a black-tie event, so we can see where Ross's frustration comes from.

Best moment: The row between Chandler and Joey escalates, Chandler hides his friend's underwear so Joey wears ALL Chandler's clothes... commando. Ew.

14. The One With Ross’ Sandwich (season 5, episode 9)

Ross from Friends is talking about his sandwich
Ross from the Friends episode 'Ross's Sandwich'

In another show, one of the main characters suffering a mental breakdown in reaction to the breakdown of their marriage might have been rather harrowing. But not Friends, and certainly not Friends' most reliably hilarious character, Ross. In this classic episode, the three-time divorcee is given the not-so-affectionate nickname "mental Gellar" by his colleagues, and placed on a sabbatical after he freaks out at his boss for accidentally eating a Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich he had left in the fridge.

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13. The One With All the Resolutions (season 5, episode 11)

Ross and Elizabeth on the sofa
Ross and Elizabeth

New Year, same Friends. Ross' determination to do something new every day (leading him down a slippery slope that ends with a risqué pair of leather trousers), Chandler's vow not to make fun of people and Joey's plan to learn how to play the guitar were never likely to stick, but they were always likely to provide comedy gold.

Best moment: Ross trapped in a bathroom unable to pull his trousers back up.

12. The One With Joey’s New Brain (season 7, episode 15)


Joey's Days of Our Lives character Dr Drake Ramoray finally comes out of his coma, but there's a twist. His brain is transplanted with that of Joey's soap veteran co-star Cecilia Monroe, who must teach him how to play the role of bitchy stepmother. There's also a winning subplot in which Ross tries to learn the bagpipes as a surprise for Monica and Chandler's wedding.

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11. The One Where Ross Got High (season 6, episode 9)

Ross doesn't want his parents to know he got stoned in their house when he was a college student - and when someone lets it slip to them over Thanksgiving dinner, a whole load of the group's other secrets come bubbling to the surface in a hilarious climax.

Rachel is also tasked with making a dessert for Thanksgiving. But when two pages of her recipe book get stuck together, she comes up with a trifle made of jam, custard… and beef.

10. The One With the Cop (season 5, episode 16)

Ross is carrying a couch and looking worried
Ross carries a couch

Ross purchases a new sofa but refuses to pay the delivery charge. As he, Rachel and Chandler attempt to manoeuvre it up a narrow staircase, he barks the now infamous instruction: “pivot, pivot, PIVOT!”

Best moment: "PIVOT! PIVOT! PIVOT". Need we say more?

9. The One Where the Stripper Cries (season 10, episode 11)

Danny DeVito aka Officer Goodbody arrives at Monica and Chandler's apartment to strip for Phoebe's Bridal shower. He's panting, red-faced and sweaty, just from climbing the stairs in the apartment block. It goes downhill from there.

8. The One With the Jellyfish (season 4, episode 1)

Chandler and Monica from Friends lying on the beach
Chandler and Monica before the jellyfish incident

As the gang finishes up their vacation in Montauk, Monica gets stung by a jellyfish leaving Joey and Chandler to step up to the plate and put an end to her anguish. Elsewhere, Ross falls asleep while reading an 18-page letter Rachel wrote to him as the two prepare to get back together. It doesn't go down well.

7. The One Where Eddie won’t go (season 2, episode 19)

Chandler tries and fails several times to evict his unstable room-mate Eddie, who likes watching Chandler sleep, and stealing mannequins from Macy's junior miss department.

6. The One With All the Rumour (season 8, episode 9)

Will faces the camera, talking to Rachel
Will talks to Rachel, whom he hates

Undoubtedly the best guest-starring role of the entire show. Brad Pitt (then husband to Jennifer Aniston) stars as Will, an old schoolmate of Ross and Monica's, who was bullied by Rachel. Over the course of the episode, it comes out that he and Ross had started an I Hate Rachel Green club, and spread a rumour that she was a hermaphrodite. Kids, eh?

5. The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance (season 4, episode 6)

Where's Obamacare when you need it? Temporarily without health insurance due to his recent unemployment, Joey strains to avoid a trip to the doctor, despite a hernia rendering him a ball of agony on the floor. Elsewhere, Rachel and Monica discover Ross has adopted a British accent while lecturing at the university.

4. The One Where Everybody Finds Out (season 5, episode 14)

Phoebe and Chandler drinking together
Phoebe tries to seduce Chandler in Friends

Everyone (bar Ross) now knows that Chandler and Monica are secretly together, but they're all keen to have a bit more fun with it before the truth is out in the open. Phoebe's vigorous seduction of Chandler culminates in a hilarious game of chicken, as Monica's competitive streak places her man in the firing line.

3. The One Where Ross Is Fine (season 10, episode 2)

Ross from friends drinking a margherita
Ross says he's fine about Joey and Rachel dating

Ross is not fine. He's just walked in on Joey and Rachel sharing a passionate kiss - and he doesn't know how to deal with it. He keeps saying he's fine, though, in high-pitched tones. That'll do the trick.

2. The One With All the Rugby (season 4, episode 15)

Forget about the rugby, this episode is all about the subplot in which Chandler is so desperate to escape the grasp of his ex-girlfriend Janice (and too cowardly to tell her the truth) that he pretends he's moving to the Middle East. She doesn't let him off the hook so easily and he's forced to buy a ticket and board the plane.

1. The One With Unagi (season 6, episode 17)

Ross explains Unagi
Ross explains Unagi

Ross is determined to prove that he could still beat up his female friends, Rachel and Phoebe, despite their recent self-defence classes. He claims that he has "Unagi", something he defines as a state of total awareness, in his years spent practising karate. Unagi is actually a type of freshwater eel.

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