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The 12 Best ‘Friends’ Episodes Ever, Ranked!

With 234 episodes in total, Friends gives viewers laugh after laugh, no matter the episode. The show follows a group of six 20-somethings — Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribianni (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) and Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) — living in New York City. And we have found the 12 best Friends episodes that really sum up the hilarious shenanigans they got into.

12. “The One with the Videotape”

"The One with the Videotape"
2001IMDB

After learning that Rachel is pregnant with Ross’ baby, the gang sets out to find out exactly what happened. Thankfully, though, Ross has the whole night on videotape, but Rachel doesn’t know that yet. Also in this episode, Monica and Chandler return from their honeymoon, and Phoebe and Joey become instantly jealous of the other couple the newlyweds met on their trip. (Season 8, Episode 4).

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11. “The One With The Blackout”: Best Friends episodes

"The One With The Blackout": Best Friends episodes
1994moviestillsdb.com/NBC

After a citywide blackout, Chandler finds himself stuck in an ATM vestibe with Jill Goodacre. Back at the apartment, Ross tries and fails to ask out Rachel, and Monica, Joey, and Phoebe all share choking secrets about each other. From start to finish, it is filled with laughs and the classic 1990s nostalgia that everyone loves about the early seasons of Friends. (Season 1, Episode 7)

This episode is also Perrys’ favorite. And in 2024, he explained why. “Let’s face it: Jill Goodacre is hot, so it wasn’t that difficult.”

“I [remember] spitting my gum out, and it stuck to the wall. It was my choice to just stay frozen in fear and embarrassment. … What was great about that night was that I was also able to watch the other three quarters of the show, which was these five great actors doing ensemble work that was amazing. This was the first time I realized, ‘Gee, this is really clicking.‘”

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10. “The One Where Ross is Fine”

"The One Where Ross is Fine"
2003moviestillsdb.com/NBC

In this hilarious episode, after Ross learns that Joey and Rachel are dating, he decides to host a dinner party to celebrate, but gets a little too drunk. Elsewhere, Phoebe helps babysit her brother’s triplets, and Monica and Chandler meet with another couple to discuss adoption. Aisha Tyler also appears. (Season 10, Episode 2).

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9. “The One With Unagi” : Best Friends episodes

"The One With Unagi" : Best Friends episodes
2000IMDB

Rachel and Phoebe take a self-defense class, but Ross tries to prove that it didn’t pay off. Meanwhile, Monica and Chandler celebrate Valentine’s Day, and Joey hires a look-a-like to try and help him gain entrance to a twins school. This episode is filled with nonstop laughs. (Season 6, Episode 17).

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8. “The One Where Rachel Finds Out”

"The One Where Rachel Finds Out"
1995moviestillsdb.com/NBC

In the season one finale, Rachel celebrates her birthday with Monica, Phoebe, Joey, and Chandler. After opening a gift, though, Candler reveals that Ross has feelings for her. The only problem? He’s in China, and Rachel has no way to contact him. This episode was also the first one in which Friends left viewers with a cliffhanger, but — sorry — no spoilers about what it was. (Season 1, Episode 24).

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7. “The One With The Proposal: Part 2” : Best Friends episodes

"The One With The Proposal: Part 2" : Best Friends episodes
2000IMDB

Everyone cried at the end of this episode after Monica and Chandler finallly got engaged! It wasn’t easy getting there, though, because Chandler spends the whole episode acting like he doesn’t want to get married, and Monica reconnects with her ex-boyfriend Richard (Tom Selleck). The other four are jealous, though, and begin to make backup plans about who they will marry if nothing else works out (Season 6, Episode 25).

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6. “The One With The Red Sweater”

"The One With The Proposal: Part 2" : Best Friends episodes
2000moviestillsdb.com/NBC

Fresh off the joy of her wedding, Monica resists the urge to open all of the gifts without Chandler. This turns out to be no problem, though, since she spends the whole day trying to figure out who the father of Rachel’s baby is alongside Joey and Phoebe. Chandler and Ross, however, crash a wedding to try and recreate the wedding photos that Chandler lost. (Season 8, Episode 2).

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5. “The One the Prom Video” : Best Friends episodes

"The One the Prom Video" : Best Friends episodes
1996moviestillsdb.com/NBC

Also unofficially known as “The One With The Bracelet Buddies,” this episode marks the official start of Ross and Rachels’s relationship. After receiving a box of stuff from her parents, Monica discovers a video of Ross offering to take Rachel to her senior prom after she’s stood up. At the same time, Joey gives Chandler a very expensive and flashy bracelet, and Phoebe explains to everyone what the term “lobsters” means. And this episode is truly one of our lobsters. (Season 2, Episode 14).

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4. “The One With Monica and Chandler’s Wedding: Part 2”

"The One With Monica and Chandler's Wedding: Part 2"
2001moviestillsdb.com/NBC

In the season seven finale, Monica and Chandler tackle some shocking issues on their wedding day, including Chandler almost standing her up at the altar and their minister, Joey, almost missing the ceremony. Viewers also learn that Rachel is pregnant at the end of this episode. (Season 7, Episode 24).

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3.”The One With The Embryos” : Best Friends episodes

"The One With The Embryos" : Best Friends episodes
1998moviestillsdb.com/NBC

Written to help hide Kudrow’s real-life pregnancy, Phoebe heads off to the gynecologist to become impregnated with her brother’s babies. Back in apartment 20, it’s Joey and Chandler vs. Rachel in Monica in a game of who knows who better. Also, if anyone knows what Chandler Bing’s job is, please let us know, because it’s not “transponster,” right? (Season 4, Episode 12).

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2. “The One Where Everybody Finds Out”

"The One Where Everybody Finds Out"
1999moviestillsdb.com/NBC

After learning that Monica and Chandler have been secretly dating, Phoebe teams up with Joey and Rachel to trick them into admitting it. Across the street, Ross tries to move into Ugly Naked Guy’s apartment. Filled with laugh-out-loud moments and a heartfelt love confession, this episode is surely one of the best. (Season 5, Episode 14).

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1. “The Last One” : Best Friends episodes

"The Last One" : Best Friends episodes
2004moviestillsdb.com/NBC

Rounding out the list is none other than the last episode of Friends. Monica and Chandler welcome their twins and begin their move upstate with the help of Joey, and Phoebe assists Ross in catching Rachel at the airport before she moves to Paris. But does she get off the plane? You will have to watch the episode to find out. (Season 10, Episode 18).

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