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Friends: What's the best episode ever?

While we're at it, feel free to rank your favourite characters too

Declan Cashin
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This year marks 25 years since Friends first debuted on TV screens - and 15 years since its final episode aired. 

However, the US sitcom is absolutely imperishable - last week we learned the show is still the most popular TV programme for young people aged five to 16. 

Streaming on Netflix and its constant reruns on TV have kept the series alive among people who weren't even born when the show ended, let alone when it began.

Now, that's not to say its reputation hasn't taken a bit of a hit; to contemporary audiences, some jokes and storylines can, in retrospect, sound cruel, creepy, homophobic and/or sexist. 

Be that as it may, it doesn't look like Friends is going to let go of its hold over the pop culture imagination any time soon. So with that in mind, let's gauge some of your opinions on the series' best episodes and characters.


There are 236 episodes of Friends in total, so in order to have some kind of starting point, we've listed the top 10 from one IMDB user's 15 most highly rated instalments (at the time of writing).

It's an upvote system here, so you get to select five from the list below. Choose wisely!

It's not an ideal list (where's the episode with the quiz where Monica and Rachel lose their apartment to Chandler and Joey?!), so if your favourite episode isn't included, feel free to add it in the comments at the end of this article.


For the main sextet, we're being particularly cruel by giving you just one vote - so only vote for the character you love most or think is best. This means taking into account how they evolve and change (for better or worse) over the course of the 10 seasons. Choose wisely.

The supporting characters

Who do you think is the best recurring supporting character? Here's a selection* of choices. Again, you get one vote for your preferred character so click with caution!

*If we've left out your favourite recurring character, take to the comments!

Originally published 7 February 2019.

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by Bob Winkles

    11 Feb 2019 9:53
  • Comment number 12. Posted by OYSTON OUT

    8 Feb 2019 23:08
    The one where Joey tells Ross he likes Rachel, tells Ross to hit him, ducks, and Ross breaks his thumb on a metal post in Central Perc
  • Comment number 11. Posted by MickRick

    8 Feb 2019 22:33
    None. They were all equally rubbish from a cast (especially JA) who all loved themselves.
  • Comment number 10. Posted by Westmoor

    8 Feb 2019 22:26
    The one where they all finally got taken off air...for good!

    It was such a depressingly predictable show, no originality, drab characters, contrived situations and the jokes were all set up form a mile away. Watching was a yawnfest.

    It wasn't funny back then and still isn't today. However there's irony in being so contrived; it found a new ordinance that's laughing at it, not with it.
  • Comment number 9. Posted by lynsey

    8 Feb 2019 19:02
    Barbados obvs!
  • Comment number 8. Posted by Captain Spaulding

    8 Feb 2019 18:51
    Yes, that's how you get measured for pants...IN PRISON!!

    Great show. Iconic moments in every episode.
  • Comment number 7. Posted by PeteSchmidt

    8 Feb 2019 18:43
    Simple - the quiz and swapping appartments.
  • Comment number 6. Posted by man_city_fan

    8 Feb 2019 13:28
    The one where ross and mike hang out as that's the same one where joey thinks monica is cheating on chandler hilarious that one.

    Also the where ross gets a spray tan and counts missisippi
  • Comment number 5. Posted by Kellstar182

    8 Feb 2019 10:47
    Im Confused, am I allowed to like this show or not?
  • Comment number 4. Posted by DJ

    8 Feb 2019 8:17
    My favourite episode is The One Where The Stripper Cries, because all three plots are hilarious, Danny de Vito is a great guest star and the Pyramid game show scenes give us the funniest Joey moments in the entire series.