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50 of the best Friends episodes ever

If you were born before 1990, chances are you’ve watched “Friends”It is possible to watch it live on television. This sitcom stars six friends who live in New York City. There are 236 episodes. Primetime TV’s longest-running shows. The fans eagerly awaited each episode. 52.5 Million viewers tuned in to view the season 10 finale live. It was evident that critics also shared the fandom. eCourteney Cox was the only star actor to be nominated for an Emmy over the show’s 10 seasons.

“Friends”Also enjoyed A prolific afterlifeNetflix and streaming services such as Netflix allow us to watch the series even after the last episode airs. 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 the list of 50 most viewed episodes from the 10-season series. He also compiled IMDb ratings. 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.

#50. The One After Vegas

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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 weddingThe rest of the group must then 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

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IMDb rating 8.8

Season 5, Episode 19

Air date: April 22, 1999

Joey finally gets a speaking job “Law & Order,”He invites his grandmother over to watch his episode. His scene was cut after 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. #48.

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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 Ross played the keyboard in college and convinces him that he can play his music for her gang. She loves Ross’ music. “sound,” but the crowd at Central Perk doesn’t agree.

#47. The One Hundredth

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IMDb rating 8.8

Season 5, Episode 3

Air date: Oct. 8, 1998

The gang takes Phoebe to the hospital after Phoebe goes into preterm labor. Joey feels sympathetic labor pains, which turns out to be kidney stone. 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

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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

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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. #44.

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IMDb rating 8.8

Season 3, Episode 21

Air date: April 17, 1997

Joey is so obsessed by a TV video of baby chicks that it makes him want to adopt one. Chandler insists that Chandler return the duck so he can also adopt one. 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

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IMDb rating 8.8

Season 4, Episode 23

Air date: May 7, 1998

The group is getting ready to travel to London. Joey is driving Chandler insane, forgetting everything and shouting at Chandler. “London, baby!”It happens over and over again. Chandler is done by the moment they arrive in London. He had already bought Joey an ugly, touristy Union Jack hat. Emily brings Ross, Monica and their kids to their home. Only to discover that the weddingvenue was demolished earlier then planned. Phoebe is currently too pregnant to travel so she remains at home. 

#42. #42.

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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

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IMDb rating 8.8

Season 2, Episode 13

Air date: Jan. 28, 1996

Ross learns that Marcel is the main character in a film being shot in New York. The gang goes to the set to visit Ross and 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.  

#40. The One with Rachel’s Going Away Party

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IMDb rating 8.9

Season 10, Episode 16

Air date: April 29, 2004

Monica throws a goodbye party to Rachel. At the party, Rachel pulls each of the group aside for a heartfelt goodbye—except for Ross. Ross, feeling hurt storms off. Rachel chases after him and confesses that the reason she couldn’t say goodbye is because it’s just too hard, and the pair share a romantic kiss.

#39. Part 2 of The One Where Rachel Has a Baby:

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IMDb rating 8.9

Season 8, Episode 24

Air date: May 16, 2002

After 21 hours of labor, Rachel is finally ready to go to the delivery room. She waits and talks to Janice, who just gave birth at the hospital. Janice makes Rachel feel anxious and encourages Rachel talk to Ross about their first kiss. Joey visits Rachel to comfort her and she mistakenly believes that he is proposing.

#38. The One with Monica and Chandler’s Wedding: Part 1

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IMDb rating 8.9

Season 7, Episode 23

Air date: May 17, 2001

A few days before Monica and Chandler’s weddingJoey learns that he has been cast in a major World War II film. He’s thrilled to meet his famous co-star, but less-than-thrilled when the guy keeps spitting in his faceDuring the scene. Chandler becomes too tired of seeing his drag queen mother and celebrity father at rehearsal dinner. He runs away.

#37. #37.

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IMDb rating 8.9

Season 10, Episode 8

Air date: Nov. 20, 2003

Monica doesn’t want to cook her annual Thanksgiving dinner, but relents when Chandler agrees to help. Her mood doesn’t improve when everyone else arrives late. Emma was one of the contestants in a baby beauty contest, with a grand prize of $1,000. The Rangers game was attended by the guys.

#36. #36.

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IMDb rating 8.9

Season 5, Episode 23

Air date: May 20, 1999

The gang finds out that Joey’s movie in Las Vegas fell through, and he’s actually working in a casino as a gladiator. Elated because she had lunch with Richard and didn’t feel anything, Monica gives Chandler his anniversary present—two tickets to Las Vegas—a few days early. Everyone agrees that they will tag along.

#35. #35.

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IMDb rating 8.9

Season 7, Episode 6

Air date: Nov. 9, 2000

Ross and Joey fall asleep on the couch together, then wake up cuddling up and realize that they had the best sleep of their lives. Monica invites Phoebe (and Ross) to audition to be her maids d’honneur. Joey and Ross serve as judges.

#34. The One After Ross Says Rachel

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IMDb rating 8.9

Season 5, Episode 1

Air date: Sept. 24, 1998

After Ross accidentally says Rachel’s name at the altar instead of Emily’s, he tries to repair the relationship. Monica and Chandler adopt a baby. “only in London”You can rule for their relationship and find a private space to enjoy some alone time.

#33. #33.

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IMDb rating 8.9

Season 3, Episode 25

Air date: May 15, 1997

Phoebe discovers about Phoebe’s old friend and decides to visit her in order to learn more about her family’s past. Phoebe is chased to the shore by her friends.

#32. The One Where Ross and Rachel… You Know

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IMDb rating 8.9

Season 2, Episode 15

Air date: Feb. 8, 1996

At least three of the gang feel in touch with one another. Ross and Rachel go on their first date. They meet in an unexpected place as Ross is required to run an office errand. Meanwhile, Monica caters a party for her parents’ friend Richard and ends up falling for him, despite the 21-year age gap.

#31. The One Rachel Finds Out

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IMDb rating 8.9

Season 1, Episode 24

Air date: May 18, 1995

Joey enrolls for a fertility study in order to make more money. There’s one catch. He can’t have sex during the weeklong study, which really hampers his plans with his new girlfriend Melanie. Ross is on a business trip to China. Ross is told by Chandler that he has fallen in love with Rachel as soon as he arrives at the airport.

#30. #30.

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IMDb rating 8.9

Season 1, Episode 18

Air date: March 2, 1995

Rachel is just one step closer to her dream job as an assistant buy. The girls demand to join the guys’ poker night—claiming it’s sexist if they aren’t invited—but lose miserably because they don’t understand the rules.

#29. The One Where Paul’s the Man

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IMDb rating 9

Season 6, Episode 22

Air date: May 4, 2000

Ross is dating his student Elizabeth, but when her dad finds out, he threatens to have Ross fired if he doesn’t stop seeing her. Naturally, the threat doesn’t deter Ross. The girls visit a beautiful museum and sign up to the waiting list to get married there.

#28. #28.

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IMDb rating 9

Season 5, Episode 2

Air date: Oct. 1, 1998

Monica and Chandler are still secretly together, but the girls keep catching them kissing. Chandler started randomly kissing Rachel and Phoebe to hide their relationship. Phoebe, who is pregnant, feels excluded from the trip. The group plans to go to Atlantic City.

#27. #27.

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IMDb rating 9

Season 10, Episode 11

Air date: Feb. 5, 2004

Rachel and Monica throw Phoebe an elegant bachelorette party, but realize that Phoebe really wants a stripper—so they call the only one in the phonebook who’s available at the last-minute. Let’s just say that Officer Goodbody isn’t the most accurate name.

#26. #26.

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IMDb rating 9

Season 2, Episode 22

Air date: May 2, 1996

It’s Rachel’s birthday and the group decides to throw her a surprise birthday party. The problem is: Both of her parents want to come, but they can’t stand each other. Naturally, the friends throw two parties—one in Monica’s apartment and one in Joey and Chandler’s apartment as they smuggle people back and forth.  

#25. #25.

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IMDb rating 9

Season 2, Episode 7

Air date: Nov. 9, 1995

Rachel is beginning to feel for Ross after she meets Julie, Ross’ new girlfriend. Monica invites Rachel to a blind dating. Ross refuses to let her down. Instead, she drinks too much and reveals her feelings to her date. Ross leaves a drunken voicemail, apologizing for everything.  

#24. The One Where No One’s Ready

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IMDb rating 9

Season 3, Episode 2

Air date: Sept. 26, 1996

Ross invites everyone to a black tie event at his museum. Everyone takes their time getting ready. Rachel can’t decide what to wear, Phoebe stains her dressMonica obsesses over an old voicemail Richard left, while Joey, Chandler and Chandler have a childish argument about who was in the chair.

#23. The One with the Blackout

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IMDb rating 9

Season 1, Episode 7

Air date: Nov. 3, 1994

After the power went out in New York City, Chandler finds himself trapped in an ATM vestibule. While he struggles to figure out how to talk to her, the rest of the group are getting to know one another better in Monica’s apartment. Ross tries to make a move on Rachel on the balcony, but it doesn’t go according to plan.

#22. #22.

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IMDb rating 9.1

Season 8, Episode 2

Air date: Oct. 4, 2001

Rachel reveals that she’s pregnant to some of the gang, and they urge her to tell the father. Then, they find a man’s red sweater in Rachel’s apartment and think it’s a clue to the father’s identity. Meanwhile, Ross realizes that he lost the disposable cameras with Monica and Chandler’s weddingChandler and he try to make up new photos.

#21. The One with Monica and Chandler’s Wedding: Part 2

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IMDb rating 9.1

Season 7, Episode 24

Air date: May 17, 2001

Monica and Chandler’s weddingThe groom disappears, and the day is almost delayed. Rachel tries to stall Monica while Phoebe and Ross track down Chandler in his office and help him realize that getting married doesn’t mean turning into his parents. Meanwhile, there’s a mysterious pregnancy test and rumors are that it’s Monica’s.

#20. The One in Vegas Part 2

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IMDb rating 9.1

Season 5, Episode 24

Air date: May 20, 1999

Monica and Chandler are on an Las Vegas trip, and after a big fight, they decide that they want to wed. But when they head to the chapel, they see another very drunk—and familiar—couple coming out.

#19. #19.

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IMDb rating 9.1

Season 5, Episode 11

Air date: Jan. 7, 1999

The group tries to keep their New Year’s resolutions to disastrous results. Ross wears leather pants on a date to try something new, Rachel tries to not gossip, Phoebe teaches Joey how to play the guitar, and Chandler tries to be serious for a whole week.

#18. The One with Ross’s Sandwich

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IMDb rating 9.1

Season 5, Episode 9

Air date: Dec. 10, 1998

Ross makes an epic day-after-Thanksgiving sandwich to take to work, but someone else eats it. His boss orders him on sabbatical and sends him to anger management therapy. Meanwhile, Joey is annoyed about constantly covering up Monica and Chandler’s secret relationship.

#17. #17.

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IMDb rating 9.1

Season 4, Episode 1

Air date: Sept. 25, 1997

Ross and Rachel go on a vacation to the beach. But it goes wrong. Ross breaks up with Bonnie his bald girlfriend. When a jellyfish stings Monica, Chandler pees on her leg while Joey watches—mentally scarring the three of them. Phoebe on the other side finds her birth mother and has a candid conversation about her past.

#16. #16.

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IMDb rating 9.1

Season 3, Episode 16

Air date: Feb. 20, 1997

Ross and Rachel have a famous kiss. Rachel arrives at Ross’s apartment to start working on their relationship. He later brings home a second girl. He tries his best to keep her away but she eventually learns the truth. The rest of the gang wind up trapped in Monica’s room while they argue for hours.

#15. #15.

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IMDb rating 9.1

Season 3, Episode 6

Air date: Oct. 31, 1996

Janice asks the group of friends to tell Janice how many of them have dated one another. They start reminiscing about the times when they almost slept together in their friendships. 

#14. #14.

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IMDb rating 9.1

Season 6, Episode 17

Air date: Feb. 24, 2000

Rachel and Phoebe enroll in a self-defense course, but Ross tells the pair that everything they learned was useless if it isn’t about the Japanese technique. “unagi.”Later, the trio attempts unsuccessfully to catch each of them off-guard.

#13. #13.

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IMDb rating 9.1

Season 3, Episode 9

Air date: Nov. 21, 1996

Yet another Thanksgiving episode is thrown off-track by the group’s decision to play a “friendly”Touch football is a game. However, Monica and Ross’ old sibling rivalry soon makes it a much more serious game.

#12. #12.

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IMDb rating: 9.2

Season 6, Episode 9

Air date: Nov. 25, 1999

When the Gellers come over for Thanksgiving dinner, the gang tries to hide Chandler and Monica’s relationship because they hate him. Ross finally reveals why his parents don’t like Chandler and Rachel’s efforts to make a dessert go awry.

#11. #11.

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IMDb rating: 9.2

Season 4, Episode 8

Air date: Nov. 20, 1997

After Chandler kisses Joey’s girlfriend Kathy, he’ll do anything to get his friend’s forgiveness—even sit in a wooden crate for several hours to think about what he’s done. Meanwhile, Monica gets ice in her eye and goes to the on-call eye doctor, who ends up being Richard’s son.

#10. The One with Ross’s Wedding: Part Two

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IMDb rating: 9.2

Season 4, Episode 24

Air date: May 7, 1998

Everything that can go wrong does go wrong at Ross’ weddingEmily. The Gellers are at odds with Emily’s parents, the Walthams, over the cost of the wedding. Joey is incredibly homesick while Chandler consoles Monica after she gets mistaken for Ross’ mom. Rachel last-minute plans to attend the wedding. He arrived just in enough time for Ross’ big Freudian slip.

#9. #9.

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IMDb rating: 9.2

Season 5, Episode 8

Air date: Nov. 19, 1998

Chandler hates Thanksgiving because it brings up memories of his dad coming out as gay and breaking up his parents’ marriage. The other members feel they have all had terrible turkey days, so they share their worst holiday stories.

#8. #8.

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IMDb rating: 9.3

Season 8, Episode 4

Air date: October 18, 2001

Ross hasn’t been having any luck with the ladies, so Joey suggests he videotape his routine so he can give him pointers. When Rachel pays him a surprise visit, Ross forgets to turn off the tape—and they end up getting together. Naturally, all of the friends want the tape.

#7. Part 2: The One With a Proposal

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IMDb rating: 9.3

Season 6, Episode 25

Air date: May 18, 2000

Monica is being distracted by Chandler’s pretense of love for the idea and not wanting to get married. He doesn’t know that Richard just told Monica that he made a big mistake and now wants to marry and have children.

#6. #6.

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IMDb rating: 9.3

Season 8, Episode 9

Air date: Nov. 22, 2001

Monica invites Will her high school classmate to Thanksgiving dinner. He hates Rachel. Back in their high school days, when Will used to be overweight, Rachel was mean to him—so he and Ross spread a nasty rumor that she had both male and female genitalia.

#5. #5.

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IMDb rating 9.4

Season 2, Episode 14

Air date: Feb. 1, 1996

Ross has long wanted Rachel until this episode. Rachel places him in her friend zone. That all changes when the gang watches a home video Monica’s parents took of their high school prom and Rachel realizes that Ross has cared for her all along. Also in this episode, Joey gives Chandler an ostentatious gold friendship bracelet—then overhears Chandler dissing the look.  

#4. #4.

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IMDb rating 9.0

Season 4, Episode 12

Air date: Jan. 15, 1998

Phoebe accepts to be Frank’s surrogate and is eagerly waiting for the results. Monica and Rachel face Chandler and Joey in high stakes battle to get to know one another better. Pro tip: knowing Chandler’s occupation could come in handy in a “Friends” trivia game.

#3. The Last One: Part 1.

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IMDb rating 9.0

Season 10, Episode 17

Air date: May 6, 2004

The series finale’s first half sets the stage for the second part. For starters, Erica, the birth mother of Monica and Chandler’s twins, goes into labor three weeks early. Ross and Rachel finally fall asleep together, revealing that their feelings for one another never ended. This leads to a heartbreaking series final.

#2. The One That Everyone Finds Out

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IMDb rating: 9.7

Season 5, Episode 14

Air date: Feb. 11, 1999

Monica and Chandler kept their love affair quiet until this episode. When Ugly Naked Guy’s apartment becomes available, Ross desperately tries to get it—the clear view from Monica’s apartment allows the group to watch firsthand just what Ross is willing to do to get the apartment. 

#1. The Last One: Part 2

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IMDb rating: 9.7

Season 10, Episode 18

Air date: May 6, 2004

It’s fitting that the last episode of the series comes in at #1 on this list. This episode is all a celebration of endings. Rachel departs Paris to start her new job. Monica and Chandler pack up the apartment and move to the suburbs to raise their children. Viewers can expect plenty of plot twists, heartfelt moments, and an issue with Rachel’s plane’s “left phalange.”

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