The 25 Best Episodes of ‘Friends’

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It has been nearly 18 years since the last episode of “Friends” aired on NBC and the Emmy-winning sitcom is still wildly popular. During the decade the show aired it launched many hairstyles and as many catchphrases — who doesn’t remember “The Rachel” and “How you doin’?” Check out these popular TV quotes that are now part of everyday vocabulary.

When “Friends” premiered back in 1994, no one had an idea whether it would even be picked up for additional episodes. The show about six twenty somethings in New York City may have been just another pilot that went nowhere. Ten years and 235 episodes later, “The Last One” was the fourth most watched TV show finale ever with 52.5 million people tuning in.

To determine the best episodes of “Friends,” 24/7 Tempo reviewed data on audience rating from the Internet Movie Database. All the episodes of “Friends” were ranked based on average IMDb user rating as of November 2021. In cases of a tie, episodes with more IMDb user votes were given a higher ranking. Supplemental data on the number of IMDb user votes and original airdate also came from IMDb.

Much can change in the span of a decade, and that’s what happened with “Friends.” They fell in and out of love, changed jobs and apartments — and hairstyles. Though they stayed relevant, fans liked some storylines better than others.

Of the 25 best episodes, 17 are from seasons one through five. Only one is from the last season — the series finale. (These are the best series finales in TV history.)