The Nation's Favourite Friends: Guide to The Shortlist

If you're having trouble picking a favourite episode from our shortlist, check out the guide below

If picking a favourite Friends episode seems like an impossible task, we've put together a guide to the 50 episodes in our shortlist. Have a read through to refresh your memory, then scroll down to the bottom to vote. 

We'll be counting down the nation's top 20 on-air to celebrate the show's 20th Anniversary, so use your vote wisely! The poll closes at 11.59pm on 31st August.

[subheader:list:1]The One Where it All Began[/subheader]

Season 1 episode 1

Rachel runs from her wedding and meets the friends in the coffee place. Ross is depressed about his divorce but he still has a crush on Rachel

[subheader:list:2]The One With All The Poker [/subheader]

Season 1 episode 18

Phoebe's baseless feminist suspicion that the boys' poker night is somehow a macho conspiracy leads to the girls insisting to participate. Teaching them poker rules is like explaining rocket science to Joey, so the girls loose crushingly. Competitive Monica demands a rematch, after advanced lessons from her experienced aunt Iris. Finally, it comes down to a duel between Ross and Rachel, but she gets a call first: the buyer job fell through.

[subheader:list:3]The One With The Birth [/subheader]

Season 1 episode 23

When Ross' ex wife Carol is rushed to the hospital to have their baby, all the friends come along, but prove less then helpful. Rachel only has eyes for the unmarried obstetrician; Chandler and Monica worry if time is passing by for them to find partners and become parents. When Joey has an argument with a single pregnant woman, he finds himself the only available birth coach. After Carol throws Ross and her lesbian life-partner Susan out for bickering, Phoebe manages, while lecturing the pair, to lock all three of them in a janitorial closet.

[subheader:list:4]The One With Ross's New Girlfriend [/subheader]

Season 2 episode 1

Now Ross is back from China, but has brought a new girlfriend, Chandler feels guilty for having advised him to forget Rachel, who in turn rebounds -to the others' surprise- to the infamous Paolo. When Monica convinces Phoebe to cut her hair after her good job on the boys, she's horrified to get the haircut of an entirely wrong movie star named Moore. Meanwhile Joey's family tailor proves a bad recommendation to Chandler, who is not gullible enough to believe taking measurements for trousers requires taking the tape up each leg and the rear with intimate manual contact...

[subheader:list:5]The One with the Baby on the Bus[/subheader]

Season 2 episode 6

Ross eats Monica's kiwi pie, and has an allergic reaction to it. Even though he hates injections, Monica takes him to the hospital, meaning Chandler and Joey have to take care of baby Ben. They use him to seduce women, but forget the baby on the bus, and go through the hassle of finding him again. In the meantime, a professional guitarist plays in Phoebe's spot in Central Perk, leading to her being jealous and to Rachel feeling bad about it.

[subheader:list:6]The One Where Ross Finds Out [/subheader]

Season 2 episode 7

Rachel claims to be over Ross and Monica sets her up with a date. Rachel doesn't concentrate on her date and gets really drunk because she is upset that Ross and Julie are going to buy a cat together. Her date tells her she needs a "closure" to get over Ross. Rachel then calls Ross and leaves him a message saying she is over him. When Ross hears the message he is taken aback that Rachel has feelings for him and is very confused. Ross refuses to buy a cat and tells Rachel she had no right telling him about her feelings because he was ok before he knew and now he isn't....

[subheader:list:7]The One With The List [/subheader]

Season 2 episode 8

Rachel tells Phoebe and Monica, Ross tells Chandler and Joey about their kiss. Ross doesn't know what he's doing because he can't figure out whether to be with Julie or Rachel. Everyone (including Julie) is at Central Perk and Phoebe sings a song about their love triangle. Monica gets a new job making up recipes for a synthetic chocolate substitute. Chandler, Joey and Ross make a list with Julie and Rachel's pros and cons to make it easier for Ross to pick one of them. Monica makes Phoebe and Rachel try her terrible Mockolate recipes. Ross breaks up with Julie

[subheader:list:8]The One With Russ [/subheader]

Season 2 episode 10

Joey gets lots of bad reviews for his play. Monica is back with Bobby who drinks too much. Rachel has a date and tells everyone she is not mad at Ross but doesn't have any feelings for him anymore either. Her date's name is Russ and he looks like Ross. Bobby will sober up for Monica - only problem: sober Bobby is boring. Joey will get a part in a TV show but he has to sleep with the casting lady which he doesn't know if he should do. Monica starts drinking to be able to stand boring sober Bobby and Bobby breaks up with her

[subheader:list:9]The One With The Prom Video [/subheader]

Season 2 episode 14

Monica still can't get a job, and money is becoming tight. Ross gets her to agree to ask her parents for money. Joey buys Chandler a hideous gold friendship bracelet, and overhears Chandler complaining about it to Phoebe. Ross continues to pine after Rachel, who Phoebe insists is his "lobster", but she makes it pretty clear that its not happening. However, when an old home video of Monica and Rachel's prom is discovered, Ross's true feelings for Rachel are shown.

[subheader:list:10]The One Where Ross And Rachel...You Know [/subheader]

Season 2 episode 15

Joey buys two armchairs and a big screen TV and they never want to get up from the armchairs again. Ross and Rachel have their first official date and sleep together at Ross's museum. Monica is dating a friend of her parents who is 21 years older than her.

[subheader:list:11]The One Where Eddie Won't Go [/subheader]

Season 2 episode 19

Even accommodating gentleman Chandler loses it when he finds out Eddie has been sneaking in his bedroom to watch him sleep. When the girls read a pseudo-poetical hardcore feminist bestseller, it quickly stirs trouble between Rachel and Ross and amongst the three girls. Now Joey has lost his job, his two-envelope Visa-bill leaves him no other choice then to audition for a measly part beneath a former soap star's dignity

[subheader:list:12]The One With The Two Parties [/subheader]

Season 2 episode 22

Planning Rachel's surprise birthday party. To prevent Rachel's parents to be at the same party they have half of the guests in the boys' apartment with Rachel's dad and the other half in the girls' apartment with Rachel's mum. Phoebe smuggles people from Monica's boring party to the boys' great party. Rachel can't cope with their parents separation.

[subheader:list:13]The One Where No One's Ready [/subheader]

Season 3 episode 2

Ross becomes very frustrated with his friends when they fail to be ready on time for a speech that he is giving at the museum. When he publicly moans at Rachel, she get her revenge by dressing outrageously.

[subheader:list:14]The One With The Football [/subheader]

Season 3 episode 9

It's Thanksgiving, so everyone is dining Monica's festive meal. After watching pros on TV, they decide to have a friendly American Football game in the park, despite the fact the Geller parents forbade Ross and Monica to play each-other ever again after years of vicious rivalry for the 'Geller Cup'. Rachel and Phoebe prove worse then worthless. Joey and Chandler are totally absorbed by Margha, a Dutch girls who stays watching and get competitive about her. Now the teams start playing to win; then the Geller-rivalry takes over

[subheader:list:15]The One Where Ross And Rachel Take A Break [/subheader]

Season 3 episode 15

After a bitter fight with Rachel, Ross ends up sleeping with another woman. Phoebe dates a Diplomat who needs an interpretor to speak with her.

[subheader:list:16]The One The Morning After [/subheader]

Season 3 episode 16

Rachel discovers that Ross slept with another woman and breaks up with him with the other four friends trapped in Monica's bedroom listening.

[subheader:list:17]The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion[/subheader]

Season 3 episode 24

Monica begs Pete to stop fighting after he is beaten up. Chandler is unnerved when his boss slaps his butt. Ross starts dating a new woman.

[subheader:list:18]The One With The Jellyfish [/subheader]

Season 4 episode 1

Ross and Rachel get back together after Ross unknowingly takes full responsibility for the breakup. Monica reveals what happened when she was stung by a jellyfish, and Phoebe is mad after her mother.

[subheader:list:19]The One with the Dirty Girl[/subheader]

Season 4 episode 6

Chandler has gone to extreme trouble to get Kathy the ideal birthday gift, a special edition of her favorite book; Ross points out he can't outshine her boyfriend Joey -who didn't even plan to give her anything- totally so he must get an even cooler gift. Phoebe tells Monica not to turn down major funeral catering for lack of equipment and advances the money, but wants it straight back before there's nearly enough profit; so they become active business partners- which proves good, as their first client, a widow, would never pay without Phoebe's street persistence

[subheader:list:20]The One With Chandler In A Box [/subheader]

Season 4 episode 8

Joey is not about to forgive Chandler, nor Rachel Ross, even now Thanksgiving is coming up. Monica is getting virtually no help, and gets ice in her eye but dares not go to her ophthalmologist and ex Richard Burke, but is excited to get his on call, who turns out to be his cute-to-die-for son Timothy, who has just broken up with his girl friend. Joey tells Ross he has sentenced Chandler to five years silent treatment, but

[subheader:list:21]The One With The Embryos [/subheader]

Season 4 episode 12

Phoebe has accepted to host in her uterus the artificially inseminated child(ren) of her brother Frank and his older wife Alice Knight Buffay; the anxious wait for a pregnancy is rewarded. Meanwhile a display by Chandler and Joey how well they know Monica and Rachel by guessing the items in their shopping bag leads to a large-scale bet on a quiz, for which Ross makes the questions. It goes close, but the team captains pride and sense of competition brings Monica to accept Chandlers dare to up the stakes: either the boys' birds are ousted, or the girls must exchange their master apartment for the boys measly rooms- Rachels error in the last round enables a triumphant entry of the victors.

[subheader:list:22]The One With Ross's Wedding Part 1[/subheader]

Season 4 episode 23

Even before they leave the apartment, Joey drives Chandler crazy by forgetting everything useful, even his passport, but crying every five seconds "London, baby!", and photographing absolutely everything all the time, as if 6 hours on an airplane with Monica weren't bad enough. Emily was already a nervous wreck, but when she and Ross show Monica her dream site for the wedding that hall is already torn down, ahead of schedule!

[subheader:list:23]The One With Ross's Wedding Part 2[/subheader]

Season 4 episode 24

Ross' and Emily's parents meet and prove quite antagonistic; Stephen and Andrea Waltham enjoy that the Gellers pay for the wedding, against tradition, but Jack feels the list of expenses at their house is highway robbery, so Ross tries to mediate. Joey is terribly homesick, despite playing best man jointly with Chandler. he rehearsal dinner is hell for Chandler and Monica, who doubts whether she'll ever find a partner- and wakes up in bed with Chandler the next morning. Phoebe phones Joey he must warn Ross Rachel is coming, but she gets straight to him in Montgomery Hall, and at the last moment just congratulates him, so the wedding goes on, with Joey reporting over the phone to Phoebe. However, when the couple pledges eternal fidelity, Ross inadvertently says 'Rachel' instead of Emily

[subheader:list:24]The One After Ross Says Rachel [/subheader]

Season 5 episode 1

Everyone is shocked to hear Ross say Rachel instead of Emily but they continue with the ceremony. Emily is really mad at Ross and says she hates him at the party. Monica and Chandler agree to only sleep together while they're in London. Emily flees the wedding through the bathroom window. Everyone except Rachel thinks it didn't mean anything that Ross said her name. Emily is utterly humiliated and never wants to see Ross again. The friends return to New York. Rachel is still in London an stand-by for a flight and Ross waits at the airport for Emily.

[subheader:list:25]The One Hundredth [/subheader]

Season 5 episode 3

Phoebe is in hospital to give birth to the triplets slightly early. Monica barely covered up to Rachel that she was with Chandler who found them two hot male nurses to date. When Chandler panics and says he and Monica are only 'messing around' they agree to see other people but neither actually likes the pact. Phoebe dislikes her doctor because he openly adores Fonzie from Happy Days. To Rachel's horror Phoebe is considering 'keeping one' of the babies. Joey has a sudden attack of pain and is diagnosed with kidney stones, and squashes Ross during a very painful procedure. To Chandler's horror, the third baby is still named after him, even when it turns out the baby is a girl.

[subheader:list:26]The One with the Kips[/subheader]

Season 5 episode 5

Chandler and Monica plan a weekend on false work-related pretenses so they can be alone. Ross tells Rachel that Emily is coming to New York and they can't see each other anymore. On top of that, Rachel's dog Lapooh just died so she is furious and both her and Ross are inconsolable. Monica constantly demands new hotel rooms for silly reasons and Chandler can't keep his eyes from the TV. They argue, and when they return home Chandler tells Monica he thought their relationship was over. To his delight, Monica is determined to make up and continue.

[subheader:list:27]The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks[/subheader]

Season 5 episode 8

After Monica's Thanksgiving turkey dinner, the Friends elaborate on Chandler's traditional sob-story about his gay father causing a parental break-up, since then he always hated the holiday. His status as 'king of misery' is challenged, first by Ross' seasonal marriage with Emily divorced in record-time. Phoebe can only cheat with an 'earlier life', at the front-line in the Secession War. Rachel brings up the time that Joey and Monica ended up wearing the turkey on their heads, but that's easily topped by the early one from her fat youth, when Ross introduced her to Chandler at the Geller home. Chalndler called her fat! Yet even worse, was the failed revenge the following year, when Chandler accidentally lost a toe, which got lost again.

[subheader:list:28]The One With Ross's Sandwich [/subheader]

Season 5 episode 9

Ross brings his leftover thanksgiving sandwich to work, but someone eats it. He finds out that it was his boss, who puts him on sabbatical and sends him to a psychiatrist for anger management therapy. Phoebe takes a literature class and asks Rachel to come with her, but instead of reading the books, Rachel comes and asks Phoebe what they're about right before the class begins. Monica takes the class instead of Rachel, but she tries to make the class more challenging and no one likes her.

[subheader:list:29]The One with all the Resolutions[/subheader]

Season 5 episode 11

It's New Year's Eve and the friends discuss their resolutions. Ross' resolution is to be happy in 1999 and to do something he hasn't done before every single day. Joey wants to learn how to play guitar to actually have one special skill he lists on his resume. Rachel's resolution is to stop gossiping. Chandler won't make fun of his friends for a whole year. Monica wants to take more pictures of the group. Phoebe's method to teach how to play the guitar is very weird and Joey finds a qualified teacher. Rachel finds out that Monica is secretly seeing Chandler.

[subheader:list:30]The One Where Everybody Finds Out [/subheader]

Season 5 episode 14

Ugly Naked Guy is moving and Ross is trying to get his great apartment. While Rachel, Ross and Phoebe have a look at the apartment Phoebe sees that Monica and Chandler kiss. Joey is grateful that they can finally tell them that everyone knows about their relationship. But Phoebe and Rachel don't want to tell them and have their fun by messing with them. Phoebe makes a pass at Chandler and Rachel gives them all her laundry when Monica and Chandler go to do "laundry".

[subheader:list:31]The One with the Ridealong[/subheader]

Season 5 episode 20

When Phoebe tells the friends Gary took her along in a police patrol car, the boys insist to make a ride with him too- and get it that very night. Leave it to Joey to focus on 'the best sandwich in the world' he picks up on the way and isn't allowed to eat in the patrol car as it drips. When the boys confuse a car exhaust with a gun shot, Joey dives in front of Ross, so Gary calls him heroic police-material. Chandler is vexed, believing Joey cares more for Ross,

[subheader:list:32]The One Where Phoebe Runs [/subheader]

Season 6 episode 7

oey finds sexy Janine, a dancer from Australia, as a roommate. Rachel and Phoebe go jogging together to bond. Phoebe runs like an elephant because it makes running a lot more fun but Rachel doesn't want to go jogging with her anymore because she is embarrassing. Joey can't flirt with Janine because they live together and it would be too complicated. Chandler finds out how obsessed Monica is with everything and he has to move the furniture back to how it was before he moved it. Joey is drawn to Janine and has to find a way to repel her.

[subheader:list:33]The One Where Ross Got High [/subheader]

Season 6 episode 9

he Geller parents are coming over for Thanksgiving but they don't know that Chandler moved in with Monica nor that they are dating because they don't like Chandler. Chandler's plan is to be very charming and make them like him then tell them that he is dating Monica. Rachel made a trifle for dessert but put two recipes together so it has beef and peas in it. Chandler is sucking up to the Gellars but Ross tells him that they don't like him because Ross was caught smoking pot in college and he blamed it on Chandler.

[subheader:list:34]The One With The Routine [/subheader]

Season 6 episode 10

Janine is going to be a party person in a New Year's Eve TV broadcast and asks Joey, Monica and Ross to come along for the taping. Rachel, Phoebe and Chandler look for the gifts Monica got for them while the others are at the taping. Monica and Ross really want to be on TV but they would have to dance on the platform which only the selected people can. They put on the "routine" - a dance they did in primary school - for the selection guy and they get to dance on the platform. Joey wanted to kiss Janine on the fake midnight but missed his chance.

[subheader:list:35]The One With Unagi [/subheader]

Season 6 episode 17

Rachel and Phoebe take a self-defense class, and claim they can defeat anyone who attacks them. Ross doesn't believe them, and educates them of a martial arts technique called unagi. Chandler and Monica promise they'd make each other's Valentines Day gifts, but they both forget to make them.

[subheader:list:36]The One With The Holiday Armadillo [/subheader]

Season 7 episode 10

Ross wants to introduce Ben to Chanukah. In order to entice Rachel to move back into their refurbished apartment, Pheobe must drive a wedge between Rachel and current roomie Joey.

[subheader:list:37]The One with All the Cheesecakes[/subheader]

Season 7 episode 11

Chandler and Rachel eat a cheesecake that was accidentally delivered to their door and it's the best cheesecake they've ever had. Another cheesecake gets delivered and they try to resist and drop it off to their neighbour that was supposed to receive it. Ross is invited to a cousin's wedding but Monica isn't. Monica is very upset because she was the girl's best friend when they grew up together so she gets Ross to take her instead of a date. Rachel and Chandler find the cheesecake untouched in front of the neighbour's door so they take it.

[subheader:list:38]The One Where They're Up All Night[/subheader]

Season 7 episode 12

In the beginning, the 6 friends plus Tag are sitting on the roof looking for comets. Later, everyone goes inside except for Ross and Joey, who takes the tube that was holding the door open off. Ross and Joey are then locked on the roof until they get the idea to go down the fire escape. Phoebe's fire alarm keeps beeping and it won't stop. She eventually breaks the fire alarm and throws it down the trash chute. A fireman returns the fire alarm to Phoebe, who can't stop the fire alarm because the reset button broke off.

[subheader:list:39]The One Where Rosita Dies[/subheader]

Season 7 episode 13

Rachel wants to have a place to sit in front of the TV but Joey tells her Rosita, the armchair, does not move. Rachel tries to move it anyway and breaks it in half. The Gellers sell their house and Monica and Ross have to take their childhood memories home but Monica's boxes were ruined in a flood. Phoebe starts working as a telephone sales woman and talks to Earl who want to kill himself. Chandler sits in the armchair and thinks he broke it so he secretly exchanges Rosita with his chair.

[subheader:list:40]The One Where Everyone Turns Thirty[/subheader]

Season 7 episode 14

It's Rachel's 30th birthday and they all reflect on all their 30th birthdays. Rachel is really upset because according to her life plan she should already be with the One and she realizes that Tag could never be the man she would want to spend the rest of her life with.

[subheader:list:41]The One With Chandler And Monica's Wedding Part 1[/subheader]

Season 7 episode 23

Joey unexpectedly gets a part in a movie about soldiers in World War I but his famous co-star Richard Crosby keeps spitting in his face for the sake of articulation. Ross makes everybody burst into laughter by threatening Chandler physically if he ever hurts his little sister. Chandler and Monica have their rehearsal dinner and after seeing his sexy celebrity mother and drag-queen dad, Chandler suddenly freaks out thinking about becoming "Mr. and Mrs Bing." He freaks out more when he hears the new answering machine message Monica recorded, so he writes a vague apology

[subheader:list:42]The One With Chandler And Monica's Wedding Part 2[/subheader]

Season 7 episode 24

While Rachel uses ludicrous excuses to slow Monica down before she notices he is missing, Ross and Phoebe find still missing him in his office. He is afraid that becoming 'the Bings' will spell marital misery, maybe as bad as his parents. Ross gets him to face things one at a time and he feels better. Later smoking in the hall, Chandler overhears the girls about Monica's pregnancy test, and instead of freaking out he gets her a present and decides a baby isn't too scary. Internet-minister Joey has a hard timing leaving the film set, where famous co-star Richard is hopelessly drunk, but arrives just in time, still in World War I trench uniform, to officiate.

[subheader:list:43]The One With The Videotape [/subheader]

Season 8 episode 4

Chandler and Monica thought they made new friends on the plane home after their honeymoon, but apparently Greg and Jenny gave them a fake phone number. After six months without sex, Ross takes Joey's advice to get past as many bases as possible with his latest date. He had been recording his routine, but forgot to turn the video off when Rachel marched in and so recorded their decisive single night of passion. Just because Ross insists on destroying the tape, Rachel decides she wants the friends to see it, despite Ross's warning he won't be the most embarrassed one.

[subheader:list:44]The One With The Rumor [/subheader]

Season 8 episode 9

Will, an old friend of Ross' is in town and Monica invited him for Thanksgiving dinner. Will used to be really fat in high school and he really hates Rachel because she was horrible to him. Will shows his hatred and tells Rachel they had the "I-hate-Rachel-Greene-Club" in high school. The members of the club: Will and Ross! Their club spread a rumor that Rachel had both male and female reproductive parts. Everybody knew about the rumor and Rachel figures that's why certain guys wouldn't go out with her. It turns out that Rachel told everyone about how Ross made out with the old librarian and Ross is so upset he wants to be in the club again.

[subheader:list:45]The One Where Chandler Takes A Bath [/subheader]

Season 8 episode 13

After Chandler was unable to understand why Monica loves taking an elaborate bath, she lures him into trying a perfect combination of scents and salts by incorporating a model navy 'boat' and he's hooked, enough to steal her next bath by jumping in before she can. When Joey barges in the bathroom, the boat gets a more modest purpose.

[subheader:list:46]The One with Ross' Inappropriate Song[/subheader]

Season 9 episode 7

oey earned too much money to keep hiding it, so Monica suggests investing in real estate, such as Richard's apartment for sale; Chandler accompanies him, and they find a videotape marked Monica... After some coaching from slick ideal daughter in law Rachel, Phoebe has her first dinner with boyfriend Mike's classy parents and some boring acquaintances, but despite a phony British accent she's too much herself not to shock and disgust, yet Mike sticks with her, and more... Ross is the first to get baby daughter Emma to really laugh, but Rachel is shocked to hear he did it by singing a saucy rap about big buttocks; nevertheless, she's more envious.

[subheader:list:47]The One Where Ross Is Fine [/subheader]

Season 10 episode 2

Ross deals with finding out about Rachel and Joey's relationship almost as well as when he found out about Monica and Chandler. Ross invites Rachel and Joey to a dinner party with him and Charlie. At dinner, Ross gets drunk quickly and embarrasses himself. Rachel and Charlie go home which leaves Joey taking care of Ross. In the morning, Joey and Ross talk and Ross says he will get used to Joey and Rachel. Frank Jr. and his kids come to town and he asks Phoebe to have one of them, but he is not willing to give up any of them.

[subheader:list:48]The One with Ross's Tan[/subheader]

Season 10 episode 3

Ross tries to get a tan, but seems to do it poorly. Rachel and Joey try to make out with no awkwardness. And Phoebe and Monica's old roommate, Amanda comes to visit.

[subheader:list:49]The One Where Joey Speaks French[/subheader]

Season 10 episode 13

Ross accompanies Rachel to Long Island after Rachel's father has a heart attack. Rachel wants to have sex with Ross but he rejects her and they make a promise never to sleep together again. Erica comes to town and Monica and Chandler find out that the baby's father might be a shovel killer. Phoebe, back from her honeymoon helps Joey prepare for an audition by teaching him how to speak french. Joey does not progress well, even on the first line, and Phoebe says he will never learn french, and running out on their lessons.

[subheader:list:50]The Last One[/subheader]

Season 10 episode 17/18

Ross and Phoebe race to the other airport, afraid they are not going to make it in time to catch Rachel. Phoebe calls Rachel, and tells her there is something wrong with the "left phalange" which creeps out the rest of the passengers so everyone gets off. Ross and Phoebe get to the correct airport but Rachel has just boarded again. Phoebe screams as loud as she can, and Rachel comes back out. Ross tells Rachel he loves her, but she gets on the plane anyway.

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