Eleven years ago today was the last episode of Friends. The show had a glorious run with ten seasons, and was always funny. It was, in my opinion, the funniest show on television. Owning them on DVD, as well as it being on Netflix, I still watch them over and over.
Although they were older than me, when the show started they were all mid to late twenties and I was seventeen, I wanted to be a part of their group. Through the miracle of television, we all were.
Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross (played by Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer, respectively) seemed to be the best friends anyone could have. They dealt with issues and used each other as their support group. Each of them had their talents, their own lives, but they were always there for each other…just like the theme song said.
I’m sure everyone has seen the show (if not, look it up on Netflix, you’ll thank me later), but I thought, to commemorate this day, I’d list some of the funniest episodes and story lines for each character. Spoilers for the three people on the planet who haven’t seen the show…
The One With The Embryos – hilarious episode where Monica and Rachel square off against Joey and Chandler in a who knows whom best trivia game. Hilarious secrets are revealed about the four friends as the game goes on.
The One That Could Have Been – a two part episode where the six friends think about how their lives would have been different if they had taken different paths. In a nice twist, they mostly are all still friends, just with different lives than they really had.
The One Where Everyone Finds Out – Rachel and Phoebe try to trick Chandler and Monica into telling them about their relationship and Joey gets stuck in the middle. Highest rated episode (tied with the finale). Best line: “They don’t know we know they know we know.” HILARIOUS!
The One With The Prom Video – Finally Ross and Rachel get together. The video is sweet and funny. Anytime Courtney Cox donned the fat suit to play teenage Monica cracks me up. She owned it.
Rachel – when she finds out Ross has been in love with her since high school. When she goes overboard trying to make her relationship with Joshua work to spite Ross. When she dates her assistant. When she is late giving birth. When she goes to London to stop Ross’s wedding. When her sisters visit.
Monica – anytime they flashback to when she was fat. When she hooks up with Chandler in London. When she dates her dad’s best friend. Anytime she is overly competitive. When she marries Chandler.
Phoebe – when she has her brother’s babies. When she sings at the coffee house (special mention to “Smelly Cat”). When she talks about her checkered past. When she interacts with her twin sister, Ursula. The time she hates PBS. At her wedding to Mike. When she tries to seduce Chandler to force his relationship with Monica into the open.
Joey – when he loses his insurance. When he’s trying to hide Chandler and Monica’s secret. When he falls for Rachel. When he buys a boat. When he moves out away from Chandler. When he tries to speak French. When he and Chandler win the bigger apartment from Monica and Rachel.
Chandler – when he dates and breaks up with Janice….this happens a lot. When he hooks up with Monica in London. When he proposes. When he kisses Joey’s girlfriend. When he talks about his dad’s homosexuality and drag career. His inability to hold a relationship (until Monica). When he talks about his sad childhood.
Ross – when he gets a spray tan. When Rachel loses his monkey. When he talks about growing up with Monica. When he talks about or deals with his lesbian ex-wife and her lover, Susan. When he gets excited about dinosaurs. When he and Rachel were on a break.
Some notable guest stars (too many to name them all):
Brad Pitt, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Reece Witherspoon, Christina Applegate, Elliot Gould, David Arquette, Kathleen Turner, Morgan Fairchild, Christina Pickles, Marlo Thomas, Eddie Cahill, Tom Selleck, Paul Rudd, Steve Zahn, Giovanni Rabisi, Deborah Jo Rupp, Teri Garr, Jennifer Saunders, Bruce Willis, Aisha Tyler, Susan Sarandon, Denise Richards, and Anna Faris.
It really was the greatest sitcom on tv. Yes, there are other classic greats, but this is the one for me. I’ll be there for you, F·R·I·E·N·D·S