The WORST Episodes of Friends

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 9, 2020

Network: NBC

Rachel Green, Ross Geller, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Chandler Bing and Phoebe Buffay are all friends, living off of one another in the heart of New York City. Over the course of ten years, this average group of buddies goes through massive mayhem, family trouble, past and future romances, fights, laughs, tears and surprises as they learn what it really means to be a friend.

The One With Mac And C.H.E.E.S.E.

#1 - The One With Mac And C.H.E.E.S.E.

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 13, 2000

Joey gets an audition for the lead character in a new TV show. When the audition is rescheduled, Chandler takes the message but forgets to tell Joey. Then the group recalls some of Joey's less-than-spectacular acting moments.

star 7.07
2,749 votes
Directors: Kevin S. Bright
Writers: Doty Abrams
The One With Joey's Interview

#2 - The One With Joey's Interview

Season 8 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 4, 2002

Joey prepares for an interview with Soap Opera Digest, although he's afraid of appearing stupid, so he enlists his friends to make sure things go well. During the interview, he reminisces about his past acting experiences, what he does in his spare time, eating and exercising right, his friends, his homosexual tendencies, and his romantic life.

star 7.22
2,447 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Doty Abrams
The One With The Invitation

#3 - The One With The Invitation

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 23, 1998

Ross and Emily discuss who to invite to their wedding. He wants to invite Rachel while Emily thinks it's odd. Ross sends her an invitation anyway. The gang receives their invitations, all except for Chandler, as they reminisce about Ross and Rachel's up-and-down relationship. However, a very pregnant Phoebe can't go. Rachel wrestles with the idea of going to the wedding and after deciding against it, breaks down and cries on Monica's shoulder.

star 7.24
2,999 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Seth Kurland
The One With The Vows

#4 - The One With The Vows

Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired May 3, 2001

With four weeks left before the wedding, Chandler and Monica are faced with the issue of their wedding vows. With each person dealing with their own problems in writing the vows, they turn to memories of past events to help them. In the end, the only real problem is who will be saying the vows first.

star 7.32
2,475 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Doty Abrams
The One With Christmas In Tulsa

#5 - The One With Christmas In Tulsa

Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 12, 2002

While Chandler is stuck in Tulsa for Christmas, one of his co-workers comes onto him. A jealous Monica waits back in New York. Chandler decides to quit his job.

star 7.35
2,638 votes
Directors: Kevin Bright
Writers: Doty Abrams
The One Where Rachel Smokes

#6 - The One Where Rachel Smokes

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 8, 1999

Rachel decides to start smoking in order to avoid missing important meetings with her boss. Meanwhile, Ben gets offered an audition for a soup commercial, and Joey auditions to be Ben's father during the ad. Also, Monica and Phoebe plan a surprise birthday party for Rachel together, but Monica takes over.

star 7.40
3,003 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Michael Curtis
The One With Phoebe's Husband

#7 - The One With Phoebe's Husband

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 12, 1995

The gang is amazed to learn that Phoebe married a gay Canadian ice dancer to help him get his green card. And Ross seeks relationship advice from Rachel after revealing that he and Julie have yet to consummate their relationship.

star 7.45
3,241 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Alexa Junge
The One With Joey's New Girlfriend

#8 - The One With Joey's New Girlfriend

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 1997

Chandler hits on a woman at Central Perk, not realizing she is Joey's new girlfriend. He soon realizes he is very attracted to, possibly in love, with her. Ross and Rachel play the jealousy game in their relationships. And Phoebe desperately tries to catch a cold after discovering that her voice is sexier and her singing better when she has phlegm in her throat.

star 7.46
3,020 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Greg Malins, Michael Curtis
The One Where They're Going To Party!

#9 - The One Where They're Going To Party!

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 11, 1997

Chandler and Ross's college friend Gandalf is planning to come to town. Gandalf is "the party wizard." Ross and Chandler are very excited until Gandalf cancels. However, they decide to make their own party with Joey's help. Joanna squashes Rachel's chance at a promotion. And when Monica fills in for a friend as food critic for a small newspaper, she must decide between a steady job as head chef of a restaurant she panned or keeping her catering business with her friend Phoebe.

star 7.49
2,899 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen
The One With Joey's Big Break

#10 - The One With Joey's Big Break

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 13, 1999

Joey seems to have finally hit big when he gets offered a lead part in a movie shooting outside of Las Vegas. However, when Chandler begins expressing doubts about the film's legitimacy, it causes a rift in their friendship.

star 7.49
3,042 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Wil Calhoun
The One With The Ride Along

#11 - The One With The Ride Along

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 29, 1999

As the date for Emily's remarriage draws closer, the group tries to keep Ross distracted. As a result, Ross and the other guys get invited to take a ride along with Gary.

star 7.49
2,900 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Seth Kurland, Shana Goldberg-Meehan
The One With The Yeti

#12 - The One With The Yeti

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 5, 1998

Emily decides that the only way to continue her marriage with Ross is to have him get rid of all traces of Rachel in his apartment. Meanwhile, Rachel and Monica mistake a hairy neighbor for a yeti.

star 7.50
2,970 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Alexa Junge
The One With The Dollhouse

#13 - The One With The Dollhouse

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 10, 1997

Rachel regrets making a date for Chandler and her boss, Joanna. Joey's interest in Kate intensifies after they sleep together. And Monica's aunt dies, leaving her an antique dollhouse, with which Monica doesn't want Phoebe to play with.

star 7.50
2,964 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Wil Calhoun
The One With The Joke

#14 - The One With The Joke

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 13, 2000

Chandler and Ross fight over ownership of a joke published in Playboy. A wayward remark of Phoebe's leads to trouble between the girls and a broke Joey starts working at Central Perk.

star 7.50
2,900 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen
The One With The Cat

#15 - The One With The Cat

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 1997

Phoebe believes that her adoptive mother's spirit resides in a cat that jumped into her guitar case in Central Perk. Monica goes on a date with Rachel's hunky high-school boyfriend, who was cool in high-school, but a failure now. And when Joey and Chandler decide to sell the entertainment center, Joey takes stupidity to a new level.

star 7.51
3,130 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Amy Toomin, Jill Condon
The One With The Ultimate Fighting Champion

#16 - The One With The Ultimate Fighting Champion

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 8, 1997

To Monica's horror, Pete plans to be in an ultimate fight, and when he can't win but won't give up, she must decide her future with him. Chandler has a problem when his new boss is slaphappy. Phoebe sets Ross up on a date with a woman who used to be bald.

star 7.51
2,727 votes
Directors: Robby Benson
Writers: Scott Silveri, Shana Goldberg-Meehan
The One With The Tea Leaves

#17 - The One With The Tea Leaves

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 7, 2002

Joey has been hiding from Rachel, so she invents a problem at work ("My boss wants to buy my baby!") to draw him into conversation. Phoebe's tea leaves tell her that she's going to meet the man of her dreams, except that the man she meets is a nightmare. Later on though, she does meet a nice guy. Ross tries to retrieve his favorite shirt from Mona's, interrupted when she returns home with a date.

star 7.51
2,647 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Steven Rosenhaus
The One With The Apothecary Table

#18 - The One With The Apothecary Table

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 6, 2000

Rachel orders an apothecary table from Pottery Barn, which is a problem because Phoebe hates the mass-producing company. After Janine and Joey double date with Chandler and Monica, Janine tells Joey that she thinks the other two are boring. Ross buys a new apothecary table too, which causes problems for Rachel. After a confrontation with Monica and Chandler, Joey breaks up with Janine and she moves out.

star 7.51
3,017 votes
Directors: Kevin S. Bright
Writers: Brian Boyle
The One With The Sonogram At The End

#19 - The One With The Sonogram At The End

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 29, 1994

Carol, Ross's lesbian ex-wife, tells him at work that she is pregnant with his child, Monica nearly has a breakdown when her parents come for dinner, and Rachel finds out that Barry and her maid of honor Mindy, went on her honeymoon.

star 7.51
4,849 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
The One With Rachel's Date

#20 - The One With Rachel's Date

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 25, 2001

Phoebe begins dating a guy who works for Monica, causing a problem when Phoebe wants to dump him on the same day Monica plans to fire him. Ross discovers that a coworker of Chandler's has been calling him Toby for five years. Joey sets Rachel up on a date with one of his co-stars. Ross worries about this and the fact that he doesn't see a future with Rachel anymore.

star 7.52
2,745 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Brian Buckner, Sebastian Jones
The One With The Lesbian Wedding

#21 - The One With The Lesbian Wedding

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 18, 1996

Ross's ex and her lesbian lover tie the knot, providing Monica with a job: catering the wedding. Phoebe is possessed by the spirit of an eighty-two year old massage client who dies in the middle of a session. Mrs. Adelman cannot depart until she's "seen everything" (needless to say, her spirit departs after the lesbian wedding). And Rachel's mom comes to visit and drops a bombshell: she's getting divorced from Rachel's dad.

star 7.52
3,147 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Doty Abrams
The One With Joey's Bag

#22 - The One With Joey's Bag

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 4, 1999

Monica gives Chandler a painful massage. Joey wears a top hat for an audition. A disgusted Rachel offers to dress him. Phoebe's grandmother died. Rachel hooks Joey up with a "shoulder bag". Phoebe tells Ursula, who is disinterested. At the memorial service, Phoebe meets her father, who plays it off and runs away. At his audition, Joey's bag distracts the casting people. Phoebe and her father talk at Central Perk.

star 7.53
2,839 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Seth Kurland
The One That Could Have Been (1)

#23 - The One That Could Have Been (1)

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 17, 2000

Barry and Mindy's impending divorce prompts the gang to fantasize about what their lives might be like if they'd all taken different courses. Ross is still married to Carol, and Rachel is married to Barry, but fawning over famous soap star Joey Tribbiani. Monica is still fat and dating a doctor. Chandler is an aspiring writer and Phoebe is a Wall Street shark for Merrill Lynch.

star 7.53
2,979 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Adam Chase, Greg Malins
The One With The Stain

#24 - The One With The Stain

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 8, 2001

Chandler hires a maid, whom Monica suspects is stealing her clothing. Eric has broken up with Ursula and is ready to date Phoebe, except for one problem: he can't look at her without seeing Ursula. Ross tries to get Rachel an apartment in his building, but the woman living there isn't in a hurry to die, and Joey wants Rachel to stay with him.

star 7.53
2,857 votes
Directors: Kevin Bright
Writers: R. Lee Fleming Jr.
The One With Rachel's Book

#25 - The One With Rachel's Book

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 12, 2000

Everybody begins planning for the wedding. Phoebe moves in with Ross. Napping in Rachel's bed because the duck threw up in his, Joey discovers that Rachel has been reading a trashy romance novel. Phoebe moves her massage parlor in Ross's apartment. Monica's parents spent her wedding money on a beach house, but Chandler has enough saved for a decent wedding.

star 7.53
2,992 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen