The WORST Episodes of Friends
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 9, 2020
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.