The WORST Episodes of Friends

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 12, 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 and forgets to tell Joey.

star 7.08
2,806 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. He reminisces about his past acting experiences, his friends, and his romantic life.

star 7.22
2,505 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. Ross and Rachel each reminisce about their up-and-down relationship.

star 7.23
3,061 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

Chandler and Monica are faced with writing their wedding vows. They turn to memories of past events to help them.

star 7.32
2,526 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
2,691 votes
Directors: Kevin S. 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. Joey auditions for a soup commercial with Ross's son Ben. Monica and Phoebe plan a surprise birthday party for Rachel.

star 7.39
3,068 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. Ross seeks relationship advice from Rachel.

star 7.46
3,315 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 develops feelings for Joey's new girlfriend. Ross and Rachel try to make each other jealous. Phoebe desperately tries to catch a cold after discovering that it makes her singing voice sexier.

star 7.47
3,082 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 is coming to town. Joanna squashes Rachel's chance at a promotion. Monica must choose between a steady job as head chef of a restaurant or keeping her catering business with Phoebe.

star 7.48
2,969 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 gets offered a lead part in a movie shooting outside of Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Rachel gets an eye infection and Phoebe is mad at Ross.

star 7.49
3,105 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Shana Goldberg-Meehan, 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
2,968 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

The gang become frustrated with Emily's demands to Ross. Monica and Rachel mistake their new neighbor for a yeti. Phoebe receives a fur coat as a family heirloom from her mother.

star 7.50
3,034 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Alexa Junge
The One with the Tea Leaves

#13 - The One with the Tea Leaves

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 7, 2002

Joey is avoiding Rachel and she tries to draw him into conversation. Phoebe resumes reading tea leaves. Ross tries to retrieve his favorite shirt from Mona's.

star 7.50
2,703 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: R. Lee Fleming Jr., Steven Rosenhaus
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 and Joey starts working at Central Perk.

star 7.50
2,959 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Andrew Reich, Shana Goldberg-Meehan, Ted Cohen
The One with the Dollhouse

#15 - The One with the Dollhouse

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 10, 1997

Rachel regrets setting up Chandler with her boss, Joanna. Monica's aunt dies and leaves her an antique dollhouse.

star 7.50
3,026 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Wil Calhoun
The One with the Apothecary Table

#16 - The One with the Apothecary Table

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 6, 2000

Rachel orders an apothecary table from a store that Phoebe hates. Janine and Joey double date with Chandler and Monica.

star 7.50
3,088 votes
Directors: Kevin S. Bright
Writers: Brian Boyle, Zachary Rosenblatt
The One with the Cat

#17 - 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. Monica goes on a date with Rachel's high-school boyfriend. Meanwhile, Joey and Chandler are robbed.

star 7.50
3,194 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Amy Toomin Straus, Jill Condon
The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion

#18 - The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 8, 1997

Pete wants to become the Ultimate Fighting Champion, but Monica struggles to support him. Chandler has a problem with his new boss. Phoebe sets Ross up on a date.

star 7.51
2,793 votes
Directors: Robby Benson
Writers: Mark J. Kunerth, Pang-Ni Landrum, Scott Silveri, Shana Goldberg-Meehan
The One with Rachel's Date

#19 - The One with Rachel's Date

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 25, 2001

Phoebe begins dating a guy who works for Monica, while Joey sets Rachel up on a date with one of his co-stars.

star 7.51
2,802 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Brian Buckner, Sebastian Jones
The One with the Lesbian Wedding

#20 - The One with the Lesbian Wedding

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 18, 1996

Rachel's mom comes to visit with big news. Monica caters Carol and Susan's wedding. Phoebe becomes 'possessed' by the spirit of a recently deceased client.

star 7.52
3,214 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Doty Abrams
The One with the Sonogram at the End

#21 - The One with the Sonogram at the End

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 29, 1994

Ross finds out his ex-wife is pregnant. Rachel returns her engagement ring to Barry. Monica becomes stressed when her and Ross's parents come to visit.

star 7.52
4,968 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
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. Phoebe's grandmother dies and she is shocked at who comes to the funeral. Rachel gives Joey a "shoulder bag" for an audition.

star 7.52
2,899 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Michael Curtis, Seth Kurland
The One with the Stain

#23 - 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 breaks up with Ursula to be with Phoebe.

star 7.52
2,909 votes
Directors: Kevin S. Bright
Writers: R. Lee Fleming Jr.
The One That Could Have Been

#24 - The One That Could Have Been

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.

star 7.53
3,035 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Adam Chase, Greg Malins
The One with Rachel's Book

#25 - The One with Rachel's Book

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 12, 2000

Phoebe temporarily moves in with Ross, bringing her massage parlor with her. Joey discovers that Rachel has been reading a trashy romance novel. Monica finds out her parents spent her wedding money.

star 7.53
3,050 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen