The WORST Episodes of Friends

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2019

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

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 7.42
1,190 votes
Directors: Kevin S. Bright
Writers: Doty Abrams
The One With The Invitation

#2 - The One With The Invitation

Season 4 - Episode 21

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 7.43
1,263 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Seth Kurland
The One With Christmas In Tulsa

#3 - The One With Christmas In Tulsa

Season 9 - Episode 10

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 7.43
1,131 votes
Directors: Kevin Bright
Writers: Doty Abrams
The One With Joey's Interview

#4 - The One With Joey's Interview

Season 8 - Episode 19

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 7.49
1,089 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Doty Abrams
The One With The Vows

#5 - The One With The Vows

Season 7 - Episode 21

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 7.58
1,144 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Doty Abrams
The One Where They're Going To Party!

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

Season 4 - Episode 9

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 7.59
1,365 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen
The One Where Rachel Smokes

#7 - The One Where Rachel Smokes

Season 5 - Episode 18

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 7.69
1,239 votes
Directors: Todd Holland
Writers: Michael Curtis
The One With The Donor

#8 - The One With The Donor

Season 9 - Episode 22

When Monica and Chandler learn of their chances for natural conception, they resort to interviewing unsuspecting male candidates to find the perfect match for one who could inseminate her. Elsewhere, Phoebe is incredibly nervous about going to a party that Mike will be at--until she bumps into David. Meanwhile, Rachel finds herself being mean to Charlie because of their common romantic interest in Joey, and Ross works hard on a lecture he hopes to present at a paleontology convention in Barbados.

star 7.69
1,092 votes
Directors: Ben Weiss
Writers: Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen
The One With The Stain

#9 - The One With The Stain

Season 8 - Episode 7

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 7.70
1,236 votes
Directors: Kevin Bright
Writers: R. Lee Fleming Jr.
The One With Phoebe's Rats

#10 - The One With Phoebe's Rats

Season 9 - Episode 12

Gavin gives Rachel a very interesting birthday gift while Ross begs Joey to stay away from Emma's hot new nanny. Meanwhile, Mike meets and then accidentally murders Phoebe's unusual pet.

star 7.70
1,129 votes
Directors: Ben Weiss
Writers: Brian Buckner, Sebastian Jones
The One With The Girl From Poughkeepsie

#11 - The One With The Girl From Poughkeepsie

Season 4 - Episode 10

Ross must decide whether to continue dating a girl he must travel two-and-a-half hours to see. Chandler sets Rachel up with a coworker who misunderstands her intentions. Monica is being treated poorly by her new coworkers so she hires Joey just so she can fire him and show who's the boss. And Phoebe tries to write the perfect holiday song.

star 7.71
1,346 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Scott Silveri
The One With The Sonogram At The End

#12 - The One With The Sonogram At The End

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 7.71
2,533 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
The One With Monica's Boots

#13 - The One With Monica's Boots

Season 8 - Episode 10

Chandler is peeved when Monica splurges on an expensive pair of boots. Phoebe learns Ross' and Sting's children attend the same school, she angles to meet the celebrity and get concert tickets. When Joey's sister Dina tells him she is pregnant, he freaks out and goes to find the father to marry them. Rachel tries to calm him down.

star 7.71
1,239 votes
Directors: Kevin Bright
Writers: Brian Buckner, Sebastian Jones
The One Where Chandler Gets Caught

#14 - The One Where Chandler Gets Caught

Season 10 - Episode 10

Phoebe and Rachel catch Chandler getting into a car with a blonde woman and think he's having an affair. It turns out that the woman was Monica and Chandler's realtor, and the two are buying a house in Westchester. The friends reminisce about their good times in the apartment.

star 7.71
1,124 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Doty Abrams
The One With The Yeti

#15 - The One With The Yeti

Season 5 - Episode 6

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 7.73
1,349 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Alexa Junge
The One With Phoebe's Husband

#16 - The One With Phoebe's Husband

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 7.73
1,524 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Alexa Junge
The One With The Fake Monica

#17 - The One With The Fake Monica

Season 1 - Episode 21

When Monica's credit card is stolen, she, along with Phoebe and Rachel, decide to catch the thief. Joey enlists his friends to help him come up with a less ethnic-sounding stage name. And when Ross finds out that Marcel has reached sexual maturity and needs to be with other monkeys, he tries to get him accepted into the Harvard of zoos.

star 7.74
1,418 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Adam Chase, Ira Ungerleider
The One Where Rachel Goes Back To Work

#18 - The One Where Rachel Goes Back To Work

Season 9 - Episode 11

Rachel visits work and finds out that a guy named Gavin has been "temporarily" assigned to take over her job, and she becomes desperate to get back to work right away for fear they'll dump her. Gavin turns out to be a nice guy and offers to take care of Emma while Rachel gives her presentation. Meanwhile, Joey has to deal with Phoebe acting like...well, Phoebe, when he gets her a job as an extra on her soap, and Chandler and Monica deal with the fact Chandler doesn't have a job and now might not be the right time to start a family.

star 7.74
1,138 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Peter Tibbals
The One Where Monica Sings

#19 - The One Where Monica Sings

Season 9 - Episode 13

A night at Mike's piano bar gives Monica a very showy moment in the spotlight. Ross works on trying to move on after he witnesses Rachel and Gavin's kiss. Meanwhile, Chandler employs his secret skill to repair Joey's botched eyebrow-waxing job.

star 7.74
1,109 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Steven Rosenhaus
The One With The Ride Along

#20 - The One With The Ride Along

Season 5 - Episode 20

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 7.74
1,225 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Shana Goldberg-Meehan, Seth Kurland
The One With Joey's Big Break

#21 - The One With Joey's Big Break

Season 5 - Episode 22

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 7.74
1,245 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Wil Calhoun
The One With The Blind Dates

#22 - The One With The Blind Dates

Season 9 - Episode 14

Joey and Phoebe conspire to set up Rachel and Ross on their worst blind dates ever, hers being a pitiful lug, as they hope to reunite them out of mutual appreciation for what they had together. Meanwhile, while babysitting Emma, an ovulating Monica wants to become romantically intimate with Chandler but their privacy is compromised because they can't leave the infant alone or she'll scream bloody murder.

star 7.75
1,110 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Ellen Plummer, Sherry Bilsing
The One With The Ballroom Dancing

#23 - The One With The Ballroom Dancing

Season 4 - Episode 4

Joey attempts ballroom dancing in order to help Monica and Rachel keep their illegal sublet. Phoebe is attracted to one of her massage clients. And Chandler has trouble attempting to quit a gym.

star 7.75
1,378 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen
The One With The Joke

#24 - The One With The Joke

Season 6 - Episode 12

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 7.75
1,280 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen
The One With The Tea Leaves

#25 - The One With The Tea Leaves

Season 8 - Episode 17

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 7.75
1,201 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Steven Rosenhaus