The 15 Most Memorable Episodes Of Friends
As far as television series go, few are comparable to the success and lasting influence Friends has had during its ten season run from 1994-2004. Creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman likely had no idea just how big the show was gonna be when they cast the relatively unknown actors David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Courtney Cox and Matthew Perry in the lead roles. These six characters came together with chemistry that few casts — even great ones — and brought with them the the best humor, drama and emotion in each and every 30 minute episode. With 236 episodes in its canon, each is great no matter how many times you have seen them, which makes deciding on the best ones particularly difficult. There are a few that stand out, however, either because of iconic lines that we all use in everyday speech or one major, defining moment of the show. Here are the 15 Most Memorable Episodes of Friends.
15. “The One Where Monica Gets A Roommate” S1, E1
The Pilot episode of every show is hit or miss when it comes to being significant in the larger realm of the show once it hits its stride. With Friends, however, the Pilot is extremely important and extremely memorable for various reasons: It introduces us to things instrumental to the show, including the six friends Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, Ross and Rachel — who joins the group after abandoning her wedding to Barry — as well as Central Perk and the delicate mix of emotion and humor. Fans looking back now also find the Pilot even more memorable because we know it’s just the beginning of something great and can recognize the changes the characters went through over the ten seasons, both individually and as a the group.
14. “The One With the Rumor” S8, E9
As the show became more and more popular, bigger and bigger celebrities made cameos. Some of these big name celebrities include Sean Penn, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt, who guest starred in “The One With the Rumor.” All of the Friends Thanksgiving episodes are great but this one was unbelievably funny and even more memorable because Pitt was married to Aniston at the time. His character, Will, hated Rachel, which was really funny; however, it got even funnier when we learned that he and Ross had an “I hate Rachel” club back in high school. One of Phoebe’s iconic lines, “Oh come on Will, just take off your shirt and tell us,” played off the fact Pitt was the hottest male star at the time.