The success of Friends was largely due to the ensemble cast of six young, attractive actors that had just the right chemistry among the entire group. But it wasn’t just the stars that brought the laughs. Sometimes it was the supporting cast that managed to shine. From relatives to coworkers to downstairs neighbors, the long-running show had its fair share of beloved side characters. Here are 12 of Friends minor characters that managed to steal the show.
12. Ursula Buffay, Phoebe’s Twin Sister
If it’s true that every pair of twins has a good twin and evil twin, then you’d no doubt be able to say that Phoebe Buffay was the good twin and Ursula Buffay was most definitely the evil one. Identical twins usually share similar qualities, but where Phoebe was kind, gentle, and utterly genuine her sister Ursula was rude, brash, and not averse to lying whenever it suited her. Long-time fans of the show (and those who watched other ’90s popular sitcoms) will remember that Ursula was in fact a crossover character that originally appeared in the show Mad About You as a waitress at the restaurant the main character’s Paul and Jamie frequent called Riff’s. When Lisa Kudrow was cast in Friends, the show’s producers decided to have a little fun with the dual roles of dramatically different twins Phoebe and Ursula.