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Friends reunion special officially confirmed

Friends reunion special officially confirmed

2/22/2020 1:25:00 AM

Friends reunion special officially confirmed

David Schwimmer , Jennifer Aniston , Courteney Cox , Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow , and Matthew Perry are all in

1/3030."The One with Chandler in a Box"Season four, episode eightThis list wouldn’t be complete without a post dedicated to Chandler and Joey’s friendship. After a multi-episode arc that sees Chandler falling for and then kissing Joey’s girlfriend Kathy, the former is struggling to get his roommate to forgive him. Joey thus sentences him to spending Thanksgiving inside a wooden crate. Kathy, of course, shows up during dinner to give Chandler an emotional farewell – prompting Joey to open Chandler’s box and tell his friend to go be with Kathy. Sweet.

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Netflix / Warner Bros Television29."The One with the Cop"Season five, episode 16Joey thinks he’s in love with Monica, Phoebe meets a police officer, but none of this matters – the beating heart of this episode is Ross’s attempt to purchase a new sofa and get it to his apartment without paying the delivery fee. Rachel and Chandler agree to help him, only for Ross to repeatedly instruct them to “pivot”, “pivot”, “pivot”, in one of the funniest, most memorable scenes in the show’s 10-year history.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television28."The One with the Sonogram at the End"Season one, episode twoIn the second episode of Friends’s first season, Ross and Susan struggle to find their places as co-parents at the onset of Carol’s pregnancy. The storyline manages to address both Ross’s and Susan’s angst in a rather sensitive way, with a sweet denouement when both of them hold Carol’s hand during her ultrasound. (Side note: Carol is played in this episode by Anita Barone, though the part ultimately went to Jane Sibbett for the rest of the show.) An unrelated scene in which Rachel brings her engagement ring back to her former fiancé Barry (while the orthodontist’s young patient awaits) delivers a nice dose of comic relief.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television27."The One with the Memorial Service"Season nine, episode 17This episode aired for the first time in 2003, and it’s fascinating to see how Friends delivered its take on the beginnings of social media. Ross has discovered an alumni website for people who went to his and Chandler’s college – and is understandably fascinated to find out his former crush “lost an ear in a boating accident” and had a failed business. He and Chandler, naturally, end up posting false updates about each other. While the episode is filled with the kind of Friends jokes that haven’t aged well (quips about Chandler being gay, comments about women not wanting to sleep with a weird man), Ross’s need for his former classmates’ attention prompts him to hold his own funeral wake – which of course doesn’t go well.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television26."The One where Emma Cries"Season nine, episode twoAs Rachel struggles to get her newborn daughter to stop crying, Ross and Joey fight over the latter’s decision to propose to Rachel after she gave birth. The dispute escalates to hilarious heights when Joey begs Ross to punch him – only to dodge the blow, leaving Ross to painfully hit a pole. Things only get worse when Joey takes Ross to the hospital and asks one insulting question after the other. The punching incident is played for laughs a second time after Joey, wanting to demonstrate how natural it is to duck when a punch is approaching, ends up hitting Ross in the face. The whole thing is just goofy and classically funny.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television25."The One with All the Rugby"Season four, episode 15Ross tries to impress his English girlfriend Emily by playing rugby with her friends, and ends up rather seriously injured in the process. But the funniest plotline of the episode involves Monica, who grows increasingly obsessed by a light switch in her apartment that seemingly doesn’t do anything. Courteney Cox does a wonderful job at bringing to life Monica’s increasing frustration – and who can’t relate to her level of dedication when it comes to solving an inane problem? Meanwhile, Chandler tries to escape his relationship with Janice by telling her he’s moving abroad – specifically to 15 Yemen Road, Yemen.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television24."The One where Rachel Has a Baby – Part One"Season eight, episode 23As Rachel progresses through the phases of labour, she and Ross are left sharing their room with several couples, one after the other. There’s the couple that overshares, the couple that fights (with a great guest appearance by Debi Mazar) and ultimately, Janice (Chandler’s ex) with her new husband. I happen to find most TV birth episodes a bit, well, exhausting – so many times, they’re an overwhelming combination of high-running emotions, screams, and physical approximations – but this one is genuinely funny.

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Netflix / Warner Bros Television23."The One with All the Jealousy"Season three, episode 12Ross showers Rachel with gifts at her office, setting the stage for the pair’s break-up a few episodes later. Monica strikes up a romance with her colleague Julio, who writes a poem inspired by her and titled The Empty Vase. Those make for nice sitcom moments, but Matt LeBlanc is the real star of the episode. Joey finds himself in an embarrassing situation when auditioning for a part in the Broadway play A Tale Of Two Cities and is asked to use the advanced dance skills he listed on his résumé – a brazen line. After failing to train a group of performers to do the instructed choreography, he is asked to perform the dance himself and winds up running away. The whole storyline is hilarious, and it’s a rather original take on the lying-on-your-CV trope.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television22."The One with the Dirty Girl"Season four, episode sixPer the titular plot, Ross dates a woman who happens to have an extremely messy apartment. The episode’s best scene, however, comes when Phoebe and Monica partner up to cater a funeral. When it seems like the widow is trying to avoid paying Monica, the latter can’t work up the courage to confront her. Phoebe, however, is having none of it and delivers an impassioned speech about the importance to get paid for one’s work. The moment is empowering, played for laughs, and stands out as an instance of Phoebe’s trademark audacity.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television21."The One with the Blackout"Season one, episode sevenA power blackout in New York City might not be the most thrilling premise in the history of television, but it is brilliantly executed here. Chandler takes the cake when it turns out he’s stuck with a Victoria’s Secret model he admires – and his internal monologue grows increasingly panicked as he tries to interact with her. Meanwhile at Monica’s apartment, Ross tries to tell Rachel he loves her but is interrupted when a cat jumps on his back. It’s a lively episode that showed Friends’s potential from season one.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television20."The One with Ross's Sandwich"Season five, episode nineAnother classic one-liner. When Ross finds out someone at work ate his Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich – “the only good going on in [his] life” – he goes in a rage at work and winds up yelling at his superior, who not only ate some of the sandwich but threw the rest away. “You threw my sandwich away? MY SANDWICH! MY SANDWICH,” he yells, loud enough to scare away the pigeons in the Flatiron district. To this day, “Ross when he finds out his boss ate his sandwich” remains the gold standard for anger among Friends fans.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television19."The One with Ross's Wedding – Part Two"Season four, episode 24Two pivotal arcs in one episode! First, Monica and Chandler sleep together for the first time after a guest at her brother’s wedding mistakes her for the mother of the groom. Then, just as it looks like Rachel is finally ready to let Ross go and let him marry Emily, he says the wrong word at the altar. This was only the season four finale, yet it foreshadowed the end of the series six seasons later in more ways than one.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television18."The One with Ross' New Girlfriend"Season two, episode oneRoss and Rachel’s on-off love story provided some of Friends’s funniest, saddest, and most memorable moments. In this instance, Rachel returns from the airport, where she intended to surprise Ross and confess her feelings for him – only to find out he had reconnected with an acquaintance named Julie, now his girlfriend. Aniston’s comedic talent shines as Rachel goes from one mishap to the next – falling from an airport chair, splitting her forehead open, using a bouquet of flowers to stop the bleeding, and running up the stairs to tell the other friends about Julie’s arrival.

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Netflix / Warner Bros Television17."The One where Rachel Tells..."Season eight, episode threeRoss’s reaction to Rachel telling him she was pregnant with his child wasn’t great, but it was funny. After a couple episodes’ worth of build-up, Rachel finally feels ready to break the news to her ex – only for him to focus on his outrage upon finding out that condoms are only 97 percent effective. Jennifer Aniston delivers a great performance as the calm, confident Rachel, which contrasts brilliantly with Schwimmer’s outrage as he calls the president of the condom company.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television16."The One with Unagi" /"The One with the Mix Tape"Season six, episode 17Who could forget “unagi”, the concept Ross supposedly learned during his karate training (which is actually the Japanese word for freshwater eel)? After Rachel and Phoebe take a self-defense class, Ross explains – somewhat disdainfully – that being able to defend oneself in a controlled environment is different from being able to do so when the attacker strikes by surprise. The rest of the episode sees the group trying to scare one another – adding “unagi” to the list of Friends catchphrases fans still reference today.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television15."The One with the Stripper"Season eight, episode eightForget about the main plot line, which centres around Monica’s efforts to throw Chandler a late bachelor party and unknowingly hires a prostitute instead of a stripper. The best part of the episode – and the reason why it deserves the 15th spot on this list – is a scene in which Ross gets caught between his girlfriend Mona and Rachel’s father, Dr Leonard Green, who has just found out that Rachel is pregnant to Ross’s child. Ross ends up in the unfortunate position of having to explain both how much he cares for Rachel – to Dr Green – and why he doesn’t want to be with her – to Mona. The situation escalates when Joey leaves a message on Ross’s answering machine, accusing him of “knowing something about” the “hooker” in Chandler and Monica’s home.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television14."The One with the Embryos"Season four, episode 12This season four instalment has the right balance of emotion and humour. On the one hand, Phoebe goes through IVF and anxiously waits to find out whether the process was successful – knowing that her brother and his wife can only afford to try once. On the other hand, Rachel, Monica, Chandler and Joey embark on a silly contest to determine who knows the other friends best. That particular story line ends not only with Monica and Rachel having to trade apartments with Chandler and Joey – it also gave viewers a cult sequence that sees Ross going over the top as the host of the group’s trivia game, and the two women losing their flat because Rachel doesn’t know that Chandler’s TV guide gets delivered to “Chanandler Bong”.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television13."The One Where Ross Is Fine"Season 10, episode twoIf you feel the need to state multiple times in a conversation that you are doing just fine, you most likely are not. Ross learns this lesson the hard way in season 10, after finding out that Rachel and Joey are dating – while he himself is in a relationship with paleontologist Charlie Wheeler (Aisha Tyler). Yes, Ross was too often a lacklustre romantic partner, but David Schwimmer is a brilliant comedian whose talents shine as he brings Ross’s manic energy to life.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television12."The One with the Holiday Armadillo"Season seven, episode 10How could we possibly forget David Schwimmer’s performance as the Holiday Armadillo, the character invented by Ross in an attempt to get his son Ben interested in Hanukkah? Even when Chandler comes close to unknowingly ruin his friend’s efforts (by showing up dressed as Santa Claus), the episode keeps the sweet, heartwarming tone expected during the holiday season.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television11."The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break"Season three, episode 15Chronologically, this episode directly precedes The One with the Morning After. Rachel and Ross have a major argument due to Ross’s insecure behaviour, which causes him to smother his girlfriend while she’s trying to deal with a stressful situation at work. Ross tells Rachel he’s “tired of having a relationship with her answering machine” and brings up Rachel’s oft-maligned mentor Mark. What’s interesting here is that Ross is getting upset over a situation he helped create in earlier seasons, by – rightfully – urging Rachel to spread her wings, become assertive, and ultimately chase a fulfilling career. The fact that he can’t handle her success and its impact on their personal lives speaks volumes, and many couples might relate.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television10."The One with the Morning After"Season three, episode 16The break-up episode to rule them all. When Rachel finds out that Ross slept with someone else shortly after they decided to take a break from their relationship, she makes it clear there’s no going back. Seeing the two of them split (for valid reasons!) after trying to find each other for so long is a bitter experience, but the point of no return occurs when Rachel realises the other woman was there when she visited Ross’s apartment. Not to sound overly involved in the lives of these two entirely fictional people, but it’s impossible to watch and not feel it all: Rachel’s anger, Ross’s despair as he tries and fails to fix the unfixable, and the sadness of two people who tried, tried and tried again to make it work but couldn’t.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television9."The One with Frank Jr"Season three, episode fiveTwo elements land this episode a spot in the top 10. First, Phoebe tries to bond with her half-brother Frank Jr, with difficulty – and while she’s understandably frustrated when she realises how little they have in common, the storyline sets the basis of their unique sibling relationship.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television8."The One Where No One's Ready"Season three, episode twoNo, nothing groundbreaking happens in this episode. It’s season three. Ross is growing increasingly frustrated because his friends – including his now-girlfriend Rachel – are taking too long to get ready for an important event. But Monica, who is distracted after hearing a message from Richard, goes through a truly agonising mishap involving her ex’s answering machine, which escalates to unforeseeable heights. Plus, Rachel ends up putting Ross in his place after he yells at her in front of the rest of the group. Ross was a funny character but often a horrible boyfriend, and it’s truly refreshing to see Rachel call him out on his behaviour.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television7."The One with Barry and Mindy's Wedding"Season two, episode 24Yes, Rachel’s awful experience as the maid of honour at her ex-fiancé’ Barry’s wedding is hilarious – and it culminates with an unexpectedly uplifting rendition of"Copacabana". But the real stars of the episode are Monica and Richard, who end up breaking up because they don’t see eye to eye when it comes to having children in the future. Their split takes viewers somewhat by surprise – Richard was, after all, ready to go through all the stages of parenting again “if he had to” – and rings impressively true.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television6."The One Where Ross and Rachel...You Know"Season two, episode 15It’s season two. Ross and Rachel are transitioning from their initial friendship to their first attempt at a romantic relationship. Meanwhile, Monica falls in love with Richard Burke, the older ophthalmologist whom, according to many fans, she should have chosen over Chandler (and whether you agree with that take or not is entirely up to you). It’s vintage Friends – and this episode set up storylines that framed the rest of the sitcom for many seasons to come.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television5."The One with the Birth"Season one, episode 23In the penultimate episode of the first season of Friends, Carol give birth to Ben, further exploring the family dynamics of Carol, Ross and Susan as co-parents. Ross and Susan’s near-constant fighting causes them to get locked in a closet with Phoebe – an unlucky accident that ends up giving them the chance to bond in earnest. In short: The One with the Birth puts same-sex parenting on the map, and yes, it does so at times in a very 1995 way, but it’s overall touching and tackles the theme in a rather convincing way. Plus, the side storyline that sees Joey bond with a single mother as she goes through labour shows a sweet, unexpected side of his character.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television4."The One Where Ross Got High"Season six, episode nineAt first glance, this isn’t one of Friends’s most memorable tour de forces. The Thanksgiving episode begins with the ordinary concerns – Monica doesn’t want to tell her parents that she and Chandler are living together, Ross and Joey are itching to get dinner over with so they can spend time with Joey’s attractive roommate Janine and her friends – but it escalates into amazing levels of absurdism. Rachel’s failed trifle, which includes beef, remains a cult reference. But most memorable is Judy Geller’s monologue when she puts all six friends in their places one by one, swiftly handling everyone’s issues – from Monica’s reluctance to tell them about her relationship with Chandler to the revelation that Ross smoked pot as a teen.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television3."The One with the East German Laundry Detergent"Season one, episode fiveIt’s filled with many of the moderately funny Friends staples – Chandler’s unsatisfying relationship with Janice, Joey’s romantic troubles, and of course, “Ugly Naked Guy”, Monica’s neighbour from across the street – but the laundromat scene alone salvages the entire episode. What begins as an innocent attempt at learning how to wash her clothes by herself sees Rachel stand up for herself when another woman tries to steal her cart. It’s not just a fundamental element of the character journey that sees her grow from a spoiled young woman who has never had to fend for herself into an accomplished professional and capable parent. It’s also a moment that will ring true to many who have moved to New York over the course of their lives: the city, because it’s so big, overpopulated and filled with overachievers, has a way of teaching even the most timid of wallflowers how to advocate for themselves.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television2."The One Hundredth / The One with the Triplets"Season five, episode threeLisa Kudrow carries this season five episode – which, as one of its two titles suggests, was the 100th of the show, on her shoulders as Phoebe, who agreed to be her brother’s surrogate, gives birth to triplets. Kudrow gives a memorable performance as Phoebe’s feelings escalate from fear (while she readies herself for contractions), to frustration (when her doctor turns out to be an overly dedicated fan of the Happy Days character Fonzie) and, finally, to sadness (when her last-minute request to keep one of the babies fails to materialise). It’s a touching take on surrogacy, which manages to address some of its emotional entanglements while still showing how Phoebe can move on with her life and find her place as the babies’ aunt.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television1."The One with the Lesbian Wedding"Season two, episode 11In 1996, The One with the Lesbian Wedding gave viewers the first same-sex wedding between two women shown on network television. Sure, the episode itself isn’t without flaws (some might argue that Carol and Susan’s wedding remained fundamentally heteronormative) but it remains one of the milestones from Friends’s legacy. It’s also moving and plants the seeds for some of the most enduring character arcs of the show, from Joey’s soap opera career to Monica’s professional woes and Rachel’s evolving family dynamics (beginning with her parents’ divorce). Phoebe’s storyline, which sees her supposedly possessed by the spirit of a recently deceased elderly massage client, is full of her character’s trademark whimsy and quirkiness. This is, in many ways, the quintessential Friends episode.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television30."The One with Chandler in a Box"Season four, episode eightThis list wouldn’t be complete without a post dedicated to Chandler and Joey’s friendship. After a multi-episode arc that sees Chandler falling for and then kissing Joey’s girlfriend Kathy, the former is struggling to get his roommate to forgive him. Joey thus sentences him to spending Thanksgiving inside a wooden crate. Kathy, of course, shows up during dinner to give Chandler an emotional farewell – prompting Joey to open Chandler’s box and tell his friend to go be with Kathy. Sweet.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television29."The One with the Cop"Season five, episode 16Joey thinks he’s in love with Monica, Phoebe meets a police officer, but none of this matters – the beating heart of this episode is Ross’s attempt to purchase a new sofa and get it to his apartment without paying the delivery fee. Rachel and Chandler agree to help him, only for Ross to repeatedly instruct them to “pivot”, “pivot”, “pivot”, in one of the funniest, most memorable scenes in the show’s 10-year history.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television28."The One with the Sonogram at the End"Season one, episode twoIn the second episode of Friends’s first season, Ross and Susan struggle to find their places as co-parents at the onset of Carol’s pregnancy. The storyline manages to address both Ross’s and Susan’s angst in a rather sensitive way, with a sweet denouement when both of them hold Carol’s hand during her ultrasound. (Side note: Carol is played in this episode by Anita Barone, though the part ultimately went to Jane Sibbett for the rest of the show.) An unrelated scene in which Rachel brings her engagement ring back to her former fiancé Barry (while the orthodontist’s young patient awaits) delivers a nice dose of comic relief.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television27."The One with the Memorial Service"Season nine, episode 17This episode aired for the first time in 2003, and it’s fascinating to see how Friends delivered its take on the beginnings of social media. Ross has discovered an alumni website for people who went to his and Chandler’s college – and is understandably fascinated to find out his former crush “lost an ear in a boating accident” and had a failed business. He and Chandler, naturally, end up posting false updates about each other. While the episode is filled with the kind of Friends jokes that haven’t aged well (quips about Chandler being gay, comments about women not wanting to sleep with a weird man), Ross’s need for his former classmates’ attention prompts him to hold his own funeral wake – which of course doesn’t go well.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television26."The One where Emma Cries"Season nine, episode twoAs Rachel struggles to get her newborn daughter to stop crying, Ross and Joey fight over the latter’s decision to propose to Rachel after she gave birth. The dispute escalates to hilarious heights when Joey begs Ross to punch him – only to dodge the blow, leaving Ross to painfully hit a pole. Things only get worse when Joey takes Ross to the hospital and asks one insulting question after the other. The punching incident is played for laughs a second time after Joey, wanting to demonstrate how natural it is to duck when a punch is approaching, ends up hitting Ross in the face. The whole thing is just goofy and classically funny.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television25."The One with All the Rugby"Season four, episode 15Ross tries to impress his English girlfriend Emily by playing rugby with her friends, and ends up rather seriously injured in the process. But the funniest plotline of the episode involves Monica, who grows increasingly obsessed by a light switch in her apartment that seemingly doesn’t do anything. Courteney Cox does a wonderful job at bringing to life Monica’s increasing frustration – and who can’t relate to her level of dedication when it comes to solving an inane problem? Meanwhile, Chandler tries to escape his relationship with Janice by telling her he’s moving abroad – specifically to 15 Yemen Road, Yemen.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television24."The One where Rachel Has a Baby – Part One"Season eight, episode 23As Rachel progresses through the phases of labour, she and Ross are left sharing their room with several couples, one after the other. There’s the couple that overshares, the couple that fights (with a great guest appearance by Debi Mazar) and ultimately, Janice (Chandler’s ex) with her new husband. I happen to find most TV birth episodes a bit, well, exhausting – so many times, they’re an overwhelming combination of high-running emotions, screams, and physical approximations – but this one is genuinely funny.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television23."The One with All the Jealousy"Season three, episode 12Ross showers Rachel with gifts at her office, setting the stage for the pair’s break-up a few episodes later. Monica strikes up a romance with her colleague Julio, who writes a poem inspired by her and titled The Empty Vase. Those make for nice sitcom moments, but Matt LeBlanc is the real star of the episode. Joey finds himself in an embarrassing situation when auditioning for a part in the Broadway play A Tale Of Two Cities and is asked to use the advanced dance skills he listed on his résumé – a brazen line. After failing to train a group of performers to do the instructed choreography, he is asked to perform the dance himself and winds up running away. The whole storyline is hilarious, and it’s a rather original take on the lying-on-your-CV trope.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television22."The One with the Dirty Girl"Season four, episode sixPer the titular plot, Ross dates a woman who happens to have an extremely messy apartment. The episode’s best scene, however, comes when Phoebe and Monica partner up to cater a funeral. When it seems like the widow is trying to avoid paying Monica, the latter can’t work up the courage to confront her. Phoebe, however, is having none of it and delivers an impassioned speech about the importance to get paid for one’s work. The moment is empowering, played for laughs, and stands out as an instance of Phoebe’s trademark audacity.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television21."The One with the Blackout"Season one, episode sevenA power blackout in New York City might not be the most thrilling premise in the history of television, but it is brilliantly executed here. Chandler takes the cake when it turns out he’s stuck with a Victoria’s Secret model he admires – and his internal monologue grows increasingly panicked as he tries to interact with her. Meanwhile at Monica’s apartment, Ross tries to tell Rachel he loves her but is interrupted when a cat jumps on his back. It’s a lively episode that showed Friends’s potential from season one.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television20."The One with Ross's Sandwich"Season five, episode nineAnother classic one-liner. When Ross finds out someone at work ate his Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich – “the only good going on in [his] life” – he goes in a rage at work and winds up yelling at his superior, who not only ate some of the sandwich but threw the rest away. “You threw my sandwich away? MY SANDWICH! MY SANDWICH,” he yells, loud enough to scare away the pigeons in the Flatiron district. To this day, “Ross when he finds out his boss ate his sandwich” remains the gold standard for anger among Friends fans.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television19."The One with Ross's Wedding – Part Two"Season four, episode 24Two pivotal arcs in one episode! First, Monica and Chandler sleep together for the first time after a guest at her brother’s wedding mistakes her for the mother of the groom. Then, just as it looks like Rachel is finally ready to let Ross go and let him marry Emily, he says the wrong word at the altar. This was only the season four finale, yet it foreshadowed the end of the series six seasons later in more ways than one.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television18."The One with Ross' New Girlfriend"Season two, episode oneRoss and Rachel’s on-off love story provided some of Friends’s funniest, saddest, and most memorable moments. In this instance, Rachel returns from the airport, where she intended to surprise Ross and confess her feelings for him – only to find out he had reconnected with an acquaintance named Julie, now his girlfriend. Aniston’s comedic talent shines as Rachel goes from one mishap to the next – falling from an airport chair, splitting her forehead open, using a bouquet of flowers to stop the bleeding, and running up the stairs to tell the other friends about Julie’s arrival.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television17."The One where Rachel Tells..."Season eight, episode threeRoss’s reaction to Rachel telling him she was pregnant with his child wasn’t great, but it was funny. After a couple episodes’ worth of build-up, Rachel finally feels ready to break the news to her ex – only for him to focus on his outrage upon finding out that condoms are only 97 percent effective. Jennifer Aniston delivers a great performance as the calm, confident Rachel, which contrasts brilliantly with Schwimmer’s outrage as he calls the president of the condom company.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television16."The One with Unagi" /"The One with the Mix Tape"Season six, episode 17Who could forget “unagi”, the concept Ross supposedly learned during his karate training (which is actually the Japanese word for freshwater eel)? After Rachel and Phoebe take a self-defense class, Ross explains – somewhat disdainfully – that being able to defend oneself in a controlled environment is different from being able to do so when the attacker strikes by surprise. The rest of the episode sees the group trying to scare one another – adding “unagi” to the list of Friends catchphrases fans still reference today.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television15."The One with the Stripper"Season eight, episode eightForget about the main plot line, which centres around Monica’s efforts to throw Chandler a late bachelor party and unknowingly hires a prostitute instead of a stripper. The best part of the episode – and the reason why it deserves the 15th spot on this list – is a scene in which Ross gets caught between his girlfriend Mona and Rachel’s father, Dr Leonard Green, who has just found out that Rachel is pregnant to Ross’s child. Ross ends up in the unfortunate position of having to explain both how much he cares for Rachel – to Dr Green – and why he doesn’t want to be with her – to Mona. The situation escalates when Joey leaves a message on Ross’s answering machine, accusing him of “knowing something about” the “hooker” in Chandler and Monica’s home.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television14."The One with the Embryos"Season four, episode 12This season four instalment has the right balance of emotion and humour. On the one hand, Phoebe goes through IVF and anxiously waits to find out whether the process was successful – knowing that her brother and his wife can only afford to try once. On the other hand, Rachel, Monica, Chandler and Joey embark on a silly contest to determine who knows the other friends best. That particular story line ends not only with Monica and Rachel having to trade apartments with Chandler and Joey – it also gave viewers a cult sequence that sees Ross going over the top as the host of the group’s trivia game, and the two women losing their flat because Rachel doesn’t know that Chandler’s TV guide gets delivered to “Chanandler Bong”.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television13."The One Where Ross Is Fine"Season 10, episode twoIf you feel the need to state multiple times in a conversation that you are doing just fine, you most likely are not. Ross learns this lesson the hard way in season 10, after finding out that Rachel and Joey are dating – while he himself is in a relationship with paleontologist Charlie Wheeler (Aisha Tyler). Yes, Ross was too often a lacklustre romantic partner, but David Schwimmer is a brilliant comedian whose talents shine as he brings Ross’s manic energy to life.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television12."The One with the Holiday Armadillo"Season seven, episode 10How could we possibly forget David Schwimmer’s performance as the Holiday Armadillo, the character invented by Ross in an attempt to get his son Ben interested in Hanukkah? Even when Chandler comes close to unknowingly ruin his friend’s efforts (by showing up dressed as Santa Claus), the episode keeps the sweet, heartwarming tone expected during the holiday season.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television11."The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break"Season three, episode 15Chronologically, this episode directly precedes The One with the Morning After. Rachel and Ross have a major argument due to Ross’s insecure behaviour, which causes him to smother his girlfriend while she’s trying to deal with a stressful situation at work. Ross tells Rachel he’s “tired of having a relationship with her answering machine” and brings up Rachel’s oft-maligned mentor Mark. What’s interesting here is that Ross is getting upset over a situation he helped create in earlier seasons, by – rightfully – urging Rachel to spread her wings, become assertive, and ultimately chase a fulfilling career. The fact that he can’t handle her success and its impact on their personal lives speaks volumes, and many couples might relate.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television10."The One with the Morning After"Season three, episode 16The break-up episode to rule them all. When Rachel finds out that Ross slept with someone else shortly after they decided to take a break from their relationship, she makes it clear there’s no going back. Seeing the two of them split (for valid reasons!) after trying to find each other for so long is a bitter experience, but the point of no return occurs when Rachel realises the other woman was there when she visited Ross’s apartment. Not to sound overly involved in the lives of these two entirely fictional people, but it’s impossible to watch and not feel it all: Rachel’s anger, Ross’s despair as he tries and fails to fix the unfixable, and the sadness of two people who tried, tried and tried again to make it work but couldn’t.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television9."The One with Frank Jr"Season three, episode fiveTwo elements land this episode a spot in the top 10. First, Phoebe tries to bond with her half-brother Frank Jr, with difficulty – and while she’s understandably frustrated when she realises how little they have in common, the storyline sets the basis of their unique sibling relationship.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television8."The One Where No One's Ready"Season three, episode twoNo, nothing groundbreaking happens in this episode. It’s season three. Ross is growing increasingly frustrated because his friends – including his now-girlfriend Rachel – are taking too long to get ready for an important event. But Monica, who is distracted after hearing a message from Richard, goes through a truly agonising mishap involving her ex’s answering machine, which escalates to unforeseeable heights. Plus, Rachel ends up putting Ross in his place after he yells at her in front of the rest of the group. Ross was a funny character but often a horrible boyfriend, and it’s truly refreshing to see Rachel call him out on his behaviour.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television7."The One with Barry and Mindy's Wedding"Season two, episode 24Yes, Rachel’s awful experience as the maid of honour at her ex-fiancé’ Barry’s wedding is hilarious – and it culminates with an unexpectedly uplifting rendition of"Copacabana". But the real stars of the episode are Monica and Richard, who end up breaking up because they don’t see eye to eye when it comes to having children in the future. Their split takes viewers somewhat by surprise – Richard was, after all, ready to go through all the stages of parenting again “if he had to” – and rings impressively true.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television6."The One Where Ross and Rachel...You Know"Season two, episode 15It’s season two. Ross and Rachel are transitioning from their initial friendship to their first attempt at a romantic relationship. Meanwhile, Monica falls in love with Richard Burke, the older ophthalmologist whom, according to many fans, she should have chosen over Chandler (and whether you agree with that take or not is entirely up to you). It’s vintage Friends – and this episode set up storylines that framed the rest of the sitcom for many seasons to come.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television5."The One with the Birth"Season one, episode 23In the penultimate episode of the first season of Friends, Carol give birth to Ben, further exploring the family dynamics of Carol, Ross and Susan as co-parents. Ross and Susan’s near-constant fighting causes them to get locked in a closet with Phoebe – an unlucky accident that ends up giving them the chance to bond in earnest. In short: The One with the Birth puts same-sex parenting on the map, and yes, it does so at times in a very 1995 way, but it’s overall touching and tackles the theme in a rather convincing way. Plus, the side storyline that sees Joey bond with a single mother as she goes through labour shows a sweet, unexpected side of his character.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television4."The One Where Ross Got High"Season six, episode nineAt first glance, this isn’t one of Friends’s most memorable tour de forces. The Thanksgiving episode begins with the ordinary concerns – Monica doesn’t want to tell her parents that she and Chandler are living together, Ross and Joey are itching to get dinner over with so they can spend time with Joey’s attractive roommate Janine and her friends – but it escalates into amazing levels of absurdism. Rachel’s failed trifle, which includes beef, remains a cult reference. But most memorable is Judy Geller’s monologue when she puts all six friends in their places one by one, swiftly handling everyone’s issues – from Monica’s reluctance to tell them about her relationship with Chandler to the revelation that Ross smoked pot as a teen.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television3."The One with the East German Laundry Detergent"Season one, episode fiveIt’s filled with many of the moderately funny Friends staples – Chandler’s unsatisfying relationship with Janice, Joey’s romantic troubles, and of course, “Ugly Naked Guy”, Monica’s neighbour from across the street – but the laundromat scene alone salvages the entire episode. What begins as an innocent attempt at learning how to wash her clothes by herself sees Rachel stand up for herself when another woman tries to steal her cart. It’s not just a fundamental element of the character journey that sees her grow from a spoiled young woman who has never had to fend for herself into an accomplished professional and capable parent. It’s also a moment that will ring true to many who have moved to New York over the course of their lives: the city, because it’s so big, overpopulated and filled with overachievers, has a way of teaching even the most timid of wallflowers how to advocate for themselves.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television2."The One Hundredth / The One with the Triplets"Season five, episode threeLisa Kudrow carries this season five episode – which, as one of its two titles suggests, was the 100th of the show, on her shoulders as Phoebe, who agreed to be her brother’s surrogate, gives birth to triplets. Kudrow gives a memorable performance as Phoebe’s feelings escalate from fear (while she readies herself for contractions), to frustration (when her doctor turns out to be an overly dedicated fan of the Happy Days character Fonzie) and, finally, to sadness (when her last-minute request to keep one of the babies fails to materialise). It’s a touching take on surrogacy, which manages to address some of its emotional entanglements while still showing how Phoebe can move on with her life and find her place as the babies’ aunt.

Netflix / Warner Bros Television1."The One with the Lesbian Wedding"Season two, episode 11In 1996, The One with the Lesbian Wedding gave viewers the first same-sex wedding between two women shown on network television. Sure, the episode itself isn’t without flaws (some might argue that Carol and Susan’s wedding remained fundamentally heteronormative) but it remains one of the milestones from Friends’s legacy. It’s also moving and plants the seeds for some of the most enduring character arcs of the show, from Joey’s soap opera career to Monica’s professional woes and Rachel’s evolving family dynamics (beginning with her parents’ divorce). Phoebe’s storyline, which sees her supposedly possessed by the spirit of a recently deceased elderly massage client, is full of her character’s trademark whimsy and quirkiness. This is, in many ways, the quintessential Friends episode.

Netflix / Warner Bros TelevisionThe programme has been described as an unscripted special during which all six stars will return to Stage 24, the sitcom’s original soundstage on the Warner Bros studio lot in Burbank, California.It’s been almost 16 years since 

Friends wrapped up after 10 seasons. Rumours of a reunion special had been swirling lately, with all six cast members reuniting in a selfie shared on Aniston’s Instagram account back in October.A partial reunion took place in 2016, when Cox, Aniston, Kudrow, Schwimmer and LeBlanc all sat down for a catch-up on NBC.

Perry, however, was absent from the event, meaning HBO Max’s programme will mark the first complete cast reunion since the sitcom ended. Read more: The Independent »

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Best ever TV entertainment. JENNIFER ANISTON, one of the most overrated actresses who has ever dwelt on planet earth! Can't remember ONE role in which she even came close to get the minimal of excitement out of me. Totally unsuited for Mafia(Pacino) or Spy(Matt Damond) movies. D4NNY_F0X 😃 xx It was rubbish 20 years ago, and gets worse with age.

Not a good idea FriendsReunion The one where they make the big paycheck Who gives a fuck? ...and this is headline news because why exactly?.. helenbirchall_4 God, why? Were they on a break? “Could I beee anymore broke?” JodieTActress If it’s a new episode then great, if it’s a retrospective where they sit around talking about their time on the show. No thanks. Think I’ll pass.

Just me who finds the show utterly rubbish? I never got the appeal of this programme. Stop trying to make me care about this show joekirkyp Crap Oh god the hell is coming back! Will Ross finally eat the other five? the boring one for money My country's going to hell in a handbasket, but okay... I don't think you and I have the same definition for 'Breaking News' journalism

Love this show 😀 I used to watch this wonderful show with my late Edna missyoumylove I wont be there for you

David Schwimmer says daughter is a ‘self-declared vegetarian’ Friends star says daughter decided to become a vegetarian when she was around five years old Difficult to impose such a dietary choice . . . for the moment. Why the fuck, twitter, is this even on my feed

Intelligence: Star David Schwimmer speaks out on causing problems for directorSKY ONE has revealed its upcoming slate of prestige TV for 2020. Amongst them is a new comedy collaboration with comedian Nick Mohammed and Hollywood's David Schwimmer . The workplace comedy takes place in Cheltenham's GCHQ and explores daily office life against the backdrop of counter-terrorism.

Intelligence review – never has David Schwimmer been so squanderedThe former Friends star and comic Nick Mohammed fight cyber-terrorism in Sky’s comedy ... but their one-dimensional script and boilerplate plot are totally criminal It's literally impossible to squander Swimmer. Watched 20 minutes, no laughs Think he's gonna be ok

Cocaine, no sleep and deep soul: The story of David Bowie's Young Americans‘His eyes didn’t look healthy but his voice might be better than on any other album’ – pianist Mike Garson and guitarist Carlos Alomar recall the sessions that featured soul greats like Luther Vandross and visitors John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen. By Mark Beaumont saw bowie live at athletic park wellington nz in 83 best concert ever He came from another planet or still is Bowie talking about his death the day after he died on sky news. Funny how he nearly slips up 3 times. Enjoy 😎👍

David Mitchell: ‘I see myself as a coward’The former Peep Show star felt right at home playing a lily-livered journalist in Michael Winterbottom’s film Greed. He talks about marriage, capitalism – and Armageddon Don't try to be a doctor on the planet of the walking wounded. It can only lead to a lot of suffering. Fair enough.

David Cameron is actually trying to ban people from asking him about the 'B-word'Oh David Cameron. The former prime minister recently took some time away from his shed to make a rare public appearance to give a talk on – and you couldn’t make this up – “effective campaigning”. What's the b word ?