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Top Ten - The Best Episodes: Friends

Top Ten - The Best Episodes: Friends


Welcome to the fourth Best Episodes post. This week, I'm doing a really popular, iconic, and great show, Friends. There are so many great episodes, especially in such a big show, it was hard to narrow it down to ten.


*Spoilers Ahead*


10. The One With The Proposal (Season 6, Episode 23 and 24)


Plot: Chandler was trying to propose to Monica, when Richard shows up, and ruins the moment. To throw off a suspicious Monica, Chandler tries to act like he never wants to get married, upsetting Monica. Ross rethinks his relationship with a college student. Joey accidentally buys a boat at an auction, and falls in love with the idea of being a sailor, so he decides to keep it. Finally, after a long episode of twists and turns, Monica and Chandler get engaged in one of the show's most serious-romantic moments.

Why to Watch: One of TV's most sweetest moments ended the episode, which was in an episode filled with really sweet moments, especially Chandler's talk with Richard. Joey's plot was also really funny, as it showed his simpleness, which is always entertaining. This was one of the cases, where the jokes didn't carry the episode, but the serious moments did.

9. The One Where They're Up All Night (Season 7, Episode 12)


Plot: The whole gang is up the entire night after they try to see a comet on the roof. Monica and Chandler can't get to sleep, Rachel and Tag play a game of tag (pun intended ??) searching for a business file, Joey and Ross try to get off the roof after getting locked out, and Phoebe's smoke detector won't stop beeping.

Why to Watch: Phoebe stole the show in this episode, all of her scenes with her craziness were so funny. With one of the show's most unique in plot episodes, the plot really made the episode. It was so entertaining to watch, and filled with so many funny jokes.

8. The One At The Beach (Season 3, Episode 25)



Plot: The gang goes to the beach (shocker!). Phoebe goes in search of a woman who was friends with her mom, who is revealed to be her own mother. Ross discovers that Rachel still loves him, and he must then chose between bald Bonnie, and Rachel.

Why to Watch: The antics in this episode were great. Another episode that didn't have an overachieving plot, but was still fantastic. Phoebe's plot was had some serious moments, which was great (as well as funny) to see, and this episode was one of the few in which the 'will they? or won't they?' of Ross and Rachel was well done, funny, and entertaining.

7. The One In Vegas (Season 6, Episode 23 and 24)


Plot: Monica and Chandler go to Vegas for their anniversary, but Phoebe tags along to make up for missing the London trip. While there, they find out Joey is working as a gladiator in a casino since recording of his movie has been postpones. Rachel and Ross eventually make their way there, but they take turns embarrassing each other the entire flight, and when they get to Vegas, they get drunk. All ending with Ross and Rachel shocking Monica and Chandler (who were questioning marriage), as they run out of the chapel, newlywed.

Why to Watch: The setting of this episode was just so much fun. It was amazing getting to see this group of people take on Vegas. The plots were so funny, from Joey's hand twin to Phoebe getting kicked out of the casino, Regina Phalange appearing, and drunk Rosschel, everyone's plots were just so entertaining.

6. The One Where No One's Ready (Season 3, Episode 2)


Plot: Another simple plot episode, that was nonetheless, hilarious. Ross has an important event to go too, and he's bringing the gang... if they can get ready in time.

Why to Watch: The antics of the group in this episode were so funny. Phoebe stained her dress with hummus, Rachel couldn't decide what to wear (and had a breakdown), Joey and Chandler battled over a chair, so Joey put on everything Chandler owned, it was such a great episode. The episode was so funny, and really hit a high point when Monica starting obsessing over Richard's voicemail.

5. The One With All the Thanksgivings (Season 5, Episode 8)


Plot: Late in the day on Thanksgiving, the gang sat around discussing their worst Thanksgivings, which of course, led to hilarious plots.

Why to Watch: More flashbacks! Fat Monica. Chandler's old hair. Phoebe's hilariously made-up past life as a French battlefield nurse, Chandler tells Monica he loves her, turkeys on heads, Joey freaking out about seeing a turkey on a head, it was all so funny. Definitely a very memorable episode of such a great show.

4. The One With the Prom Video (Season 2, Episode 14)


Plot: Joey gets chandler a hideous friendship bracelet, Monica tries to get a new job, and Rachel "draws a line in the sand when it comes to dating Ross." While this episode didn't have a big, overachieving plot, it overflew with hilarious scenes, and a really sweet ending.

Why to Watch: The titular Prom Video. Monica and Rachel's '80s prom night. Big noses. Big hair. Fat Monica. Hilarious one-liners throughout the entire video (and episode), and the Rosschel ending. Oh, and everyone's favorite hippie's hilarious line, "See! He's her lobster."

3. The One With Rachel's Going Away Party (Season 10, Episode 16)


Plot: The gang holds Rachel's going away party, during which she gives each of her friends a moving and hilarious goodbye, except Ross. This led to a really sweet moment between the two. Also, Monica and Chandler start packing up their apartment and Chandler finds a pair of handcuffs and tries to find out who they belong to.

Why to Watch: Rachel and Monica's unintelligible-tearful goodbye is enough. It was just so hilarious. Also, there were a ton of small jokes, and one-liners regarding Rachel's goodbye that were so funny. I also really loved the plot of the handcuffs, as that was really entertaining.

2. The One Where Everybody Finds Out (Season 5, Episode 14)


Plot: After Phoebe discovers what Rachel and Joey have known for weeks, that  Monica and Chandler are dating, the girls start messing with the future Bings, which clues in the happy couple, so they retaliate. This leads to a hilarious date (and one very awkward kiss) with Phoebe and Chandler.

Why to Watch: From Joey's bedtime penguin pal, to Phoebe's hilarious scene finding out about Monica and Chandler, there are just so many funny things in this episode. But, the absolute best part of the episode, and maybe one of the best scenes of the entire show, is the hilarious "romantic" showdown between Phoebe and Chandler, which started with bicep squeezing, and ended with a very sweet moment of Chandler declaring he loves Monica.

1. The One That Could Have Been (Season 6, Episode 15 and 16)


Plot: The gang ponders what might have happened if Ross and Carol stayed married, Monica had still been fat, Chandler had become a struggling writer, Joey had still worked on Days, Rachel had married Barry, and Phoebe became a stockbroker.

Why to Watch: This episode was amazing. I loved seeing who different the group  would have been, and their new personalities, each was so funny and entertaining, almost as great as their real personalities and lives. Fat Monica was great as always. This episode was filled with hilarious jokes, and some of the most entertaining plots of the show. I think what made this episode was the different looks of the gang, and how different their lives would be, along with how much everything would be changed. It was a fresh, and great take on the friends. I also loved the theme song for the episode.



What were your favorite episodes of Friends? Let me know in the comments below!