"Friends" is one of the most iconic sitcoms of all time. All the characters are amazing in their own way, the stories are entertaining, and watching the series just feels like coming home. It's so comforting to watch Rachel, Monica, Ross, Phoebe, Joey, and Chandler overcome the challenges of being twenty-somethings in New York City. Sadly, this amazing show is leaving Netflix on January 1, 2020, but there's still time to have a marathon! Here are the best episodes to watch so that you'll always have fond memories of the series.
1. "The One Where Monica Gets A Roommate" (Season 1, Episode 1)
When you start your "Friends" marathon, make sure to begin with the one that started it all. This episode introduces all the characters perfectly (Chandler's line "And I just want a million dollars!" is my personal favorite). The story is set up so well, and by the time the episode's over, you know you're about to start a very special show.
2. "The One Where Everybody Finds Out" (Season 5, Episode 14)
If you've been a "Friends" fan for any amount of time, you probably know that this is widely regarded as the best episode of the series, and it really, really is the best episode of the series. The comedic timing between the characters is off the charts, and every minute will have you either laughing or cheering. It's truly a perfect half hour of television.
3. "The One Where No One's Ready" (Season 3, Episode 2)
If you want to laugh, this is the episode to watch. This episode has so many memorable moments, from Joey wearing all of Chandler's clothes to Monica freaking out about whether or not her phone call to Richard was breezy enough. Yes, Ross is pretty annoying in this episode, but the rest of the cast makes up for it in this highly entertaining episode.
4. "The One With The Embryos" (Season 4, Episode 12)
Yes, this episode is mainly about the gang finding about Phoebe is going to be the surrogate mother for her half-brother Frank, Jr. and his wife, Alice, but what everyone remembers is the game of Jeopardy which ends in Monica and Rachel losing their apartment to Joey and Chandler. This is one of the most quotable episodes of the show even though none of us ever really learned what a "transponster" is.
5. "The One Where Ross Finds Out" (Season 2, Episode 7)
Ross and Rachel are one of the best will-they-won't-they couples of all time, and this episode portrays their relationship perfectly. Rachel drunkenly calling Ross to let him know that she's finally over him is the best way to show how they constantly deny their feelings for each other throughout the show, and the kiss in the rain is the perfect way to end the episode.
6. "The One With The List" (Season 2, Episode 8)
This episode is lovely and heartbreaking all at once. Ross and Rachel FINALLY get together after Ross broke up with Julie, removing all the obstacles in their relationship, right? But it was not meant to be at the time because right after they got together, Rachel found a list that Ross made comparing her and Julie. This was yet another bad move on Ross's part, and it definitely broke all our hearts to see Ross and Rachel not get together in the end.
7. "The One With The Prom Video" (Season 2, Episode 14)
But never fear! Ross and Rachel truly are each other's lobster! Their rocky road in this particular arc came to a close when the gang all watched a video from Rachel and Monica's senior prom. Rachel realized that Ross had always been there for her, and they made up in the most beautiful way possible.
8. "The One With The Wedding Dresses" (Season 4, Episode 20)
Come on, who hasn't wanted to do this with their girls? This episode is probably singlehandedly responsible for every girl fantasizing about her future wedding dress. Everyone loves a good wedding fantasy, and this episode shows it perfectly.
9. "The One With Ross's Wedding Part 2" (Season 4, Episode 24)
This entire episode is filled with iconic moments that set the tone for the rest of the show, like Chandler and Monica finally getting together and Rachel chasing after Ross in a mad dash to London even though her journey ends with ultimately giving him up. But nothing, NOTHING, will even come close to the moment when Ross famously says Rachel's name instead of Emily's at the altar. I don't care how many times I've seen this episode, I will still gasp in shock every time.
10. "The One With The Morning After" (Season 3, Episode 16)
So, it's pretty obvious by now that Ross and Rachel's relationship has had its ups and downs, but nothing will ever be worse than Ross cheating on Rachel two hours (yes, you read that right) after Rachel suggested they take a break from their relationship. This of course sparked the biggest debate of the entire show: Were Ross and Rachel on a break? Wherever you stand on the issue, there's no denying that Rachel telling Ross she thought he would never hurt her is one of the most heartbreaking moments of the whole show.
11. "The One With The Cop" (Season 5, Episode 16)
This episode is mainly about Phoebe meeting her newest boyfriend, Gary, but let's be honest, the highlight of this episode is Rachel, Ross, and Chandler trying to move Ross's new couch to his apartment. The entire scene is peak comedy gold and the funniest moment of the entire show. Who could ever forget the way Ross screams "PIVOT!" at everyone?
12. "The One With Chandler And Monica's Wedding Parts 1&2" (Season 7, Episodes 23&24)
The greatest couple of the entire series deserves the best wedding of the entire series. Monica and Chandler's wedding vows are so sweet and pure and show how much they truly love each other. While this is one of the best moments of the entire show, there's another moment in the second part of this story that truly shines through. At the last moment of the episode, the camera zooms in on Rachel, who has just learned that she's pregnant, and she takes a deep breath as she knows she isn't fully ready to take on motherhood, but she's going to have her baby.
13. "The One With The East German Laundry Detergent" (Season 1, Episode 5)
Ah, the early days of Ross and Rachel! Before there was "Were they on a break?" debates, drunk weddings in Vegas, or saying the wrong name at the altar, Ross helped Rachel do her laundry for the first time, and it was pretty much the purest thing on planet Earth. This is also one of Rachel's first steps of becoming a real adult, and we're proud of her for it.
14. "The One Where Ross Got High" (Season 6, Episode 9)
Every Thanksgiving episode is a great one, but this episode is the best one of them all. The thirty seconds where the gang spills all the dirty secrets about themselves and each other is easily one of the best moments of the whole show. It's a wild ride, but it sure is a funny one.
15. "The One With The Red Sweater" (Season 8, Episode 2)
If Joey's reaction to finding out Ross is the father of Rachel's baby isn't the best part of this episode, then I don't know what is. This episode of course led to one of the biggest bombshells of the entire series, and yet there is really no one else we would want to be the father of Rachel's baby.
16. "The One With Chandler In A Box" (Season 4, Episode 8)
I would be remiss to not put another Thanksgiving episode on this list. I can't help it, they're too iconic! Chandler shutting himself in a box in order to get Joey to forgive him for stealing his girlfriend is probably the greatest moment of the entire show, and Monica roasting the entire gang is nothing short of hilarious.
17. "The One With The Holiday Armadillo" (Season 7, Episode 10)
Have you ever associated Superman and armadillos with Christmas? After this episode, you definitely will. This is the best Christmas episode of "Friends" by far. The costumes are so outlandish, the laughs are abundant, and the gang gets into some of the most unusual situations of the series in this episode.
18. "The One With The Proposal Part 2" (Season 6, Episode 25)
This episode reduced me to a puddle of tears. Monica and Chandler are the best couple on the show, and their proposal perfectly brings their relationship together. Monica surprising Chandler when he thinks he's lost her for good is one of the most powerful moments of the whole show. They make each other so happy, and that is made perfectly clear in this episode.
19. "The One Where Ross Is Fine" (Season 10, Episode 2)
Ross is basically everyone in their 20's in this episode, insisting they're fine when their life is really just a raging dumpster fire. Everyone has done this at least once in their lives, which makes this one of the most relatable episodes of the entire series.
20. "The Last One Parts 1&2" (Season 10, Episode 17)
This episode is the best way to complete your marathon. Monica and Chandler's twins arrive, and they share the most beautiful and loving moment of all time. Joey and Chandler say goodbye to each other after being roommates for years. And, in the most romantic moment of their story, Rachel gets off the plane to Paris to be with Ross and their friends. This episode is both satisfying and a tear-jerker. There's no way you'll be able to stop the tears from flowing when the gang drops off their apartment keys and goes to get coffee one last time.