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The Best Episodes of Friends

Every episode of Friends ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Friends!

Six young people from New York City, on their own and struggling to survive in the real world, find the companionship, comfort and support they get from each other to be the perfect antidote to the pressures of life.

Genre:Comedy
Network:NBC

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The best episode of "Friends" is "The One Where Everybody Finds Out", rated 9.7/10 from 13159 user votes. It was directed by Michael Lembeck and written by Alexa Junge. "The One Where Everybody Finds Out" aired on 2/11/1999 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "The Last One".

  • The One Where Everybody Finds Out
    9.7/10 13,159 votes

    #1 - The One Where Everybody Finds Out

    Season 5 Episode 14 - Aired 1999-02-11

    When the friends discover that Ugly Naked Guy is moving out of his apartment, Ross leaps at the opportunity to get his own place again. Phoebe finds out about Monica and Chandler's relationship, and tries to get them to reveal the truth by seducing Chandler.

    Director: Michael Lembeck

    Writer: Alexa Junge

  • The Last One
    9.6/10 16,580 votes

    #2 - The Last One

    Season 10 Episode 17 - Aired 2004-05-06

    Ross and Phoebe chase Rachel to the airport, but end up at the wrong one. Chandler and Monica finish packing for their move to the suburbs, and Joey loses Chick Jr. and Duck Jr. in the foosball table. The series finale finds Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross embarking on the next chapters in their lives. The six of them have been there for one another through all the ups and downs of becoming adults. Now it's their last day together, and it's one of momentous events and last-minute surprises. Even as the friends make major decisions, they share a bond that will last forever.

    Director: Kevin S. Bright

    Writer: Marta Kauffman, David Crane

  • The One with the Embryos
    9.4/10 9,579 votes

    #3 - The One with the Embryos

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 1998-01-15

    Phoebe's uterus is examined for implantation of the embryos. Meanwhile, a seemingly harmless game between Chandler and Joey against Monica and Rachel escalates into a full blown contest where the stakes are raised higher and higher.

    Director: Kevin S. Bright

    Writer: Jill Condon, Amy Toomin Straus

  • The One with the Prom Video
    9.3/10 8,790 votes

    #4 - The One with the Prom Video

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 1996-02-01

    After getting his big break, with Days of Our Lives, Joey pays Chandler back. Monica is unemployed and hard up for money. Monica and Rachel's prom video reveals Monica's former girth, Rachel's former nose and the way Ross has always felt about Rachel.

    Director: James Burrows

    Writer: Alexa Junge

  • The One with the Videotape
    9.2/10 6,575 votes

    #5 - The One with the Videotape

    Season 8 Episode 4 - Aired 2001-10-18

    Monica and Chandler return from their honeymoon with stories of a couple that they met on the flight back, but soon discover that the couple gave them a wrong number. Meanwhile, Ross and Rachel tell everyone about the night they were together, however, their stories differ as to who made the first move. While Ross emphatically defends his side of the story, he accidentally reveals that he has the encounter on videotape. Unsurprisingly, everyone wants to see it.

    Director: Kevin S. Bright

    Writer: Scott Silveri

  • The One with the Rumor
    9.2/10 8,055 votes

    #6 - The One with the Rumor

    Season 8 Episode 9 - Aired 2001-11-22

    Monica invites Will, an old high school friend of her and Ross over for a Thanksgiving dinner, unaware that he isn't too fond of Rachel. Meanwhile, Joey vows to eat an entire turkey by himself, and Chandler and Phoebe pretend to watch a football game in order to avoid helping in the kitchen.

    Director: Gary Halvorson

    Writer: Shana Goldberg-Meehan

  • The One Where Ross Got High
    9.1/10 6,704 votes

    #7 - The One Where Ross Got High

    Season 6 Episode 9 - Aired 1999-11-25

    It's Thanksgiving and Monica's parents are coming to visit, which is a problem because, not only they do not like Chandler, they also don't know that he and Monica are living together. Rachel is tasked with making a Thanksgiving dessert, but she does so with mixed results. Meanwhile, Joey and Ross are eager to finish the dinner and leave, because they want to go to a Thanksgiving party with Janine and her dancer friends.

    Director: Kevin S. Bright

    Writer: Greg Malins

  • The One with the Flashback
    9.0/10 6,829 votes

    #8 - The One with the Flashback

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 1996-10-31

    When Janice asks the gang if any of them have ever slept together, the friends flash back to a time three years before.

    Director: Peter Bonerz

    Writer: Marta Kauffman, David Crane

  • The One with the Morning After
    9.0/10 6,710 votes

    #9 - The One with the Morning After

    Season 3 Episode 16 - Aired 1997-02-20

    Ross tries to prevent Rachel from learning his disturbing secret. She finds out anyway and they go back to her apartment to have a fight. The other four friends are trapped in Monica's bedroom, forced to listen in.

    Director: James Burrows

    Writer: Marta Kauffman, David Crane

  • The One with Chandler in a Box
    9.0/10 6,481 votes

    #10 - The One with Chandler in a Box

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 1997-11-20

    Chandler agrees to spend Thanksgiving in a shipping crate as penance for kissing Kathy. The gang decides to give each other Secret Santa gifts. After Monica gets ice in her eye, she ends up visiting Richard's son, who is as attracted to Monica as his father was.

    Director: Peter Bonerz

    Writer: Michael Borkow

  • The One with All the Thanksgivings
    9.0/10 6,636 votes

    #11 - The One with All the Thanksgivings

    Season 5 Episode 8 - Aired 1998-11-19

    Although the Thanksgiving meal is great, Chandler is still moody over his parent's divorce during the holiday when he was a boy and Ross is depressed about his second divorce. The group reminisces about their worst Thanksgivings in order to cheer them up, and Monica's worst memory is revealed.

    Director: Kevin S. Bright

    Writer: Greg Malins

  • The One with Ross's Sandwich
    9.0/10 6,160 votes

    #12 - The One with Ross's Sandwich

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 1998-12-10

    Joey starts to get uncomfortable with protecting Monica and Chandler's secret, especially when it places him in embarrassing situations with the rest of the group. Meanwhile, Ross becomes enraged at work when someone swipes his turkey sandwich. Phoebe and Rachel enroll in a literature class.

    Director: Gary Halvorson

    Writer: Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen

  • The One with All the Resolutions
    9.0/10 6,055 votes

    #13 - The One with All the Resolutions

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 1999-01-07

    With the New Year, the friends make New Year's resolutions. Ross resolves to try a new thing every day. Chandler resolves to not make fun of his friends for a week. Joey resolves to learn how to play the guitar, with Phoebe as his teacher. Rachel resolves to give up gossiping. Chandler nearly goes insane holding it all in. Ross is stuck in a sticky situation at his date's apartment, in constricting and hot leather pants. Rachel discovers a big secret (Monica and Chandler) that threatens to spoil her resolution.

    Director: Joe Regalbuto

    Writer: N/A

  • The One with the Red Sweater
    9.0/10 5,662 votes

    #14 - The One with the Red Sweater

    Season 8 Episode 2 - Aired 2001-10-04

    Speculation regarding the father of Rachel's baby leads to a misunderstanding when Joey discovers a red sweater left behind in a one-night stand Rachel had. Meanwhile, Chandler and Ross search for the disposable cameras left behind at the wedding and Monica goes on a present-opening binge.

    Director: David Schwimmer

    Writer: Dana Klein

  • The One with the Blackout
    8.9/10 8,637 votes

    #15 - The One with the Blackout

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 1994-11-03

    A power outage leaves Chandler stranded in an ATM vestibule with Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre, whom he desperately tries to impress, Ross tries to ask Rachel out on a date, and Joey learns that Monica used to be infatuated with him.

    Director: James Burrows

    Writer: Mike Sikowitz, Jeff Astrof

  • The One Where Ross Finds Out
    8.9/10 6,984 votes

    #16 - The One Where Ross Finds Out

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 1995-11-09

    A drunken Rachel is persuaded to call Ross and reveal her feelings for him on his answering machine. Now, Ross must make a decision between her and Julie. Meanwhile, Monica finds work as Chandler's personal trainer and Phoebe has a hard time trying to get her boyfriend to have sex with her.

    Director: Peter Bonerz

    Writer: Michael Borkow

  • The One with the Two Parties
    8.9/10 6,662 votes

    #17 - The One with the Two Parties

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 1996-05-02

    Monica decides to hold a surprise birthday for Rachel, but everything goes wrong when Rachel's estranged parents turn up unexpectedly. The party then splits into two factions, but complications inevitably ensue.

    Director: Michael Lembeck

    Writer: Alexa Junge

  • The One Where No One's Ready
    8.9/10 7,499 votes

    #18 - The One Where No One's Ready

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 1996-09-26

    In a race against the clock, a stressed Ross tries to get the gang dressed and ready for a black-tie benefit at the museum while Joey and Chandler clash over personal belongings and personal space.

    Director: Gail Mancuso

    Writer: Ira Ungerleider

  • The One with the Football
    8.9/10 7,143 votes

    #19 - The One with the Football

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 1996-11-21

    Emotions become the feast of the day when the gang plays a game of touch football on Thanksgiving. Joey and Chandler argue over who gets to date a model while Ross and Monica argue over winning in a case of sibling rivalry. [Thanksgiving Episode]

    Director: Kevin S. Bright

    Writer: Ira Ungerleider

  • The One with the Jellyfish
    8.9/10 6,530 votes

    #20 - The One with the Jellyfish

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 1997-09-25

    Ross chooses between Rachel and his bald-headed girlfriend Bonnie. Phoebe struggles to deal with the revelation that her mother's friend is actually her mother. Monica gets stung by a jellyfish, forcing Chandler and Joey to step up to the plate in order to relieve her pain.

    Director: Shelley Jensen

    Writer: Wil Calhoun

  • The One with All the Kissing
    8.9/10 5,828 votes

    #21 - The One with All the Kissing

    Season 5 Episode 2 - Aired 1998-10-01

    Ross continues to try and mend his marriage to Emily. When Chandler accidentally kisses Monica in front of everyone before leaving for work, he tries to recover by kissing Rachel and Phoebe as well. Meanwhile, Phoebe starts getting irritated by everyone's London stories.

    Director: Gary Halvorson

    Writer: Wil Calhoun

  • The One Where Ross Dates a Student
    8.9/10 6,493 votes

    #22 - The One Where Ross Dates a Student

    Season 6 Episode 17 - Aired 2000-03-09

    At the end of semester Ross gets his student evaluations and one of them writes that he's hot. It turns out to be a cute girl named Elizabeth and even though it could cost him his job, Ross considers dating her. An ex-girlfriend of Chandler's from college is directing the new Al Pacino movie and Joey asks Chandler for help with getting an audition. Meanwhile, after a fire ruins Phoebe and Rachel's apartment, they're forced to find temporary living spaces with Monica and Joey.

    Director: Gary Halvorson

    Writer: Seth Kurland

  • The One with the Ring
    8.9/10 5,595 votes

    #23 - The One with the Ring

    Season 6 Episode 22 - Aired 2000-05-11

    Chandler and Phoebe shop for a ring for Monica. Chandler finds the perfect one, but Phoebe accidentally lets it get away. While Chandler is busy with getting the ring back, Joey and Ross are lead to believe that he's mad at them, so they decide to team up and give him a cold shoulder treatment. Rachel continues to date Paul and wants him to open up to her, however, he opens up a bit too much.

    Director: Gary Halvorson

    Writer: Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen

  • The One Where the Stripper Cries
    8.9/10 5,781 votes

    #24 - The One Where the Stripper Cries

    Season 10 Episode 11 - Aired 2004-02-05

    Joey is a celebrity contestant on "The $100,000 Pyramid," with its actual host, Donny Osmond. Phoebe's bachelorette party features a rather unexpected surprise when the stripper shows up. Chandler and Ross attend a college reunion and flash back to 1987 to reflect on a pact they made when they were in college.

    Director: Kevin S. Bright

    Writer: Marta Kauffman, David Crane

  • The One After Ross Says Rachel
    8.8/10 5,711 votes

    #25 - The One After Ross Says Rachel

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 1998-09-24

    In the aftermath of his Freudian slip, Ross tries to rescue his marriage with Emily. Meanwhile, Chandler and Monica try and find a moment alone in order to continue their affair while overseas.

    Director: Kevin S. Bright

    Writer: Seth Kurland