‘Tis the season of nostalgia as Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey are set to return to our households, yet again, with the much-anticipated Friends: The Reunion on May 27. No more fan-made trailers and posters are required as the cast is coming back together for real – even if it’s only for an interview.
Friends, which ended its epic 10-series run again in 2004, has set the bar for future sitcoms, changing into the usual go-to components for comedies based mostly on a bunch of mates residing collectively. From will-they-won’t-they romances, to shock pairings turning into the best of on-screen love tales; from dialogues that by no means ran out of trend, to friendships that lasted a lifetime, the sequence created reminiscences as vivid as actuality.
Friends was, arguably, the start of consolation bingeing. While it’s essential to register that not all its episodes have aged properly, it’s additionally necessary to acknowledge how a lot succour it has supplied, true to its title. And so, right here’s a subjective listing of our favorite episodes, one from each season there was, aka, The One(s) We Can Always Go Back To.
The One With The Blackout (Season 1)
When did blackouts develop into this entertaining? While the remainder of the group bonds over secrets and techniques and candid discussions on ardour, Chandler finds himself caught on the ATM with a mannequin he’s had a crush on. Phoebe sings, Ross tries to speak to Rachel about his emotions however is distracted when a cat lands on his shoulder, and a self-deprecating however relatable Chandler overthinks each single sentence he utters (Is it a vestibule? Maybe it’s an atrium… That gum was perfection)?
Also, Joey is the one one in a position to make sense of Chandler’s gibberish. Their love story was one for the ages.
The One With The Prom Video (Season 2)
This is the lobsters episode, which is why it by no means fades out of reminiscence. Ross and Rachel are at loggerheads after Ross makes a listing of professionals and cons earlier than selecting her over his ex-girlfriend Julie. An outdated videotape is all it takes for her to grasp simply how lengthy he has harboured emotions for her. This strikes Rachel sufficient to determine on giving their relationship an opportunity – lastly jumpstarting the in any other case sluggish burning romance of the sequence.
The One Where No One’s Ready (Season 3)
Ross is getting more and more anxious as none of his mates are prepared for an occasion at his museum. Everyone is preventing on this episode – Ross with Rachel over getting dressed on time, Monica and the answering machine after a nasty breakup together with her ex-boyfriend Richard, and Chandler with Joey over… a settee seat. Ross snaps and Rachel retorts by getting ‘ready’ – in pajamas.
The One With The Embryos (Season 4)
This episode ought to have been referred to as the one with the Friends folklore. The gang’s enjoyable and video games include a stake this time as Joey and Chandler choose up a battle with neighbors Monica and Rachel. A trivia contest is ready up amongst them on who is aware of who higher and Ross is roped in because the host. Epic revelations are made (good day Chanandler Bong) and the stakes are raised – both Chandler and Joey’s adopted chick and duck are given away, or they get Monica and Rachel’s residence. This is a must-watch for individuals who are nonetheless questioning about Chandler’s career… properly, at the very least in keeping with Rachel.
The One Where Everybody Finds Out (Season 5)
Ah, that is the sweetest episode. The one which makes #Monandler official, and the way. Monica and Chandler are attempting to maintain their relationship a secret, and unbeknownst to them, are failing at it miserably. This episode was the merchandiser’s dream (‘They don’t know that they know we all know’) – and likewise a gif maker’s (‘My eyes! My eyes!’) – with Phoebe and Rachel making an attempt to outsmart Chandler and Monica in their very own sport of lies. Phoebe pretends to hit on Chandler, which he has to entertain to maintain up with their façade, solely to in the end recoil and profess his love for Monica.
P.S. Phoebe’s awkward vs. Chandler’s awkward is an excessive amount of enjoyable to be missed.
The One With Unagi (Season 6)
Just to make clear, Unagi just isn’t a form of sushi. Just ask Ross. It’s a ‘state of total awareness,’ the place you’ll be able to pre-empt any assault and defend your self no matter the place you’re. This doesn’t sit properly with Phoebe and Rachel, who discover themselves on the receiving finish of his classes, with out asking for it. What occurs subsequent is a basic Friends battle of wits. In the meantime, Chandler and Monica’s plan of peculiar one another with handmade presents on Valentine’s Day goes awry. Both of them neglect however sustain a pretense, arising with hilarious last-moment presents for each other.
Somewhat little bit of trivia right here can be that that is the one season by which Janice, Chandler’s ex-girlfriend, doesn’t bodily make an look. To make up for it although, there’s one thing particular awaiting her followers on this episode. *breaks into The Way You Look Tonight by Tony Bennett*
The One With The Truth About London (Season 7)
This episode was based mostly on a real story. Originally, Monica and Joey have been alleged to be paired collectively. But the makers shot the London sequence, the place Monica and Chandler find yourself sleeping collectively in entrance of a dwell viewers simply as an experiment. And they simply match. Something comparable occurs on this episode that begins with Joey making ready his speech for Monica and Chandler’s wedding ceremony. The story goes on to disclose that it was, in truth, Joey that Monica was looking for to have a one-night stand with in London. This makes Chandler uncomfortable, however Joey’s phrases of knowledge make all of it go away, and provides the followers a line we might all the time affiliate them with – ‘We look at you and we see you together, and it just… it fits, you know?’
The One Where Rachel Has A Baby Part 2 (Season 8)
This episode will get full marks for Jennifer Aniston’s excellent efficiency. Emma is born, and Rachel is pink, actually. She is in a lot ache, and but she has this enormous smile of reduction on her face. In that second, Ross and Rachel neglect the whole lot – their torrid previous, their on again-off once more affair – and rework into two individuals certain collectively for an eternity. They have a look at one another and share a kiss, rejoicing the delivery of their daughter; and that’s while you realise that they maybe have an excessive amount of historical past between them to not love one another.
The One With Rachel’s Other Sister (Season 9)
A Friends listing with no Thanksgiving episode? Is that even attainable? This one was notably enjoyable, as a result of it confirmed a aspect of Chandler nobody knew about. We did know that Monica and Chandler have been making an attempt to develop into dad and mom, however we had all the time seen Chandler’s enjoyable, sarcastic aspect. Here, as Rachel brings her sister Amy to Monica’s Thanksgiving dinner, they’ve an argument over who will get to handle Emma if one thing have been to occur to her and Ross. Amy will get offended that they select Monica and Chandler over her. Chandler is visibly moved, opening up about his fears of changing into a father, however will get upset quickly after when he realizes that they might select Judy and Jack Geller over him if one thing occurred to Monica.
Side Note: Please watch this episode for Monica’s wedding ceremony china. They deserve a tribute of their very own.
The One With Princess Consuela (Season 10)
Season 10 had plenty of memorable episodes. Phoebe’s stunning winter wedding ceremony, Chandler convincing Erica to contemplate him and Monica for adopting her baby, and naturally, Rachel getting off the airplane. It was truly a type of uncommon sequence’ that concluded with out an excessive amount of of a debate about its ending. The One With Princess Consuela is the final word consolation watch if all you need is an effective snigger. Mike and Phoebe made for the cutest pair, and this episode reminds you precisely why they’re so excellent for one another. When Phoebe goes to the registration workplace to vary her surname after her wedding ceremony, she realizes that she will get it modified to something she needed. She picks the title Princess Consuela Banana-Hammock. When Mike will get to learn about this, he provides her a style of her personal drugs, deciding to vary his title to Crap Bag. Need I say extra?
Also, Joey getting a room of his personal in Chandler and Monica’s new house is just like the cherry on high of an already healthful episode.
Friends, Season 1-10 is streaming on Netflix