With over two hundred episodes spread over ten seasons, Friends somehow managed to deliver mostly outstanding, hilarious, and timeless episodes. The sitcom stands as one of TV's best, most popular, and most binge-worthy. Not even the passage of time seems to affect the significance and relatable nature of Friends.
It's 2019 and we're still re-watching Friends, referencing characters, events and lines from the show, and discussing it with other fans. Favorite episodes are often a topic of conversation, so we decided to consult IMDb and find out which ten episodes have the highest rating. While some were easy to predict, a few entries might surprise you.
10 "THE ONE WITH ALL THE THANKSGIVINGS" (SEASON 5, EPISODE 8)
Let's get one thing straight, Friends is the ultimate Thanksgiving show. Every Thanksgiving episode feels like a special event, but the one that stands out is the Season Five installment titled “The One with All the Thanksgivings”, which happens to be the tenth-highest-rated Friends episode on IMDb with a 9.2 rating.
After having their traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Monica’s, the friends start reminiscing about their worst Thanksgivings. We get several hilarious flashbacks, like Joey putting his head inside a dead turkey, Ross and Chandler’s unforgettable 1980s hairstyles, pre-weight-loss Monica, and other unforgettable Friends moments.
9 "THE ONE WITH ROSS'S WEDDING: PART 2" (SEASON 4, EPISODE 24)
The Season Four finale has got an IMDb rating of 9.2. It’s one of those episodes where everything works, every scene is funny, and all the actors are fantastic. In “The One with Ross’s Wedding: Part 2”, a pregnant Phoebe desperately tries to warn the gang that Rachel is coming to London to tell Ross she loves him.
It all culminates in the second half of the episode when we find out that Monica and Chandler slept together, and Rachel arrives before the wedding but decides not to say anything. Just as we thought the wedding was saved, Ross blows it by saying “take thee Rachel” instead of Emily, ending the season with Friends’ biggest cliffhanger ever.
8 "THE ONE WITH THE RUMOR" (SEASON 8, EPISODE 9)
The one with Brad Pitt ranks at number eight with a score of 9.3. This Season Eight Thanksgiving episode, titled “The One with the Rumor” guest stars then-husband of Jennifer Anniston, Brad Pitt, as Monica and Ross’s high school friend Will. Monica runs into him and invites him to Thanksgiving dinner not knowing that Will hates Rachel, who was "a little mean to him in high school."
Soon enough, secrets start coming out and Rachel is hurt and shocked to find out that Ross and Will not only founded the “I Hate Rachel Green Club,” but also started a vicious rumor about her. Meanwhile, Joey is suited up in Phoebe’s maternity pants in an effort to finish almost an entire turkey.
7 "THE ONE WITH THE VIDEOTAPE" (SEASON 8, EPISODE 4)
In this Season Eight episode, Ross and Rachel try to explain to the others how they ended up in bed together six weeks earlier, but they disagree over a crucial question: who came on to whom. Luckily (and weirdly), Ross has the entire ordeal on tape, but it's not what you think. Meanwhile, Chandler and Monica discover they got fake-numbered by another couple.
In a flashback to six weeks ago, we find out that Joey taught Ross his magic never-fail story. The same story that Rachel heard from a friend, who heard it from some guy, aka Ken Adams, aka Joey. Not knowing the true source of the story or that people are familiar with it, Rachel used it on Ross. The moment it all comes together is just fantastic.
6 “THE ONE WITH THE PROPOSAL: PART 2” (SEASON 6, EPISODE 25)
In the Season Six finale, Chandler does such a great job at making Monica believe that he never wants to get married that he almost pushes her right back to Richard. Because, while Chandler is talking about pigs, Richard tells Monica that he does want to marry her and give her everything she’s ever wanted.
In this hilarious mix-up of an episode, both the characters and the audience are put through an emotional roller coaster before we’re finally put out of our misery when Monica and Chandler propose to each other in the show’s most romantic moment. “The One with the Proposal Part 2” has a rating of 9.3, and while it may not be one of the funniest Friends episodes, it is definitely one of the most memorable and significant ones.
5 "THE ONE WITH THE EMBRYOS" (SEASON 4, EPISODE 12)
In this fan-favorite episode that holds a rating of 9.4, while Phoebe was getting pregnant, the others decided to go for a friendly wager. What started out as a silly bet on whether the guys can guess everything that Rachel bought at the store turned into a full-blown quiz where the stakes were Monica’s apartment and the Chick and the Duck.
The dedication with which Ross approached his task as the test-maker and host is so Ross and absolutely ridiculous, the questions are hilarious and the answers even more so, and the contestants’ enthusiasm is infectious. As you watch, you get dragged into this bizarre contest, eagerly anticipating the outcome.
4 "THE ONE WITH THE PROM VIDEO" (SEASON 2, EPISODE 14)
In order to give Ross hope that he and Rachel are meant to be together, Phoebe shares the lobster theory with the gang, creating one of the show’s most iconic catchphrases “he’s her lobster.” Meanwhile, Joey finally makes money and buys Chandler a flashy bracelet, which he secretly hates, and Monica and Ross’s parents drop off some of Monica’s old things, including a videotape.
Turns out the video in question is of Monica and Rachel’s prom night. The tape reveals some fascinating details from the past, like Monica’s girth and Rachel’s old nose, much to Joey and Chandler’s amusement. But, most importantly, Rachel finds out that Ross was willing to take her to prom when they thought her date had stood her up. Overwhelmed by his gesture, Rachel kisses Ross.
3 "THE LAST ONE: PART 1" (SEASON 10, EPISODE 17)
The first part of the Friends series finale holds a rating of 9.5 and follows two plotlines: Chandler and Monica becoming parents and Ross pondering what to do about Rachel. Much to Monica, Chandler, and shockingly Erica’s surprise, Erica gives birth to twins.
Ross goes back and forth on whether to tell Rachel he loves her till the very last moment. When the new parents arrive at the apartment, the gang is delighted to meet Jack and Erica, but the celebrations don’t last long since Rachel has to leave for the airport. Ross then finally makes up his mind and decides to go after her, setting up the epic conclusion that comes in Part Two.
2 "THE LAST ONE: PART 2" (SEASON 10, EPISODE 18)
Speaking of Part Two, the last episode of Friends has a score of 9.7 and it is the one episode that made everyone cry (and still does to this day). Ross and Phoebe are trying to catch up to Rachel before her plane takes off and, by mistake, end up at the wrong airport.
Aboard the plane, Jim Rash plays the hilarious and paranoid passenger who spreads 'phalange' panic and thus, indeed, prevents the plane from taking off on schedule. Ross and Rachel have their romantic airport scene, but she still leaves for Paris. Or does she?
1 "THE ONE WHERE EVERYBODY FINDS OUT" (SEASON 5, EPISODE 14)
“The One Where Everybody Finds Out” is the very best episode ever. At least, that’s what the 9.7 IMDb rating suggests. As the title implies, this is the episode in which everybody finds out about Chandler and Monica.
Phoebe sees Monica and Chandler making out from Ugly Naked Guy’s apartment and freaks out. Later, she and Rachel decided to mess with the couple and Phoebe tries to seduce Chandler in order to force them out of hiding. Monica and Chandler get wind of their intentions and attempt to foil their plans.