Ross Geller is best known as one half of Friends’ most iconic couple. However, Rachel wasn't the only girlfriend Ross had on the show. Over 10 seasons, Ross dated many women. He even married three of them.
While Ross was compatible with many of his girlfriends, there were some that weren’t a good fit. Here we’re ranking the women Ross dated ending with the one that was his best match (as if you have to ask who that is).
Carol was Ross’ first wife. When Friends started, they had just broken up because Carol had recently realized she was a lesbian. While Carol ended up with her mistress Susan, the fact that she was already pregnant with Ross’ baby ensured she stayed a part of his life.
Despite the breakup, the two remained friendly and through their interactions over the course of the show, it became clear that at one time, they probably made a decent couple. What puts Carol at the bottom of this list is that the pair probably never should have been a couple in the first place. They would have been better off as friends from the get-go.
Throughout Friends, Janice was frequently on-again, off-again with Chandler. But when she showed up in Season 5, it was after hooking up with Ross. Ross was having a hard time after learning his ex-wife Emily was getting remarried and actually appreciated Janice’s willingness to lend a sympathetic ear.
Although Ross would have continued to date her, it was Janice who ultimately broke things off. Janice may have been know as a grating, annoying character, but Ross’ whining was so incessant that even she couldn’t put up with it.
Elizabeth was a very sweet girl. But she was a girl. In fact, she was one of Ross’ students when the pair met during the show’s sixth season. They started dating after the semester ended. However, given the wide age gap, this pairing never seemed quite right. And in the end, that’s what did the relationship in.
Ross was an adult with a career and a young son. Meanwhile, Elizabeth was still a college student. Had Elizabeth been a few years older, things might have been different, but when they met, Elizabeth wasn’t yet mature enough for Ross.
Bonnie was the first girl Ross dated after he and Rachel broke up in Friends’ third season. Phoebe set the duo up and to Ross’ surprise, he really liked Bonnie. And it’s no wonder — Bonnie was a lot of fun. She was outgoing and uninhibited and very unlike Rachel or the other women Ross had dated.
However, it was clear from the beginning the relationship wasn’t built to last. Ross still wasn’t completely over Rachel. So as soon as the opportunity presented itself, he broke up with Bonnie to get back together (very briefly) with her.
Cheryl had a lot going for her. Not only was she exceptionally attractive, she was also a paleontologist which made her surprisingly compatible with Ross. There was just one huge problem: she was messy. And not just typical messy. Disgusting, apartment-covered-in-trash messy.
Ross attempted to get over it because everything else about Cheryl was pretty fantastic. Unfortunately, Cheryl's dirty lifestyle ended up being a deal-breaker. And since Cheryl seemed unwilling to consider the idea of maybe cleaning up a bit, it was probably for the best.
In many ways, Charlie was a great fit for Ross. She was a fellow paleontology professor and his intellectual equal. Yet, she didn’t really seem to know what she wanted in her personal life.
Ross wanted to ask her out when they first met in Season 9, but instead she started dating Joey. Then she dumped Joey for Ross and finally she dumped Ross to get back together with her ex. If she was more certain about who she wanted to be with, it’s possible things could have worked out — or at least Ross could have avoided getting hurt.
Many Friends fans hated Emily, who Ross met and married in Season 4. It was so soon after Ross’ breakup with Rachel that jumping into such a serious relationship so fast seemed like a betrayal of what he had with her. Yet, in fairness to Emily, none of that was her fault.
In fact, Emily clearly loved and supported Ross. She even agreed to move to New York to be with him. It’s true that after Ross said Rachel’s name at their wedding Emily became controlling and her requirement that Ross never see Rachel again was unreasonable. Given the circumstances though, her reaction was understandable.
Ross met Mona at Monica and Chandler’s wedding and managed to win her affections soon afterwards. Unfortunately, their relationship also coincided with Ross learning that Rachel was pregnant with his child. Because of everything that was going on in his life, Ross was constantly forgetting about Mona or failing to tell her the truth about what was going on.
After Rachel moved into Ross’ apartment and Ross lied to her about it, Mona finally dumped him. It really was a shame, though. Of all Ross’ girlfriends, Mona seemed most tolerant of all his quirky habits. Plus, she enjoyed the inane facts he would periodically spout. If the timing had been different, these two might have really had something.
Ross got together with Julie during a business trip to China. What he didn’t know was that back at home Rachel had just discovered he'd held a torch for her for years, and Rachel had started to return his feelings. If Rachel wasn’t in the picture, Julie would have been a near-perfect choice for Ross.
The pair was incredibly compatible. Julie was a paleontologist, she was fun and sweet, and she even got along with Ross’ friends. When it came down to it, the only knock against her was she wasn’t Rachel.
Our first-choice pick should come as no surprise. From the beginning of Friends, it was clear that Ross and Rachel were meant to be. They went through their ups and downs, but ultimately they ended up together by the end of the show.
While Rachel doesn’t seem to have as much in common with Ross as some of the other women he dated, the pair complemented one another well. Plus, they shared a long history that dated back to their childhoods. Even when they were apart, it seemed like their relationship was only temporarily on hold. In the end, there was no one else for Ross but Rachel.