‘Friends’: Fans of the Show Question If the 6 Pals Were Really Good Friends To Each Other

Now that Friends is streaming once again, fans can sit back and enjoy another rewatch of the famed series. The show, which premiered in 1994, followed the lives of six friends living and thriving in New York City. On the surfaces, fans were led to believe that Joey Tribbiani, Ross Geller, Chandler Bing, Rachel Green, Monica Geller, and Phoebe Buffay were the very best of friends. That was true, but that didn’t mean they were immune to treating each other poorly. In fact, there were many moments during the show’s 10-season run, where the gang was decidedly awful to one another.

Chandler wasn’t a great friend to Joey

Chandler and Joey had the original TV bromance. The two were so close that it was pretty clear Joey had replaced Ross as Chandler’s best friend from pretty early on in the series. There were moments when Chandler was pretty great, like basically letting him live for free, but there were also moments when he was a genuinely crappy friend to Joey.

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Throughout the series, there were crucial moments were Chandler was a truly awful pal. He mocked Joey’s heartfelt gift, kissed his sister, and then stole his girlfriend. He also made Joey seem like a pervert all to cover his romance with Monica. Is that friendship? we don’t think so!

Rachel sabotaged Ross repeatedly

Ross and Rachel’s relationship was always complicated. When they broke up in season 3, fans were heartbroken, but eventually, they seemed to fall into a friendly enough rhythm, at least on a surface level. If you look closely, you may notice that Rachel spent a lot of her time either consciously or subconsciously sabotaging Ross’ romantic endeavors, both before and after they called it quits.

David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, and Courteney Cox as Monica Geller
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Rachel gave Ross awful advice when it came to Julie because she was into him. Later, she talked Bonnie into shaving her head again, knowing Ross would find it unappealing. She even showed up at his wedding to Emily, and while she backed out of admitting her feelings for him, her presence was the reason Ross said her name at the altar. Rachel dating Elizabeth’s father also seems like sabotage. Ross seemed to enjoy messing with Rachel, too, to be fair. For two people who were supposed to be friends, they really liked to try and subtly destroy each other.

Joey scamming on Rachel was pretty messed up to, come to think of it

Joey developed feelings for Rachel toward the latter end of the series. While he struggled with dealing with those feelings, he ultimately moved forward with his pursuit, knowing, deep down, that Ross was not OK with the situation. While Rachel has every right to date whomever she wants, most people agree that you don’t date a friend of your ex, so technically Joey and Rachel were both in the wrong, here.

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A few fans like the idea of the Joey and Rachel pairing, but most seem to agree that it was a bit contrived. One Reddit fan notes that the entire plotline felt like the writers had run out of ideas. Even if that were the case, they didn’t need to make Joey do something so sketchy.