Inspiring an entirely new generation to binge watch episode after episode, TV show Friends made its debut into our hearts in 1994. For years on NBC, bffs Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey, and Ross became the friends we all wish we had.
A friendship begins
The ever-popular American sitcom aired on NBC from September 1994 to May 2004, lasting 10 seasons. Even more than 20 years later it remains just as relatable and funny to today’s audiences as it did when it aired.
Starring the young Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, the show details the friendships of the 6 twenty-somethings as they navigate their lives in Manhattan.
Friends dominates Netflix
Netflix didn’t make a mistake in deciding to keep Friends available for fans to stream. Since the show has been running on the streaming service a whole new crowd of young people have grown to love it, and also over analyze it.
The new crowd likes it
Millennials who never saw the show when it was airing new episodes on network television can now watch the series in its entirety. Although they are loving it, they also are noticing all the nuances that don’t fit in with today’s 2019 societal norms.
Today’s audiences notice all the little nuances that 90s audience overlooked. For instance, how do such young people afford such a gigantic apartment space in Manhattan?
The most watched episodes on Netflix
It’s hard to judge what viewers are watching over and over on Netflix. The company is slow to release data like that to its competitors and has even publicly claimed that Nielsen ratings are flat out wrong.
“The data that Nielsen is reporting is not accurate, not even close, and does not reflect the viewing of these shows on Netflix,” a spokesperson said in a statement to Time Magazine.
Sources point to Friends being one of the most-watched shows on the platform based on a few other independent studies, but there is no reliable hard data to date.
We’d take a bet that the most-watched episode on Netflix is probably also the episodes that fans rank as the funniest.
The 6 top, fan favorite episodes you need to binge now
The One Where Everybody Finds Out: Season 5, Episode 14
In this episode, Phoebe and Rachel find out about Monica and Chandler’s secret relationship. Appropriate hilarity ensues as they mess with their friends, until Monica and Chandler realize what they are up to.
The One With the Proposal: Season 6, Finale
We challenge you to try and watch this episode without a tear or two in your eye. Combining the best of both worlds, this one is both funny and sweet. As Chandler tries to pretend he doesn’t like the idea of marriage, in order to hide his proposal idea, Richard is trying to get Monica back.
Eventually, we already know, Chandler wins out and when he returns to the apartment to propose, Monica is ready for him with a candlelit moment.
The One With the Holiday Armadillo: Season 7, Episode 10
Trying not to disappoint your kids at Christmas is the plight of parents everywhere. But, in typical Ross fashion, it’s particularly difficult to make Christmas special in this episode. Ross, wants to surprise his son Ben but can’t rent any Christmas suit this late, so he invents Santa’s friend: the Holiday Armadillo.
As the Armadillo explains about Hanukkah to Ben, Chandler also appears as Santa to save the day.
The One Where They’re Up All Night: Season 7, Episode 12
Phoebe’s fight with the smoke detector is so relatable in this episode it’s impossible not to sympathize with her. But, she’s not the only one who winds up being up all night in this hilarious episode which starts with just some innocent star gazing.
The One Where Ross is Fine: Season 10, Episode 2
As Ross tries to come to terms with Rachel and Joey’s relationship, he invites them over for dinner where he quickly becomes too drunk, although he’s fine, really. Poor Ross. Audiences love to hate on him for his lack of a back bone in so many episodes, but this in one where we can really empathize with his feelings.
The One With Ross’s Tan: Season 10, Episode 3
If you’re in search of a straightforward, chuckle-worthy, slapstick episode–This is the one. Ross is a little jealous of his sister’s fake tan and heads off to get one himself. In typical Ross style, he messes up the application instructions, so ends up looking ridiculously colorful.
Looking for a little more Friendship
These episodes also pop up on lists across the internet as being the funniest, or most well-liked across the globe.
The One With the Prom Video: Season 2, Episode 14
The One With Chandler in a Box: Season 4, Episode 8
The One With the Embryos: Season 4, Episode 12
The One With All the Resolutions: Season 5, Episode 11