Friends has been off the air for well over a decade, but the NBC sitcom still holds a special place in the hearts of many fans. Unfortunately, Netflix recently revealed that it will no longer stream the beloved show after its contract with NBC expires. To help deal with the devastating news, many fans have taken to binge-watching the entire series before it leaves Netflix for good.
But just how long would it take to watch the entire run of Friends without taking a break? According to Binge Clock, it would take a person five days and one hour to complete the series in one sitting. While most of us would likely break this up due to time constraints, there is another way to revisit your favorite moments from the show. Here is a quick list of the eight of best Friends early episodes to watch before the show leaves Netflix.
1. The One With the Blackout — Season 1, Episode 7
The group faces a blackout across the city that traps Chandler (Matthew Perry) in an ATM enclosure with Victoria’s Secret model Jill Goodacre. The rest of the group, meanwhile, is stuck inside Monica (Courteney Cox) and Rachel’s (Jennifer Aniston) apartment, offering some hilarious moments between the girls and Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Ross (David Schwimmer), and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow).
2. The One with Two Parts: Part 2 — Season 1, Episode 17
Joey is on Phoebe’s bad list after he starts dating her sister, Ursula, while Ross is worried about becoming a father. Rachel and Monica, however, seemingly meet the perfect dates after a trip to the E.R., where they are introduced to two doctors played by Noah Wyle and George Clooney. The only issue is that Rachel does not have insurance to pay her medical bill and pretends to be Monica instead. The ruse ends up ruining their double date and offers some of the show’s most hilarious scenes ever.
3. The One After the Superbowl — Season 2, Episodes 12/13
This installment of Friends featured some serious star power from the 1990s, including cameos from Julia Roberts, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Brooke Shields, and Chris Isaak. While Shields’ role was memorable (and landed her a sitcom of her own), the funniest parts were when Phoebe became popular for writing songs on death, and when the girls fought about going out with Van Damme.
4. The One With the Prom Video — Season 2, Episode 14
A list of the best Friends episodes would not be complete without some Ross and Rachel action. This episode features a video clip from Monica and Rachel’s high school prom in the 1980s, complete with big hair and insane fashion choices. But the real kicker comes when Rachel finds out that Ross was willing to go to prom with her if her date flaked out. Rachel’s date eventually showed up, but Rachel was so moved by Ross’s decision that she kissed him after re-watching the video.
5. The One Where No One’s Ready — Season 3, Episode 2
Ross finds himself in a rush to get everyone dressed and out of the apartment for a museum benefit. The entire installment takes place in the apartment and there are plenty of great scenes that unfold, including a fight between Chandler and Joey over a comfy chair. There are also some great lines that put this episode above the competition.
6. The One With the Dollhouse — Season 3, Episode 20
Monica and Phoebe find themselves at odds with each other over a dollhouse the former inherited from her late aunt. After realizing that Monica will not share her new toy, Phoebe creates her own dollhouse and subsequently attack’s Monica’s house with some dinosaurs. This episode also features Chandler going out with Rachel’s boss, which turns out to be a terrible idea.
7. The One With the Embryos — Season 4, Episode 12
This episode begins with an innocent bet during a game and ends with the group switching apartments and finding out how Chandler pays his bills. The game includes some hilarious revelations about the group, making this a must-watch episode if you want to learn more about each character.
8. The One Where Everyone Finds Out — Season 5, Episode 14
Chandler and Monica kept their romance a secret for a long time, but everyone eventually found out the truth. In this episode, Phoebe discovers that the two are dating and flirts with Chandler to get him to admit the truth. Chandler caves by the end of the episode, but only after Phoebe declares her love for him.