Ross Geller Dating History: ‘Friends’ Characters He Dated on the Show

Friends might have been about friendship, but it was also about dating. And, with the exception of Rachel Green, no other character dated (or got married) as much as Ross Geller. Which is kind of ironic, given Joey Tribbiani was the series’ ladies man. And, despite having a serious relationship with Rachel, getting married a handful of times, and working as a paleontologist at the Museum of Natural History (and later a professor), Ross somehow found time to date. We take a look at Ross Geller’s dating history, ahead.

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Ross Geller dating history

It’s no secret that Ross loved love. In fact, he was always pining for his next relationship (and also, marriage). And, his friends were always using his many failed relationships as the punchline to their jokes. And, despite having a season-long relationship, Ross Geller’s dating history is quite extensive.

From the women he married to his many, many girlfriends, keep reading for an in-depth look at Ross Geller’s dating history.


Of all Ross’ relationships, his one with Rachel Green was the most significant. After all, it was one of the main plot lines of the show for the first half of the series (and beyond that). Ross and Rachel’s relationship is rollercoaster. For the entire first season, Ross was in love with Rachel but didn’t tell her. Then she found out and realized she loved him, too. When she went to confess her love, he showed up with a new girlfriend. But, after finding out about her feelings, he broke things off, and the two started dating (though there was a rough patch in between there, too). However, things went south after Ross’ jealousy of Rachel’s co-worker got too out of hand, and they took a break from their relationship. The two went back and forth a lot throughout the series and even have a baby together before realizing they are each other’s lobsters.


Ironically, Rachel set Ross and Emily up. However, she probably didn’t see it working out since Emily’s first impression was so terrible. Ross and Emily ended up having such a great first date that they spontaneously went up to Vermont for a weekend together. Then, Ross asked Emily to move in with him, which quickly escalated in a marriage proposal. The two got married in London (where Emily was from), but things went south on their wedding day after Ross accidentally called her Rachel in his vows. In the end, they ended up trying to make it work, but it became too difficult, and they divorced.


Ross and Julie first met in graduate school and reconnected while abroad in China. The two returned home to New York City together at the end of season 1 and dated for a bit in season 2. However, after Ross found out that Rachel was in love with him, he broke things off to be with her.


Phoebe’s friend, Bonnie also dated Ross. However, their relationship didn’t last long. While on vacation at a beach house, Rachel convinced Bonnie to shave her head (she had a shaved head when they first met) in an attempt to break them up. It worked, and Rachel made it clear that she wanted to get back together with Ross.


Ross met Mona at Chandler and Monica’s wedding, and they really hit it off. However, they met at a complicated time, as Rachel was pregnant with Ross’ baby. They try to work things out but eventually broke up after Mona found out that Rachel was living with Ross.


Although Ross never actually dated Chloe, their one-night stand was an important part of the series. Chloe was known by the guys as “the cute girl from the copy place with the belly button ring,” and Ross ran into her after a huge fight with Rachel and her decision to go on a break. They end up hooking up that night, which ruined his chances of getting back together with Rachel.


In season 5, Ross had a brief — and weird — relationship with Chandler’s ex-girlfriend, Janice. In a hilarious twist of events, Janice broke up with Ross because he whined too much.


Ross also dated his student, Elizabeth Stevens. The young 20-year-old and Professor Geller went through a lot of struggle trying to keep their relationship a secret (to protect his job). But, then, Elizabeth’s father finds out and threatens to have him fired. Finally, Ross finds a way to blackmail her dad into liking Ross (and supporting their relationship). However, Ross then realized that Elizabeth is not the one for him and broke things off.


Of all Ross’ girlfriends, Charlie could not have been more perfect for him. After all, she was a paleontologist just like her. In a weird turn of events, Charlie actually starts out dating Joey. However, they eventually broke up, and she and Ross started dating instead. But, after realizing she still had feelings for her ex-boyfriend, she breaks up with Ross and leaves him heartbroken.


Remember Ross’ messy girlfriend, Cheryl? Despite her good looks, Ross could not get past her extremely dirty apartment. To try and make it work, Ross even offered to have her over at his place, but Cheryl thought his apartment smelled weird and preferred to hang out around her garbage and pests.


Ross has a thing for Green women. In addition to Rachel, he also had a brief relationship with her younger sister, Jill (played by Reese Witherspoon). Even though Jill wasn’t attracted to him and thought he was a geek, she dated him to get back at her sister.


Carol was Ross’ first wife. However, she and Ross separated in the series pilot after Carol came out as a lesbian. However, they stayed in touch throughout the series, as the two shared a son named Ben.

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