Friends on Netflix: Could These 10 Episodes Be Any More Skippable?

Friends Skippable Episodes

Netflix is ringing in 2015 with a fresh batch of beloved shows — including all 10 seasons of Friends. Say it with us: Oh. My. Gawd.

Binge-watching 236 (!) episodes can be a bit daunting, so we’ve helped weed out some of the comedy’s lackluster installments.

In our gallery below, you’ll find 10 half-hours that you can skip during your Friends-a-thon — one from each season, to be exact. (Keeping in mind that while many of the series’ later episodes show signs of a creative slump, they are still central to the show’s plot, and therefore worth a watch.)

From Rachel’s brief stint as a cheerleader to Monica’s housework woes to Ross’ spray-tan-gone-wrong, we’ve compiled what we think are the series’ low points — so click through the gallery to see our picks, then hit the comments to share yours!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. SJ says:

    I call BS! You can’t call yourself a Friends fan and then write an article chronicling what you think are the show’s “worst” episodes.

    Also, I dare you to find a fan who doesn’t consider Rachel’s cheerleader scenes, Monica’s loudness and Ross’s “Methane smells” flirting some of the most memorable moments of the show’s run.

    • Kim R says:

      Agree!!! 100%!!!!

    • Big Mike says:

      They seriously named about 5 of my FAVORITE episodes. Skipable?!? I think not!!!

    • Sparky77 says:

      Thought they were some of the best episodes of the series. My least favorite were the Joey and Rachel hooking up. Looked as though they were completely out of ideas.

    • DW says:

      Have to agree with you. This “list” is absurd.

    • Angela says:

      I’m writing from France where there is ALWAYS a channel to air this fabulous show! And I DO agree I NEVER skip any episode of Friends! they all are great. I “grew up” with them, since I was 25 when the show started, like the characters and I always cry for the series finale because it is always so sad leaving them even after more than 10 years… Great show ever! Vive Friends

    • Netty says:

      Who came up with this list seriously lol, these are some of the funniest episodes. I kinda agree though that some of the plots within these episodes are terrible like the Emily arc, I agree with you there but the only reasons I tolerate the Emily scenes is because I know she loses every step of the way. I would not skip any of these episodes though.

    • Kenneth Michael Busler says:

      I cannot stand the Rachel cheerleading episode.
      and I hate the fact that Netflix has the syndicated version on there. I have literally seen each episode at least 15 times on DVD, and it throws me off when I am watching it on Netflix.

  2. I don’t usually stop and comment, but this is ridiculous. There is only one episode of Friends not to watch, it’s the one with Peter DeLuise where he and some douche chase Chandler and Ross off the couch at Central Perk. Horrible episode. All the others, and especially these mentioned for the most part are great.

    Best episode, btw, is The One With All The Embryos. Go watch that.

    • Zed says:

      Agree with you on best episode. Love the game they played about each other!

    • Kenneth Michael Busler says:

      TOW the bullies. to this day, I still use that line “it’s probably stripped and sold for parts by now” whenever somebody says ” I lost my….(whatever)…”

  3. Kelly says:

    These episodes might not be the greatest to watch in terms of plot development, but they’re still really awesome anyway. They’re all worth watching!

  4. Babybop says:

    No, don’t skip any! These are all hilarious. I vote watch every episode. Though I do agree that the Joey/Janine relationship was a ridiculous plot point.
    “Phoebe Buffay!”
    “Fire alarm?!”
    I am a hardcore Friends junkie. so I may be a tad biased.

  5. Luis Henrique says:

    This actually made me WANT to rewatch them all

  6. Chris says:

    Seriously minus the first two these are some very funny episodes of friends especially the Ross tan one don’t skip any of your watching it for the first time this coming from someone whose washed the whole show at least 10 times

  7. thisismenow says:

    The One With The Rumor with Brad Pitt cringeworthy given all that transpired after that episode.

  8. Lee Adam says:

    Regarding the Joey/Rachel thing: I think the writers MAY have wanted to make the point that not all friends-to-romance progressions end up like Monica and Chandler’s. But what do I know?

  9. Lola says:

    I don’t know about anyone else but The One With the Fake Party is one of my fav episodes.I crack up at it everytime.Guess that is why we all have differing opinions.

    • Demarcus says:

      That episode is the reason I started to really like Friends and the reasons why I had to comment. Do not skip that episode. It’s one of the best and Rachel Green at her funniest.

    • Julie says:

      I love that one too! I’m totally embarrassed for Rachel but it was still funny. There are no bad episodes. There are some that are funnier than others but I could rewatch all multiple times

  10. kyle says:

    Wow this couldn’t BE any more inaccurate (see what I did there)

    The fire alarm ep?! Ross’s fake tan?! “IM AN 8?!”
    two of the BEST eps… You guys no longer get the authority to speak on anything FRIENDS related.

  11. Gern Blanston says:

    I agree with 7 out of 10. However the one that I would add is the one that made me realize that I no longer enjoyed Friends, The One With the Sharks. Monica thinks that Chandler likes shark porn? The story is beyond stupid. From that point on I hate-watched the rest of the show.

    • lizo says:

      that’s why it was funny. Because it was ridiculous. But then I thought it was actually a rather lovely story; she loved him so much that she wanted to work to integrate a sexual preference he had; Monica wanted to support him.

      • Gern Blanston says:

        I get why it was supposed to be funny. I still remember like it was yesterday watching the episode live and both my wife and I sitting on the couch groaning at how stupid we found the storyline. I guess that I just like my ridiculous based in reality. The Holiday Armadillo is still to this day one of the funniest things that I have ever seen due in large part to the fact that I could realistically see a parent doing that for their kids. But, a wife that would jump to the conclusion that her husband finds sharks sexually attractive and then is okay enough with it that she wants to include it into their sex life is so far beyond ridiculous that its just stupid. Now, if they would have done something where Monica thought that Chandler was a furry and she was okay with it I might have found that amusing because it would at least be plausible.

  12. Patty says:

    The One Where Ross Can’t Flirt has REALLY funny stuff with Joey’s grandmother. The bit where even she remembers the girl’s name but Ross doesn’t, and then when Joey says that’s him on the TV and she say “no, Sam Waterston”, and then Chandler’s line after that “she doesn’t know ‘Hello’ but she knows Capricorn One”. Those jokes make the episode worth watching.

  13. mdbchud says:

    There is not a “bad” episode of Friends in the whole bunch. This is silly, and just ONE person’s opinion.

  14. Sandra says:

    Is this for real? TOW they re up all night is one of my favorite episodes ever. Phoebe vs the fire alarm its hilariuous.
    I do not agree with the list at all.

  15. dude says:

    Even Friends worst episodes are better than most of what’s on TV today.

    • cerreno says:

      I second this!!!

      • scb says:

        Agreed! Every episode of Friends is great. The only downside to the Netflix episodes is that every single episode is cut down to 22 minutes. I’ll just stick to watching the full versions on my DVDs.

    • Taylor says:

      I definitely agree with you about that, dude. I love It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Modern Family, but beyond that sometimes I feel like most of the other comedies currently on the air that I watch has at least one character that I just can’t stand most of the time, which can diminish my overall enjoyment of the show. For example, I can’t stand Frankie on The Middle and Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory most of the time. None of the characters on Friends ever annoyed me on a regular basis like Frankie and Sheldon constantly do.

  16. Kate says:

    I’M AN 8!!!!!! Ross in the tanning booth was hilarious- every time he went in! Am I remembering right that this is the episode when Rachel keeps hitting Joey when they are making out? As much as I HATED them together, Joey’s reaction to that was so funny!

  17. James says:

    Basically, don’t watch ANY episodes after Season 4.

  18. Mary says:

    Oh….my….God….(in my most spectacular Janice voice.). No way. These are some great episodes. If this is the worst of Friends it just proves its prowess as the ultimate quotable…

  19. mika says:

    I love Friends, but I can’t stand any of the episides with Monica’s millionaire boyfriend, Pete. Those are the only ones I’d skip. The one where he wants to be a wrestler is unwatchable imo.

    • Julie says:

      Even the one when she’s housesitting and takes them all over to his apartment when he calls? “And say hi to Rachel over by that ficus. Uh..Chandler’s on the couch…” In my opinion, there are no bad episodes. Some are not as funny as others but I agree with another poster that any episode is better than much of the comedies on TV today.

  20. lilys says:


    I admit there are weaker episodes but none deserves to be skipped (especially the alarm clock one, it’s hillarious) ! They remain much better than most shows, and moreover, even if it’s not 24 or lost or something, skipping episodes is always an insult to a show and the story it tries to tell (I’m especially referring to the whole jalousy thing, this episode is crucial for the story).

  21. Alan Shore says:

    The fire alarm episode? Seriously? You gotta be kidding with that one Rebecca and Kimberly. That’s one o the funniest episodes from the show.

  22. GuessWhat says:

    If you have time to rewatch old eps of FRIENDS, you need to re-evaluate your life. Seriously?

    • Abby says:

      And what level of reevaluation do you think is necessary when you waste your time on troll comments like this? That’s rhetorical, in case you’re actually trying to come up with a number.

  23. Julie says:

    Um…there are no bad episodes of Friends.

  24. cerreno says:

    The apothecary episode is actually quite good. I don’t like the jealousy and the break episode.. those were awkward…
    The idea of the brad pitt episode was good but brad pitt was the wrong person… very stiff…

  25. ... says:

    You could include pretty much every episode of the last few seasons in lists like these. Friends fell off a cliff around the time Monica married Chandler and IMO, it never found its way back.

    • lizo says:

      I think when Monica and Chandler got married the show got better. The whole show was supposed to be about Rachel and Ross, but Monica and Chandler became the heart and soul of the show. I really enjoy watching them mature together and move into the other areas of being an adult. Gave the series a variety of new story paths to go.

  26. Jason says:

    Skipping episodes seems silly if you want to watch an entire series. Confession: I didn’t skip the Gilmore Girls episodes you told me to either.

  27. Samantha says:

    No to this article. Just no.

  28. Kalee says:

    As you can see TVLine, this article has made you many new enemies.

    There are some fun episodes here listed. Instead of singling out an episode per season, you can find a lot of the duds in season 1, 7, 8, and 9.

  29. Why would anyone binge watch 236 episodes and skip 10? Where’s the achievement in that?

  30. tony says:

    I don’t see it on Netflix. That aside. If you’re going to watch 226 episodes can’t you just sit through the other 10 for completeness? And also if you do skip 10 you’re basing your viewing habits entirely on some random person.

    • Abby says:

      Its definitely there. Canadian side, too, which I’m always worried about when they do their “what’s coming up” releases.

  31. this is the worst article ever. i know it has been wrote just to incite comments but DAMN YOU. *shakes fist angrily*

  32. Taylor says:

    I haven’t watched Friends all that much in recent years, but I definitely have to disagree with this list. They actually included some of my favorite episodes on this list. Now I’m wondering if I would agree with TVLine if they released a list of 10 “Must See” episodes since I don’t really agree with their selection of “bad” episodes.

  33. ndixit says:

    There are no episodes of Friends that I can’t watch again and again. Some eps are better than others, but the great thing about pretty much all episodes of Friends is that usually at least one story in the episode is hysterical. I mean I wasn’t a huge fan of the Joey/Rachel thing either, but Ross getting a fake tan was hysterical and the ep is worth watching just for that. Same is true for pretty much all the eps on that list.

  34. stellalunaa says:

    I disagree with most of these! I’ll give you seasons 3, 4 and especially 8 but those other ones are hysterical!

  35. Jay says:

    Are you kidding! The Old Yeller episode is hilarious!

  36. Larry says:

    Oh come on most of these are great and funny the memorial service one is among their best.

  37. CanadaChris says:

    Even a weak Friends episode is still better than a lot of the stuff the networks try to shove down our throats. The only episodes that I consider skipable would be the clip shows that started to turn up every season as the show progressed. Clip shows are annoying and always a waste of time.

  38. jen says:

    Ross’s fake spray tan is right up there with the leather pants and “PIVOT” for me, how could you say to skip that one!!

  39. MyExBFF says:

    mean spirited and completely pointless “article.”

  40. Christine says:

    I loved the up-all-night episode! I was literally just thinking about it the other night when I couldn’t sleep. Also, the one with all the jealousy- that’s more awkward relationship stuff than a skipable episode. How did the Brad Pitt Thanksgiving episode not make the list? Even before their breakup I always found the premise of that entire episode contrived.

  41. Stefan says:

    Um, this article is ridiculous. Watch them all, people!!!

  42. spindae2 says:

    The episode with the Ross and the spray tan is one of the best outings! I LMFAO every single time it airs! Joey opening Monica’s bra by just watching it! Hilarious!

  43. Sarah says:

    No, no, no! The One Where They’re Up All Night is one of my favourites!! I laugh like crazy every time (and I’ve watched them all about a dozen times). “Oooh a quarter!”

    Also, Ross’s tan is crazy funny!

  44. N. Jackson says:

    *SPOILER ALERT* “Plus, since Phoebe and Mike ultimately get a happy ending, why make yourself sad by watching their low points?” Okay, so that’s like saying, since Ross and Rachel and Chandler and Monica get happy endings, why not skip this series altogether. That’s just horrible. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, and my opinion on this, as well as many others I assume, is that no episode is worth missing. Let people decide for themselves which episodes they, if they dare, skip. You never know; one of their favorites could very well be one of these episodes!

  45. Mart says:

    I actually like the Joey/Rachael relationship. Let’s be honest, both characters were vacuous morons, really just mirrors of each other. So it kind of worked.

  46. Abby says:

    As a huge fan of a show that lasted my entire adolescence, annoyed by a list that’s just trying to be click-bait AND kick a show that never fell down despite people who clearly still try hard to hate on it, I’d rather note Friends best bits, in no particular order:

    – Ugly Naked Guy
    – Janice
    – Monica’s sex-ed’gasm
    – Princess Consuela Banana Hammock marries Crap Bag
    – Gunther
    – Monica and Chandler propose to each other
    – Chandler’s parents (explains everything about Chandler)
    – Phoebe has her brothers’ triplets

    However, I will say that I completely agree with the sentiment that the writers should never have gone there with Rachel and Joey. It was nonsense.

  47. Jake says:

    Not sure why you need to choose to be negative on one of the best shows ever with very few if any bad episodes

    • Abby says:

      Because an underrated show like Gilmore Girls gets a 10 best eps list from TVLine, but a show that was always massive but never overrated is clickbait if you go negative…

  48. kates2424 says:

    I’ll admit the first time around Ross’s character irritated me for much of the final seasons. However, that tanning episode a second time and more around is hilarious. I don’t really think you can skip Friends episodes and call yourself a fan.

  49. canadian ninja says:

    No mention of Joey’s hand twin episode = list fail.