Three seasons into Friends‘ run, Janice Litman-Goralnik posed the question on every fan’s mind: “Who of the six of you has slept with who of the six of you?”
It was a bold question, but also a valid one. By the time the show wrapped seven seasons later, all six of Central Perk’s irregular regulars had at least locked lips — including same-sex pairings like Rachel and Phoebe, the latter of whom “just wanted to see what all the fuss was about,” and Joey and Ross, the former of whom needed help practicing his audition for a gay role.
And before you try to tell us that “incestuous” is too strong a word to describe this group, let us never forget (no matter how hard we’ve tried) that siblings Ross and Monica once made out at a college party in 1987. In fact, Monica’s older brother turned out to be her first kiss ever. Big yikes.
In anticipation of HBO Max’s upcoming Friends reunion — which is finally set to film this week on the show’s original stage at Warner Bros. Studios — we thought we’d play a Janice-approved game of “what if,” ranking the sextet’s every romantic combination in order of potential. (Disclaimer: Our list doesn’t include the show’s same-sex pairings, as all of the characters technically identify as straight. Hopelessly so, in fact.)
Scroll down to see our ranking of the best and worst Friends pairings, then drop a comment with your own favorite combinations — canonical or otherwise.