Neurotic paleontologist Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) and fashionista Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) spent 236 episodes in a hilarious on-, off-, on-again romance. He even said her name at the altar when he was wedding someone else! Was it any surprise they’d end up together?
Key episode: “The One With the Prom Video,” Season 2, Episode 14
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Wacky Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) had her share of crazy careers, from singer-songwriter of bizarre tune “Smelly Cat” to masseuse. In Season 4, she got a serious job carrying triplets for her brother and his wife, but she longed to keep one for herself. It was an emotional journey that added depth to the flightiest friend.
Key episode: “The One Hundredth,” Season 5, Episode 3
Joey and Chandler’s Bromance
On paper, dopey ladies’ man Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) and sarcastic, unlucky-in-love Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) couldn’t appear more different. But the best friends and roommates did everything together … including watch TV in matching recliners.
Key episode: “The One With the Cat,” Season 4, Episode 2
Monica and Chandler’s Down-Low Love
Ross’ sister, uptight chef Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), hooked up with Chandler on the eve of Ross’ doomed second wedding. The couple tried to keep their relationship hush-hush to avoid jokes from the group … which didn’t go well.
Key episode: “The One Where Everybody Finds Out,” Season 5, Episode 14
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Quirky relatives supplied endless laughs. A few of the best: the Gellers’ folks (Christina Pickles and Elliott Gould), who favored Ross, and Chandler’s trans dad Charles (Kathleen Turner), with whom he had a rocky relationship.
Key episode: “The One Where Ross Got High,” Season 6, Episode 9
They'll be there for you … until the beginning of 2020.
That's when the 1994–2004 NBC sitcom Friends, about six New Yorkers coping with work, love and a famously "ugly naked guy" neighbor, leaves the streaming service.