The Worst Episodes of Friends: When Central Perk Wasn’t So Perfect.

Ah, Friends. The TV show that has been a constant source of laughter, tears, and comfort for millions of people around the world. With its iconic characters, witty one-liners, and heartwarming moments, it’s no wonder that Friends has become a cultural phenomenon. However, like any long-running series, not every episode can be a winner. In fact, some episodes are downright cringe-worthy. So, for all you Friends fans out there, we’ve compiled a list of the worst episodes of the show. Get ready to cringe, groan, and maybe even skip a few episodes on your next rewatch.
The One After the Super Bowl (2)

The One After the Super Bowl (2)

Season 2 – Episode 13

Air Date: 1996-01-28

Rachel and Monica compete for the affections of Jean-Claude Van Damme after meeting him on a movie set. Chandler meets a former schoolmate while an excited Joey gets a role as an extra in the movie. Ross and Marcel go on a whirlwind tour of the city.

Pilot

Pilot

Season 1 – Episode 1

Air Date: 1994-09-22

An introduction to the gang. After Rachel leaves her fiancé at the altar, she moves in with Monica and finds that independence is not so easy, particularly without Daddy’s credit cards.

The One with the Sonogram at the End

The One with the Sonogram at the End

Season 1 – Episode 2

Air Date: 1994-09-29

Ross’s lesbian ex-wife, Carol, is pregnant with his child, and he doesn’t like her choice of last name for the baby. Rachel finds out that her ex-fiancé went on what would have been their honeymoon with her maid of honor.

The One with the Invitation

The One with the Invitation

Season 4 – Episode 21

Air Date: 1998-04-23

As Ross and Emily send out wedding invitations, he and Rachel each look back on their relationship together while Joey and Chandler look for a purpose in life.

The One with Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E.

The One with Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E.

Season 6 – Episode 19

Air Date: 2000-04-13

Joey gets an audition for the lead character in a new TV show. When the audition is rescheduled, Chandler takes the message but forgets to tell Joey. When Joey misses the audition, he gets upset and the group reminisces about their mishaps in the past.

The One with the Butt

The One with the Butt

Season 1 – Episode 6

Air Date: 1994-10-27

Joey gets his big film break when he’s hired to be Al Pacino’s stunt butt. Ross tries to be less conservative and Chandler thinks his fantasies have come true when he has an affair with a married woman.

The One with George Stephanopoulos

The One with George Stephanopoulos

Season 1 – Episode 4

Air Date: 1994-10-13

While the men attend a hockey game and end up at a hospital, a delivery man accidentally brings a pizza meant for George Stephanopoulos, who lives across the street from the girls; they decide to peek at the former White House advisor with their binoculars.

The One Where Nana Dies Twice

The One Where Nana Dies Twice

Season 1 – Episode 8

Air Date: 1994-11-10

Monica and Ross mourn the death of their grandmother with a little help from the gang, and Monica and her mom come to an unspoken understanding about the relationship between mothers and daughters. Meanwhile, Chandler is irritated by office speculation that he is gay.

The One with the Dozen Lasagnas

The One with the Dozen Lasagnas

Season 1 – Episode 12

Air Date: 1995-01-12

Everyone knows the sex of Ross’s baby, except for Ross, who doesn’t want to find out until it’s born. Monica gives Paolo one of the dozen lasagnas she made for her aunt, who doesn’t want them anymore because they’ve got meat in them.

The One Where Rachel Smokes

The One Where Rachel Smokes

Season 5 – Episode 18

Air Date: 1999-04-08

Rachel decides to start smoking in order to avoid missing important meetings with her boss. Meanwhile, Ben gets offered an audition for a soup commercial, and Joey auditions to be Ben’s father during the ad. Also, Monica and Phoebe plan a surprise birthday party for Rachel together, but Monica takes over.

The One with Two Parts (1)

The One with Two Parts (1)

Season 1 – Episode 16

Air Date: 1995-02-23

Joey falls for Phoebe’s twin sister, Ursula, making Phoebe feel neglected. Ross has doubts about parenthood when he attends Lamaze classes with Carol and Susan. Meanwhile, Chandler finds himself between a rock and a hard place, when he is told to fire an employee he is attracted to. [First of a 2-part episode]

The One with the Evil Orthodontist

The One with the Evil Orthodontist

Season 1 – Episode 20

Air Date: 1995-04-06

Rachel and Barry start dating again, which is kind of awkward since he’s now engaged to Mindy, who wants Rachel to be her maid of honor. Meanwhile, Chandler goes nuts when a woman he likes won’t return his phone calls.

The One with the Fake Monica

The One with the Fake Monica

Season 1 – Episode 21

Air Date: 1995-04-27

When Monica’s credit card is stolen, she, along with Phoebe and Rachel, decide to catch the thief. Joey enlists his friends to help him come up with a less ethnic-sounding stage name. And Ross finds out that Marcel has reached sexual maturity and needs to be with other monkeys.

The One with Phoebe's Ex-Partner

The One with Phoebe’s Ex-Partner

Season 3 – Episode 14

Air Date: 1997-02-06

Phoebe is reunited with her former singing partner who thinks “Smelly Cat” has hit potential; Chandler dates a woman with a prosthetic leg who also has some history with Joey. Meanwhile, Ross goes to a fashion seminar with Rachel, so she won’t go with Mark, but falls asleep in the middle of it.

The One That Could Have Been

The One That Could Have Been

Season 6 – Episode 15

Air Date: 2000-02-17

Barry and Mindy’s impending divorce prompts the gang to fantasize about what their lives might be like if they’d all taken different courses. Ross is still married to Carol, and Rachel is married to Barry, but fawning over famous soap star Joey Tribbiani. Monica is still fat and dating a doctor. Chandler is an aspiring writer and Phoebe is a Wall Street shark for Merrill Lynch. The gang continue to fantasize about how different their lives could have been. Carol and Ross decide to have a threesome to spice up their marriage. Rachel goes to Joey’s but is incredibly nervous about cheating and gets drunk. Meanwhile, Monica’s dinner date falls through and Chandler tries to cheer her up but things take an unexpected turn.

The One with the Vows

The One with the Vows

Season 7 – Episode 21

Air Date: 2001-05-03

With four weeks left before the wedding, Chandler and Monica are faced with the issue of their wedding vows. With each person dealing with their own problems in writing the vows, they turn to memories of past events to help them. In the end, the only real problem is who will be saying the vows first.

The One with Joey's Interview

The One with Joey’s Interview

Season 8 – Episode 19

Air Date: 2002-04-04

Joey prepares for an interview with Soap Opera Digest, although he’s afraid of appearing stupid, so he enlists his friends to make sure things go well. During the interview, he reminisces about his past acting experiences, what he does in his spare time, eating and exercising right, his friends, his homosexual tendencies, and his romantic life.

The One with the Monkey

The One with the Monkey

Season 1 – Episode 10

Air Date: 1994-12-15

The gang makes–then breaks–a pact to celebrate New Year’s Eve without dates. Ross compensates for his loneliness by getting a roommate, a monkey named Marcel. [New Year’s Eve Episode]

The One with Mrs. Bing

The One with Mrs. Bing

Season 1 – Episode 11

Air Date: 1995-01-05

Chandler’s romance-novelist mother comes to New York to visit him, and Joey catches her and Ross kissing.

The One with the Breast Milk

The One with the Breast Milk

Season 2 – Episode 2

Air Date: 1995-09-28

The guys are uncomfortable with the thought of Carol’s breast milk while Rachel is upset by Monica’s growing friendship with Julie. Meanwhile, Joey competes with a fellow cologne spritzer for the affections of a beautiful colleague.