10 Worst Episodes of Friends

Since it first aired on NBC in 1994, Friends has become one of the most iconic television shows of all time. Following the lives of six young adults in New York City, the show resonated with viewers across the world, becoming a cultural phenomenon. With 11 seasons and 236 episodes, it can be difficult to know which episodes are the best – and even more difficult to decide which are the worst. We have taken the time to rank the worst episodes of Friends and will explain why they deserve to be at the bottom of the list.

Throughout the 11 seasons, some episodes are bound to be better than others. Even with such a large and devoted fanbase, there are still some episodes that rank lower than others. We have taken the time to look through the entire series and have ranked the 10 worst episodes. These are the ones that failed to capture the spirit of the show, and simply didn’t live up to the high bar set by the rest of the series.

From Ross’s unfortunate tanning session to Joey’s infamous “smell the fart” scene, we have taken the time to analyze each episode and have ranked them from worst to best. Read on to find out which episodes of Friends are the lowest ranked, and why they deserve to be at the bottom of the list.

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

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Friends - S9E10

#1 - The One with Christmas in Tulsa (Season 9 - Episode 10)

Chandler is stuck in Tulsa for Christmas with an attractive co-worker, worrying Monica.

The episode was rated 7.41 from 1164 votes.

Friends - S4E21

#2 - The One with the Invitation (Season 4 - Episode 21)


Ross and Emily discuss who to invite to their wedding. Ross and Rachel each reminisce about their up-and-down relationship.

The episode was rated 7.42 from 1293 votes.

Friends - S6E20

#3 - The One with Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E. (Season 6 - Episode 20)

Joey gets an audition for the lead character in a new TV show. When the audition is rescheduled, Chandler takes the message and forgets to tell Joey.

The episode was rated 7.44 from 1224 votes.

Friends - S8E19

#4 - The One with Joey's Interview (Season 8 - Episode 19)


Joey prepares for an interview with Soap Opera Digest. He reminisces about his past acting experiences, his friends, and his romantic life.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 1123 votes.

Friends - S7E21

#5 - The One with the Vows (Season 7 - Episode 21)

Chandler and Monica are faced with writing their wedding vows. They turn to memories of past events to help them.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 1182 votes.

Friends - S4E9

#6 - The One Where They're Going to Party! (Season 4 - Episode 9)


Chandler and Ross's college friend is coming to town. Joanna squashes Rachel's chance at a promotion. Monica must choose between a steady job as head chef of a restaurant or keeping her catering business with Phoebe.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 1411 votes.

Friends - S9E22

#7 - The One with the Donor (Season 9 - Episode 22)

Monica and Chandler begin sorting through potential sperm donors. Phoebe is nervous about going to a party to see Mike, but runs into someone from her past.

The episode was rated 7.66 from 1122 votes.

Friends - S5E18

#8 - The One Where Rachel Smokes (Season 5 - Episode 18)


Rachel decides to start smoking in order to avoid missing important meetings with her boss. Joey auditions for a soup commercial with Ross's son Ben. Monica and Phoebe plan a surprise birthday party for Rachel.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 1269 votes.

Friends - S9E12

#9 - The One with Phoebe's Rats (Season 9 - Episode 12)

Gavin gives Rachel a birthday gift and Ross makes Joey to stay away from Emma's new nanny. Meanwhile, Mike accidentally kills Phoebe's pet rat.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 1170 votes.

Friends - S8E7

#10 - The One with the Stain (Season 8 - Episode 7)


Chandler hires a maid, whom Monica suspects is stealing her clothing. Eric breaks up with Ursula to be with Phoebe.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 1259 votes.

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