Despite the fact that the series finale aired 11 years ago, Friends remains hugely prevalent in modern culture. This is a testament to the show’s writers and cast, who did a phenomenal job in creating relatable and entertaining characters that evolved over a lengthy, engaging, emotional and hilarious plot. Over the years, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Joey, Chandler and Ross came to feel like our own friends, and we cared for them through the highs and lows that they all experienced. It is one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, and these episodes are a great example of why this is.
10. “The One with the Morning After” (Season 3, Episode 16)
Whilst the show is primarily a comedy, it does not shy away from replacing this with drama. This is most evident through this heartwrenching episode, which sees Rachel break up with Ross in a brilliantly acted and agonizing scene. The episode begins with Ross waking up next to Chloe, before discovering that Rachel is on her way over. He manages to hide Chloe whilst he and Rachel reconnect, and after confiding in Joey and Chandler, he attempts to find out “the trail,” which is the list of people between the girl he slept with and who he doesn’t want to find out. The trail ends with Gunther, who told Rachel everything. This sees them begin an explosive argument, causing the other four to hide in a bedroom. This provides comedic relief, but the tense and lengthy break up is one of the most powerful scenes in the entire series.