Even years after the series ended, the general public still can’t get enough of Friends. It’s one of the most successful sitcoms of all time, and all these years later it still manages to acquire major streaming service deals and attract new fans who may not even have been alive during its original run.
Each friend is, of course, lovable but flawed for different reasons. There are certainly plenty of reasons to root for Ross Geller. He’s a super-smart paleontologist with a Ph.D. from Columbia University. His high school crush on Rachel Greene turns into a love story that becomes the central storyline for the series. He was even voted the best Friends character in a 2016 poll conducted by Comedy Central.
But one of the most absurd, and at times infuriating, contradictions about Ross Geller is that for someone so intellectually brilliant, he can also be a giant, petty baby. He can also be creepy, jealous, superficial, and problematic. Here’s a rundown of some of his worst moments.
In one of his most appalling moves ever, Ross actually makes a pass at his cousin Cassie while she’s staying at his apartment. From the second she shows up, Ross can’t stop staring at her and acting super creepy around her.
Ross gets away with it because, well, he’s Ross, but it brings to mind the days of male predators who got away with it because - as they claimed - they simply couldn’t control themselves around beautiful women. It’s also implied that Ross’s behavior is an understandable response because Cassie is played by Denise Richards.
While they’re watching a movie, Ross actually tries to kiss Cassie. (Spoiler: She does not want that.) This is offensive not only because Ross is physically inappropriate with a family member, but also because he's actually convinced his cousin wants to sleep with him.
Season 6 opens with the aftermath of Ross and Rachel’s drunken Las Vegas wedding. When they become aware that they blacked out and got married the previous night, Ross and Rachel agree to get an annulment. But when Ross realizes this will mean he’s technically had three failed marriages, he begs Rachel not to annul it.
This is not because Ross loves Rachel so much that he can’t let her go, but because he believes three failed marriages will reflect poorly on him. When Rachel insists on the annulment, Ross lies to her, telling her he went through with it when he did not. This goes on for several episodes and he never actually admits the truth; Rachel finds out on her own.
Rachel and Ross have a one-night stand that results in Rachel getting pregnant with their daughter Emma, and afterward Rachel must balance pregnancy, childbirth, motherhood, and maternity leave alongside Ross’s childish reactions.
After her colleague Gavin helps watch Emma and takes her on a date, Rachel has a hot kiss with him on the balcony. But of course, Ross can’t let Rachel have that without staring at them awkwardly through the window. Instead of telling Rachel he is happy that she is taking time for herself while parenting a small child, Ross shames her for giving her number to any men - and actually admits to blocking her from interested suitors.
It’s understandable that Ross might feel jealous seeing Rachel smooch other guys, but to actively meddle in her dating life is a major overreach.
As Ross is going through his divorce with Emily, his friends really are there for him when Joey and Chandler let him move in. But of course, Ross is a nightmare of a roommate.
He leaves boxes everywhere, tapes over their answering machine greeting, and uses obnoxious gestures to ask them to keep the noise down. But perhaps worst of all, he actually expects Joey and Chandler to chip in on new air filters for his dehumidifier. Even though he has the best job of all of them, Ross really is that cheap.
“The One Where Ross Moves In” really highlights how self-centered and uncooperative Ross can be. Joey and Chandler can only take so much of it before they finally ask Ross to move out.