A good episode of Friends is like a good cup of coffee from Central Perk; it's warm, it's familiar, it's comforting. But a great episode of Friends is one that reminds us exactly why the series has endured ever since its debut in 1994, and that's because of Ross and Rachel. The beating heart of a series that was never afraid to depart from its comedy in favor of something more difficult and heartbreaking, Ross and Rachel were the OG couple on Friends. Long before Monica and Chandler, or Phoebe and Mike, or (shudder) Rachel and Joey, there was Ross and Rachel, the king and queen of will-they-won't-they, the sitcom rom-com darlings of 'JUST KISS ALREADY!'
Though there's a lot of classic episodes in a series with 236 episodes, it's arguable that the best episodes are the ones that center around Ross and Rachel. From Season 1 right through Season 10, Ross and Rachel remained varying degrees of together for our entertainment, and to look back at these episodes now puts into perspective just how great of a TV couple they were, even through their lowest moments. The best Friends episodes with Ross and Rachel may not be the most laugh out loud, or the most quotable, but they are guaranteed to give you the most feels.
Now's not the time to go on a break, or to PIVOT, because it's time to *bumps fists together in that Ross Geller way* rank the best Ross and Rachel episodes of Friends.
The friends watch an old video of Ross agreeing to take Rachel to the prom after her date doesn't show up, but by the time he gets dressed her date shows up and Rachel leaves, leaving Ross alone. Seeing this for the first time, Rachel, touched by Ross's gesture, gets up and passionately kisses Ross.
Original Airing: Feb 01 1996
Episode Number: 14
Rachel discovers Ross' feelings for her when he goes out of town on a business trip.
Original Airing: May 18 1995
Episode Number: 24
Rachel goes into labor, enduring endless pain while anxious Ross hovers nearby and her waiting friends wreak havoc in the hospital.
Original Airing: May 16 2002
Episode Number: 23
Ross and Rachel have broken up as Ross gives Rachel a tough time about her supposed lack of sentiment. To prove him wrong, Rachel reveals her box of special items and shows him the things she's kept from their time together.
Original Airing: Nov 20 1997
Episode Number: 8