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The Longest Running Jokes In 'Friends'

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Friends remains a feel-good comedy that fans can revisit anytime and be just as entertained as they were on their first watch. The series uses a multitude of comedy styles to keep viewers laughing - usually done through the use of slapstick comedy, sarcastic wit, and most importantly, recurring gags. These long-running jokes include catchphrases, mannerisms, and everything in between. These are the longest-running jokes on Friends.

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    Chandler's Sarcasm

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    This might just be the most recurring gag of all, as being sarcastic is an intrinsic part of Chandler's characterization. It pops up the most when one of the characters asks a simple question, to which Chandler replies with cutting sarcastic remark to make them feel dumb. 

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    Joey's Acting Career Embarrassments

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    It was only at the very end of the series that Joey settled into his acting career. Earlier on, many episodes featured Joey's career struggles to humorous lengths, with Joey either messing opportunities up or landing roles that were ridiculous to begin with. These included moments like Joey being forced to dance in front of people despite having no dancing skills, being Al Pacino's butt double and getting fired for overacting, acting alongside an actor who kept spitting in his face, and peeing on the casting director for a play he was auditioning for.

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    Their Catchphrases

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    Each main character had certain phrases that were exclusive to their behavior. These perfectly matched their personalities as well, with the catchphrases summing up their character traits. The most recurring ones were Joey's pick-up line of "How you doin'?and Chandler's knack of stressing on one word in his speech patterns.

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    Janice's Frequent Appearances

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    Earlier on, the recurring gag had to do with Chandler always hooking up and then trying to break up with Janice. Eventually, he became terrified of the sight of her, but couldn't escape Janice's frequent appearances in his life. Janice made sure to make these moments memorable, always screaming "Oh my God!" to announce her arrival. This gag was such a mainstay for the show that Janice appeared all the way from the first season to the last one at least once.