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The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked 

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List of the best characters from the TV show Friends, one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, ranked by fans. The Friends core cast of characters - siblings Monica and Ross Geller, her high school best friend Rachel Green, his college roommate Chandler Bing, and their friends Phoebe Buffay and Joey Tribbiani - became cultural icons during the show's original run on NBC from 1994-2004. Since the acclaimed series finale, the stars - Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, and David Schwimmer - have become superstars in TV as well as film. But which was the most popular friends character?

In addition to the main cast, Friends was full of dozens dozens of memorable characters and guest stars who filtered in and out of their fictional, uniquely turn-of-the-millennium New York City. While many superstars appeared as themselves (namely Isabella Rossellini, Charlton Heston, Ralph Lauren, and Sarah Ferguson), others (Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Paul Rudd...) appeared in memorable roles as characters integral to the Friends universe.

This list ranks the very best, most famous, and most hilarious Friends characters who fans enjoy seeing the most when they pop up on syndicated episodes. Vote up the best characters from televisions Friends today!

list ordered by
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Chandler Bing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Matthew Perry
2
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Matt LeBlanc
3
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Lisa Kudrow
4
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Jennifer Aniston
5
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Courteney Cox
6
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
David Schwimmer
7
Mike Hannigan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Paul Rudd
18 eps.
8
Jack Geller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Jack Geller Elliott Gould
9
Janice Hosenstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
StarSpangledB added Maggie Wheeler
10
Gunther is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
James Michael Tyler
11
Ugly Naked Guy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
colormelivvy added Ugly Naked Guy Uncredited Actor
12
Dr. Richard Burke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
MikeMeares added Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
13
Estelle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
PascalFranssen added June Gable
14
David, the Scientist Guy... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
mrsquit966 added Hank Azaria
15
Mr. Heckles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
alasdairduncan3 added Mr. Heckles Larry Hankin
16
Emma Geller-Green is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
JenAnistonFriends added Genevieve Davidson, Noelle Sheldon, Cali Sheldon
17
Will Colbert is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Brad Pitt
8.9
18
Ben Geller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
triviafan added Cole Sprouse
19
Carol Willick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Jane Sibbett
20
Erica is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Anna Faris
Season 10
21
Frank Buffay, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Frank Buffay, Jr. Giovanni Ribisi
22
Nora Tyler Bing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
PascalFranssen added Morgan Fairchild
1.11, 5.8, 7.23-24, Morgan Fairchild
23
Judy Geller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
PascalFranssen added Judy Geller Christina Pickles
24
Paul Stevens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Valley Forge added Bruce Willis
25
Jill Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Reese Witherspoon
6.13-14