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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. We know which character got his own spin-off - 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!

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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.
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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
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Ugly Naked Guy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters On 'Friends,' Ranked
colormelivvy added Ugly Naked Guy Uncredited Actor
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Dr. Richard Burke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Characters On 'Friends,' Ranked
MikeMeares added Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
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Estelle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters On 'Friends,' Ranked
PascalFranssen added June Gable
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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
Ben Geller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Characters On 'Friends,' Ranked
triviafan added Cole Sprouse
17
Will Colbert is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Characters On 'Friends,' Ranked
Brad Pitt
8.9
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Emma Geller-Green is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Characters On 'Friends,' Ranked
JenAnistonFriends added Genevieve Davidson, Noelle Sheldon, Cali Sheldon
19
Erica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Characters On 'Friends,' Ranked
Anna Faris
Season 10
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Mr. Treeger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Characters On 'Friends,' Ranked
Mr. Treeger Michael G. Hagerty
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Carol Willick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Characters On 'Friends,' Ranked
Jane Sibbett
22
Marcel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Characters On 'Friends,' Ranked
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Jill Green is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Characters On 'Friends,' Ranked
Reese Witherspoon
6.13-14
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Helena Handbasket is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Characters On 'Friends,' Ranked
Kathleen Turner
25
Frank Buffay, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Characters On 'Friends,' Ranked
Frank Buffay, Jr. Giovanni Ribisi