The Absolute Worst Episodes Of 'Friends'

Over 200 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Absolute Worst Episodes Of 'Friends'
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Vote up the worst episodes of the entire series.

We’re counting down the worst Friends episodes. We all have our favorites, but which are the episodes you choose to skip when you’re watching the series over? Perhaps you're Team Geller-Greene and can’t stand "The One with the List," or would rather turn off the TV than watch "The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break."

Below we’ve compiled the Friends worst episodes, such as "The One with the Invitation." We’re turning to Friends fans to help us rank them, with the absolute worst in the number one slot. Is "The One Where Chandler Can’t Remember Which Sister" the worst Friends episode? Make your voice heard. 

There are 10 seasons to choose from, so plenty of fodder when it comes to the worst Friends episodes. Vote up the worst episode of Friends, and check back to see if other Friends fans agree.

  • 1
    233 VOTES

    The One With Ross And Monica's Cousin

    The One With Ross And Monica's Cousin
    Video: YouTube

    Ross becomes infatuated with his own cousin (Denise Richards). The running joke is supposed to be that she is so beautiful, that Chandler, Phoebe, and even Ross are attracted to her. The problem is that incest... just isn't funny. Meanwhile, Phoebe and Rachel realize they've completely forgotten to plan Monica's wedding shower, so they have to rush to make it happen. To make this episode even stranger, Joey is up for a big movie role, but it requires him to be "physically not Jewish." Monica tries to help him out by creating a faux, let's just say, "turtleneck" for his nether regions to disastrous effect. 

    Most uncomfortable moment:  Ross goes in for the kiss, and when his cousin recoils, demanding to know what he is doing, he says, "I haven't had sex in a very long time."

    • Season: 7
    • Episode Number: 19
    233 votes
  • 2
    137 VOTES

    The One With The Sharks

    The One With The Sharks
    Video: YouTube

    None of the episodes featuring Chandler in Tulsa are really anything to write home about. However, this one is particularly ridiculous. Monica surprises Chandler at his hotel, where he had been watching an adult film. In an effort to hide what he'd been doing, Chandler quickly changed the channel to what ended up being a shark attack series. So, naturally, Monica assumes Chandler has a thing for sharks. It's an incredibly goofy subplot, but it does show how ride or die Monica is, as she later tries to surprise him with what she thinks is his big turn on: sharks.

    Most uncomfortable moment: Ross makes Phoebe emotional after pointing out that she's never had a serious relationship, right before Mike is supposed to come over for a date. He tries to fix the situation by making up an ex named Vikram, but it just makes everything worse.

    • Season: 9
    • Episode Number: 4
    137 votes
  • 3
    122 VOTES

    The One Where Joey Tells Rachel

    The One Where Joey Tells Rachel
    Video: YouTube

    Friends has always been about Ross and Rachel. Their love story is the saga that brings most of the drama and excitement to the show. Joey is the single ladies' man. So it's just out of left field to have Joey falling for Rachel, especally while she's pregnant with Ross's child. It brings unnecessary tension between Ross and Joey, and Rachel and Joey. This is the episode where Joey first confesses his love for her, and they both end up in tears.

    Most uncomfortable moment: Rachel's reaction to Joey confessing his love to her feels authentic, and therefore, painfully awkward and sad. 

    • Season: 8
    • Episode Number: 16
    122 votes
  • The One With The Invitation
    Video: YouTube

    This is one of the dreaded clips episodes. Ross is getting married, and has to decide if he is going to invite Rachel to his wedding. While it's nice to get a look at Ross and Rachel's relationship over the years, since this is just a clips episode, it doesn't really contribute anything new. It's also sad for Ross and Rachel fans, since you see everything falling apart. If you're watching the series back for a second or third (or fourth!) time, it's easily one of the more skippable episodes. 

    Most uncomfortable moment: When Emily is surprised Ross wants to invite Rachel, because she'd never want an ex at her wedding.

    • Season: 4
    • Episode Number: 21
    • Series: Friends
    116 votes
  • The One With Mac And C.H.E.E.S.E.
    Photo: Friends / NBC

    This is not only a clips show, but it introduces Joey's ridiculous show, Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E., with C.H.E.E.S.E. standing for Computerised Humanoid Electronically Enhanced Secret Enforcer. Chandler gets interrupted while writing down information about Joey's important audition. So the episode mostly revolves around other clips of the friends making mistakes. Season six is really strong for the most part, so this blip really stands out. 

    Most uncomfortable moment: When Joey complains about how lame the robot is, not realizing he was talking to the operator and creator. 

    • Season: 6
    • Episode Number: 20
    84 votes
  • 6
    124 VOTES

    The One With Christmas In Tulsa

    The One With Christmas In Tulsa
    Video: YouTube

    This is another of the famous Friends clips shows. This one is particularly bad, because the framing for it is that Chandler is stuck in Tulsa on Christmas, missing his friends and wife back home. Selma Blair guest stars as a former pageant girl, who, unhappy in her own relationship, decides Christmas is the best time to make a pass at her married boss. Meanwhile, at home in New York, Monica is convinced that Chandler is going to cheat on her. However, the silver lining here is that the come on encouraged Chandler to finally quit his job and return home to his friends.

    Most uncomfortable moment: After Monica finds out Chandler is alone in the office with "the second prettiest girl in Oklahoma," her tone immediately changes, and she hangs up as quickly as possible. 

    • Season: 9
    • Episode Number: 10
    124 votes