Friends is the most popular long-running sitcom series the world has ever seen. The 6 friends were watched and loved from the minute they came onto our screen in September 1994, until the very last episode 10 years later. The ratings were consistent throughout all 10 series, but there were a number of episodes that stood out in terms of the viewership. Here are the top 10 most viewed episodes in history:
The One with Ross’s Wedding: 31.6M
This episode was filmed on location in London and had cameos from Richard Branson and Jennifer Saunders. Ross marries Emily after a short relationship and says the wrong name at the alter leading to a whole wave of problems for the newlyweds, and Rachel who is still in love with Ross.
The One with Ross’s New Girlfriend: 32.1M
This was the first episode in series 2 and featured Julie, who was Ross’s new girlfriend he met in China. The episode shows the mixed feelings Rachel has for Ross and introduces the 2nd series of the franchise in great style.
The One with Russ: 32.2M
Rachel leaves Ross and starts seeing a new boyfriend who is amazingly similar to Ross. She cannot see it, but they are very similar people and both of them even played by Schwimmer. She realises at the end and calls the relationship off. A clever episode featuring in season 2.
The One with the List: 32.9M
This episode leads to another break up of Ross and Rachel. Also featuring in season 2, this episode shows the boys using Chandler’s new laptop to put together a list of things he does and does not like about Rachel. This falls into her hands with disastrous consequences.
The One Where Ross and Rachel…You Know: 32.9M
This is the first proper time that Ross and Rachel get together and are a couple during the series and it’s a welcome watch for all the fans willing them to get together. It sees Ross taking Rachel to a planetarium and romancing her under the stars.
The One with the Prom Video: 33.6M
This episode is also in series 2 and shows the gang watching a video about a Prom they went to when at high school. It’s here when Rachel sees Ross and the love he had for her earlier in life and forgives him for the ‘list’ he made of her. A romantic episode of forgiveness.
The One Where No One Proposes: 34M
This was the first episode in season 9, after Rachel had her baby. There was confusion about who proposed to Rachel and who she said yes to, and then it turned out that no one had asked her to marry her. The episode leads to a temporary fall out between Ross and Joey.
The One Where Rachel Has a Baby: 34.9M
This episode features as the finale of season 8 and shows Rachel giving birth to Ross’s child in the hospital. The labour is intensive and long leading her to have a number of problems with Ross. Janice shows up in the hospital to give birth too, and Rachel mistakes Joey for proposing at the end of the episode.
The Last One: 52.5M
This was the last episode to have ever aired and got a huge audience, but surprisingly not the biggest. It was a sad farewell to the friends who move onto the next chapter in their lives. Ross and Rachel are together with a child, Chandler and Monica are married with 2 adopted twins, and Phoebe is married to Mike. Joey is set to leave New York to pursue his acting career.
The One After The Superbowl: 52.9M
This Superbowl episode clocks up the most views, likely because of its air time straight after the Superbowl, which is watched by millions in the USA. The episode follows Julia Roberts playign a character who went to school with Chandler before subsequently leading him on to get undressed in a restaurant.
Steve is a writer who loves Friends and American comedy. He owns hundreds of box-sets all paid for with his Vanquis Credit Cards.
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