When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year (especially considering the year we’ve all had) it’s time to dip into a mood-boosting binge-watch of Friends.
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will be returning in the highly anticipated HBO Max Reunion Special on May 27 as themselves to reminisce on all the best moments of the series. It’s your first dose of new Friends content in 16 years… not that we’re counting or anything. But you don’t have to wait until Thursday to get your Friends fix, because all the series’ episodes are streaming right now on HBO Max.
We don’t care if it’s “cheugy” or not, a hearty dose of Friends definitely takes the sting out of a long work week, whether you’re a barista, paleontologist or transponster. Especially if you watch the right episodes. So we’ve put together this list of the nineteen most watchable episodes of Friends that include the best scenes from the series, as well as the best romantic moments between Ross and Rachel and Chandler and Monica.
You can stream the whole series on HBO Max with a $14.99/month subscription. Of course, there’s more to HBO Max than just Friends: You also get access to other binge-worthy series such as Sex and the City, The OC, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. And there are movies, too: You can watch Angelina Jolie’s new movie Those Who Wish Me Dead, which arrived on HBO Max the same day it premiered in theaters.
What are you waiting for, “Smelly Cat” to hit Billboard’s Hot 100? Find your favorite episode below and start streaming it now.
“The Pilot”, Season 1, Episode 1
The Friends pilot had us from the moment Rachel burst into Central Perk in her wedding dress. It’s chock full of delightful gems that immediately tell us about the characters we’re going to fall hard for: Phoebe trying to cleanse Ross’ aura, Rachel comparing herself to a shoe, Monica dating Paul the Wine Guy, Ross grabbing a spoon. The best moment of all? Monica hugging Rachel and exclaiming, “Welcome to the real world. It sucks! You’re going to love it.” Ain’t that the truth.