“Pals” is formally 25, because of this it’s time for a tremendous low-key party with its dearest friends — a gaggle that exceeded 52 million when the sitcom aired its final episode in 2004.
The Internet has talked, at great length about what made the show special (in addition to the ways it hasn’t aged so well.) But there’s no denying that “Friends” made an indelible mark on our culture — and has continued to do so for new generations discovering the show on streaming networks or in syndication.
In celebration of the show’s quarter-century milestone, we’ve put together a list of some of the most memorable quotes from Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Ross (David Schwimmer), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow).
1. “Well maybe I don’t need your money. Wait, wait, I said maybe!”
By the time “Friends” ended, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) had forged a successful career in fashion. But when we first meet her in the show’s pilot, she is heavily dependent on her wealthy father, who disagrees with his daughter’s decision to leave her dentist fiance at the altar. This line was part of the conversation that led Rachel to move in with Monica (Courteney Cox), giving way to one of TV’s most iconic friend groups.
2. “We were on a break!”
Who could forget this gem — used repeatedly by Ross (David Schwimmer) — to justify sleeping with someone other than his longtime love, Rachel, after she suggested they take a break (but not break up, duh).
3. See? He’s her lobster.
Phoebe always knew Ross and Rachel were meant to be together.
4. “Joey doesn’t share food”
After a date deigned to eat two of his french fries, Joey (Matt Leblanc) revealed his biggest dealbreaker.
5. “Hi, I’m Chandler, I make jokes when I’m uncomfortable.”
Could this Chandler Bing quote be any more on the nose?
6. “I wish I could, but I don’t want to.”
Phoebe established early on that she had no qualms about saying no to favors such as helping put together furniture.
Monica was intense about pretty much everything — even an impromptu tutorial on erogenous zones.
Ross meanwhile, was intense about moving furniture. And he over-pronounced “pivot.” If you haven’t said this at least once while moving, we’ll assume you haven’t watched many “Friends” episodes. Or you, understandably, find Monica’s brother annoying.
9. “Could I be wearing any more clothes?”
Remember when Joey expertly trolled Chandler, his sweatpants and his singular approach to intonation?
10. “It tastes like feet!”
At least Ross gave an honest review of Rachel’s abominable Thanksgiving trifle.
11. “What’s not to like? Custard – good. Jam – good. Meat – good!”
We can also appreciate this equally honest review from Joey.
12. This is all a moo point.
It’s like a cow’s opinion, according to Joey, who also says “supposably.”
13. Your little harmonica is hammered.
Remember “The One Where They All Turn Thirty,” when Monica figured it was time to come clean to her parents about her rebel behavior?
14. “Can’t hold her own head up, but yeah — jumped.”
Ross teasing Rachel for panicking while their infant daughter was (accidentally) locked inside their appointment is Peak Ross.
15. “And I have to live with a boy”
Poor cohabitating Monica.
16. “How you doin’?”
This list would not be complete without Joey’s signature catchphrase.
17. “Oh. My. God”
Or the uniquely-uttered catchphrase of Chandler’s ex-girlfriend, Janice (Maggie Wheeler).
18. “I don’t even have a ‘pla’”
You may not remember that Phoebe said this during an episode that featured a George Stephanopoulos subplot, but true “Friends” fans will always remember this example of Phoebe’s blatant and meme-worthy honesty — in response to a question about whether she had a plan.
19. “Okay, you have to stop the Q-Tip when there’s resistance.”
Chandler cut us (and an especially garrulous Joey) deep with this biting remark, which Perry cited as his favorite one-liner from his 10 seasons on the show in a “Good Morning America” interview.
20. “Oh, come on Will, simply take off your blouse and let us know.”
When Brad Pitt guest-starred Will, the nemesis of the nature performed by way of his then-wife, Aniston, Phoebe was once her normally ahead self.
21. “Nestle Toulouse”
We’ll by no means bake Nestlé Toll Space cookies with out fascinated about Phoebe and her French grandmother, whose French identify we “American citizens at all times butcher.”
22. “They don’t know that we all know they know we all know”
When Phoebe and Joey discovered Monica and Chandler have been secretly courting, issues were given roughly difficult.
23. “You’ll’t simply surrender. Is that what a dinosaur would do?
It’s unclear if Joey in reality understood what Ross did for a dwelling.
24. “Come on Ross, you’re a paleontologist. Dig a bit deeper.”
If ever there have been a roast of Ross Geller, Phoebe will be the obtrusive host.
25. “I were given off the airplane.”
As within the display’s pilot, Rachel made a pivotal (hello, Ross!) resolution within the sequence finale: She were given off the airplane.
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