Every Major "Friends" Character, Ranked From Worst to Best
There's a definitive hierarchy when it comes to the friends of "Friends," and here it is.
Friends is way up there on the list of the best—and most rewatched—sitcoms of all time. It's harder to find someone who hasn't seen all of it at least once than to find someone who has. But not every character on the show about six good-looking, single 2o-somethings is on par with the rest. There's a definitive hierarchy, and we have it right here, from worst to best. Keep on reading to see the major characters of Friends ranked from the very worst to the very best. And if you wish you could enjoy the '90s all over again, check out 24 Celeb Red Carpet Photos From 1990 You Have to See to Believe.
Played by: David Schwimmer
Ross was dismissive of his ex-wife's lesbian relationship, couldn't handle the idea of a male nanny for his child, and was the worst kind of jealous boyfriend. Rachel deserved better, TBH.
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Played by: Cosimo Fusco
Rachel's Italian boyfriend was fun to have around for a little while, but never forget that he exposed himself to Phoebe during a massage. Major loss of points.
Played by: Alexandra Holden
Elizabeth seemed nice enough, but she falls towards the bottom of this list by virtue of how she ended up in the lives of our friends. She was a student Ross dated when he was a college professor, which is yet another reason why he has the spot he does on this list.
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Played by: Steven Eckholdt
Mark was mainly used as a way to drive a wedge between Rachel and Ross (see: Ross's extreme jealousy issues), though it did come out that he was playing the long game with her by helping her out with her career. Gross.
Played by: Mitchell Whitfield
As it turned out, Rachel dodged a bullet when she ran away from her wedding to Dr. Barry Farber, the "evil orthodontist." He was sleeping with Mindy, her best friend at the time, though Rachel did return the favor by rekindling things with him when he and Mindy were officially together.
Played by: Helen Baxendale
Ross's British almost-wife had some strong moments early in her arc on Friends, but the debacle that was their wedding ("I, Ross, take thee, Rachel") turned her into one of the show's more humorless characters. But really, who could blame her?
Played by: Elle Macpherson
Janine confessed that she hated her roommate/boyfriend Joey's friends, which explains why she never really fit in with the group.
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Played by: Katie
As adorable as he was, Ross's pet monkey was written off the show when the human Friends cast members complained about the animal actor's behavior, i.e. vomiting worms on set. You know, classic diva-like stuff.
Played by: Paget Brewster
Joey and Chandler's friendship was tested again when Chandler fell in love with Joey's actress girlfriend, Kathy. But it didn't end well for them either.
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Played by: Eddie Cahill
Rachel's young assistant-turned-boyfriend was not exactly Ms. Green's best decision. He was sweet but not very mature, though he did give excellent gifts.
Played by: Anna Faris
The flighty biological mother of Chandler and Monica's children was wiser than she seemed.
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Played by: Adam Goldberg
Friends wouldn't have been a show about New York if it didn't include the quintessential "nightmare roommate" experience. And boy, did Eddie the Sleeper Creeper deliver.
Played by: Lauren Tom
Julie, a fellow paleontologist Ross started seeing during his trip to China, was way more understanding of all the Ross and Rachel drama happening around her than she needed to be. We hope she found true love.
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Played by: Cole Sprouse
Ben was the ideal sitcom kid, in that he wasn't always around. He's also the reason we got the Holiday Armadillo and Rachel and Ross's prank war, two of Friends' most iconic moments.
Played by: John Favreau
Monica's sweet, puppy dog of a billionaire boyfriend could have been the one—if he hadn't been so determined to become the Ultimate Fighting Champion, that is.
Played by: Larry Rankin
Every sitcom needs a weird neighbor. And with his bathrobe, his compulsive lying, and his broom banging, Mr. Heckles was one of the best. May he rest in peace.
Played by: Aisha Tyler
A point on another Friends love triangle, the brilliant and accomplished Charlie was so obviously a better match for Ross than Joey. But really, she deserved better than both of them.
Played by: Christina Pickles
Ross and Monica's mother was relentlessly critical of her daughter's choices, leaving fans wondering just how much deeper her jabs could go.
Played by: James Michael Tyler
As reliable as a cup of Central Perk coffee (not served by Rachel), Gunther was also an excellent Bryce on All My Children.
Played by: Jane Sibbett
Ross's ex-wife put up with a lot while trying to co-parent with him, and she did it with grace and humor.
Played by: Hank Azaria
For a while, it seemed like David, the sweet scientist who moved to Minsk, was going to be the one that got away for Phoebe.
The Chick and the Duck
Played by: Unknown
Whether they were racing for Nutter Butters or getting stuck in the VCR, the chick and the duck were way more fun and more manageable than Marcel.
Frank Buffay, Jr.
Played by: Giovanni Ribisi
Phoebe and her little brother seemed like wildly different people (one of them may have been a pyromanic), but they forged a really tight sibling bond, which only got more intense when Phoebe carried triplets for Frank and his wife.
Played by: Elliott Gould
Monica and Ross's dad was the king of non-sequiturs and even a brief crush object for Phoebe.
Played by: June Gable
Joey's agent smoked like a chimney and seemed to be stuck permanently in the '70s, but she believed in him, and that's all that matters.
Played by: Tom Selleck
It caused some controversy in her family when Monica started dating her father's friend Richard, but what else was she supposed to do? It's Tom Selleck!
Played by: Paul Rudd
Mike Hannigan was Phoebe's endgame, and rightfully so. No one can rock the air piano like him.
Played by: Jessica Hecht
Carol's wife, Susan, always had a sarcastic remark ready, delivered in a killer deadpan.
Played by: Maggie Wheeler
As the girlfriend who just kept coming back, Janice also got the show's best catchphrase. Everybody, say it with us: "Oh…my…"
Played by: Lisa Kudrow
A free spirit of the first order, Phoebe was definitely the most unpredictable friend. And her coffee shop songs, as bizarre as they were, were pretty darn catchy too.
Played by: Courteney Cox
Monica could be a control freak, but her enthusiasm was infectious. And her unexpected relationship with Chandler put new life into the show.
Played by: Matt LeBlanc
Joey may have seemed dim, but he knew what was most important in life: having fun, following your dreams, and ordering two pizzas every Friday night.
Played by: Matthew Perry
Chandler's neuroses are still shockingly relatable. Who really knows what they're really doing at their office job anyway? And who doesn't worry about dying along? We all have a little bit of Miss Chanandler Bong in us.
Played by: Jennifer Aniston
Friends started when Rachel Green ran into Central Perk in her wedding dress, and over the years, she became an independent person, a businesswoman, and a mom. And she did it all while serving the best '90s and '00s fashion. And the hair. You can't forget the hair. And for more on "The Rachels" of their time, check out The "It" Hairstyle the Year You Were Born.