Can You Match the Episode of “Friends” to Its Netflix Description?


By: Jane Andrews

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

When "Friends" debuted on NBC in September of 1994, no one knew just how popular the show about a bunch of twentysomethings in New York City would become. A Nielsen ratings smash, it went on to consistently rank in the top 10 during all 10 years of its run. When the show went off the air in 2004, it was widely regarded by fans and critics alike as one of the best television shows in history.

But its reign as TV royalty didn't stop there. Syndicated reruns kept the show alive and well for the following 10 years. And when Netflix made all 236 episodes available to stream in 2015, a whole new generation of fans became obsessed with the misadventures of Joey, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, Ross and Rachel. Today, you'd be hard-pressed to find a TV fan of any age who doesn't know Joey's "How you doin'?" catchphrase or have an opinion about whether Ross and Rachel were on a break. The show has become such as sitcom staple, it's hard to imagine a time when "Friends" won't be a relevant part of the American pop-culture zeitgeist.

This quiz will test your knowledge of some of the most popular episodes of this beloved series. We call it "The One Where You Match the Netflix Description to the Correct Episode." Get ready to channel your inner "unagi" and show us how much you know!

Which episode is this describing? "On their last day together, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross reflect on their shared times with bittersweet emotion."

This was the show's series finale, which aired on May 6, 2004. Watched by more than 52.5 million viewers, it ranks as the fifth most-watched television series finale in U.S. history, behind shows like "M*A*S*H" and "Cheers."


OK, this is an easy one. "Rachel runs from her wedding and meets the friends in the coffee place. Ross is depressed about his divorce but he still has a crush on Rachel."

As the first episode of the series, this pilot sets up some essential "Friends" plot points, including the gang's favorite hangout (Central Perk!), Rachel's status as a runaway bride and Ross' enduring crush on Rachel.


Do you know this one? "Rachel reveals a titillating secret about her and a former sorority sister. Ross and Chandler compete for wedding tuxedos."

In this seventh season episode, Rachel's former sorority sister, Melissa Warburton, is played by actress Winona Ryder. She's the recipient of the big kiss that's referenced in the title.


Can you guess the name of this season-six episode? "Joey, Ross and Monica dance on 'Dick Clark New Year's Rockin' Eve.' The rest of the gang searches for Monica's hidden Christmas presents."

The song that Monica and Ross perform their eight-grade dance routine to is called "The Trouble With Boys" by Lithuanian pop singer Loreta. Monica, Ross and Joey are invited to the famous New Year's Eve show by Joey's new roommate, Janine, played by Elle Macpherson.


"When Ross dashes out to help Rachel for Emma's birthday party, he leaves Joey in charge of keeping everybody in the apartment until the return." Can you guess this episode from season 10?

The cake referenced in this episode title is Emma's first birthday cake, which Rachel has to return to the bakery due to a mix up. Instead of featuring a cute bunny, it's baked in the shape of a penis.


Can you name this episode from season nine? "Worried because his daytime-drama role requires him to act as if he's deeply in love with a woman, Joey rehearses with Rachel."

In this episode, Rachel finally learns that Joey had romantic feelings for her the previous year when she was pregnant with Emma. Meanwhile, Ross get high on maple candy and Monica scores a new job at a fancy restaurant.


Which season-10 episode is being written up here? "Rachel, Joey and Charlie attend an uncomfortable dinner party at Ross's apartment. Former surrogate mother Phoebe is visited by her brother, Frank Jr."

Ross is pretending to be "fine" in this episode after of finding out about Rachel's romantic relationship with Joey. So was the audience, it turns out — the Rachel and Joey love story was disliked by most fans of the show.


What episode is this write-up describing? "When Chandler jokingly posts an outrageous biography about Ross on his college alumni web site, Ross retaliates."

In this ninth-season episode, Chandler and Ross engage in a battle of wits by making up stories about each other on their college alumni website. The memorial service referenced in the episode's title refers to the one Chandler lies will be held for Ross as a result of his tragic death in a blimp accident.


This episode features a hilarious guest appearance by Danny DeVito. Do you know which one it is? "Joey appears as a celebrity contestant on 'The $10,000 Pyramid,' but his dubious IQ puts his partner's prize money at risk."

In this 10th-season episode, Danny DeVito played the stripper hired by Rachel and Monica to spice up Phoebe's bachelorette party. Meanwhile, Joey tanks on a game show, and Chandler and Ross attend their college reunion.


Do you know the name of this episode? "When Rachel and Phoebe take a self-defense class, Ross claims he's a martial arts expert. Chandler and Monica forget to buy Valentine's Day gifts."

This is the classic season six episode in which Ross brags about having Unagi, which, he says, is not a piece of sushi but rather a state of total awareness. Phoebe and Rachel prove him wrong when they hide in his apartment and scare the life out of him. "Ahhh! Salmon skin roll," Rachel retorts.


"In a race against the clock, Ross tries to get the gang ready for a black-tie event at the museum." Can you guess the name of this episode?

The second episode of season three, this installment has become one of the series' most beloved. It features the classic scene in which Joey dons layers of Chandler's clothes and sarcastically declares, "Could I BE wearing any more clothes?"


This one's short but sweet. "Rachel agrees to be the maid of honor at her ex-fiancé's wedding."

This season two finale reunites Rachel with Barry, the fiancé she left at the alter in the pilot episode. It also brings back the character of Janice, Chandler's annoying, on-again-off-again girlfriend, for the first of many times throughout the run of the show.


Which episode is this synopsis referring to? "In an attempt to reunite Rachel and Ross, Joey and Phoebe arrange awful blind dates for both of them."

In this season nine episode, comedian Jon Lovitz plays Steve, the undesirable guy Phoebe sets up Rachel with in hopes of getting her back together with Ross. This character originally appeared in season one as the really stoned guy for whom Monica makes a meal.


"Gary asks Phoebe to move in with him. Monica and Chandler join Ross and Joey in a game of catch that lasts for hours." Do you recognize this episode?

Actor Michael Rapaport guest starred in this season-five episode as Gary, Phoebe's cop boyfriend. His first appearance was in the episode prior to this one, which was called "The One With the Ride-Along."


Can you guess this episode? "Phoebe becomes involved with a suicidal office worker. Rachel breaks Joey's favorite chair. Monica's beloved childhood belongings are destroyed."

No one actually dies in this episode — Rosita is the name of Joey's cherished chair. And the suicidal office worker that Phoebe tries to help was played by Jason Alexander of "Seinfeld" fame.


Do you recognize this episode? "While visiting her workplace to show off baby Emma, Rachel is surprised to find a handsome temp who's been doing her job."

Gavin Mitchell, the handsome temp who subs for Rachel while she is on maternity leave, is played by actor Dermot Mulroney. Mulroney is best known for starring in popular rom-coms such as "My Best Friend's Wedding" and "The Wedding Date."


"Monica tries to prove that she can cater to a gourmet meal for her mother. Chandler gets into an embarrassing situation while dating Rachel's boss." Do you know which fourth-season episode this is describing?

Chandler gets himself into a risky situation in this episode when he's handcuffed to an office chair by his current flame, Joanna, who also happens to be Rachel's boss. Did we mention he's half-naked? Of course, hilarity ensues.


Here's an episode from season five. Can you identify it? "After Phoebe finds a police badge, she uses it to do good things. Joey worries that he is in love with Monica."

Our synopsis for this episode would simply be "PIVOT!" While Phoebe meets a cop and Joey thinks he loves Monica, Rachel and Chandler help Ross carry a new couch up the stairs to his apartment, with hilarious results.


This is an episode from the show's fifth season. Do you know which one? "Phoebe goes into labor and is stuck with a doctor who is obsessed with the show 'Happy Days.' Monica plans a date with a male nurse to spite Chandler."

The clever title references the fact that this was the 100th episode of the series, which is a milestone number for sitcoms. It's also the episode in which Phoebe gives birth to triplets, one of which is named after Chandler (baby girl Chandler!).


"Monica falls asleep during sex. Rachel argues with Tag. Ross and Joey get stranded on the roof." Which of the following episodes is being described here?

This episode from the seventh season begins with the gang hanging out on their building's roof in hopes of seeing a comet. When nothing happens, they all give up and leave — except Joey and Ross, who are left stranded up there for hours.


"Phoebe meets her father at her grandmother's funeral. Chandler discovers than Monica gives bad massages. Rachel dresses Joey for an audition." Which episode is this?

In this episode, the 13th of season five, Joey discovers the joys of accessorizing with a fashionable unisex purse. At the same time, Phoebe meets her dad, Frank Buffay Sr., played by character actor Bob Balaban.


"Chandler has a hard time with Kathy's new role in a play, in which she pretends to have sex with a handsome man. Rachel is attracted to a customer." Which episode is this?

Joshua, the customer Rachel has a crush on in this episode, is played by actor Tate Donovan, who dated Jennifer Aniston in real life. He guest starred in five episodes during the show's fourth season.


Do you know this episode from the first season? "After losing his virginity to her, Monica's boyfriend reveals he's a high school senior. Phoebe temps as Chandler's secretary."

This was the 22nd episode of the show's first season. The ickiness referenced in the title refers to Monica's feelings after realizing that her boyfriend Ethan, whom she believe was in his 20s, is only 17 years old.


Which of the following episodes is this write-up summarizing? "Joey is broke but won't accept help from his friends, so Chandler lets him 'win' money in a game. Rachel gets ready to move and fights with Monica."

During this season 6 episode, the nonsensical game that Chandler invents as a ploy to lend Joey money is called "Cups." At the same time, Rachel and Monica struggle with ending their relationship as roommates.


Which third-season episode is this synopsis about? "Ross thinks Rachel's date is crazy. Joey falls in love with Kate, but when she's offered a job in Los Angeles, she takes it."

Ben Stiller guest stars as "the screamer" in this episode, Rachel's outburst-prone date. Stiller went on to star with Jennifer Aniston in the 2004 comedy film, "Along Came Polly."


"Phoebe gets to name one of her babies. Rachel's plan to seduce her boyfriend go awry. Ross worries about his relationship with Emily." This episode is from the fourth season. Do you know which one it is?

Fun fact: John Bennett Perry, the actor who plays Joshua's father in this episode, is the real-life father of Matthew Perry. He has starred in numerous TV shows, including "Mannix," "Little House on the Prairie," "The Love Boat" and "7th Heaven."


"Ross is excited when he meets fellow paleontologist Charlie Wheeler, who's a stunning beauty." Which episode is this write-up describing?

Played by Aisha Tyler, Charlie appears in nine episodes of the show's ninth season, first as Joey's girlfriend, then as Ross's. In fact, she's the last relationship Ross has in the show before reuniting with Rachel in the series finale.


Which second season episode is this? "Income issues divide the friends. Monica, Ross and Chandler have money; Phoebe, Rachel and Joey don't."

While this episode doesn't explain how the friends were able to afford such nice, big apartments in New York City, it does acknowledge the fact that Manhattan living can be very costly for a group of twentysomethings.


A big-time movie star appeared in this episode. Do you know what it's called? "Monica invited Will, her high school friend, over for Thanksgiving dinner — unaware that he isn't too fond of Rachel."

Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston's husband at the time, guest starred in this popular episode from the show's eighth season. The rumor noted in the title is a piece of misinformation about Rachel spread by Pitt's character, Will, back in high school.


This describes an episode from the show's second season. Do you know its title? "Ross travels to San Diego to visit Marcel, his monkey. Joey is stalked by a fan of his daytime drama."

This extra-long episode aired on January 28, 1996, immediately after Super Bowl XXX. It featurs a slew of celebrity guest stars, including Brooke Shields, Chris Isaak, Julia Roberts and Jean-Claude Van Damme.


Which episode is this description about? "Rachel's sister, Jill, comes to Rachel for help after her parents cut her off financially. Working as a waiter, Joey hits on the Central Perk customers."

In this sixth-season episode, Rachel's sister Jill is played by Reese Witherspoon. Rachel's other sister, Amy, who is played by Christina Applegate, visits the gang during seasons nine and ten.


This synopsis describes an episode from season four. Can you name it? "Monica and Rachel will do anything to get their old apartment back. Ross asks Emily to marry him."

While chronicling the fallout from the friends' epic apartment-swapping bet, this episode establishes Ross' hasty devotion to his girlfriend Emily, who he's been dating for just six weeks.


Do you know the name of this episode? "Ross is happy to learn pregnant Rachel wants to find her own apartment. Phoebe is ecstatic that Eric has chosen her over her twin sister, Ursula."

In this episode from the eighth season, Chandler hires a cleaning lady, much to Monica's dismay. At the same time, Phoebe wins the affections of Eric, played by Sean Penn in a rare TV performance.


"Phoebe and Mike opt to have a small wedding and donate the money to a children's charity — only to demand it all back later." Which episode is this?

While Phoebe and Mike's wedding is an important plot point for this 10th-season episode, its title refers to Monica and Chandler's attempts to impress a social worker in their new quest to adopt a child.


Can you name this fifth-season episode? "Chandler and Monica plan a trip to Atlantic City for some private time. When Joey discovers they are dating, they swear him to secrecy."

In addition to Joey's revelation about Monica and Chandler's relationship, this episode also focuses on Ross and Rachel's struggle to remain friends in the wake of his wrong-name wedding disaster with Emily.


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