“Friends” is on Netflix right now, just in time for your one weirdo friend to be like, “I’ve never seen ‘Friends’! I’ll binge watch it!” (She’s such a Phoebe.) In an attempt to tackle all 236 episodes, here’s a list of the ones that you (and your Phoebe friend) absolutely, no-questions-asked must watch right away. We’ve got the one where Joey puts his head inside a turkey, the one where Ross yells “PIVOT” a lot and the one with the lobsters.
1. Season 4, Episode 12: “The One With The Embryos”
Best line: “Actually, it’s Miss Chanandler Bong.”
Why watch it? What starts as a friendly bet ends in an apartment switcheroo and the revelation that nobody knows what Chandler actually does for work. (He’s not a “transponster,” for the record.)
2. Season 3, Episode 2: “The One Where No One’s Ready”
Best line: “Look at me, I’m Chandler, could I be wearing any more clothes?”
Why watch it? Couch cushions make great hostages.
3. Season 5, Episode 14: “The One Where Everyone Finds Out”
Best line: “They don’t know we know they know we know. “
Why watch it? Phoebe and Chandler try to force sexual chemistry in an attempt to disprove that Monica and Chandler are actually seeing each other. It’s gooey and romantic and slapstick-y all at once.
4. Season 5, Episode 9: “The One With Ross’ Sandwich”
Best line: “MY SANDWICH?!”
Why watch it? Ross’ life falls apart and we’re so down to watch that happen.
5. Season 4, Episode 23/24: “The One With Ross’ Wedding”
Best line: “I Ross … take thee, Rachel.”
Why watch it? What seemed like the most random hook up became the show’s most endearing couple. Too bad these episodes also took out Emily’s dignity.
6. Season 5, Episode 8: “The One With All The Thanksgivings”
Best line: “Here, Monica, you can finish off these pies. There was no room in the fridge.”
Why watch it? Everyone’s had crappy holidays but 1988 Geller family Thanksgiving takes the cake when we find out Monica accidentally chopped off one of Chandler’s toes.
7. Season 2, Episode 7: “The One Where Ross Finds Out”
Best line: “You’re over me? When were you … under me?”
Why watch it? Locked coffee shops have never been so sexy.
8. Season 2, Episode 14: “The One With The Prom Video”
Best line: “He’s her lobster!”
Why watch it? Big kisses, new catchphrases, pre-nose job Rachel Green and home videos from the ’80s. Yes please.
9. Season 7, Episode 23/24: “The One With Monica and Chandler’s Wedding”
Best line: “Monica, I though this was going to be the most difficult thing I ever had to do. But when I saw you walking down that aisle, I realized how simple it was. I love you. And surprises that come our way, it’s ok, because I will always love you. You are the person I was meant to spend the rest of my life with.”
Why watch it? Uh, did you read those vows?
10. Season 6, Episode 9: “The One Where Ross Got High”
Best line:“Rachel, no, you weren’t supposed to put beef in the trifle. It did not taste good.”
Why watch it? Lady fingers do not belong with beef.
11. Season 6, Episode 15/16: “The One That Could Have Been”
Best line: “I thought a heart attack was nature’s way of telling you to die.”
Why watch it? Rachel’s unhappily married to Barry, Phoebe is a high-rolling investment banker, Joey is wildly successful, Monica dates Dr. Boring, Chandler is a failed funny man and Ross is still in his sexless marriage to Carol. Even when things are so wrong, they feel so right.
12. Season 1, Episode 7: “The One With The Blackout”
Best line: “I’m trapped in an ATM vestibule with Jill Goodacre!”
Why watch it? We meet Paolo and a vicious cat, find out the weirdest places the gang has had sex and the golden rule: always accept gum from a Victoria’s Secret model.
13. Season 5, Episode 16: “The One With The Cop”
Best line: “PIVOT!”
Why watch it? PIVOT! PIVOT! PIVOT! SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP!
14. Season 5, Episode 11: “The One With All The Resolutions”
Best line: “Someone comment on the pants!”
Why watch it? Chandler’s New Year’s resolution to not make fun of his friends doesn’t last very long when Ross gets leather pants as part of his resolution to do something he hasn’t done before every single day. Nobody wins.