“Friends” is 26 years now, it’s time for a birthday celebration with its dearest pals — a group 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 “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 Monica (Courteney Cox), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Ross (David Schwimmer), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow)
26 Unforgettable Quotes From Friends
“Well, maybe I don’t need your money. Wait, wait, I said maybe.”
By the time “Friends” ended, Rachel 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 orthodontist fiancé at the altar. This line was part of the conversation that led Rachel to move in with Monica, giving way to one of TV’s most iconic friend groups.
“We were on a break!”
Who could forget this gem — used repeatedly by Ross — to justify sleeping with someone other than his longtime love, Rachel, after she suggested they take a break (but not break up). This is probably the most repeated line on Friends – and the one that kept Ross and Rachel from ever getting back together.
“See? He’s her lobster.”
Phoebe always knew Ross and Rachel were meant to be together. Phoebe gives this offbeat advice to Ross to tell him not to give up on Rachel, miming two old lobsters walking around their tank holding claws. She’s your lobster…. It’s a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life.
“Joey doesn’t share food!”
After a date deigned to eat two of his french fries, Joey revealed his biggest dealbreaker.
“Hi, I’m Chandler. I make jokes when I’m uncomfortable.”
Could this Chandler Bing quote be any more on the nose?
“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.
“Seven! Seven seven seven seven!“
Monica was intense about pretty much everything — even an impromptu tutorial on erogenous zones. Monica’s sex advice for Chandler means we can’t hear the number “Seven” spoken aloud without wondering what exactly she drew on that notepad.
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.
“Could I be wearing any more clothes?”
Remember Friends when Joey expertly trolled Chandler, his sweatpants and his singular approach to intonation?
“It tastes like feet!”
At least Ross gave an honest review of Rachel’s abominable Thanksgiving trifle.
“What’s not to like? Custard: good. Jam: good. Meat: good!”
We can also appreciate this equally honest review from Joey.
“This is all a moo point.”
It’s like a cow’s opinion, according to Joey, who also says “supposably.”
“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 rebellious behavior?
“Can’t hold her own head up, but yeah — jumped.”
Ross teasing Rachel for panicking while their infant daughter was (accidentally) locked inside their apartment is peak Ross.
“And I have to live with a boy!”
Poor cohabitating Monica.
“How you doin’?”
This list would not be complete without Joey’s signature catchphrase. This became the line that was Joey, so it’s hard to believe it appeared so late in the series. After this first time, when he’s explaining his pick-up technique to Rachel and Phoebe, it becomes one of the show’s best running gags.
Ross teaches it to Phoebe and Rachel after they’ve started taking a self-defense class. Phoebe and Rachel Friends gave it back to him as “Ah salmon skin roll.” “Say we are unagi!
Unagi is a state of total awareness. Only by achieving true Unagi can you be prepared for any danger that may befall you.
“Oh. My. God.”
Or the uniquely uttered catchphrase of Chandler’s ex girlfriend Janice (Maggie Wheeler).
“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 what would today be meme-worthy honesty — in response to a question about whether she had a plan.
“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 Friends seasons on the show in a “Good Morning America” interview.
“Oh, come on, Will, just take off your shirt and tell us.”
When Brad Pitt guest-starred as Will, the nemesis of the character played by his then-wife, Aniston, Phoebe was her typically forward self.
“They don’t know that we know they know we know.”
When Phoebe and Joey found out Monica and Chandler were secretly dating, things got kind of complicated.
“You can’t just give up. Is that what a dinosaur would do?”
It’s unclear if Joey actually understood what Ross did for a living.
“Come on, Ross, you’re a paleontologist. Dig a little deeper.”
If ever there were a roast of Ross Geller, Phoebe would be the obvious host.
“I got off the plane.”
As in the show’s pilot, Rachel made a pivotal (hi, Ross!) decision in the series finale: She got off the plane. And everything comes full circle when Rachel decides not to go to Paris, and comes home to Ross instead.