The best relationships on the sitcom, according to Reddit


Although the show ended years ago, Friends is still relevant today, even inspiring modern sitcom hits like how i met your father and how I Met Your Mother.

There have been many relationships throughout this series, both platonic and romantic. A few are great and some less so, but some fans think some stand out among the crowd. From iconic romances like Rachel and Ross to cutest friendships like Joey and Chandler, there are some of the relationships fans on Reddit say have had the most audience appeal.

Ross and Rachel

Although Ross and Rachel’s relationship is the most controversial on the show, it is highly regarded as the show’s most beloved relationship.


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Reddit user charlierriviere said, “It’s the defining relationship of the show.” Ross and Rachel have had their ups and downs over the years, dating a few times, having a few passionate moments that inevitably lead to the birth of their daughter and reconciliation at the end. While not all viewers love the dynamic of these two characters, it’s undeniably a big part of the plot.

Rachel and Phoebe

Phoebe holds Rachel's head at Monica's in Friends

Not all of the best relationships on the show are romantic. In fact, there are several great friendships that fans have cherished as they grew into lifelong commitments.

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Phoebe and Rachel are two of the friends who did not know each other from previous years or childhood. They only became acquaintances early in the series. However, they quickly became friends. It was nice for the fans to watch these two grow up to take care of each other. Reddit user charlierriviere said, “The relationship started from scratch and is an amazing representation of two friends slowly becoming best friends.”

Ross and Mona

Ross and Mona sitting in Central Perk in Friends

Although many fans saw Ross reunite with Rachel at the end, he had a good relationship while they were apart. Of the relationships he was in, many fans liked Mona.

Reddit user _I think so_ said: “Mona was probably the best relationship for him. She complimented him very well – embracing all his corny jokes.” Mona and Ross were a great pair and got serious pretty quickly. She even accepted the revelation that Rachel was pregnant with Ross’s baby, which was shocking to see her so understanding. However, it was Rachel moving in with Ross that ended things between them.

Rachel and Joey

Friends Joey and Rachel kiss after their date

Although their romantic relationship was brief, fans thought Joey and Rachel were the best ship in season eight. However, their dynamic wasn’t just good as a couple.

Many fans didn’t think they would compliment each other romantically (and the characters seem to agree), but their friendship was unique and wholesome. Reddit user motivation_holidays said, “I didn’t like them as a couple, but I liked them as friends.” In a show called “Friends,“It was refreshing to see that the relationships that blossomed within the band weren’t all meant to be, but their friendship was meant to last nonetheless.

Phoebe and Joey

Joey proposes to Phoebe thinking she's pregnant

As far as friends go, Joey and Phoebe had one of the healthiest and most heartwarming friendships on the show.

While they constantly flirted throughout the series, many fans never saw them become a couple. However, that doesn’t stop fans from loving the way they interact with each other. Reddit user u/charlieriver said, “They have the closest male/female friendship, and the chemistry is effortless on the show. The awkwardness of the two plays out beautifully.” Of all the friendships in this series, Joey and Phoebe have never encountered any major bumps in the road.

Chandler and Kathy

Fans adore the Candler and Monica duo, but Chandler also had a few interesting relationships before her marriage. One of his most supportive relationships was with Kathy, who dated Joey first.

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Reddit user little fawn said: “They were fabulous together and I was a little mad at the writers for shipping her so quickly. She was the only one Chandler seemed to really in love with.” It was hard for audiences to watch Chandler struggle to love Joey’s girlfriend so much, but their buildup and relationship, while short-lived, was intriguing considering how difficult relationships were for Chandler.

Phoebe and David

Hank Azaria as David in Friends

While Phoebe and Mike are the most underrated couple on Friendsa lot of fans really appreciated her relationship with David and thought they were a better fit.

A Reddit user shared their thoughts on Phoebe’s relationship with David, saying, “I sincerely believe that if he hadn’t been…things would have turned out differently.” People love Paul Rudd’s portrayal of Mike, but many feel his character felt forced and Phoebe had more chemistry with her serious first love. If David hadn’t been to Minsk, fans think he was meant for her.

Joey and Chandler

Joey gives Chandler a bracelet in Friends.

In a ranked list, Chandler and Joey are the two best friends on the show. There are plenty of healthy relationships on the show, but the dynamic between these two friends is unparalleled.

Although these two had intermittent fights over the years, they never lasted long and the two always recovered quite quickly. One of the most iconic scenes in their friendship is when Chandler flies to his new job in Tulsa and is seen on the phone comforting someone…who turns out to be Joey and not his wife. Reddit user crank said, “Everyone needs a best friend like that.”

Chandler and Monica

Monica and Chandler hold hands in their living room surrounded by candles

Chandler and Monica are one of the sitcom‘s favorite romantic relationships and most fans think Chandler’s proposal is one of the most memorable on TV.

From the moment these two became a couple, before their other friends even knew they were a couple, it was clear they had real potential and chemistry. Reddit user motivation_holidays said, “What’s not to love? My two favorite characters, and they go so well together.” Fans might not have expected them to end up together at the start of the series, but once they were together, it was clearly end game.

Rachel and Monica

Monica and Rachel in FRIENDS

Rachel and Monica have the longest relationship on the show. They knew each other as children and throughout high school, reconnecting after some time apart as adults.

Few friendships last into adulthood, but these two quickly reconnect and are often seen reminiscing about old times. These two have many disagreements throughout the series, often leading to heartfelt moments or comedic feuds. A Reddit user said, “They have each other’s best interests in mind, but they also know how to pull each other’s strings as much as possible.”

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