EW Community TV Show Episode Guides and Recaps from EW's Community

'Friends' fan favorites: The one with Ross and Rachel's best moments

This is part eight of a 10-week “Friends favorite” poll series. Last week’s winner of the epic, six-part showdown for favorite character episode was (drumroll, please) … “The One Where Everyone Finds Out” (or, Phoebe’s reaction to learning about Monica and Chandler)! Thanks to all of you who played! Now, moving on to the two who are arguably the most memorable star-crossed lovers of the ’90s …

Mulder and Scully, Dawson and Joey, Buffy and Angel, Dr. Ross and Carol: Television in the ’90s gave us some couples that made our hearts beat, break, and oftentimes burst. But of all the couples that hooked up and broke up in the ’90s (and early ’00s), perhaps the most beloved were Ross and Rachel.

Ross and Rachel

Rachel owned a piece of Ross’ heart long before she fled the altar and ran into Central Perk (and into the hearts of everyone else). From the first few episodes, we knew we were in for a romantic, rollicking ride. From heart-bursting, touching, tear-filled moments to heartbreaking ones that made our eyes rain just as much, we all rode the roller coaster of their relationship right along beside them.

We were on a break! Gif

Over the course of 10 seasons, the hilarious, magical, and memorable moments between Ross and Rachel (Roschel?) were countless. Friends, lovers, enemies, rivals, secret admirers, and parents … it was almost impossible to narrow their “best of” down to five for this week’s poll. So I didn’t. I picked six. With apologies to the birth of baby Emma, “Baby Got Back” (honorable mention), and that time Ross said Rachel’s name when he was at the altar with Emily (sounds nothing like Rachel, dude), here are the six nominees for best Ross and Rachel moment.

Good luck making your choice. With some moments so romantic they’ll make you want to rewrite your own love story (sorry, husband), and moments so funny you’ll want to relive that time you went to Vegas on your 21st birthday (but not really), it’s almost impossible to pick just one. Really, there could be entire sub-lists and multiple categories for these two, but in the interest of time (and sanity), combining them was a necessity.

The One Where Ross Finds Out (or, The One Where Ross and Rachel Finally Kiss)

The One with the Prom Video (or, The One Where Rachel Realizes Ross Is Her Lobster)

The One with the Jellyfish (or, The One Where Ross and Rachel Have the Epic Fight)
“It’s not that common, it doesn’t happen to every guy, and it is a big deal!!” Word.

The One in Vegas: Part 1 (or, The One Where Ross and Rachel Try to Embarrass Each Other on the Plane)
Rachel Green, Mile-High Club Member since 1999. Almost.

The One in Vegas: Part 2 (or, The One Where Ross and Rachel Get Drunk … and Married)
Because when you’re drunk and bored in Vegas, there’s really only one logical thing to do.

The Last One: Part 2 (or, The One Where Rachel Gets Off the Plane)

Vote for your favorite Roschel moment below! (But really, is it too late to make that happen?)

Make sure to check back next week for the winner of the Ross and Rachel poll, and for a new poll with favorite Chandler and Joey moments. Don’t forget to leave your suggestions in the comments!


TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

You May Like