Friends season 1 The first season introduces the six main characters: Ross, who has had a crush on Rachel since the two of them were in high school, constantly attempts to tell her how he feels about her.
However, many obstacles stand in his way, such as the fact that he is expecting a baby with his lesbian ex-wife, Carol. Joey is shown to be a bachelor and struggling actor, while Phoebe works as a masseuse and portrays a sort of "crazy" attribute to her personality based on her troubles as a child after her mother committed suicide. However, the rest of the group loves her regardless.
Chandler breaks up with girlfriend Janice Maggie Wheeler , who frequently returns in later seasons. Carol delivers a baby boy who is named Ben. At the end of the season, Chandler accidentally reveals that Ross loves Rachel, who realizes that she feels the same way. Season 2 Main article: Friends season 2 The second season begins with Rachel waiting at the gate for Ross to declare her love for him. However, she discovers that he is dating Julie Lauren Tom , someone he knew from graduate school.
Rachel's attempts to tell Ross she likes him mirror his failed attempts in the first season, although the characters eventually begin a relationship. Joey gets cast in a part in a fictional version of the soap opera Days of Our Lives, but his character is killed off after conflicts with the show's writers, claiming that he writes many of his own lines. Chandler gets back with Janice, his ex-girlfriend from season one. Monica begins dating Richard Tom Selleck , a recently divorced family friend and 21 years her senior but they eventually break up.
Season 3 Main article: Friends season 3 Season three takes on a significantly greater serialized format. Rachel begins working at Bloomingdale's, an upscale department store chain, and Ross becomes jealous of her colleague, Mark.
Rachel decides to take a break from their relationship; and Ross, hurt and drunk sleeps with Chloe, the hot girl from the Xerox place, causing Rachel to break up with him.
In the meantime, Chandler has a hard time dealing with their breakup because it reminds him of his parents' divorce. After believing she has no family except her twin sister Ursula Lisa Kudrow , Phoebe becomes acquainted with her half-brother Giovanni Ribisi and birth mother Teri Garr.
Joey develops a relationship with his acting partner Kate Dina Meyer , and Monica begins a relationship with millionaire Pete Becker Jon Favreau which ends because of the disagreements between the two. Season 4 Main article: Friends season 4 In the fourth-season premiere, Ross and Rachel briefly reconcile after Ross pretends to read a long letter that Rachel wrote for him, but continues to insist that the two were on a break so they break up again.
Joey dates Kathy Paget Brewster , a girl that Chandler has a crush on. Kathy and Chandler later kiss, which causes drama between Chandler and Joey.
Joey forgives Chandler only after he spends a day in a box as punishment. Phoebe becomes a surrogate mother for her brother and his wife Alice Debra Jo Rupp. Monica and Rachel are forced to switch apartments with Joey and Chandler after losing a bet during a quiz game, but manage to switch back by bribing them with Knicks season tickets and a one-minute kiss off-screen between the girls.
Ross begins dating an English woman named Emily Helen Baxendale , and the season finale features their wedding in London. Chandler and Monica sleep together, and Rachel decides to attend Ross and Emily's wedding. While saying his vows, Ross uses the wrong name at the altar Rachel's , to the shock of his bride and the guests.
Season 5 Main article: Friends season 5 Season five starts with Ross and Emily's wedding in London. The season features Monica and Chandler trying to keep their new relationship a secret from their friends. Phoebe gives birth to triplets in the show's th episode.
She gives birth to a boy, Frank Jr. Emily states that the only condition in which she would remain married to Ross is if he stops all communication with Rachel.
Ross agrees, but during a last dinner with all six main characters together, Emily phones Ross and, upon discovering Rachel is there, realizes she does not trust him, which ends the marriage. Phoebe begins a relationship with a police officer, Gary Michael Rapaport , after finding his badge and using it as her own.
Monica and Chandler go public with their relationship, to the surprise and happiness of their friends. They decide to get married on a trip to Las Vegas, but change their plans after witnessing Ross and Rachel drunkenly stumble out of the wedding chapel.
Season 6 Main article: Friends season 6 In the sixth-season premiere, Ross and Rachel's marriage is established to be a drunken mistake. Ross and Rachel try to get an annulment because he does not want to have three divorces. However, he realizes he could not do so and tries to keep their wedding a secret from Rachel.
Nonetheless, they divorce several episodes later. Monica and Chandler move in together, causing Rachel to move in with Phoebe. Joey lands a role on a cable television series called Mac and C. The relationship ends because of their maturity differences.
Phoebe and Rachel's apartment catches fire, and Rachel moves in with Joey, while Phoebe moves in with Chandler and Monica. Chandler proposes to Monica, who says yes even though her ex-boyfriend Richard confesses his love for her. Season 7 Main article: Joey's television series Mac and C. E is cancelled, but he is offered his job back on Days of Our Lives.
Meanwhile, Ross tries to introduce Ben to Hanukkah with the help of an Armadillo costume. Phoebe's apartment is fixed, but it is rebuilt with only one large bedroom instead of the original two, so Rachel decides to stay with Joey. Season 8 Main article: Friends season 8 In the eighth season, it is revealed at Monica and Chandler's wedding reception that the positive pregnancy test found in the bathroom at Monica and Chandler's apartment belongs to Rachel.
Rachel takes another pregnancy test, which Phoebe at first claims is negative, in order to find Rachel's real emotions on the realization of being pregnant. Rachel projects feelings of sadness when she thinks she's not pregnant, so Phoebe tells her the truth. The two of them and Monica then rejoice in the bathroom. The season revolves around Rachel's pregnancy; Ross is revealed to be the father after an investigation involving a red sweater.
Rachel and Ross decide to have the baby but do not resume their romantic relationship. Joey develops romantic feelings for Rachel, but she does not reciprocate them. Rachel gives birth to baby Emma in the season finale. At the hospital, Ross's mother offers him an engagement ring because she wants him to marry Rachel.
Ross does not intend to ask Rachel to marry him, but he takes the ring anyway and puts it in his jacket pocket. Meanwhile, in the post-delivery room, Joey looks for some tissue for an upset Rachel, picks up Ross's jacket, and the ring falls to the floor. He kneels to pick it up and turns to Rachel, still on his knees and still holding the ring.
Rachel accepts what she thinks is his proposal of marriage. Season 9 Main article: Friends season 9 Season nine begins with Ross and Rachel living together as roommates with their daughter Emma.
Monica and Chandler try to conceive a baby of their own but find out that they are unable to, due to health restrictions. Rachel and Emma move in with Joey in the middle of the season, and Rachel develops infatuation towards him, while the rest of the "friends" try hard to get Ross and Rachel back together.
The group travels to Barbados in the finale to hear Ross give a keynote speech at a palaeontology conference, where they stay at a hotel. Joey and his girlfriend Charlie Aisha Tyler break up, and she begins a relationship with Ross.
Upon seeing Ross and Charlie kiss each other, Joey goes to Rachel's hotel room, and the finale ends with them kissing. Season 10 Main article: Friends season 10 The tenth season closes several long-running storylines. Charlie breaks up with Ross to get back together with her ex-boyfriend.
Joey and Rachel try to contend with Ross' feelings about them being together and decide it would be best to remain friends. Phoebe and Mike get married mid-season outside the Central Perk coffee house.
Monica and Chandler apply to adopt a child and are chosen by Erica Anna Faris. Monica and Chandler prepare to move to the suburbs, and Joey becomes upset with the changes in his life. Rachel gets fired from her job and accepts a new offer in Paris. Ross tries to get her job back by secretly meeting her boss but eventually gives up after realizing Paris job is her dream job. Rachel says a tearful goodbye to everyone but Ross.
A hurt and angry Ross confronts Rachel, and they end up sleeping together. Rachel leaves, and Ross, realizing he loves her, chases after her to the airport. Rachel realizes she loves him too, and cancels her flight to Paris, agreeing to stay with him. The series ends with all friends plus Monica and Chandler's new babies leaving the apartment, heading to Central Perk for a final cup of coffee.
The finale dialogue used in this series is by Chandler, making a joke for the last time. The camera's last view is of all of the characters' keys to the apartment on the counter table, finishing with a shot of the apartment's purple door. Production Conception "It's about sex, love, relationships, careers, a time in your life when everything's possible. And it's about friendship because when you're single and in the city, your friends are your family.
Littlefield wanted the group to share memorable periods of their lives with friends, who had become "new, surrogate family members. When Kauffman, Crane and Bright pitched Insomnia Cafe, Littlefield was impressed that they knew who their characters were. Crane argued that it was not a series for one generation, and wanted to produce a series that everyone would enjoy watching.