"Is Everybody Else Seeing a Troll Doll Nailed To a 2x4?" Saluting The Gellers, TV's Best Siblings
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"Is Everybody Else Seeing a Troll Doll Nailed To a 2x4?" Saluting The Gellers, TV's Best Siblings

By Sarah Carlson | Seriously Random Lists | June 28, 2012 | Comments ()


You wouldn't know that "Friends" ended its 10-year run eight years ago the way I still quote it. I'm not alone -- my brother, Daniel, has quoted the show with me for years, and I often see friends sharing back and forth on Facebook some of the more memorable barbs. Truly, "Friends" may be one of the more consistently quotable TV series in recent memory, especially for those of us who grew up with it. Admit it: "Friends" is still funny. Yes, it ran for too many seasons, but the cultural fatigue we shared when it finally bowed out shouldn't overshadow the fact that it brought us some great TV moments, from the hilarious to the heartbreaking.

Some of my favorite bits center on the delightfully neurotic Ross (David Schwimmer) and Monica Geller (Courtney Cox), the best TV siblings around. Creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman perfectly captured the sibling relationship: they bicker, and they're competitive, but they also love each other and have each other's backs. Me quoting some of their better lines with Daniel -- sending him a text saying "Cheater cheater compulsive eater," for example -- is really just a reflection of that relationship in our own. Age doesn't matter; we never outgrow the sibling dynamic. And some of us, well, we're still determined to battle for our version of The Geller Cup. Just don't tell our parents.

So, apropos of it being June 28 -- my birthday, which also means it is Daniel's birthday because we're extra weird like that -- here are some of the more memorable Ross and Monica moments that we love to share. (Formatting note: It is damn near impossible to find embeddable "Friends" clips, so you'll have to click on the titles to be taken to videos.)

The Finger


The Football


The Football, cont.


The Tattling


The Routine



What's that? You don't like the use of gifs? They hurt your eyes?


Sarah Carlson is TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio and is practicing her part of The Routine right now.

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  • io

    Still use "You're so far past the line that you can't even see the line! The line is a dot to you!" and Ross' "keep it down" hand gesture as much as I can. I'm not even sorry.

  • Az

    Seven! Seven! SEVEN! That's still my favorite one.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Ross had some of the funniest bits in the series... his teeth whitening experience, the leather pants, and the girl with the disgustingly dirty apartment... I still laugh just thinking about them.

  • Guest

    I maintain that "smell-the-fart acting" is a perfectly valid critical term. I use it all the time and people know exactly what I mean because we see it all the time.

  • Teabelly

    Friends was on E4 here from almost the moment it finished until a few years ago, just continuing back to back. When they stopped showing them I was all 'Finally!' (even though I'd still end up watching it when it was on). Now another channel has picked it up, and what do I watch when I can't find anything else? Friends. And I still laugh even though I can quote it. And I don't care.

    Except the Emily/Ross says Rachel seasons. I can't do with those.

  • Nadine

    It just hit me how weird it is that they ended up naming their kid Emma.

  • Lizzy

    Where is Ross and his weird UNAGI pose?
    Everytime I eat Japanese I think about

  • Niki

    Ah! Salmon Skin Roll!

  • zeke_the_pig

    That gif of Chandler and Joey riding in on the dog is pure happiness. Everything about it is perfect; the way Chandler brandishes the sandwich; his victorious chewing; Joey's totally serious and pompous victory face... It's just visual poetry, and I know that as an atheist it is the closest I'll ever get to seeing the gates of heaven.

  • Random

    Another great pair of siblings is the sunny in philly one... Denis and Sweet Dee.

  • MixmastahH

    I love gifs.. but only when they look good. I'm not an expert, but you guys aren't optimizing them correctly or something. Cuz they're too terse, bad-framerate, and really bad on the eyes. I want to love them, but you make it so hard.

  • Monica: Rules help us control the fun.
    I say that to my BFF all the time.

  • Big head, big head, big head.

  • I swear, if Netflix ever gets Friends, I'm just gonna stay inside for a month.


    I do. I don't even CARE. I just do it. All the time.

  • Az

    My child just discovered the finger. I feel so proud.

  • Munkymack

    Hey, today's my birthday too!! Happy birthday, Sarah and Dan!

  • "Friends" had to be one of the worst sitcoms ever. To me, its up there with "According to Jim" and "Will and Grace". There was no sophistication to the jokes and the whole Ross and Rachel thing was a pukefest. Its bad enough that the jokes were too simple, but even so they had to include "idiot" characters like Joey and Phoebe so that even the morons who didn't get the jokes had something to laugh at.

  • Thijs

    Could you BE any more wrong?

  • F'mal DeHyde

    hahaha! I still do that.

  • Rufio

    "Oh Hello Dr Geller. This is Professor McNulty from the fake accent University. We'd like you to come on board with us full time"

    "Yes, Bombay is very, very nice this of year."

  • danobc

    best ross line is his monologue to rachel about the eagle and the baby in the kitchen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • melissa82

    While staying with my aunt for a few months I re-watched nearly every episode with my 15 year old cousin - - it was hilarious "getting" jokes I know were over my head when I was her age (I'm just a few* years older than her).

  • How have I never seen the one with the routine?

  • melissa82

    It's amazing - - search that out!

  • Justin Kuhn

    I'll say it again PIVOT

  • anytime I move, the whole family helps and "PIVOT" is inevitably screamed during the day.

  • My 13 yo recently got hooked on Friends. She asked her Dad for something and he told her 'No'. She gave him the Gellar Finger and cracked me up. He had no idea.

  • The Gellar Finger is one of my personal favorites, because surprisingly few people actually get it.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    and of course, "Dee, the sarcastic sister from What's Happening!"

  • TheOriginalMRod


  • Thanks for the giggle - that shows still cracks me up! Happy Birthday!

  • karen

    this made me giggle I never appreciated GIFs until now. "I regret nothing" indeed

  • Mr_Zito

    Really? The Geller Cup, ok, but most of those are from the Retardaross years, and those are terrible. I kinda liked the finger though, even think one of my brothers used it for a while.

  • pcloadletter

    It's pronounced 'kah-rah-tay'.

  • Steph

    I am Bea. I drink tea. Won't you...won't you....

  • Javier

    Won't you dance around with me?

  • Melody Be

    Ross: Meat on a dessert? That is not possible.
    Joey Tribbiani: I know, and only one layer of jam? What is up with that? Ross: It tastes like feet! Joey Tribbiani: Well, I like it. Ross: Are you kidding? Joey Tribbiani: I mean, what's not to like? Custard, good. Jam, good. Meat, good!

  • We always quote that one!

  • dizzylucy

    That scene was hilarious enough, but the outtakes just kill me.

  • I love how neither of them can keep it together. "Tastes like feet."

  • Happy birthday(s)! And I love the gifs.

  • mairimba

    You can post "Friends" gifs articles EVERY day.

    And Happy Birthday!

  • jmd

    Happy birthday! Mine was Monday! Since I am still getting presents I bought for myself from Amazon, I declare it birthday week!

  • lowercase_ryan


  • Internet Magpie

    Hey, I grew up with Monica! You didn't eat fast, you didn't eat!

  • Hawkeye Fierce

    This is sweet. The best (and usually only) communication between me and my little bro consists of MST3K quotes. Sometimes pertinent and contextual, sometimes random texting of inanity.

    Ah, Thick McRunfast. . .


    PS: Happy Birthday.

  • Green Lantern

    Ol' Punch McHugelarge.

  • Melody Be

    For you and your brother, a joke from every episode of MST3K: http://io9.com/5921558/a-joke-...

  • Hurricane Gloria didn't break the porch swing, Monica did!

  • JRD

    ...and we kinda figured about the porch swing.

  • Slash

    That was a great episode. Also the one where Ross, Monica and Chandler were blurting each other's secrets out until they got to terrible ones that should have been forgotten and decided to stop.

  • dizzylucy

    Ross hasn't worked at the museum for a year!

  • Nimue

    Well, that's a lot of information to get in 30 seconds....

  • KatSings

    Happy birthday! May it be devoid of "scary ass clowns" that lead you to think that only ducks have heads.

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