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.)
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.