Friends may be more popular today than it ever was while it aired. Since it appeared on streaming services like Netflix, the '90s sitcom has seen a huge uptick in popularity — meaning new audiences are getting acquainted with a show that was so popular in part because it was remarkably consistent. There aren't that many bad episodes of Friends. Keyword: Many.
In the age of the internet, everything gets rated and some of the episodes just aren't rated very well by watchers. On IMDB, for example, some episodes shake out closer to a 10/10, while others are low-sevens. Compared to some other shows, that's not bad, but for a show like Friends, it proves that a show carried by great actors can have misfires. Whatever the reason the internet may have, these are the least favorite episodes of Friends. Whether or not they're actually the show's worst episodes is another question entirely, and it's up for you to decide.
It may not come as a shock that "The One With the Invitation," which is a clip show recapping the show's first four seasons, ranks as the lowest-rated episode on IMDb. After all, the episode features much less new content than the average episode of Friends.
The show's new storylines on this ep largely revolve around Ross and Emily's preparations for their wedding — which we know will be fairly pointless. But, it gives both Ross and Rachel a chance to reflect on their relationship and each of the friends gets a chance to remember something they'd forgotten. That's what makes it a clip show, and also probably why most people on the internet don't love it.
The only thing that really happens on this low-rated Friends episode is that Chandler makes a mistake. On the episode, Joey is up for the lead role on a TV show, and when his audition time gets changed, he forgets to write a note to Joey letting him know.
As a result, Joey misses his audition and Chandler has to work to get him another one. The rest of the show, though, is composed of clips of the friends reminiscing about other mistakes they've made that have ruined things for someone else. It's better than "Invitations," but not by much.
What you may not realize as you watch Friends is just how many clip episodes the show did over the course of its run. In "The One with Christmas in Tulsa," the Friends relive their memories about Christmas specifically. Although the episode is a clip show, it does feature some actual plot developments — setting it apart from other episodes on this list of the worst Friends episodes. When Chandler is forced to work in Oklahoma on Christmas, Monica begins to worry that he'll cheat on her.
By the end of the episode, though, he has returned to the apartment and resigned from his job. It's a pretty large development, but this episode is still in the bottom.