It couldn’t BE any more surprising.
For as long as humans walk the Earth, they will forever debate which episode of Friends is the best. But which episodes did America actually tune into the most? These are the 20 highest-rated episodes of Friends ever, according to NBC's Research Department.
"The One With All the Poker" (Season 1, Episode 18)
This showdown between the men and women over a game of poker is one of the first classic episodes of the series where every character gets a chance to shine. This solidified the hang-out vibe of the series, and it's no wonder it was watched by so many — it sets the tone for the rest of the series and the way the characters feel like your very own friends.
Total Viewers: 30.362 million
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"The One With Two Parts, Part 2" (Season 1, Episode 17)
This episode lured in viewers with a pseudo ER crossover. George Clooney and Noah Wylie show up, but not as their characters Doug Ross and John Carter — they play two doctors who flirt with Monica and Rachel.
Total Viewers: 30.476 million
"The One Where Ross Finds Out" (Season 2, Episode 7)
Since Ross never found out that Rachel raced to the airport to say how much she loves him, Ross started dating this perfectly nice and perfectly boring girl Julie. But he doesn't break up her with he finds out Rachel's secret, of course, because where's the drama in that?
Total Viewers: 30.512 million
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