Friends Thanksgiving episodes get all the love and attention, but as far as parties go, the show had much more to offer than just Turkey Day football games and meaty trifles. There were small birthday toasts, New Year’s Eve ragers, obligatory family events, and many more, as Friends writers clearly understood that parties were a clean way to get everyone in the same room for at least a chunk of an episode. And while gathering the group (and often others) allowed the plot to move forward and comedy to run wild, it also showcased the show’s central premise: Friends often become family, the people you turn to to celebrate everything from birthdays and marriages to attempts to flirt with the hot guy you met at work.
Since none of us can really go to parties right now, and since HBO Max launches this week, bringing all 10 seasons of Friends along with it, it’s a good time to revisit all the parties that Friends ever staged. But which Friends parties are the best, or at least actually look fun? Even taking into consideration our collective current homebound state and potential skewed perception of a “fun party,” some of the Friends parties are utter duds. I’ve taken the liberty of ranking them all, so you know which ones are worth transporting yourself to and imagining yourself at.
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