Friends has been off the air for almost exactly 12 years, and it still remains one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. People still love Miss Chanandler Bong and still know all of the words to “Smelly Cat.”
However, it has to be acknowledged that these might not always be the best people. They are without a doubt terrible at romantic relationships, and there are definitely moments on the show when we are supposed to laugh at their selfishness. Ha ha! Joey chose to save his sandwich over the life of his friend! Ross is a terrible, absentee dad who is weirdly obsessed with overly traditional masculinity! Phoebe probably has a man handcuffed in a cellar as we speak! Still, these failings are what make them relatable and part of the reason why people return to them over and over again.
However, how good of a friend are these friends anyway? If you really needed someone to have your back, who is probably the best friend to do it? Let’s take a look at the evidence and rank the gang accordingly.
Once a princess, always a princess. Rachel came from a life of privilege, and while she eventually finds her feet and becomes an adult, she is definitely the most self-centered friend. She’d probably give away whatever gift you got her for store credit or spend your part of the rent money on a new pair of boots at Barney’s. Unfortunately for Rachel, shiny hair does not mean that you’re good at friendship. Plus, having to hear about the never-ending “will they or won’t they” of Ross and Rachel and having to have an opinion on the whole “on a break” thing would be too much to bear.