One of the best and most iconic sitcoms of all time, Friends has provided fans with so many moments from so many characters that will be remembered for generations to come. With its quality writing and cast, the show is brilliantly funny and is so easily digestible with its beloved characters and storylines.
While it does bring a lot of happiness to fans and there are some hilarious and joyous episodes and moments, the show is not short of its reach for the tissue’s emotion. Through all ten seasons, there have been a plethora of moments that have struck a sadness within its fans and they are some of the shows most memorable. Here are 10 scenes in Friends that always pull on fans’ heartstrings.
10 MR. HECKLES DEATH
A moment that does not on the surface seems that it would be so sad for Friends fans given the unlikeability of Heckles, but in season two episode three when Monica and Rachel’s downstairs neighbor dies, a lot of sadness is achieved.
A lot of this emotion comes from Chandler. Throughout the episode, fans are treated to the gang clearing out Heckles’ apartment – a last annoying act from the old man – and it unfolds that Chandler and Heckles are very similar. As the episode comes to a close, Chandler, alone in Heckles’ apartment, says his goodbye to the man and it is then that sadness ensues.
9 ROSS HAVING TO GIVE AWAY MARCEL
Any lover of animals who love Friends, or any big fan of Ross or even just Marcel, would have found the episode, and specifically the moment, where Ross has to give Marcel away emotional.
While Ross may be problematic to a lot of people, there is no denying his love for Marcel and giving him away was hard. Marcel’s run in the show was short-lived but he brought cuteness and hilarity to the show as well as being a way for Ross to deal with all the stress in his life. In season one episode ten when Ross says goodbye to the monkey, one can not help but feel sad for all parties.
8 CHANDLER MOVES OUT
After six seasons and six episodes together as one of television’s most iconic duos, Chandler moved out of his and Joey’s apartment, the end of an era. Even though it was just across the hall it was still an emotional moment for the duo and fans of them.
As Chandler and Monica’s relationship reached its next chapter, so to did that of Joey and Chandler and the pair’s time living together comes to an end. While Rachel was also moving out and that too was sad, seeing Joey and Chandler hug for the last time as roommates and realize the six years of being together always was over hit different and was a sad day for audiences.
7 WHEN JOEY AND CHANDLER MISS EACH OTHER
Long before Chandler moved out, however, Joey temporarily did just the same. In episode fifteen of season two, Joey moves out to be on his own for the first time.
The two not being together is sad enough, especially after that Joey hug, but when the two starts to realize just how much they miss the other it gets tearful. Knowing how much they miss each other but that neither of them realizes just how much sucks, for those four episodes with Eddie replacing Joey in the apartment, it is sad times – especially with that “All By Myself” sequence.
6 PHOEBE AND MIKE BREAKUP
For a long time in Friends, it seemed like David was the one for Phoebe and that she may never settle down, then a young, charismatic Paul Rudd came along and everything changed. It seemed like the two would last, and then as they were moving in with one another, they broke up.
Even though they did end up together in the end, up, it was a sharp shot of sadness when the two called it quits (much to their heartbreak) in episode sixteen of season nine. Through their first stint together Phoebe had even chosen Mike over David upon David’s return, showing the love she had for him, while Mike professed his love for her to his disproving parents, having them breakup was both upsetting and frustrating.
5 MONICA AND RICHARD BREAKUP
Long before London, before Chandler, and before the idea of being attracted to Chandler was there, Monica had her eyes on one man and one man only, Richard. After a long run of awful luck with men, Monica met Richard, a friend of her dad’s and her eye doctor, and fell in love.
The two seemed perfect together and seemed meant to be to a lot of fans, but when it comes to light that Richard does not want kids, cracks start to form and while at Rachel’s ex-husband’s wedding, the two decided to end things and it is heartbreaking for fans to watch.
4 PHOEBE GIVES UP THE TRIPLETS
In her quirky and caring nature, Phoebe agreed to be a surrogate mother for her brother Frank his wife Alice. This resulted in her being pregnant with triplets and in season five episode three, she births them and has to give them up.
While she is adamant at the start of the pregnancy she will have no issue giving the children up, by the end, this is not true as she even tries to get Rachel to ask Frank to let Phoebe keep one. When Phoebe endures labor and the triplets arrive she has a moment alone with them and, even though she is their aunt, says she wishes she could take them all home. Then they all cry together, similar to the fans watching at home.
3 FINDING OUT CHANDLER AND MONICA CANNOT HAVE KIDS
Arguably Friends’ best couple, Monica and Chandler seemed destined for marriage and children from the moment they first said the L-word to each other. But, after a long time of trying, in season nine episode twenty-one the two take fertility tests and find out that in fact, they cannot have children.
It was so clear for years how much Monica wanted children and how much she and Chandler wanted them together. When Chandler delivers the news to Monica that they cannot have children together it is heartbreaking, while they do adopt children, in the end, this moment and the fact they cannot have kids by themself is one of the saddest moments in all of the show.
2 ROSS AND RACHEL BREAK UP
After finally getting together following the heartbreakingly sweet prom video incident, all was well with Ross and Rachel until the episodes leading up to the fifteenth of season three.
After seeing the pair going on a break (or breaking up in Ross’ eyes), then seeing Ross had slept with Chloe from the xerox place and then knowing Rachel wanted back together was enough for the heart. A quick breakup would have been easier in the end, however, that is not what happened, it was long and emotional and when Rachel breaks up with Ross and the two sob, it is heartbreaking for fans.
1 THE LAST SCENE
After ten amazing seasons Friends came to an end in 2004 and its finale was spectacular. Rachel got off the plane, Chandler and Monica had their children and the gang were helping Monica and Chandler move. It was emotional and beautiful with the very end scene being a sobfest for fans.
All six friends stand in the classic apartment with one another, every one of them having lived there at one point, all of which need to give back their key and when they do, and they leave for coffee it is heartbreaking. With one final joke from Chandler, the camera pans around the apartment one final time and the show ends. Beautiful and heartbreaking, before you put on season one to cheer up.
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