Fans of the iconic sitcom ‘FRIENDS’ are aware of the significance that holiday special episodes bring to the show’s narrative. These special episodes capture various festivals such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, seamlessly blending flashbacks with real-time storytelling.
What sets these Christmas episodes apart mirrors the qualities that define the entire series: an exceptional cast, outstanding writing, authentic humor, and moments of genuine emotion. The show exudes a gravitas—a smart, likable, and steadfast quality that remains unmatched. Here are some handpicked episodes for you to enjoy during the Christmas season.
FRIENDS: ‘The One With the Monkey’ – S1, Ep 10
The show’s second-worst story arc is arguably Ross acquiring the pet monkey, Marcel. Fortunately, this plotline was introduced early in the series and abandoned after a few episodes, partly because David Schwimmer disliked working with the monkey. Interestingly, the introduction of a chick and a duck as pets for Chandler and Joey proved to be a successful and enduring subplot throughout most of the show’s run. The contrast highlights how the monkey storyline fell short, becoming annoying almost instantly. It appears that monkeys might not be the comedic animal choice after all.
‘The One With the Girl From Poughkeepsie’ – S4, Ep 10
In this particular episode, Ross finds himself in a tricky situation as he juggles relationships with two women. Each of them possesses both positive and negative traits. Meanwhile, Monica decides to employ Joey at her restaurant, only to dismiss him later to assert her authority. However, what truly makes this episode unforgettable is Phoebe’s unique song, “And Rachel And Chandler, hanahamna handler…”
FRIENDS: ‘The One With the Routine’ – S6, Ep 10
In this episode, the standout moment occurs when Ross and Monica regress to their childhood selves, seizing the opportunity to attend ‘Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve.’ Their comedic highlight unfolds as they deliver a hilarious dance routine that they had originally choreographed as kids.
Rachel examines the closet near the window, a space later implied to have been locked since the show’s inception. Additionally, Chandler’s A-to-Z bookends appear perfectly fine. It’s worth noting that Monica, despite her tendencies toward control and high standards, is entirely justified in discreetly turning the Christmas tree around to conceal the less-than-ideal decorating efforts of Chandler, Joey, and Rachel.
‘The One With the Holiday Armadillo’ – S7, Ep 10
When the store runs out of Santa costumes on Christmas, the ingenious Ross seizes the chance to don an armadillo costume. In a humorous twist, he takes this opportunity to educate his son about Hanukkah. The episode is brimming with laughter, chaos, and the adorable charm of Ben.
‘The One With Christmas in Tulsa’ – S9, Ep 10
In an unfortunate turn of events, Chandler accidentally dozes off during a meeting, leading to a relocation to Tulsa. Spending Christmas away from his wife and friends, he makes a spontaneous decision to quit his job on the same day. Opting for a career that brings him joy, he prioritizes being with his loved ones over professional convenience.