The reunion show was released last year, and it was nice for fans to see the gang reminisce about their time on the show. The series is one of the most popular sitcoms ever, but some episodes did not hit as well as others.
Throughout all 10 seasons, there were a few episodes that rated lower with fans. The low ratings were due to perhaps nothing memorable happening, the jokes not landing, or the particular episode leaning heavily on clips. Here is each season's lowest-rated episode, according to their IMDb score.
The lowest-rated episode in the first season of is "The One With The Evil Orthodontist." This episode is about how Rachel is seeing Barry again, but he is engaged to her old friend, Mindy. Chandler is also waiting for a phone call from a girl he likes the entire episode.
Perhaps is the lowest-rated episode due to the return of Barry and how he was sleeping with Rachel while he was with another woman. There is another episode with a rating of 7.7, but it has higher overall reviews.
The worst episode of season 2 according to IMDb is "The One With Phoebe's Dad." Phoebe and her relationship with her family is the focal point in this episode as she finds her dad.
She ponders whether she should meet him, as . Some of this episode takes place in Phoebe's taxi with Joey and Chandler, so the stationary setting could be a reason for the low score.
The lowest-rated episode of season 3 also revolves around Phoebe, as it is titled "The One With Phoebe's Ex-Partner." Phoebe reunites with her old music partner, and she believes she should sell her song, "Smelly Cat."
Chandler is also dealing with a personal dilemma as he is dating a woman with a prosthetic leg, which is one of those situations that makes Chandler . The episode's resolution might be behind the lower reviews since her partner sold the song for a commercial without Phoebe's permission.
Season 4's lowest-rated episode is "The One With The Invitation" and features clips from previous seasons, as Ross ponders inviting Rachel to his wedding.
The clips mainly include all the , as they both think about their relationship and Rachel declines the invitation to Ross's wedding. Since half of the episode is scenes the viewer has already seen, reviewers did not give it incredibly high ratings.
The lowest-rated episode of season 5 is "The One Where Rachel Smokes." Rachel feels excluded from her work as her colleagues talk about important business while they smoke, so she wants to start in order to be more involved.
Joey also competes with Ross's son Ben for a commercial spot. With a 7.8 rating, it is not rated terribly low, as little is wrong with this episode, but perhaps the dull subplot of Monica and Phoebe planning a random birthday party produced the lower reviews.
"The One With Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E." is the lowest-rated episode from season 6. The biggest plot line in this episode is Joey and Chandler's relationship as .
Chandler forgot to tell Joey a message he received regarding an important audition. Everything ends up okay between the two, as Joey forgives him. The fact that there is nothing too memorable about his episode most likely resulted in the slightly lower reviews.
Season 7's lowest-rated episode is "The One With The Vows." Monica and Chandler are writing their wedding vows, but they are struggling with what to say. This results in them mulling over their relationship, so the viewer is shown previous scenes throughout the show.
This episode has a similar structure to the episode about Rachel and Ross's relationship and its clip show nature most likely produced the low ratings.
The lowest-rated episode in season 8 is "The One With Joey's Interview." In this episode, Joey has an interview with a soap opera magazine. Throughout the interview, the viewer is shown clips from previous seasons that relate to the questions Joey is asked.
Another clip-heavy episode was the lowest rated of its season. Again, reviewers probably liked seeing some of the old scenes, but rated it lower than the other episodes of the season.
The penultimate season's lowest-rated episode is "The One With Christmas In Tulsa." This is a holiday episode where Chandler needs to spend Christmas in Tulsa, much to Monica's displeasure since she thinks he may be having an affair. He returns to New York and announces he quit his job since losing Monica is .
This episode, again, features clips from previous years, as Chandler reminisces about the holidays he spent with his friends. The clips produced the lower ratings for this episode.
The lowest episode in the final season of was "The One Where Chandler Gets Caught." Chandler and Monica are looking at houses outside the city, and when Rachel and Phoebe see Chandler with their realtor, they think he is cheating.
Once the misunderstanding is cleared up, the group recalls their time spent in the apartment. Another clip-heavy episode most likely made the ratings lower than others, making it clear that these kinds of episodes were not fan-favorites, but this final season otherwise had a lot of high-rated episodes.