20 dialogues from F.R.I.E.N.D.S that have become Iconic

Updated: Sep 23, 2020

It has been more than 26 years since the first episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S aired and still, every time watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S makes it all better. Who knew we would still be able to relate to the show that had ended more than a decade ago? While watching the reruns recently, I realized few dialogues have become iconic and referred way too often. So I decided to find 20 of them. So without me blabbering on, let's just get into it.

1. "Welcome to the real world! It sucks. You're going to love it."

(S1: E1- The One Where Monica Gets A Roommate)

When I heard Monica saying it the first time, it didn't make any sense but when I left the safety net of my parents and started with real-life jobs, I could relate to this. Also, this dialogue was recently referred by Courtney Cox herself while welcoming Jen Aniston on Instagram.

2. "Oh, I wish I could, but I don’t want to."

(S1: E1- The One Where Monica Gets A Roommate)

This dialogue speaks to all of us when our friends ask us to help them with something. To be honest I love the badass Pheebs who can say no when she does not want to help her friends. This thing about her character has always made me be in awe of her.

3. "OH MY GOD!! (Janice's style)"

Ohhhh myyyyy godddd!!!!!

It has to be my favorite dialogue. I use it way too often in my real life because this is one dialogue everyone knows about. Saying that in the high pitch as Janice’s is just more fun.

4. "Oh, I am sorry, did my back hurt your knife?"

(S2: E2- The One With The Breastmilk)

This sassy dialogue was used by my favorite character Rachel when Monica went shopping with Ross’s then-girlfriend Julie. What I love about the whole situation is how F.R.I.E.N.D.S made us realize that betrayal by best friends could be much worse than a betrayal by boyfriend.

5. "She's your lobster."

(S2: E14 - The One With The Prom Video)

When Phoebe said Rachel is Ross’s lobster, she changed the concept of soulmates for me forever. I now don’t want a soulmate but a lobster because as per Phoebe “it is a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life and you can see old lobster couples walking around their tank holding claws”.

6. "We were on a break."

(S3: E17- The One Without The Ski Trip)

I think this dialogue has been an origin of debates not only between Rachel and Ross but all of us. This also made me realize that taking a break and breaking up are two different things. Also, I'm not kidding but my ex-boyfriend has so used this dialogue on me to cover up his mistakes so that I can relate to the anger Rachel felt when Ross mentioned it throughout the show.

7. "Fine! Judge all you want to, but: [to Ross] married a lesbian; [to Rachel] left a man at the altar; [to Phoebe] fell in love with a gay ice dancer; [to Joey] threw a girl's wooden leg in a fire; [to Chandler] living in a box!"

(S4: E8 -The One With Chandler In A Box)

This dialogue makes me fall in love with the character of Monica a little more, this shows us how she does not care about any judgment and knows how to give a pretty savage reality check to her FRIENDS.

8. "Seven, Seven, Seven, Seven……………………………..Seven"

(S4: E11- The One With The Pheobe’s Uterus)

This scene must be hands down one of my favourites. This scene also signifies how comfortable the friends were with each other. Also in an article by BuzzFeed, it was pointed out the reason for Chandler being the best Monica has had (as per Monica in Season 5 Episode 4) because he learned about the seven erogenous zones of women by Monica herself.

9. "How You Doin?"

(S4: E13- The One With Rachel’s Crush)

This dialogue needs no reference and no explanation so I am just going to leave it at "How you doing?"

10. "I take thee, Rachel"

(S4: E23- The One With Ross's Wedding)

This dialogue is iconic because of its significance in the story. If not for this dialogue, the control freak Emily would have probably controlled Ross’s life to the point where he would have not been able to hang out with the other five Friends. This would also mean no hook up between Ross and Rachel, no Emma, and no chase sequence at the airport and that just would have been sad.

11. "Pivot!!"

(S5: E16- The One With The Cop)

"What was funnier than Ross saying PIVOT," you ask? It was chandler’s response to it by saying "Shut Up! Shut Up! Shut Up!". It was just hilarious to watch the three friends try to get the couch to the second floor in which they fail miserably.

12. "They don't know that we know that they know"

(S5: E14- The One Where Everybody Finds Out)

This has to be part of the list because except for the dialogue being funny the scene perfectly captures how friends react if any one of them hides something from the other. Also, I love how frustrated Joey feels because of this, it just shows he is the most innocent of them all.