Even though it is one of the most popular sitcoms to ever air on television, Friends is not without flaws. Of course, in 10 seasons and 236 episodes, that's bound to happen to even the most avid perfectionists.
In all of the greatness and hilarity that is Friends, there are still a handful of confusing continuity errors and plotholes that go unaddressed. Here are the seven of the most charming that I noticed now that I'm able to binge watch the show on Netflix - once again, thank you to our benevolent Netflix overlords:
1. The One Where it's Hard to Keep Track of Everyone's Ages
The episode "The One where They All Turn Thirty" centers around Rachel's birthday with flashbacks of the rest of the gang's birthdays. This suggests that Rachel is the youngest member of the group, but in the first season it was established that Joey was the youngest at the age of 25, with Rachel and Monica being next at 26. Furthermore, Ross was apparently 29 years old for 3 years in seasons three, four, and five. And on that note...
2. The One Where Ross Doesn't Have a Birthday
Not only is it hard to keep up with how old he is, it's also a challenge to figure out when exactly he was born. Ross states that his birthday is on October 18th, but in "The One With George Stephanopoulos" Chandler and Joey give Ross tickets to the Rangers game on October 20th, to which he replies that his birthday was seven months prior. And when Guther claims to be making a list of birthdays in "The One With Joey's New Girlfriend," Ross says that his is in December. There's no need to lie about your age or your birthday, Ross!
3. The One Where Chandler Forgets Monica's Weight
In "The One with the Prom Video" Chandler seems to be shocked by Monica's weight, but from later episodes we know that Chandler and Monica had met at least once when she was still heavy in high school.
4. The One Where Phoebe Doesn't Think Rachel Would Kiss a Girl
In "The One With Rachel's Big Kiss" Rachel spends the bulk of the episode trying to convince Phoebe that she kissed Winona Ryder's character in college. Why would Phoebe act like it was so out of the question after having seen Rachel and Monica kiss for a whole minute in "The One With All the Haste?"
5. The One Where Rachel Almost Became Mrs. Barry Finkle
Remember how Rachel left her fiance at the alter? Now I think most of us would remember his name being Barry Farber, but in the pilot episode Rachel calls him Barry Finkle? Perhaps Rachel actually dated two separate Barrys. Or maybe he changed his name after being so embarrassed when she deserted him. Or, most likely, the writers changed his name and forgot about it.
6. The One Where No One Recognized Bruce Willis
After Bruce Willis lost a bet with Matthew Perry on the set of The Whole Nine Yards, he agreed to have a guest appearance on Friends. He plays Elizabeth's dad, Paul Stevens, and goes unrecognized despite it having been previously mentioned that each of the guys are huge Die Hard fans.
7. The One Where Chandler and Rachel Can't Remember Meeting
In the number of flashback episodes we've seen, I can think of at least two separate occasions where Chandler and Rachel had met and even made out for a bit, ("The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks" and "The One Where the Stripper Cries"). However, in the pilot episode Monica still introduces them. To be fair, the pair were never especially close and Rachel did seem a little frazzled, but still! Poor Miss Chanandler Bong.
The real explanation behind this is probably just that back in the '90s and early 2000s, the showrunners could not have anticipated that Friends would be released for instant streaming which would aid us in finding these minor continuity errors. It also doesn't take away from the show at all so it's no big deal!
In the end, Friends is still one of the best sitcoms of all time, and no amount of unanswered questions and confusing plotholes will keep me from watching the entire series through at least once a year. I'll see you all on Netflix!