Friends might be even more popular today than it was when it was actually on the air. Thanks to Netflix, you can watch it on demand anytime you want, and even if you've seen all 10 seasons 10 times (guilty), it never gets old. Part of the appeal is no doubt that it's relatable. There's nothing glamorous about their lives—well, aside from the square footage they all seem to have—and we all kind of feel like this is us with our group of friends, struggling to make it in New York or whatever overpriced city we live in. Monica's apartment has become almost as iconic as the show itself, so we thought it was time to roundup and rank all of the apartments on the show. From our least favorite to the absolute best, here's our definitive ranking.
Cool and modern? Good. Gaudy? Yeah, that too. This apartment is big and updated, but the red leather couches (topped with leopard pillows) are seriously gag-worthy. This place exudes tacky, thanks to mini waterfalls and neon lights, and there's one too many dog statues for my comfort level.
Phoebe's apartment has amazing bones. It's large, by West Village standards, and the color palette is surprisingly chic, but her quirky, sometimes a little too wack-a-doo decor (and a few ladies coming out of paintings) earns it a low spot on this list.
Ross's first apartment is...fine. Not like, Ross after too many margaritas finding out Joey and Rachel are dating fine, but just fine. It's a little humdrum, but it's spacious, and about what you'd expect, decor-wise, for a first apartment.
The decor is plain, but what else would you expect from the quintessential New York guy and the least-fashionable character on the show? The building is also supposed to be at Grove & Bedford, which is prime West Village, so it makes up for the slightly lackluster interior. Location, location, location—, they have a foosball table.
Rachel moving in with Phoebe did amazing things for her apartment thanks to that apothecary table, Sahara desk, and wicker dining chair. Her apartment basically looked like page 72 of the Pottery Barn catalog, and I'm not mad about it. And that ornamental bird cage, though.
Ross's last apartment was a major upgrade, and what we all imagine we'll graduate to in our 30s after spending our 20s living in a 300-square-foot studio. Key word being "imagine," because an apartment this large and this nice in the West Village would cost way more than most of us could afford—especially without a roommate. But nonetheless, this apartment is super nice. We could do without the cheap knockoffs and dinosaur junk, though.
Richard's apartment is seriously swanky, but would you really expect anything less from Tom Selleck? We're with Monica—now this is a grown-up's apartment.
Is Richard's apartment objectively better than Monica's? Totally, but we couldn't not rank this No. 1. Let's be honest–it's pretty epic for a West Village apartment. It's gigantic, is modern enough to feel comfortable (but still has tons of character), and the decor feels far more warm and inviting. This apartment inspired tons of people to want to up and move to NYC for/after college, imagining this would be their life. it's nice enough to feel aspirational, but still actually attainable. An apartment this iconic and this influential couldn't rank anything but 1.