|First appearance||The One With The Birth|
|Last appearance||The One Where Joey Dates Rachel|
|Number of episodes||16+1|
|Portrayed by|| Michael Gunderson (season 2) |
Charles Thomas Allen and John Christoper Allen (season 3-5)
Cole Sprouse (season 6-8)
|Date of birth||May 11, 1995|
|Relatives|| Biological: |
Ross Geller (father)
Carol Willick (mother)
Emma Geller-Green (paternal half-sister)
Monica Geller (paternal aunt)
Jack Geller (paternal grandfather)
Judy Geller (paternal grandmother)
George Willick (maternal grandfather)
Adelaide Willick (maternal grandmother)
Jack Geller-Bing (paternal cousin)
Erica Geller-Bing (paternal cousin)
Ben is Ross and Carol's son, born during "The One With The Birth", but lives with his mother and her wife, Susan Bunch. Ben is played as an infant by Michael Gunderson, by brothers Charles Thomas Allen and John Christoper Allen from Season 3 to 5, and by Cole Sprouse from Season 6 to 8.
Ben is Ross's only son from his first marriage. He is raised by his mother Carol and her lesbian partner, Susan, so Ross only gets to 'babysit' Ben on occasion. Ben is rarely seen with the other Friends, who were present at (or very near) his birth. This causes him to sometimes mix up their names, like calling Rachel Phoebe. The gang all adore Ben, but prove pretty unreliable babysitters, not just clumsy Joey and Chandler (who once lose Ben on a bus while doing his babe-magnet value) but even devoted and domestic Aunt Monica, and Rachel, who teaches Ben pranks that end up being pulled on his parents. Being spoiled by three rivaling parents (Ross and his two mothers, Susan and Carol) and bright by nature, cute Ben grows up as an amusing rascal. Although he seems to get on with the other friends, as well as his father, Ross, and Aunt Monica, he was once both bemused and frightened by Phoebe when he witnessed her losing her cool over an arcade game in Monica's apartment. Apart from that one incident, there is no evidence of him ever becoming upset with any of the Friends.
- His first appearance is in "The One With The Birth" and he last appears in "The One Where Joey Dates Rachel".
- It was never shown how they decided on his last name.
- While his parents initially could not agree on a name, they eventually came to "Ben" when Phoebe (who is wearing a janitor's uniform with the name tag "Ben") lectures Ross and Susan on how lucky the baby is for having such loving parents.
- When he was a baby, the Allen twins started talking, which caused problems as he had to be quiet in the scene.
- In "The One Where Old Yeller Dies", Ben says his first word which is "Hi".
- Ben's age is meant to be six in "The One Where Joey Dates Rachel", but it was said he was seven.
- Ben is said to have been John Travolta's favorite character.
- Ben's godfather is Chandler Bing, as said in "The One Where Rachel Smokes".
- Throughout the show, he never meets his half-sister which dismays fans very much. However, it is possible the two met off-screen.
- When he was little, Monica had banged his head against a beam in her apartment while playing the airplane game in "The One With The Giant Poking Device".
- The One With The Birth
- The One With The Breast Milk
- The One Where Heckles Dies
- The One With Phoebe's Husband
- The One With Five Steaks And An Eggplant
- The One With The Baby On The Bus
- The One Where Ross Finds Out
- The One With The List
- The One With Phoebe's Dad
- The One With Russ
- The One With The Lesbian Wedding
- The One Where Old Yeller Dies
- The One With The Metaphorical Tunnel
- The One With The Giant Poking Device
- The One With All The Jealousy (Mentioned only)
- The One Without The Ski Trip (Mentioned only)
- The One With The Cat (Mentioned only)
- The One With Joey's New Girlfriend
- The One With Rachel's New Dress
- The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS (Mentioned in cut version) (Appears in uncut version)
- The One With All The Resolutions
- The One Where Rachel Smokes
- The One Where Ross Got High (Mentioned in uncut version)
- The One That Could Have Been, Part 1
- The One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth's Dad (Mentioned only)
- The One With All The Candy
- The One With The Holiday Armadillo
- The One With The Truth About London
- The One After 'I Do' (Appears in uncut version)
- The One With Monica's Boots
- The One Where Joey Dates Rachel
- The One Where Rachel Is Late (Mentioned only)
- The One Where No One Proposes (Mentioned only)
- The One With The Pediatrician (Mentioned only)
- The One Where Monica Sings (Mentioned only)
- The One In Barbados, Part 1 (Mentioned only) (Vaguely appears in photograph)
- The Last One, Part 1 (Mentioned only)