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This timeline is trying to list all events that happened on, before and after Friends.
The writers keep changing dates and introducing continuity errors through the show, so not everything can be dated correctly. Notable flashback episodes such as The One With All The Thanksgivings, The One With The Flashback and The One Where The Stripper Cries all note different things about history. Most conflicting events are annotated below. The events are put chronologically under the year headers.
- 1967: Ross and Phoebe were born.
- 1968: Chandler and Joey were born.
- 1969: Monica was born.
- 1970: Rachel was born.
- 1978: Chandler's parents announce they're getting divorced.
- Ross and Carol get together, according to The One With The Flashback. He says they've been together for seven years in a flashback that took place in late 1993.
- Ross went to college. This doesn't match with his birthday and the fact that he skipped a grade
- Chandler meets Monica and Rachel.
- Ross has a minor drug problem.
- Ross and Carol meet each other, according to The One With All The Thanksgivings.
- Rachel got her nose job.
- Monica and Rachel's prom, as shown in The One With The Prom Video, takes place sometime this year.
- Rachel and Monica went to college.
- Monica loses weight because Chandler called her fat a year earlier.
- Cute Naked Guy's starting to put on weight and becomes Ugly Naked Guy.
- Phoebe moves out of Monica's apartment because Monica drives her crazy with her cleanliness.
- Joey moves in with Chandler, according to The One With The Flashback. This conflicts with The One With All The Thanksgivings, where he already lived with Chandler a year earlier.
- Ross finds out that his wife Carol is a lesbian.
- Rachel gets engaged to Barry.
- Ross and Carol have sex for the last time, where they conceive Ben.
- Ross moves out from living with Carol.
- Rachel runs out of her wedding with Barry.
- Rachel meets Phoebe and Joey for the first time. According to The Pilot and The One With The Flashback, she also meets Chandler for the first time here, but The One With All The Thanksgivings states that she already knew him from high school.
- Rachel takes a job as a waitress at Central Perk.
- Ross & Monica's grandmother dies (twice).
- Barry and Mindy get engaged.
- Ross' son, Ben, is born.
- Ross goes to China to get a bone for his museum and comes back dating Julie.
- Mr. Heckles dies.
- Carol and Susan get married.
- Ross and Rachel's first relationship starts.
- Monica dates Richard, but they break up later because he doesn't want to have children.
- Joey gets a job as Dr. Ramoray on Days of our Lives and is fired in two weeks.
- Joey moves out and, shortly after, back in with Chandler.
- Rachel's father and mother are divorcing.
- Barry and Mindy get married.
- Phoebe meets her halfbrother, Frank Jr..
- Rachel quits her job at Central Perk and is hired at Fornuta Fashion but then gets a offer from Mark at Bloomingdale's.
- Ross and Rachel break up.
- Joey buys him and Chandler a chick and a duck.
- Monica dates Pete, but they break up.
- Phoebe meets her birth mother.
- Ross and Rachel quickly reconcile and break up again.
- First Joey and then Chandler date Kathy. She first cheats on Joey with Chandler, then breaks it off with Joey. Chandler and Kathy then date, but she cheats on him too.
- Monica & Rachel switch apartments with Chandler and Joey because of a trivia game.
- Phoebe is surrogate for Frank Jr.'s triplets.
- Rachel falls in love with Joshua, but they break up because she ask him to marry her (after she is freaked out by the speed at which Ross and Emily's relationship progresses).
- Ross starts a relationship with a girl from England called Emily (initially meeting when Rachel ditches Emily to try to see Joshua). As they live so far from each other, they decide to get married so Emily can move in with Ross. However, Ross says Rachel's name at the wedding, which leads to Emily's and Ross' divorce.
- Monica and Chandler start a secret relationship by sleeping with each other before Ross' wedding.
- Ross is put on a mandatory leave from his job at the museum.
- Phoebe meets her dad, Frank Buffay, for the first time.
- Everybody finds out about Monica & Chandler's relationship.
- Ross moves into Ugly Naked Guy's apartment.
- Phoebe starts a serious relationship with Gary, but they break up because he shoots a bird.
- Rachel is hired by Ralph Lauren.
- Joey gets the lead in a thriller movie called Shutter Speed which is shot in Las Vegas, but the movie is shut down because of a lack of money.
- When the gang comes over to Vegas, Ross and Rachel get really drunk and get married.
- Monica and Chandler want to get married, but when they see Ross and Rachel they decide to just move in with each other.
- Ross doesn't get the annulment of his marriage with Rachel and hides that from Rachel, which leads to the other thinking that he is in love with Rachel.
- Rachel moves in with Phoebe.
- Janine moves in with Joey and dates him for a while, but they break up because she doesn't get along with Monica and Chandler.
- Joey has a job at Central Perk because he is short on money.
- Ross dates a student, Elizabeth, but they break up because she's too immature for him.
- Joey gets the lead in a TV show, Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E., but it is canceled because of really bad reviews.
- Rachel dates Elizabeth's father, but they also break up because he can't stop crying.
- Phoebe and Rachel's apartment burns down, forcing Rachel to move in with Joey and Phoebe to move in with Monica. When the apartment is rebuilt, it has only one bedroom and Rachel stays with Joey.
- Chandler proposes to Monica.
- Rachel is promoted and hires Tag as her assistant, later dating him. They break up because he's too immature for her.
- Joey's character on Days of Our Lives, Dr. Drake Ramoray, comes out of his coma.
- Monica and Chandler get married.
- Ross and Rachel sleep together and unawarely conceive Emma.
- Ross dates Mona for a couple of months, but they break up because the situation with Ross, Rachel and their baby is too complicated.
- Joey develops a crush on Rachel, but nothing happens as she doesn't feel the same way.
- Rachel gives birth to Emma
- Chandler and Monica decide to have a baby.
- Chandler is relocated to Tulsa and stays there four days a week at a time, until he quits his job because he wants to be home with Monica.
- Monica takes a new job at Javu.
- Phoebe starts dating Mike, but they break up when Phoebe learns that Mike doesn't want to get married again.
- Rachel quickly dates Gavin, a colleague who took her job while she was pregnant, but they break up because Ross and Rachel's situation is too complicated.
- Ross wants to date his hot co-worker Charlie, but she chooses Joey.
- When it turns out that Monica and Chandler are infertile, they decide to adopt a baby instead.
- Rachel realizes she has feelings for Joey, and gets the chance to act on it when Joey and Charlie split up.
- When Charlie and Joey split up, Ross finally gets together with Charlie.
- Phoebe runs into David randomly and starts dating him, but when David proposes to Phoebe, Mike shows up and interrupts the proposal with his own proposal, which Phoebe doesn't accept.
- Soon after the return from Barbados, Rachel and Joey try to finally consummate their new relationship but can't because they are too good of friends. They decide to keep the relationship at a friendship.
- Ross and Charlie break up after Charlie discovers that her old boyfriend still has feelings for her.
- Mike tries to propose to Phoebe twice; both times, Phoebe unwittingly spoils his plans, but in the end it works out and she says yes.
- Monica and Chandler meet a young pregnant woman who is allowing them to adopt her child when it's born.
- The friends find out that Monica and Chandler have bought a house in Westchester and are moving there.
- Phoebe and Mike get married.
- Rachel is fired, but she gets a new job—in Paris. Ross has big problems with Rachel leaving and not being able to see her every day, but he apparently makes his peace with it.
- Ross decides to go after Rachel and tell her his true feelings, that he is still in love with her, at the last minute. Rachel then decides to get off the plane to Paris and come back with Ross, being together again and for good.
- It turns out that Monica and Chandler don't get a baby—but twins. They name them Jack (after Monica's father) and Erica (after the babies' birth mother).
- Joey moves to Los Angeles.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 The One With All The Thanksgivings
- ↑ The One With Ross' Library Book
- ↑ The One Where Ross Got High
- ↑ In The Pilot Chandler says that Ross and Carol have been together for four years.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 The One With The Flashback.
- ↑ The One With George Stephanopoulos
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 The Pilot
- ↑ The One Where Nana Dies Twice
- ↑ The One Where The Monkey Gets Away
- ↑ The One With The Birth
- ↑ The One Where Rachel Finds Out
- ↑ The One Where Heckles Dies
- ↑ The One With The Lesbian Wedding
- ↑ The One With The Prom Video
- ↑ The One Where Ross And Rachel... You Know and The One With Barry & Mindy's Wedding.
- ↑ The One Where Joey Moves Out and The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies
- ↑ The One Where Joey Moves Out and The One Where Eddie Won't Go
- ↑ The One With Two Parties
- ↑ The One With Barry & Mindy's Wedding
- ↑ The One With Frank Jr.
- ↑ The One Where Rachel Quits
- ↑ The One Where Ross & Rachel Take A Break and The One With The Morning After.
- ↑ The One With A Chick And A Duck.
- ↑ The One With The Hypnosis Tape and The One With The Ultimate Fighting Champion.
- ↑ The One At The Beach.
- ↑ The One At The Beach and The One With The Jellyfish.
- ↑ The One With Joey's New Girlfriend, The One Where Chandler Crosses The Line and The One With Rachel's Crush.
- ↑ The Contest, The One With The Embryos and The One With All The Haste.
- ↑ The One With Phoebe's Uterus and The One Hundredth.
- ↑ The One With Rachel's Crush and The One With All The Wedding Dresses.
- ↑ The One With Joey's Dirty Day, The One With All The Haste, The One With Ross' Wedding and The One With The Yeti.
- ↑ The One With Ross' Wedding and all Season 5, notably The One Where Everybody Finds Out.
- ↑ The One With Ross's Sandwich
- ↑ The One With Joey's Bag
- ↑ 35.0 35.1 The One Where Everybody Finds Out.
- ↑ The One With The Cop and The One With The Ball.
- ↑ The One With Rachel's Inadvertent Kiss
- ↑ The One With Joey's Big Break and The One In Vegas.
- ↑ The One In Vegas, Part 1 and The One In Vegas, Part 2.
- ↑ The One In Vegas, Part 2 and The One After Vegas.
- ↑ The One After Vegas, The One Where Ross Hugs Rachel, The One With Ross' Denial and The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance.
- ↑ The One Where Ross Hugs Rachel and The One On The Last Night.
- ↑ The One Where Phoebe Runs and The One With The Apothecary Table.
- ↑ The One With The Joke
- ↑ The One Where Ross Dates A Student and The One With The Proposal, Part 1.
- ↑ The One With Mac And C.H.E.E.S.E. and The One With Rachel's Assistant.
- ↑ The One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth's Dad and The One With The Ring.
- ↑ The One Where Ross Dates A Student and The One With The Holiday Armadillo
- ↑ The One With The Proposal, Part 1 and The One With The Proposal, Part 2.
- ↑ The One With Rachel's Assistant, The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs and The One Where They All Turn Thirty
- ↑ The One With Joey's New Brain
- ↑ The One With Monica And Chandler's Wedding, Part 1
- ↑ The One With The Videotape
- ↑ The One With Rachel's Date and The One With The Birthing Video
- ↑ The One Where Joey Dates Rachel and The One Where Joey Tells Rachel
- ↑ 56.0 56.1 The One Where Rachel Has A Baby, Part 1 and The One Where Rachel Has A Baby, Part 2
- ↑ The One Where Emma Cries and The One With Christmas In Tulsa
- ↑ The One With The Pediatrician
- ↑ The One With The Sharks and The One With The Boob Job
- ↑ The One Where Rachel Goes Back To Work, The One With Phoebe's Rats and The One Where Monica Sings
- ↑ The One With The Soap Opera Party
- ↑ The One With The Fertility Test and The One With The Donor
- ↑ The One With Rachel's Dream
- ↑ 64.0 64.1 64.2 The One In Barbados, Part 1 and The One In Barbados, Part 2
- ↑ The One With Ross' Tan
- ↑ The One With Ross' Grant
- ↑ The One Where Rachel's Sister Baby-Sits
- ↑ The One With The Birth Mother
- ↑ The One Where Chandler Gets Caught
- ↑ The One With Phoebe's Wedding
- ↑ The One With Princess Consuela, The One Where Estelle Dies and The One With Rachel's Going Away Party
- ↑ 72.0 72.1 The Last One, Part 1 and The Last One, Part 2
- ↑ Pilot (Joey)