It's no easy task to deliver a memorable performance on one of the longest-running sitcoms of all time. Add to the fact that they only had one episode to make a lasting impression, and the odds were entirely against these characters.
Seasons of 'Friends' are ranked from Worst to Best.
Despite the difficulties, a handful of performances are still well-known more than two decades later. From celebrity comeos to brilliant one-liners, these ten Friends characters only appeared in one episode, yet they were still more memorable than Joey's spinoff series.
Tommy (Season 3, Episode 22, "The One With the Screamer")
There is nothing more satisfying than seeing someone become so enraged by minor inconveniences. There is one thing that makes you smile. When that person is Ben Stiller.
Tommy is Rachel's first date since she split with Ross, and the episode's gaff is that only Ross sees Tommy's squeals, so when he tries to warn the others, they assume he's just jealous that Rachel has found herself a new one. Ross then becomes obsessed with catching Tommy in the act of screaming, so much that he kills his own date.
Will Colbert (Season 8, Episode 9, "The One With The Rumor")
Brad Pitt nailed his role as Will Colbert, one of Ross' high school friends who has a deep-seated hatred for Rachel.
Another of Pitt's trademark erratic performances was this Friends moment, but perhaps the most humorous aspect of this on-screen performance was the fact that Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston at the time. It's easy to imagine the fun they were having behind the scenes during their discussions of Wills I Hate Rachel Green Club.
"Officer" Roy "Goodbody" (Season 10, Episode 11, "The One Where The Stripper Cries")
Danny DeVito's as a stripper is unquestionable. Roy "Goodbody" is hired at the last minute to strip at Phoebe's bachelorette party, but his routine is met with a slew of flaws rather than the hot flushes he was eager for.
Roy gets emotional as a result of the reception to his routine, causing Phoebe, Rachel, and Monica to feel sorry for him. Fortunately, viewers of the program decide to finish his routine, and what a spectacle it was.
The Guy On The Plane (Season 4, Episode 24, "The One With Ross' Wedding, Part 2")
Rachel is sitting on the airplane, explaining to another passenger that she is going to London to tell Ross she still loves him. The character steals the spotlight, interrupting Rachel to declare that she is a horrible person for jeopardizing Ross' marriage.
The guy who sat next to Rachel on the flight to London has no right to be as famous as he was. The man who played the role was uncredited on the program, but it was actually a cameo from one of the show's producers, Greg Malins.
Isabella Rossellini (Season 3, Episode 5, "The One With Frank Jr.")
Isabella Rossellini, an Italian actress, makes a guest appearance in a season three episode as herself. A common theme of the episode is the writing of "celebrity pass" lists, which allows the holder to (consensually) sleep with five celebrities of their choice if they meet them in public, despite being in a relationship.
Ross chooses Rossellini, but removes her from his list because she doesn't reside in the United States, meaning there was less chance of meeting her. Later in the episode, Rossellini makes one of the best surprise appearances, walking into Central Perk for the group's enjoyment.
Althea (Season 1, Episode 8, "The One Where Nana Dies Twice")
Althea is the Nana from Ross and Monicas Nana, and, as suggested by the title of the episode, she is the Nana who dies twice.
Altheas' death is addressed for the bulk of the episode, but she is there for a few minutes on the screen, but she is nevertheless a marvellous plot twist and one of the few jump scares in the entire series, making a sudden move, and hence, shocking Ross, Monica, and the general audience who all believed she was dead.
Carl and Arthur (Season 2, Episode 21, "The One With The Bullies")
Every Friends viewer has questioned how the group always manages to sit in the exact same position during every episode.
In Season 2, Episode 21, "The One With The Bullies," Ross and Chandler are accused of stealing Carl and Arthur's seats at the cafe. Both are too scared to return to Central Perk for the remainder of the episode, instead making unsuccessful attempts to create their own cafe coffee.
Russ (Season 2, Episode 10, "The One With Russ")
Russ, Ross' bad boy doppelganger, was so memorable that he has named a whole episode after him. Russ is one of Rachel's first boyfriends following Ross and Rachel's breakup.
David Schwimmer is hilarious for portraying a virtually identical version of his character, but everyone can see the striking similarities between the two - except Ross, Russ, and Rachel. Naturally, Ross believes Russ is a big jerk, and the pair begin bickering in Central Perk. This is when Rachel notices the similarities and runs away in shock.
Amanda Buffamonteezi (Season 10, Episode 23, "The One With Ross Tan")
Jennifer Coolidge figured out a way to portray Monica and Phoebe's old roommate, Amanda Buffamonteezi, on the same episode.
Amanda has a British accent and is a generally unlikable character, so Phoebe and Monica are planning to sabotage her phone calls and exorcise her. However, when they finally meet up with Amanda, she conceals that Phoebe previously planned to exorcise Monica in her life.
Ryan (Season 2, Episode 23, "The One With The Chicken Pox")
Ryan, Charlie Sheen's character, is a Navy Officer whom Phoebe used to date, who happens to be in town for a couple of weeks. But during those two weeks, Phoebe gets chicken pox from Ross' son, Ben.
Charlie Sheen is encased in chicken pox and oven mitts as he and Phoebe desperately try to relieve the itch using each other's bodies, which leads to Ross' own Star Wars fantasy.