The sitcom Friends ran for 10 years: a really long time for a sitcom. And while the show gave us tons of memorable moments, hilarious lines, and unforgettable characters, the writers didn't seem to worry too much about one thing: consistency.
Friends may have been one of the funniest shows on TV and definitely one of the most quotable ("We were on a break!" is burned into all of our brains) but sometimes it seemed like the writers completely forgot the things they made up about the characters.
Maybe this wouldn't be a huge deal if you were watching week to week like we did in olden times, but once you start binging, some of these mistakes become a lot more obvious.
Here are some of the most annoying inconsistencies in Friends.
The gang's apartment numbers change.
In the beginning of the show, Monica’s apartment is number 5 and Chandler and Joey’s apartment is number 4. Later, they change to 19 and 20.
Maybe the apartment building had an emergency numbering meeting and decided to change all the numbers, but more than likely the show realized most apartment buildings number their units by the floor they are on. The numbers 4 and 5 would imply first floor units.
We know their apartments are not on the first floor because they are always walking up and down the stairs, so the writers gave them higher numbers.
The show can't decide when Rachel and Chandler met.
In the pilot episode, Rachel has escaped from her own wedding and in the coffee shop, Monica introduces her to everyone. This includes Chandler, and the two act as though they’ve never met. But later, we see several flashbacks that proves this not ot be true.
Ross brings Chandler home with him from college a few times when Monica has Rachel over. (And in one case, cuts off Chandler’s toe trying to be sexy, we’ve all been there.) In another, Rachel and Chandler actually kiss at a college party.
Perhaps we are to assume Chandler was too drunk to remember Rachel from the party (pretty likely) or that he was too traumatized from the toe incident to remember her from Thanksgiving (less likely), but most likely the show just kind of messed up in the pilot.
Ross is 29 for a really, really long time.
Friends is never consistent with the characters’ ages, sometimes Rachel is said to be the youngest of the group, sometimes it’s Joey. But the most glaring error is Ross’s age.
He states that he is 29 in three separate seasons, even though each of those seasons has a Christmas and Thanksgiving episode, so we know the years are passing. Did Ross somehow perfect a time machine that he was obviously using to go back in time to visit dinosaurs or did the show just forget to make him age?
Probably the latter, but you can’t totally rule out the time machine thing, Ross was pretty obsessed with his job.
Maybe Ross isn't aging because he has no birthday.
The show isn’t quite sure when Ross was born.
In one episode, Gunther asks Rachel when her birthday is and Ross states that his birthday is in December.
But in another episode Ross states that his birthday is October 18.
When’s your birthday Ross?!
Ross's weird birthday stuff must run in the family because his son's birthday was a long time coming: Carol was pregnant for over a year!
Either Carol is part elephant or the show made a big mistake when it came to how long she was pregnant. Ross’s son Ben was born at the end of the first season, but at some point in the series we see a flashback to a year before Rachel ditched her wedding in the pilot. And guess who is pregnant?
That’s right, Carol, the woman with a disturbingly long gestation period. If Carol was pregnant with Ben a year before the pilot, but Ben wasn’t born until the end of the first season, which means she was pregnant for well over a year!
The next inconsistency will make you wonder if Joey somehow got dumber the older he got, read on to find out!