13 best ‘Friends’ recurring guest stars

Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Mattew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer (Facebook/Friends)

Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, “Friends” aired on NBC from September 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004. The TV sitcom lasted for 10 seasons.

“Friends” starred Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston as Joey Tribbiani, Ross Geller, Chandler Bing, Monica Geller-Bing, Phoebe Buffay-Hannigan and Rachel Green, respectively. For me, these are the 13 best recurring guest stars who joined them in the sitcom:

  1. Eddie Cahill as Tag Jones

Tag was the former boyfriend of Rachel. Cahill played Tag in six episodes in Season 7 and one episode in Season 8.

  1. Giovannie Ribisi as Frank Buffay Jr. 

Frank is the half-brother of identical twin sisters Phoebe and Ursula Buffay. Ribisi played Frank in Seasons 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 for a total of eight episodes.

  1. June Gable as Estelle Leonard 

Estelle is Joey’s acting agent known for her chain smoking. Gable played Estelle in all of the “Friends” seasons except Season 4 and Season 9 for a total of nine episodes.

  1. Aisha Tyler as Charlie Wheeler 

A paleontology professor, Charlie was romantically involved with Joey at first but she ended up having a relationship Ross whom she had more similarities with. Tyler played Charlie in five episodes in Season 9 and four episodes in Season 10.

  1. Tom Selleck as Dr. Richard Burke

Selleck played Richard, an ophthalmologist, in six episodes in Season 2, two episodes in Season 3 and two episodes in Season 6. Despite a 21-year age gap, Burke and Monica became romantically involved at one point.

  1. Jessica Hecht as Susan Bunch-Willick

Susan got married to Carol, the first ex-wife of Ross. Hecht played Susan in Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 for a total of 12 episodes.

  1. Helen Baxendale as Emily Waltham

Hailing from London, Emily is the former wife of Ross. Bexendale played Emily in 10 episodes of Season 4 and four episodes of Season 5.

  1. Jane Sibbett as Carol Willick-Bunch

Carol is the first ex-wife of Ross. She was first played by Anita Barone in the debut episode before Jane Sibbett played the role in 15 other episode from Season 1 to Season 7.

  1. Paul Rudd as Michael “Mike” Hannigan

Rudd played Mike in 11 episodes in Season 9 and seven episodes in Season 10. The character is the love interest and third husband of Phoebe.

  1. Maggie Wheeler as Janice Litman Goralnik 

Known for her nasal voice, Janice is the long-time on-off girlfriend of Chandler. Played by Wheeler, Janice appeared in all of the “Friends” seasons for a total of 19 episodes.

  1. Christina Pickles as Judy Geller

Judy was known for being cheerfully critical of her daughter, Monica. Pickles played the mother of Ross and Monica in all of the “Friends” seasons for a total of 19 episodes.

  1. Elliott Gould as Jack Geller

Jack was known for his ill-timed and inappropriate comments. Gould played the father of Ross and Monica in all of the “Friends” seasons for a total of 20 episodes.

  1. James Michael Tyler as Gunther

Gunther is the manager of Central Perk, the favorite hangout of the six main character. Tyler player the character in all of the “Friends” seasons for a total of 150 episodes.



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