Friends: Season 3 (1996 - 1997)


Season 3
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Air date: Sep 19, 1996

Monica is distraught after her break-up with Richard; Chandler and Janice begin seeing each other again; Ross tells Rachel and Chandler about his "Princess Leia" fantasy.

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Air date: Sep 26, 1996

In a race against the clock, Ross tries to get the gang dressed and ready for a black-tie benefit at the museum.

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Air date: Oct 3, 1996

Phoebe dates a man who thinks he's stalking her twin sister, Ursula; Ross and Rachel give Chandler "boyfriend" lessons.

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Air date: Oct 10, 1996

Ross panics when he sees his son with a Barbie doll; Chandler's fear of commitment surfaces in his relationship with Janice.

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Air date: Oct 17, 1996

Phoebe offers to buy Frank Jr. (Giovanni Ribisi) a massage; Joey tries to build an entertainment center.

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Air date: Oct 31, 1996

When Janice asks the gang if any of them have ever slept together, the friends flash back to three years earlier.

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Air date: Nov 7, 1996

When Monica buys a new bed from the "Mattress King" (Mark Cohen), the wrong one is delivered; Joey sees Janice kissing her husband; Rachel's father clashes with Ross.

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Air date: Nov 14, 1996

Chandler and Janice (Maggie Wheeler) reach a turning point in their relationship; the Ugly Naked Guy may be dead.

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Air date: Nov 21, 1996

Emotions become the feast of the day when the gang plays a game of touch football on Thanksgiving; the turkey is left stewing when the losing team calls for a rematch.

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Air date: Dec 14, 1996

Rachel wonders if she'll ever get another job after she quits Central Perk; Joey's new job selling Christmas trees upsets Phoebe; Ross accidentally breaks a little girl's leg.

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Cast & Crew

Jennifer Aniston
Rachel Green

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Courteney Cox
Monica Geller

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Lisa Kudrow
Phoebe Buffay

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Matt LeBlanc
Joey Tribbiani

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Matthew Perry
Chandler Bing

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David Schwimmer
Ross Geller

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Maggie Wheeler
Janice

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Jon Favreau
Pete Becker

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Steven Eckholdt
Mark Robinson

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Dina Meyer
Kate Miller

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Jane Sibbett
Carol Willick-Bunch

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Tom Selleck
Dr. Richard Burke

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James Michael Tyler
Gunther

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Cynthia Mann
Jasmine

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Reg Rogers
The Director

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Angela Featherstone
Chloe

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Jennifer Milmore
Lauren

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Laura Dean
Sophie

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Maury Ginsberg
Isaac

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Christine Taylor
Bonnie

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Kevin Bright
Executive Producer
Marta Kauffman
Executive Producer
David Crane
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Critic Reviews for Friends: Season 3

Audience Reviews for Friends: Season 3

  • Feb 07, 2022
    This was a really good season, not as good as the first two, but really good. The acting will always be good with this bunch and when they added Jon Favreau, that was amazing. I liked the plot and the pacing both were handled very well when it's a show like this, although at points the characters annoyed me. This is the season Rachel started to annoy the crap out of me. Jennifer Aniston played it very well, but I was so annoyed. This season had some really iconic episodes such as episodes 1, 2, and 9. The ending was good, could've been a little better with the cliffhanger, but it wasn't bad.
  • Nov 26, 2021
    It's a great show and all,but the whole Ross and Rachel drama totally ruined it for me as a comedy series. Probably because it evoked some rather unpleasant personal experiences with break-ups and fatal miscommunications in relationships. Why the did writers decide to force them to be a couple despite the fact that this relationship made no sense in the first place? That's right, in order to break them up swiftly and in a painfully realistic manner. One the one hand, it's Rachel. While she was a waitress, she was tame and subdued enough to go out with a geek scientist. However, once she felt the ground under her feet and got that good job, she apparently started to lose interest in Ross and drift apart. Ross for her now associated with that old state of misery and, consciously or not, she wanted to dump him. So she acted provocatively but refused to acknowledge that at least some of Rosses concerns were justified. On the other hand, Ross's insecurities are just pathetic. I mean I totally understand how it feels to be with someone way out of your league and also to know that you have no control over this relationship, but it is still disgusting to see his feeble and desperate attempts to stop her from drifting apart. Well, this tension and a feeling of helplessness that accompany several episodes in the middle made this season a rotten tomato for me.
  • Apr 19, 2021
    Friends is one of the greatest sitcoms of the past 20 years. Season 3 is a hit with some of the best episodes of the show like "The One Where No One's Ready" and "The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister." Ross and Rachel are great together and their breakup is greatly played by David and Jennifer. Rachel receives the most character development in the show with her realizing that she's more than a waitress. Lastly, my only fault is that this season introduces a new Ross girlfriend to get trampled by the Friends.
  • Mar 10, 2021
    Arguably the best season in the franchise, this one has everything! With breakups, tension, new love interests, and a cameo from legends Billy Crystal and the late Robin Williams, every episode is great! It also leaves us with a heart stopping cliff hanger. TV doesn't get any better than this!
  • Nov 14, 2020
    Friends gets better with each passing year, this season Rachel and Ross' relationship breaks down, which can lead to one or even two broken hearts.
  • Jun 15, 2020
    One of my favourite season, 'The one where no one is ready' is one the best made TV episode. My full review of entire series- I am a gen z 2000s kid and have heard a lot about 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S'. Never gave it a try because it looked the most 90s show ever, and yes it is. Pandemic happened and everybody is worrying and panicking, so I said I will try to watch a sitcom to forget about all the sh!t around me. I watched friends as it had the highest ratings. God was I addicted, 236 episodes in 65 days, people have done better than me but for me this is a lot. Even when I wasn't watching the show I was laughing while playing the clips in my head. Many complain for the use of laugh-track but I see no problem with that, it is a scientific fact that if others laugh around you, you too break into laughter ( I am pretty sure this was the reason old sitcoms had those) My most laugh-out-loud moments that I felt didn't reach high internet fame were -Chandler and Joey with Ben, and Chandler says 'what kind of scary-a$s clown came to your party' -Joey going to Rachel Boss and asking why he wanted to buy Rachel's daughter -Janice showing up In all these scenes I fell from the place I was sitting in laughter I have already made so many great memories with the show, Janice showing up as she dates Ross, I screamed Ohh Myy Goooddd! in the most Janice way possible. My parents on the other room starts scream as to what happened to me. I remember a time when I was having great agony and started watching an episode and just forgot everything I was going through. It actually felt like having Friends in Real life. I knew everything, every secret, every little detail that another friend knows. Loved every stereotypical roles they had, Joey getting dumber as seasons progress was a wise decision as Dumb Joey had more comedic moments that will stick with me forever. Early Jo felt a weaker version of Chandler's Sarcasm. Phoebe being the different friend was fantastic as she brought something different, idk what but she's different and love these kind of characters I relate to mostly Chandler's comedy Ross's geekness Joey's idiotic remarks ( I still regret some of my idiotic moments) Definitely ganna rewatch the show in future and ganna watch it with more time so I live in the friends world for longer One the best time passing shows I have ever seen. All I know is that I will always have Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Dr.Drake Ramoray and Ragina Phalange to make to laugh.
  • Mar 17, 2020
    Awesome season! Got to see them play football, which was definitely funny seeing them play! Of course, Joey bringing the chick and Chandler bringing the duck to their apartment! Definitely the funniest season!
  • Feb 12, 2020
    One our favorite seasons. The Thanksgiving episode was awesome this season and actually the best of all of them. Just a great season.
  • Jan 03, 2020
    Such a great show! Relatable
  • Nov 30, 2019
    Season three of Friends is when the show really began to take shape. The humor lightens, the story settles down, and the hairstyles start to look better. While the season introduces new characters and story lines, it manages to keep a hold of the original six's lives. We are introduced to the show of the century, slowly making itself into the best show on TV.

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