It is almost impossible to talk about Courtney Cox – who is celebrating her 56th birthday today – without identifying her with her on-screen character on Friends – Monica Geller. Whether you loved her or not, Monica has remained Cox’s most iconic role for more than 25 years. We KNOW she might not immediately come to mind when picking the funniest member of the group, but her sassy comebacks and her obsession with cleanliness always offered a guaranteed laugh. To celebrate the actor’s birthday today, we take a look back at some of her funniest moments – from being “breezy” to “pulling a Monica” – on the popular TV show.
TOW She Lost Her Apartment to the Boys
(Season 4, Episode 12)
While even the biggest Friends‘ fan might not know what Chandler Bing did for a living, everyone knows that the one thing Monica hated – apart from dust – was losing. Her disappointment at losing the apartment, combined with her anger at Rachel for answering a question incorrectly, makes this one of her funniest moments on the show.
TOW She Called out the Group for Judging Her
(Season 4, Episode 8)
Apart from Chandler’s hilarious pranks from within the box, the highlight of this episode was when Monica called out the group for judging her for inviting her former boyfriend Richard’s son for Thanksgiving dinner.
TOW She Tried on Emily's Wedding Dress
(Season 4, Episode 20)
Trying on your future sister-in-law’s wedding dress while doing the dishes? Enough said.
TOW She Spilled Ross' Secrets
(Season 6, Episode 9)
Thanksgiving episodes have always been a highlight of every Friends season, but this one is particularly funny, with Ross and Monica spilling each other’s’ secrets and bombarding their parents Jack and Judy with more information than they can process in 30 seconds.
TOW Her Hair Fell Prey to the Humidity
(Season 9, Episode 24)
As the group accompanies Ross to Barbados, Monica’s hair falls prey to the tropical humidity. Her wildly frizzy hair, however, does little to stop her from competing against Mike in a (hilariously competitive) game of ping-pong.
TOW She "Pulled a Monica" and Accidentally Cut Off Chandler's Toe
(Season 5, Episode 8)
Monica’s attempt to seduce Chandler in this flashback scene might have been a failure, but she definitely succeeded in making us laugh with her sheer inexperience with flirtation.
TOW She Danced With a Turkey on Her Head
(Season 5, Episode 8)
While Joey finds it scary, we were hysterical while watching Monica console Chandler by dancing with a turkey on her head. This funny yet adorable scene, where Chandler accidentally confesses his love for Monica, is a highlight of the entire series.
TOW The "Routine"
(Season 6, Episode 10)
The Gellers are thrilled when Joey’s dancer roommate Janine invites them to the taping of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. In an attempt to appear on camera, the duo performs their high-school dance routine, and the awkwardness that ensues is hysterically funny.