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The 12 best (and worst) lovers on ''Friends''

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Dr. Richard Burke

Tom Selleck

Dr. Richard Burke was a memorable ”Friends” ex

DATED Monica

SEASONS 2, 3, and 6

DATING TYPE The Handsome Older Guy

THE LOVE STORY After Monica lands a catering job for family friend Dr. Burke, they fall in love. Unfortunately, Richard can’t warm to a second go at fatherhood, a deal breaker for baby-hungry Monica. By the time Richard changes his mind, Chandler has taken his place.

FUN FACT In 1967, he appeared on ”The Dating Game.” Courteney Cox was 3 at the time. Eww.

POST-”FRIENDS” He was the frustrated dad on the CBS TV movie ”12 Mile Road.”

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Julie

Lauren Tom

Julie was a memorable ”Friends” ex

DATED Ross

SEASONS 1 and 2

DATING TYPE The Smart Girl

THE LOVE STORY Having forced himself to get over Rachel, Ross hits it off with fellow paleontologist Julie during a dig in China. But even though these intellectual equals are a healthy (if painfully boring) match, they split when Ross and Rachel finally, finally hook up.

FUN FACT She’s been a judge on the Animal Planet series ”Pet Star”!

POST-”FRIENDS” She appeared in last year’s anti-Christmas-spirit comedy ”Bad Santa.”

Hank Azaria, Friends


David

Hank Azaria

David was a memorable ”Friends” ex

DATED Phoebe

SEASONS 1, 7, and 9

DATING TYPE The Star-crossed Lover

THE LOVE STORY Folksinger Phoebe is irked when Hank chats with a friend during her performance, but she’s charmed to learn that he’s discussing her natural beauty. Sadly, they never seem to get in synch. First David is sent to Minsk, Russia, on a research grant. When he later returns with a wedding ring, Phoebe choses Mike instead.

FUN FACT His ex-wife, Helen Hunt, starred on ”Mad About You,” the show where Phoebe’s spacey twin sister Ursula got her start.

POST-”FRIENDS” Other than being the voice of numerous ”Simpsons” characters (Chief Wiggum, Moe, etc.), he played the naked French surfer in this year’s Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy ”Along Came Polly.”

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Kathy

Paget Brewster

Kathy was a memorable ”Friends” ex

DATED Chandler and Joey

SEASON 4

DATING TYPE The Sexy Actress

THEIR LOVE STORY When Joey and Kathy rehearse a scene together, Joey feels the heat — and not from the script. Chandler, unaware that his roommate is dating Kathy, strikes up a conversation with her and falls just as hard. Then, after Kathy dumps Joey for Chandler, Chandler loses her too, by letting his jealousy about Kathy’s steamy stage work get the better of him.

FUN FACT Brewster had her own local talk show in San Francisco circa 1994.

POST-”FRIENDS” She was Jessica in the short-lived but critically acclaimed Fox show ”Andy Richter Controls the Universe.”

Eddie Cahill, Friends


Tag Jones

Eddie Cahill

Tag Jones was a memorable ”Friends” ex

DATED Rachel

SEASONS 7 and 8

DATING TYPE The Boy Toy

THE LOVE STORY Though she could have hired a more qualified female assistant, Rachel gives the job to pretty boy Tag instead. The sparks fly in a sexy relationship that deepens, but on her 30th birthday Rachel decides that she needs to be with the man she wants to marry. And he isn’t Tag. When Rachel discovers that she’s pregnant, and the father could be either Ross or Tag, Tag loses out yet again.

FUN FACT He played Charlotte’s sexy photographer on ”Sex and the City.”

POST-”FRIENDS” He’s in this year’s Olympic hockey film ”Miracle.”

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Mike Hannigan

Paul Rudd

Mike Hannigan was a memorable ”Friends” ex

DATED Phoebe

SEASONS 9 and 10

DATING TYPE The Marrying Kind

THE LOVE STORY When Joey sets Phoebe up with a stranger on a double blind date, she’s furious — but only until she realizes that Joey accidentally picked a winner. Musician Mike appreciates Phoebe’s quirks, but she dumps him when he confesses that he’d never marry again. Luckily, he reverses his decision — and in a very special episode Mike becomes Mr. Phoebe.

FUN FACT Phoebe’s loopy behavior can’t scare him: He survived the 1995 flop ”Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.”

POST-”FRIENDS” He stars in the Will Ferrell comedy ”Anchorman” this summer.

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Janice

Maggie Wheeler

Janice was a memorable ”Friends” ex

DATED Chandler and Ross

SEASONS 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9

DATING TYPE The Clueless Clinger

THEIR LOVE STORY At the beginning of the first season, Janice is Chandler’s on-again, off-again gal pal. Though he often tries to get rid of her (once by lying about being transferred to Yemen), he continues to hook up with her repeatedly between girlfriends. Janice also dates Ross briefly when he’s on the rebound from his second wife, Emily. Meanwhile, her braying laugh and nasal voice make Janice an endless source of amusement (and annoyance) to all the Friends.

FUN FACT She auditioned for the role of Monica.

POST-”FRIENDS” If you’ve seen her in her recurring role as a Barone family friend on ”Everybody Loves Raymond,” then you’ll know that — surprise! — it’s not her real voice she uses for Janice.

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Barry Farber

Mitchell Whitfield

Barry Farber was a memorable ”Friends” ex

DATED Rachel

SEASONS 1 and 2

DATING TYPE The Parent-Approved Nebbish

THE LOVE STORY Barry’s the dentist Rachel’s parents want her to marry. Ick. Realizing that he looks like Mr. Potato Head, she dumps him at the altar (ergo, her wedding-dress-clad entrance at Central Perk). The couple has another short-lived fling when Barry is engaged to Rachel’s former best friend and bridesmaid, Mindy.

FUN FACT He was reportedly thisclose to being cast as Ross. Bet that keeps him up nights.

POST-”FRIENDS” He appeared in the David Spade flop ”Lost & Found.”

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Susie Moss

Julia Roberts

Susie Moss was a memorable ”Friends” ex

DATED Chandler

SEASON 2

DATING TYPE The Grade School Avenger

THE LOVE STORY Chandler’s surprised when he bumps into a beautiful woman with whom he went to grammar school — and he’s thrilled when she starts coming on strong. But it turns out that Susie is only trying to humiliate Chandler… because he scarred her for life by lifting her skirt in front of their fourth-grade class.

FUN FACT Roberts and Matthew Perry were romantically linked off-screen as well. Hope it ended better than their TV tryst.

POST-”FRIENDS” Oh, you know, little things. Like winning an Oscar for 2000’s ”Erin Brockovich.”

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Paolo

Cosimo Fusco

Paolo was a memorable ”Friends” ex

DATED Rachel

SEASONS 1 and 2

DATING TYPE The Italian Stallion

THE LOVE STORY Rachel and Phoebe return Paolo’s lost cat to him and are wowed by his, um, Italian accent. Rachel and Paolo’s hot and heavy relationship makes Ross livid, and his hatred turns out to be justified: Right before taking Rachel on a romantic weekend getaway, Paolo hits on Phoebe — which is grounds for immediate termination.

FUN FACT He played a mechanic in 2000’s ”Gone in Sixty Seconds.”

POST-”FRIENDS” ”Alias” fans might remember him as Logan Gerace.

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Erika Ford

Brooke Shields

Erika Ford was a memorable ”Friends” ex

DATED Joey

SEASON 2

DATING TYPE The Stalker

THE LOVE STORY Delusional fan Erika begins stalking her favorite daytime soap star, Joey. Though he’s flattered initially, he flees a creepy dinner date when he realizes that Erika truly believes he’s his soap opera character.

FUN FACT She was the first ever winner of the Worst Actress Razzie Award, for 1980’s ”Blue Lagoon.”

POST-”FRIENDS” Her guest spot was so well received, NBC gave her her own sitcom, ”Suddenly Susan.” Sadly, though it lasted from 1996 to 2000, it didn’t live up to the promise of her kooky ”Friends” performance.

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Charlie Wheeler

Aisha Tyler

Charlie Wheeler was a memorable ”Friends” ex

DATED Ross and Joey

SEASONS 9 and 10

DATING TYPE The Fickle Flirt

THE LOVE STORY Ross is thrilled when the brilliant new professor at his school turns out to be smokin’ hot Charlie, but he’s devastated when Joey nabs her first. She ultimately realizes Ross is a better intellectual match for her, but just as their relationship is blossoming, she tosses it aside by passionately kissing her Nobel-prizewinning ex (Greg Kinnear) in front of Ross.

FUN FACT The former ”Talk Soup” host recently published a book of pop-culture essays called ”Swerve: Reckless Observations of a Postmodern Girl.”

POST-”FRIENDS” She has a sitcom in the works that will be produced by Friend Lisa Kudrow.

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