”The One with Chandler in a Box” (1999)
Chandler’s string of crappy Thanksgivings (see: comically painful childhood) hits a peak after he’s caught kissing the woman Joey’s crushing on, Kathy (guest Paget Brewster), and Joey makes him stay in a wooden crate in the living room as punishment. Cringeworthy enough? No, that requires Kathy coming by and dumping Chandler…while he’s still in the box. It’s funnier to pretend it ended there, and not with Joey letting Chandler out and Kathy taking him back.
31. Garth Algar
Sidekick to: Wayne Campbell
Saturday Night Live, Wayne’s World movies (1989-present)
He is the geeky naïf-jester in the cable-access court of his best friend (and Illinois’ prince of rock) Wayne Campbell. His serious fear of girls relegates him to second-air-guitar status, but underneath that meek exterior beats the heart of a loyal wingman (impersonating a cop to spy on Wayne’s latest crush), a crafty partner in crime (expertly repositioning broadcast satellites to a record exec’s limo), and a brave confidant (admitting an attraction to Bugs Bunny in drag). May you party on, most noble Garth! —Erin Richter