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Matthew Perry’s Chandler Bing Ranked Best ‘Friends’ Character, Second Funniest TV Character of All Time

Matthew Perry’s Chandler Bing Ranked Best ‘Friends’ Character, Second Funniest TV Character of All Time

Matthew Perry’s Chandler Bing — the most sarcastic of the “Friends” sextet — is the sitcom’s No. 1 fan-favorite character, according to ratings website Ranker.

Based on 169,000 total votes, Bing tops the list of the best “Friends” characters on Ranker. He is followed by Joey Tribbiani (played by Matt LeBlanc); Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston); Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow); Ross Gellar (David Schwimmer); and Monica Gellar (Courteney Cox).

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Chandler Bing is also considered the second funniest TV character ever, according to another Ranker poll, second only to Steve Carell’s Michael Scott from “The Office.” Additionally, Bing tops Ranker’s lists of “Unexpected TV Couples No One Predicted” (Monica and Chandler) and “Best TV Characters of the 1990s.”

Perry died on Saturday, October 28, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 54 years old.

All 10 seasons of “Friends” are currently available to stream on Max. Over the weekend, the streaming service added a tribute card that appears at the beginning of each season in Perry’s honor. “Friends” was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, who produced the Kevin Bright sitcom through Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

In the world of “Friends,” Bing works in “statistical analysis and data reconfiguration” for an unspecified company — which is a high-paying job he hates, according to a 2019 article in the Atlantic.

“I read the words in an unexpected way, with an emphasis that no one else had hit,” Perry wrote in his 2022 book “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir,” about his turn as Chandler Bing. “I didn’t know it yet, but my way of speaking would filter into the culture for the next few decades. For now, though, I was just trying to find interesting ways into lines that were already funny, but that I thought I could really make the dance work.”

Bing snippets on “Friends” included classics like “I’m not great at advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?” and “Hi, I’m Chandler, I make jokes when I’m uncomfortable.” In 2017, he told ABC’s “Good Morning America” ​​his favorite Chandler crack was in response to a rambling monologue from Joey: “OK, you gotta stop Q-Tip when there’s resistance!”

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