Little Fires Everywhere and the 10 top Reese Witherspoon performances so far

Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu, photo courtesy Hulu
Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu, photo courtesy Hulu /
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9. Friends

Original release date: “The One with Rachel’s Sister” aired on Feb. 3, 2000, and “The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry” aired one week later on Feb. 10, 2000, as part of the sixth season of Friends on NBC.

Ratings achievements: The two episodes of Friends which featured Witherspoon as a guest star earned 24.1 million viewers and 23.8 million viewers respectively. Aside from the season premiere and season finale, they were the two most-watched episodes of Season 6.

Critical acclaim: Despite being a critics’ and fan-favorite guest star, Witherspoon oddly didn’t land an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. To this day, her turn as Rachel’s younger sister remains a bright spot in the legendary run of Friends and one of the Oscar-winner’s best comedic performances.

About the role: Witherspoon appeared as one of Rachel’s sisters, Jill (the third Green sister, Amy, would appear in Seasons 9 and 10 care of Christina Applegate), in a pair of midseason episode in Friends’ sixth season. Jill arrives in the city to cry on Rachel’s shoulder after their father financially cuts her off. Rachel helps guide her sister through the ropes of making it on her own, a lesson she learned at the start of the series. But to Rachel’s discontent, Jill starts making moves on Ross.

Why it’s the best: Even though Witherspoon’s role as Jill was merely a plot device to help realize how far she’s come from her spoiled upbringing and how she still harbors feelings for Ross, she elevated the character to memorable heights. Jill could have carried her own show full of apartment pants, but you know, her portrayer shot to fame as a movie star quickly after appearing on the iconic sitcom. Witherspoon and Aniston’s natural chemistry radiates and makes you wonder why they didn’t work together again until The Morning Show nearly 20 years later.