RANKED: The ‘Friends’ cast members who have been most successful at the Emmys

  • "Friends" was an Emmy darling back in its day, amassing 62 nominations and six wins, with the main six cast members getting their share of nominations, too.
  • Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer have all gone on to star in, produce, and direct other great TV shows, and have a total of 34 Emmy nominations between them.
  • It is Phoebe Buffay actress Kudrow, however, who has the most Emmy nominations out of the six with 14.
  • Meanwhile, Rachel Green actress Aniston has the same amount of wins as Kudrow (one each), but could win her second for "The Morning Show" at the upcoming September 21 ceremony.
  • Here's a full breakdown of the Emmy records held by the six main "Friends" actors, ranked in ascending order by number of nominations and wins.
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"Friends" earned a huge 62 Emmy nominations during its 10-season run, winning six, including Outstanding Comedy Series in 2002 for its eighth season — the one where Rachel had her baby.

Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer have all gone on to star in, produce, and direct other great TV shows, and have a total of 34 Emmy nominations between them.

Many fans probably assume the six main cast members were nominated for every season, but because they were competing not only with actors from other shows, but also with eachother, that wasn't exactly the case.

Here's a full breakdown of the Emmy records held by the six main "Friends" actors, ranked in ascending order by number of nominations and wins.

6. Courteney Cox has never been nominated for an Emmy.

Sadly, Courteney Cox has never received an Emmy nomination, making her the only main "Friends" cast member not to get the nod.

She did, however, earn a Golden Globe nomination in 2010 for "Cougar Town" for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical TV Series.

5. David Schwimmer has two Emmy nominations, but no wins.

David Schwimmer's two Emmy nominations came 21 years apart. He earned his first for playing Ross Geller in "Friends" in 1995, and his second for playing lawyer Robert Kardashian in 2016 for "American Crime Story." He didn't win either time.

Here's a complete breakdown of David Schwimmer's Emmys record:

  • Supporting actor in a comedy series — "Friends" — 1995
  • Supporting actor in a limited series/movie — "American Crime Story" — 2016

4. Matthew Perry has never won despite being nominated four times.

Matthew Perry fared slightly better than Schwimmer, getting two more nominations but the same amount of wins — none.

Only one of Perry's nominations came for playing Chandler Bing in "Friends," however, with two coming for Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing" and the final one going to "The Ron Clark Story."

Here is a complete breakdown of Matthew Perry's Emmys record:

  • Lead actor in a comedy series —" Friends" — 2002
  • Guest actor in a drama series" — "The West Wing" — 2003
  • Guest actor in a drama series" — "The West Wing" — 2004
  • Lead actor in a miniseries/movie — "The Ron Clark Story" — 2006

3. Matt LeBlanc has seven Emmy nominations, but has also never won.

All of Matt LeBlanc's Emmy nominations come in lead actor in a comedy series, with three for "Friends" and four for "Episodes."

The casts of "Friends" were placed in the supporting categories early on, but that changed after 2001 when they were placed in the leading categories. LeBlanc failed to win any of his nominations, however, even as Joey Tribbiani in "Friends."

Here is a complete breakdown of Matt LeBlanc's Emmys record:

  • Lead actor in a comedy series — "Friends" — 2002
  • Lead actor in a comedy series — "Friends" — 2003
  • Lead actor in a comedy series — "Friends" — 2004
  • Lead actor in a comedy series — "Episodes" — 2011
  • Lead actor in a comedy series — "Episodes" — 2013
  • Lead actor in a comedy series — "Episodes" — 2014
  • Lead actor in a comedy series — "Episodes" — 2015

2. Jennifer Aniston has won one Emmy and been nominated seven times.

Jennifer Aniston has the same number of Emmy nominations as LeBlanc, but she trumps in two different ways. Firstly, Aniston has more "Friends" nominations than LeBlanc (five to three), and, secondly, Aniston has a win to her name. 

The win actually came for season eight of "Friends," in which she played Rachel Green.

Aniston has also been nominated once apiece for two other shows: "30 Rock" and "The Morning Show." The result of the latter nomination is yet to be determined, but she is the current favorite after previously taking home the Screen Actors' Guild award. If she does win, she will be the "Friends" cast member with the most Emmy wins — she's currently tied for first place.

Here is a complete breakdown of Jennifer Aniston's Emmys record:

  • Supporting actress in a comedy series — "Friends" — 2000
  • Supporting actress in a comedy series — "Friends" — 2001
  • Lead actress in a comedy series — "Friends" — 2002 (WIN)
  • Lead actress in a comedy series — "Friends" — 2003
  • Lead actress in a comedy series — "Friends" — 2004
  • Guest actress in a comedy series — "30 Rock" — 2009
  • Lead actress in a drama series — "The Morning Show" — 2020

1. Lisa Kudrow has the most Emmy nominations — 14 — and one win.

Lisa Kudrow tops the ranking with the most Emmy nominations in total out of the main cast with a whopping 14 bids. She also has the most nominations specifically for "Friends," with six nominations for playing Phoebe Buffay.

Kudrow won supporting actress in a comedy series on one of those occasions, for the show's fourth season in 1998 — the one with Ross' wedding.

Her other seven nominations were a mixture of lead actress in a comedy for "The Comeback," outstanding reality program for "Who Do You Think You Are?" and outstanding special class (short-format live-action entertainment programs) for "Web Therapy."

Here's a complete breakdown of Lisa Kudrow's Emmys record:

  • Supporting actress in a comedy series — "Friends" — 1995
  • Supporting actress in a comedy series — "Friends" — 1997
  • Supporting actress in a comedy series — "Friends" — 1998 (WIN)
  • Supporting actress in a comedy series — "Friends" — 1999
  • Supporting actress in a comedy series — "Friends" — 2000
  • Supporting actress in a comedy series — "Friends" — 2001
  • Lead actress in a comedy series — "The Comeback" — 2006
  • Outstanding reality program — "Who Do You Think You Are?" — 2012
  • Outstanding special class (short-format live-action entertainment programs) — "Web Therapy" — 2012
  • Outstanding reality program — "Who Do You Think You Are?" — 2014
  • Lead actress in a comedy series — "The Comeback" — 2015
  • Outstanding reality program "Who Do You Think You Are?" — 2017
  • Outstanding reality program — "Who Do You Think You Are?" — 2018
  • Outstanding reality program — "Who Do You Think You Are?" — 2019

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