Our Favorite Gunther Moments From ‘Friends’

With the recent news of James Michael Taylor’s battle with stage 4 prostate cancer, our staff has compiled their favorite moments of his popular character Gunther on Friends.

The AfterBuzz TV Staff

Posted On: June 28th, 2021 4:28 pm pst

Maria Menounos
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It was recently announced that James Michael Tyler, best known for his role of Gunther on Friends, has been been fighting a battle with stage 4 prostate cancer.

Tyler was diagnosed back in September of 2018 and since the cancer has spread and mutated leaving the actor paralyzed in his lower body. He’s currently undergoing chemotherapy and keeping a positive outlook, but emphasizes how important getting checked is.

To honor the actor, some of our staff is recounting their favorite moments Gunther moments.

Ksenia Kuznetsova

“The One With The Stain” (Season 8, Episode 7)

Probably the only person who spends more time at the Central Perk than the gang, Gunther is a man of many mysteries. Remember when out-of-nowhere he broke out in perfect Dutch? Being his witty and sarcastic self, Gunther doesn’t miss on a chance to outsmart Ross, whom he never was a big fan of, but he also does it in a different language!

Bailey Boudreaux:

“The One With Chandler In A Box” (Season 4, Episode 8)

For as much as the cast hung out at Central Perk you’d think Gunther would know their coffee order by heart, or at least know their names! On this episode, Joey asked Gunther for help finding Chandler. Gunther, who already thought he was talking to Chandler, replied, “One of you is over there.” Lesson learned, don’t ask Gunther for help unless you’re Rachel Green.

Elena Naze

“The Last One” (Season 10 Episode 17)

Gunther, while awkward at times, became a huge part of Friends. When Rachel tells him that she loves him (but not in the same way) I felt she was mirroring what a lot of fans (then and now) were thinking. Even better, we still love him right to the end because Rachel’s rejection doesn’t make him mad or upset, he smiles and understands. I couldn’t help but root for Gunther throughout the series, and this moment tells me why I did.

Lauren Weber

“The One With the Tiny Shirt” (Season 3 Episode 19)

When Gunther is thinking of how to best ask Rachel out, another guy walks into the café and asks her out right in front of him. Gunther proceeds to walk to the back of the shop, and makes an unseen angry clatter in the kitchen. This scene not only conveyed one of Gunther’s most comedic moments, but also showed how heartbreakingly passionate his “secret” crush on Rachel was.

Briana Phipps

“The One with All the Kissing” (Season 5 Episode 2)

Gunther has so many amazing comedic moments throughout the series, but this one possibly takes the cake. As Monica tells Rachel there are tons of great guys out there, suggesting possibly Gunther, he gets so excited and proud, only to have it dashed in a second by another man. After Rachel asks the other guy out, Gunther promptly lets the man know he has the right to refuse service to anyone, showing Rachel is his #1, even above the coffee shop.

We here at AfterBuzz TV are sending James Michael Tyler all of our thoughts and love.

What is your favorite Gunther moment? Let us know in the comments!

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