This is a fairly recent episode to make the cut, but if you’re currently going through a break-up with someone who happens to be both your roommate and best friend, this should certainly prove to be pretty helpful. Nick and Jess realized it’s better to be honest about the emotions they’re going through rather than lie and say they’re “okay.” Oh, and then you should watch Dirty Dancing on an endless loop and cry it out. Available to watch on Hulu, iTunes, Google Play, and On Demand.
SATC had more than it’s fair share of break-up episodes ("La Douleur Exquise!" and "Change of a Dress" certainly come to mind) but none stuck (sorry) with viewers more than the infamous Post-it episode. After reconciling with the wiener that was Berger, Carrie woke up to find she’d been dumped via a small, yellow sticky note with the words: "I’m sorry, I can’t, don’t hate me." Carrie went through the entire spectrum of an infuriating break-up in the start-to-finish hilarious episode. No tear-soaked stuff to be found here, just a reminder that your ex was a whiny jerk anyway and that a little pot never hurt anyone. Available to watch on HBO Go and Google Play.
Look, if you really want to have a really good wallowing, heaving break-up cry, particularly if you’ve been cheated on, then by all means watch "The One With the Morning After." But if you need a little bit of levity and the phrase "We were on a break!" has become part of your lexicon, then watch "The One With the Jellyfish" instead. Ross lies about reading a 18-page letter ("Front and back!") Rachel wrote taking full responsibility for their split, which is totally something an asshole ex would have done too. It all culminates in a yelling match about bad grammar and erectile dysfunction and serves as a helpful reminder that getting back together is rarely a good idea. Available to watch on Google Play.
Watching a recently dumped Marshall sitting out in the rain holding Lily’s engagement ring in the Season 1 finale is far too painful to watch. Besides, the Season 2 premiere is better for coping with a split, anyway. Marshall spends his summer wallowing in despair, but his friends do everything in their power to cheer him up (read: take him to a strip club). Even if break-ups make you obsessively check your exes credit card bills like Marshall did, your close friends will get you out of your rut and making crappy pancakes again in no time. Available to watch on Netflix, Google Play, iTunes.
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