I have come across it in the third episode of the tenth season of Friends. Here is the scene. It's at around 14 seconds.

Joey: Yeah.

(Joey and Rachel start kissing)

Joey: Hey what do you say, we move this onto the likes of the couch?

Rachel: I say ‘cheesy line’, but ok.

It's clear that Joey wants to kiss on the couch, but I am puzzled by the likes of the couch.

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Like (noun) = "something that is similar" -> (i) the like of X = something that is similar to X / (ii) and/or the like = and/or something that is similar to a thing or things that have been already mentioned.

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In the plural, "the likes", it has the same meaning but is informal/colloquial.

In your context, it is a suggestion to move to the couch:

Hey what do you say, we move this onto the likes of the couch? = Hey what do you say, we move to the couch?

  • Thank you for the answer! Could you clearify one thing? So, he means let's move to something similar to the couch, right? Jul 9, 2020 at 14:57
  • Let's move to the couch or something similar. Jul 9, 2020 at 16:29
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    ... which would make it easier to become horizontal. Also primetime US TV is pretty puritanical, and I wonder if a joke about 'something similar' to a couch is an acceptable way of suggesting 'bed'. Jul 9, 2020 at 19:18

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