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PEOPLE Friends at 25!

PEOPLE Friends at 25!

PEOPLE Friends at 25!

Grab a cup of coffee from Central Perk and catch up with your favorite friends from New York City! 25 years after the show's premiere, Friends remains one of the most watched (and streamed) series ever created. To celebrate, this special anniversary edition takes you back to one of the most beloved sitcoms of the '90s. Reconnect with Rachel, Monica, Ross, Chandler, Phoebe, and Joey from their naïve early days and dating mishaps to their increasingly complicated adulting in some of the most memorable and talked about episodes of modern television. Revisit those iconic locations and that catchy theme song, consider the 10 funniest moments from the show's 10 seasons, recall the best guest stars (Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Jeff Goldblum, and more), and take the quiz to see if you're a true friend! Follow this special edition to meet your friends and celebrate your 25-year reunion.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
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3 min.
they told us life was gonna be this way

WE HAVE, AS a nation, devoted a lot of time to watching Friends. For a decade starting in 1994, we made it a top hit for NBC. When it went into syndication, it took an act of will to change the dial when, late at night, we stumbled upon, say, “The One with the Apothecary Table.” And since Friends has been available to stream, well, try to stop at just one. We spent so much time in the virtual company of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe that by the time the show was in its eighth season a 2002 evolutionary-biology study found that our brains may not be able to distinguish between real-life friends and fictional ones. Let that sink in as you put your feet up on…

4 min.
the best of times

‘LOOK, THERE’S A PIECE THAT DOESN’T HAVE FLOOR ON IT!’—RACHEL‘LOOK AT ME, I’M CHANDLER. COULD I BE WEARING ANY MORE CLOTHES?’—JOEY‘DAMN ALL THE JELLYFISH!’—MONICA‘IT TASTES LIKE FEET!’—ROSS‘THE CAMERA ADDS 10 LBS.’—MONICA‘SO, HOW MANY CAMERAS ARE ACTUALLY ON YOU?’—CHANDLER‘LOOKING GOOD, MR. KOTTER!’—JOEY‘PIVOT, PIVOT, PIVOT!’—ROSS‘I’M VERY HAPPY WE’RE GOING TO HAVE ALL THE SEX’—CHANDLER…

9 min.
inside the first season

Before Friends was a phenomenon, its six stars were excited just to be on a series that had been picked up. In 1995 (back when we used phrases like “hunka hunka” and “muy macho”—sorry, Matt LeBlanc), People had exclusive access to the season 1 set. This look at the early days of a hit and of enduring friendships first appeared in April that year. BACKSTAGE AT Warner Bros. Studios the cast of NBC’s hit sitcom Friends is hard at work. Sort of. Well, okay, they’re goofing of. In the hallway, David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston are on the floor wrestling before heading out for a frozen yogurt. Lisa Kudrow is cutting a cookie with a knife and fork. Matthew Perry is explaining how, unfortunately, his own romantic life provides material for…

3 min.
monica

IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS MONICA, who illegally took over the lease of her grandma Althea’s too-good-to-be true rent-regulated apartment in Greenwich Village. (“If the landlord ever asks, I’m an 87-year-old woman who’s afraid of her VCR.”) Without that there would have been no cozy nest for Friends’ controlling mother-hen figure to gather her rambunctious brood of pals. Obsessively neat, aggressively organized, Monica soon learned to (sort of) cope with the chaos of perfectly planned Thanksgivings that invariably went off the rails, of windows that looked out on Ugly Naked Guy, and of the influx of roommates and couch-surfing neighbors who didn’t share her passion for orderliness. “I need to live in a land where people can spill,” said Phoebe, by way of explaining her exit across town. “You can…

2 min.
monica’s menu of men

1. PAUL THE WINE GUY (played by John Allen Nelson) Monica’s first Friends date—in the pilot, with a former restaurant coworker who was never heard from again. 2. ALAN (Geoffrey Lower) Atypically, all of the Friends like this boyfriend except her, and when she broke up with him, he revealed that he couldn’t stand the rest of the gang. 3. FUN BOBBY(Vincent Ventresca) Monica helped “Fun” Bobby give up his problem drinking. Sadly, sober he was “Ridiculously Dull Bobby.” 4. YOUNG ETHAN(Stan Kirsch, above, top right) He said he was a college senior, and she said she was 22. He was actually in high school, and Monica, 26, couldn’t deal because “it’s icky.” (It is.) 5. JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME(as himself, left) The action star went out with Monica after Rachel told him that Monica…

2 min.
a real-life best friend

Although she had a whole other hit series, the six-season Cougar Town, on which she played a real estate broker perpetually on the prowl with wineglass held high, Cox never lost touch with her Friends costars. An Instagram sensation since joining in January (she blew up the Internet with a couch “pivot” throwback post), Cox is often seen entertaining close groups of women, including Aniston and Kudrow. She (and, on the following pages, the other cast members) spoke to Entertainment Weekly about Friends on the occasion of the 2004 series finale. FAVORITE EPISODE Season 4’s “The One with the Embryos,” in which the girls take on the boys in a who-knows-who-better contest. (See page 96 for the quiz.) “I learned more about my character and everyone else’s because of these trivia…