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Food 34 of the best and most candid photos of the ‘Friends’ cast over the years

Food 34 of the best and most candid photos of the ‘Friends’ cast over the years


  • It’s been 25 years since “Friends” first hit television screens, yet the show still remains one of the most popular sitcoms in history.
  • A study last year revealed that it was the most binge-watched television show of 2018 with Netflix reportedly paying up to $100 million to stream it for another year. 
  • To celebrate the milestone, Insider has rounded up some of the show’s best and most candid pictures from on and off set.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Back in the early 90s, writers and producers David Crane and Marta Kauffman delivered a simple one-line pitch to NBC for a feelgood sitcom called “Friends.”

“This show is about six people in their 20s who hang out at this coffee house,” they wrote. 

After the show got the green light, the director James Burrow had such a “good feeling” about it that he flew the six virtually unknown actors to Las Vegas for what would be their last public outing without being bombarded by paparazzi.

“I took them [the cast] to Vegas … I had me and six of them and I said: ‘This is your last shot at anonymity. Once the show comes on the air, you guys will never be able to go anywhere without being hounded,'” Burrow told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2016.

Burrows was right. Their faces have since been screened in households across all six continents, making it not only a cultural icon but one of the most highly syndicated shows in television history. 

And even 15 years after its final episode in 2004, the enduring success of “Friends” shows no signs of slowing down.

A study last year revealed it was the most binge-watched television show of 2018 with Netflix reportedly paying up to $100 million to stream it for another year.

To mark the 25th anniversary, Insider has rounded up some of the best photos of the “Friends” cast either on set or out and about, ranked in chronological order.

Food 1994: Jennifer Aniston revealed that initially, the girls were ‘nervous’ to work with Matt LeBlanc due to his modeling history (he used to model for Levis). ‘He thinks it’s very funny now. And actually, he can sit down and comfort me just like Courteney or Lisa could,’ Aniston said.

Food Joey 1994

Joey 1994
Reisig & Taylor/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Source: People.

Food 1995: Coffee size does matter. The archetypal oversized mugs served at the gang’s favorite cafe, Central Perk, became a cultural icon. Here’s the cast showing them off at an NBC Press Tour party.

Food NBC Press Tour party 1995

Ron Davis/Getty Images

Food 1995: Roommates Joey and Chandler were as thick as thieves throughout the series, often going on hilarious but miscalculated adventures together. But sadly according to E!, their real-life bond was ‘never as close’ as the lead actresses.

Food Le Blanc and Perry in

Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank

Source: E!

Food 1995: The female characters on ‘Friends’ couldn’t be more different but somehow their friendship clicked. The tight-knit trio still remain as close as ever with Cox sharing a “girls night” Instagram for her 55th birthday back in June.

Food aniston, kudrow, cox 1995

Ron Davis/Getty Images

Source: Instagram.

Food 1995: Here’s Kudrow and Aniston at the Second Annual Rock Honors. Aniston said back in 2015 that she actually wasn’t a fan of her famous do dubbed ‘The Rachel.’ She also wasn’t able to style it on her own, often relying on stylists to keep it in shape.

Food Rachel Cut

Rachel Cut
Ron Davis/Getty Images)

Source: Glamour.

Food 1996: Joey’s acting skills may have been debatable, but the struggling actor did end up scoring some pretty cool cameos throughout his career. Below sees him play Dr. Drake Ramoray, a character on a fictional version of ‘Days of Our Lives.’ Ironically the actor opposite him, Roark Critchlow, played a doctor on the real ‘Days of Our Lives.’

Food LeBlanc as doctor BTS 1998 (fact about girls being nervous to work with him)

Chris Haston/NBCU Photo

Food 1996: While ‘Friends’ is based in New York City, the show was actually filmed at Warner Brother Studios in Los Angeles, which made creating episodes like ‘The One with the Football’ particularly difficult. Meant to resemble a Greenwich Village park, set designers had to think on their feet after being told they couldn’t film outside due to light and sound issues. They managed to pull it off by quickly creating a whole color model ‘for the first time in the history of sitcoms.’

Food BTS schwimmer and cox

Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank

Source: Entertainment Weekly.

Food 1997: While Ross and Rachel’s relationship was a huge focal point of ‘Friends,’ viewers surprised the show’s creators when neat freak Monica hooks up with unlucky in love Chandler. Originally, Monica was to end up with Joey but the response for Mondler was so strong, writers re-wrote scripts to keep the pair together.

Food cox & perry beach shot

Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

Food 1997: The ‘Friends’ supported each other off-screen as well as on it. Below, Aniston, Le Blanc, Perry and Schwimmer at the premiere of ‘Scream 2,’ in which Cox played a lead role.

Food Scream 2 premiere supporting Cox (cast photo) 1997

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Food 1997: Almost 40 famous faces graced the screens of ‘Friends’ during its 10-year tenure, but the story behind Robin Williams and Billy Crystal’s cameo might be the greatest. The pair were filming in a neighboring set and accidentally wandered into the wrong studio. The writers then asked if they wanted to star in the show, they said yes and were written in and filmed that same day.

Food Billy Crystal and Robin Williams appearance full cast 1997

Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank

Source:Comedy Central.

Food 1998: As a ‘Friends’ fan, the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson was apparently so nervous during filming that Le Blanc and Perry gave her a pep talk and helped her go over her lines.

Food sarah ferguson duchess of york 2006

Oliver Upton/NBCU Photo Bank

Source: Comedy Central 

Food 1998: Kudrow was really pregnant when she ballooned with the triplets for the show. Creators wrote in her character’s pregnancy with Kudrow later saying the cast always included her ‘little feotus’ in the pre-show ‘group huddle.’

Food Kudrow pregnant in wedding dress with Cox 1998

Online USA/Getty Images

Source: Screen Rant.

Food 1998: David Schwimmer almost turned down the role of Ross. NBC said the character was specifically created with Schwimmer in mind but at the time the actor wanted to be in theater.

Food Schwimmer directing an ep of Friends 2006

NBCU Photo Bank

Source: Screen Rant.

Food 1999: Monica and Ross’s New Years’ dance dubbed ‘The Routine’ was choreographed by the founder of the Pussycat Dolls, Robin Antin. NBC called Antin to help create the routine, which took a week of rehearsals.

Food Ross and Monica dance

NBCU Photo Bank

Food 2000: ‘Friends’ hit many milestones but one that’s for the history books includes their landmark group pay negotiation. Schwimmer suggested the mini-union where each case member demanded an equal pay rise or they’d walk out. By the end of the series, each cast member was earning $1 million per episode. A far cry from the $20,000 they began with.

Food friends 150 episodes celebration 2000 (fact about pay increase)

NBCU Photo Bank

Source: Screen Rant.

Food 2001: Brad Pitt finally joined the cast for an episode where his character snubs his real-life wife at the time, Aniston, for bullying him in high school. But despite already being a seasoned actor, Pitt said in September he ‘flubbed’ his lines.

Food Brad Pitt

Danny Feld/NBCU Photo Bank

Source: Express UK.

Food 2003: Ross and Rachel’s baby Emma was actually played by twins Noelle and Cami Sheldon who told Insider that the cast treated them ‘like little princesses.’

Food Emma with cast memnbers

Emma with cast memnbers
Cali Sheldon/Instagram

Source: Insider.

Food 2007: Aniston and Cox cosied up together at the premiere of Cox’s comedy horror film ‘The Tripper,’ which she starred in with her then-husband David Arquette.

Food Aniston and Cox

Jeff Vespa/WireImage for BWR Public Relations

Food 2009: Kudrow gave a rendition of ‘Smelly Cat’ with Cox on-stage at the Rock A Little, Feed A Lot benefit concert in Los Angeles.

Food Kudrow and Cox singing

Christopher Polk/WireImage

Food 2009: Following Aniston’s ‘Cougar Town’ debut in 2012, one ‘Friends’ cast member cameo clearly wasn’t enough as Cox called on Kudrow to play a ‘judgemental’ dermatologist.

Food Kudrow Cox on Cougar Town

Karen Neal/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Source: The Independent

Food 2013: If it was up to Perry and Kudrow, they wouldn’t have let ‘Friends’ end. Perry guest-hosted for ‘Piers Morgans Tonight’ with Kudrow when Perry said: ‘If I had a time machine, I would like to go back to 2004 and not have stopped.’

Food Kudrow and Perry

Trae Patton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Source: E!

Food 2014: Jimmy Kimmel got the ‘Friends’ girls together, but this time in a very familiar setting. Looking as comfortable as ever, Kudrow, Aniston, and Cox acted out some fan fiction written by Kimmel to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary that year.

Food Aniston, Kudrow, Cox and Kimmel

Randy Holmes/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Source: Huffington Post.

Food 2015: Aniston supported Cox a number of times post-‘Friends’ break up — from a guest appearance in a 2010 episode of Cox’s show, ‘Cougar Town,’ to her directorial debut below for ‘Just Before I Go.’

Food Cox and Aniston 2015

Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Darin Pfeiffer Consulting

Source: E!

Food 2016: Joey and Chandler got together again in London almost 21 years after the two-part British ‘Friends’ episodes aired. Le Blanc hung out with Perry backstage at his West End play, ‘The End of Longing,’ which marked his playwriting debut.

Food Le Blanc and Perry

David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

Food 2016: Five of the six ‘Friends’ cast members reunited on their former network of NBC in a special tribute to series director, James Burrows.

Food Cast reunite for director

Trae Patton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Source: BBC.

Food 2018: Aniston and Cox paid tribute to one of their cameo stars George Clooney by presenting him with the 46th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in true Rachel and Monica fashion. They sang the ‘Friends’ theme song. Following the event, the pair were seen talking with Clooney’s wife, Amal.

Food cox and aniston amal

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Turner

Source: Hello Giggles.

Food 2018: Monica and Rachel were back at it again as Cox supported Aniston at the premiere of the her new Netflix film ‘Dumplin.’

Food Cox and Aniston

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Source: The Sun.


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