Friends star Jennifer Aniston famously “broke” Instagram this week. At the time of writing this her new account was clocking up over £12 million followers and counting.
Her first post was a selfie with her former co-stars from the iconic TV sitcom, which sent likes, comments and rumours of a reunion into overdrive, resulting in a further celebrity comment:
This comes shortly after our favourite Friends celebrated the 25th anniversary of the show’s debut. During 236 episodes over ten seasons between 1994 and 2004, fans became so fond of the characters they’ve rooted for their return ever since.
Could Friends BE any more popular?
In honour of Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Ross (David Schwimmer), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) we decided to take a trip down memory lane. Grab a coffee and read some fascinating Friends facts to perk up your day
- Friends almost had a different title. Other options included Six of One, Across the Hall, Friends Like Us, and Insomnia Cafe.
- The much-loved cast could have been completely different. Ellen Degeneres turned down the part of Phoebe, Courteney Cox was originally asked to play Rachel, and John Cryer was considered as Chandler.
- The reason Phoebe’s song Smelly Cat is so bad it’s good is that Lisa Kudrow didn’t like playing the guitar, and in true quirky Phoebe style would have rather played the bongos. It was eventually agreed that the character wouldn’t know many chords anyway.
- Friends was ranked 21st in TV Guide’s Greatest Shows of All Time, and its finale was watched by 52.5 million American viewers. In the UK it’s one of the most streamed series on Netflix.
- The word ‘friends’ is mentioned at least once in every episode and the cast had a group hug before every show.
- The characters’ favourite haunt, the Central Perk, was actually a Warner Bros set, however a pop-up coffee shop named in its honour opened in Manhattan to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary, and there is even a Central Perk in Shanghai, China. Here in the UK we have Primark Manchester's Central Perk, complete with a New York-inspired menu and replica of the famous orange sofa.
- Although Friends was set in New York it was never actually filmed there. Most of it took place in Los Angeles. However the finale was broadcast on a big screen in Times Square.
- A 30-second advert during the final episode cost around $2 million, a fee usually only commanded by the Super Bowl.
- Even though the cast ended up earning a $1 million EACH per episode, making the girls the highest paid TV actresses of all time, budgets were once so tight that one whole episode was filmed in Rachel and Monica’s apartment to save set costs.
- The show’s creator, David Crane, wanted all six leads to have equal prominence and the cast, who became best friends off set as well as on, were great champions of this, ensuring none of them outshined each other. They chose to negotiate their salary collectively, and asked to appear on magazine cover shots together. So Jennifer’s Instagram-breaking selfie is a touching tribute to their enduring ‘Friend-ship”.
If this and the recent headlines have made you nostalgic, why not say How you Doin’ to Friends! The Musical Parody - a heart-warming, hilarious, music-filled production full of favourite moments from Friends. Led by a talented cast who nail the quirks, mannerisms and catchphrases of our favourite characters, this show on Friday 8th May 2020 promises to make your day, your week, your month, or even your year!
With no promise of a Friends reunion on the horizon don’t feel guilty if you turn to Friends! The Musical Parody in the meantime. After all, WE WERE ON A BREAK!
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