|CASSIDY BESSA AND DANI VAN DER HORST
Ross. Phoebe. Monica. Joey. Rachel. Chandler. Some of the most iconic and quirky characters in sit-com history. It has officially been 25 years since this group of friends walked into the lives of television-watchers. The group tackles many of the trials and tribulations that life has to offer, proving that with the support of a solid friend group anything is possible. The world came together to celebrate this momentous occasion when super-fans saw the Burj Khalifa in Dubai light up. The building was decorated in lights that included some of the most iconic Friends references such as the couch, fountain, lobster and turkey head. The show also featured audio snippets from the sitcom such as the iconic Ross lines “we were on a break!” and “Pivot!”. Meghan Trainor also performed a cover of the Friends theme song I’ll Be There for You at the Empire State Building in New York as the building lit up for the occasion. Google celebrated by adding an Easter egg animation which allowed users to type in a character’s name and watch a popular characteristic of each character show up. LEGO released a special Central Perk-themed set which is sure to keep you entertained for hours with 1070 pieces. The set is complete with the iconic orange couch, LEGO caricatures of each character, as well as iconic pieces such as Phoebe’s guitar and Ross’ keyboard.
12 fan-favourite episodes were screened across 1000 theatres in the United States which featured exclusive new interviews and never-before-seen content. Whilst fans may not be receiving the reboot that they have been craving since the sitcom ended in 2004, these brand new bonus features are sure to give them enough content to binge watch until the next big anniversary.
The stars of the popular sitcom have remained well-known names in the industry since the end of the show. Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green) starred in and was the executive producer of Netflix’s Murder Mystery alongside Adam Sandler in 2019. Courtney Cox (Monica Gellar) starred in the popular television series Cougar Town from 2009 – 2014 and when she isn’t busy acting, she’s with her daughter Coco, whom she shares with screenwriter and ex-husband, David Arquette. Despite suffering from drug and alcohol abuse after the series ended, Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), has turned his life around and now spends his time advocating help for others suffering from addiction. He has also maintained a presence on screen and appears in popular series such as The Good Wife. David Schwimmer (Ross Gellar) recently portrayed Robert Kardashian in The People v. O.J. Simpson and often finds himself behind the camera as a director. He is also a father to a seven-year-old daughter. Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani) maintains a leading role in the sitcom Man with a Plan (since 2016). He is also a father and spends the majority of his time with his daughter, Marina. In 2013, Friends was ranked no. 24 on the Writer’s Guild of America’s 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time. It’s safe to say that the sitcom deserves its title as a classic and will remain a well-loved staple for years to come.
Illustration: Kara Olivier