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Memorable Friends Moments That Are Seriously Cringe-Worthy Now

A smash hit and cultural phenomenon when it first aired, there had never been (and probably never will be) a sitcom quite like Friends. The funny, charming series concerned six, well, friends, living and loving in New York City. Joey, Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Phoebe, and Ross entered the TV canon with their often relatable adventures, not to mention their indelible catchphrases (especially "We were on a break!" and "How you doin?"), as well as Jennifer Aniston's inescapable haircut, "the Rachel

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    Friends Moments That Make Us Cringe Today - Nicki Swift

    Friends Moments That Make Us Cringe Today - Nicki Swift

    A smash hit and cultural phenomenon when it first aired, there had never been (and probably never will be) a sitcom quite like Friends. The funny, charming series concerned six, well, friends, living and loving in New York City. Joey, Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Phoebe, and Ross entered the TV canon with their often relatable adventures, not to mention their indelible catchphrases (especially "We were on a break!" and "How you doin?"), as well as Jennifer Aniston's inescapable haircut, "the Rachel."

    Dark Secrets Of The Cast Of Friends - Nicki Swift

    Dark Secrets Of The Cast Of Friends - Nicki Swift

    They may have played the happiest BFFs on TV, but in real life, the cast members of Friends haven't exactly had it easy. Some have seriously struggled with the fame and fortune catalyzed by the long-running hit sitcom. Others battled intense personal drama involving loved ones, or found themselves tangled up in messy legal proceedings — meaning that the personal plot lines of the actors who played Joey, Monica, Rachel, Chandler, Phoebe, and Ross have been just as complicated as their on-screen antics.

    The Cast Of Friends Before The Fame - Nicki Swift

    The Cast Of Friends Before The Fame - Nicki Swift

    More than two decades have passed since the Sept. 22, 1994 debut of Friends on NBC. Originally titled Six of One, the sitcom became a launching pad for its stars. In May 2019, actress Courteney Cox (aka Monica Geller) shared a throwback photo with her co-stars on Instagram with the caption: "The one where the six of us went to Vegas and no one knew we were F.R.I.E.N.D.S yet." It was on that flight that legendary TV director James Burrows showed them the comedic series' first episode. On the ground in Sin City, "Jimmy took us to dinner, and he gave us each a little money to gamble with," Kudrow told Vanity Fair. "He said, 'I want you to be aware that this is the last time that you all can be out and not be swarmed, because that's what's going to happen.'" Kudrow thought at the time: "Why is he so certain?"

    Friends Actors Who Hit Rock Bottom - Nicki Swift

    Friends Actors Who Hit Rock Bottom - Nicki Swift

    Friends continues to be one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time, but the show has faced its scandals. Friends instantly catapulted its six stars, Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), and Davis Schwimmer (Ross Geller) into the spotlight when it debuted in 1994, many of whom continue to work steadily in Hollywood to this day. And as the series ran for ten seasons, it attracted a plethora of impressive guest stars over the years. The show's high profile even intimidated some of those guest stars, including Reese Witherspoon, who played Rachel Green's sister on Friends. Witherspoon told Aniston in a joint interview with the Associated Press, "Did you know they asked me back and I said I can't do it?" As for why she wouldn't come back, Witherspoon explained, "I was too scared."

    The Most Awkward Behind-The-Scenes Moments Of Friends - Nicki Swift

    The Most Awkward Behind-The-Scenes Moments Of Friends - Nicki Swift

    Jennifer Aniston sent the press into a frenzy in October 2019, when she mentioned on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that the Friends cast wanted to do some sort of a reunion and were "working on something." While it won't be a full-fledged reboot, something is still something, and it's really only made possible due to the fact that all of the Friends cast are, well, friends. Part of the reason the series skyrocketed into popularity — and still remains one of the most-streamed series on Netflix more than 25 years after its premiere — is the chemistry between the Central Perk crew.

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