A pictorial tribute to F.R.I.E.N.D.S – the American sitcom that over 10 years achieved a cult following across the world for its sharp humour, near-perfect characterization and portrayal of the typical American way of life of six friends. They made us laugh hysterically, cry unabashedly and secretly wish that we had bonds that strong or life that colourful with our own friends! On Friendship Day a fond look back at 100 greatest F.R.I.E.N.D.S moments.
Chandler quits his job and becomes a junior copywriter at an advertising agency during season nine.
Phoebe, who doubles up as hairstylist/singer, has an “evil” identical twin named Ursula.
Matthew Perry portrays Chandler Bing, an executive in statistical analysis and data reconfiguration for a large multi-national corporation.
Lisa Kudrow portrays Phoebe Buffay, an eccentric masseuse and self-taught musician.
Rachel and Ross Geller are involved in an on-again-off-again relationship throughout the series.
Rachel’s first job is as a waitress at the coffeehouse Central Perk, but she later becomes an assistant buyer at Bloomingdale’s and a buyer at Ralph Lauren in season five.
Courteney Cox portrays Monica Geller, the mother hen of the group and a chef, known for her obsessive-compulsive and competitive nature.
Matt LeBlanc portrays Joey Tribbiani, a struggling actor and food lover who becomes famous for his role on Days of our Lives as Dr Drake Ramoray.
David Schwimmer portrays Ross Geller, Monica Geller’s older brother, a paleontologist working at the Museum of Natural History, and later a professor of paleontology at New York University.
Cox had the highest profile career of the main actors when she was initially cast, having appeared in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Family Ties.
Joey is a simple-minded womanizer with many short-term girlfriends throughout the series. He falls in love with Rachel in season eight.
Phoebe is ditsy but street smart and writes and sings (badly) her own quirky songs, accompanying herself on the guitar.
In the last season, Phoebe marries Mike Hannigan played by Paul Rudd.
Chandler marries Monica in season seven, and they adopt twins at the end of the series.
Monica works as a chef in various restaurants throughout the show and marries Chandler Bing in season seven.
Before his role on Friends, Schwimmer played minor characters in The Wonder Years and NYPD Blue. Rachel mock seduces Joey in this episode when he teases her about a romance novel she was reading.
Chandler is known for his sarcastic sense of humor and bad luck in relationships. Monica wearing a turkey on her head.
At the end of season eight, Rachel and Ross have a daughter named Emma in “The One Where Rachel Has a Baby, Part Two”. Ross has a lot of fun drawing a moustache on Rachel which won’t come off!
In their original contracts for the first season, cast members were paid $ 22,500 per episode. Yumm…cheesecake!
During the series’ ten-season run, the actors all became household names. “Do we go face-to-face or…butt-to-face?”
The cast members received different salaries in the second season, beginning from the $ 20,000 range to $ 40,000 per episode. Joey is ordained to marry off Monica and Chandler.
Monica is often jokingly teased by the others for having been extremely overweight as a child, especially by her brother Ross.
Before their salary negotiations for the third season, the cast decided to enter collective negotiations, despite Warner Bros.’ preference for individual deals. Phoebe has a strange bachelorette party!
The cast also received syndication royalties beginning with the fifth season. Rachel is dating Bruce Willis, a guest star in one of the episodes.
Series creator David Crane wanted all six actors to be equally prominent, and the series was lauded as being “the first true ‘ensemble’ show”. Oops! Ross has the same sweater as that of his date!
The cast members made efforts to keep the ensemble format and not allow one member to dominate. They watch a childbirth tape together.
They entered themselves in the same acting categories for awards and opted for collective salary negotiations. Hmm…supergirl or catwoman, tough choice!
The cast asked to appear together on magazine cover photos in the first season.
Joey gets a boat.
Monica and Chandler arm wrestle, guess who lost?
The Thanksgiving episode where the “talking heads” are so late!
The cast remained good friends after the series’ run.
Jennifer Aniston being godmother to Cox and David Arquette’s daughter, Coco.
Brad Pitt made a guest appearance during one of the episodes.
Monica gets a pair of boots that’s killing her feet!
Ross and Rachel watch the ultrasonogram of their unborn daughter.
Chandler does his “sex face”.
If we were in jail, you would have been my b******”! Phoebe intervenes in a fight between Rachel and Monica.
The last episode was moving and saw Ross and Rachel getting back together for good.
Ross constantly tries to tell Rachel that he loves her, while his lesbian ex-wife, Carol, is expecting his baby.
The second season begins with Rachel discovering that Ross is dating Julie (Lauren Tom).
In Season Three Rachel begins working at Bloomingdale’s, an upscale department store chain, and Ross becomes jealous of her colleague, Mark.
In the fourth season premiere, Ross and Rachel briefly reconcile, but Ross continues to insist that the two were on a break.
Monica and Rachel are forced to switch apartments with Joey and Chandler after losing a bet, but manage to switch back by bribing them with Knicks season tickets and a one-minute kiss (off-screen) between the girls.
Season five features Monica and Chandler trying to keep their new relationship a secret from their friends.
In the sixth season premiere, Ross and Rachel’s marriage is established to be a drunken mistake, and they divorce several episodes later.
Monica and Chandler decide to move into her apartment together, and Rachel moves in with Phoebe.
Joey lands a role on a cable television series called Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E, where he stars alongside a robot.
Ross gets a job lecturing at New York University, and starts dating one of his students, Elizabeth (Alexandra Holden).
Phoebe and Rachel’s apartment catches fire, and Rachel moves in with Joey while Phoebe moves in with Chandler and Monica. Chandler decides to propose to Monica, who considers reconciling with Richard. Although Richard confesses that he still loves her, Monica accepts Chandler’s proposal.
Ross and Rachel have a daughter at the end of season eight.
One of the many intense Ross and Rachel moments.
The seventh season mainly follows various antics by Monica and Chandler, who are preparing for their wedding.
Brad Pitt was a great surprise. Every girl on the cast wanted to hug him.
Monica finally does!
Rachel’s child’s father is revealed as Ross. Rachel and Ross decide to have the baby but do not resume their romantic relationship. Joey develops romantic feelings for Rachel, but she does not reciprocate them.
Rachel is terrified of eye medicine or anyone touching her eyes!
Joey wears Chandler’s underwear…every pair he had!
Joey develops a relationship with his acting partner Kate (Dina Meyer), and Monica begins a relationship with millionaire Pete Becker (Jon Favreau).
After believing she has no family except her twin sister Ursula (Lisa Kudrow), Phoebe becomes acquainted with her half-brother (Giovani Ribisi) and birth mother (Teri Garr).
While saying his vows, Ross uses the wrong name at the altar (Rachel’s), to the shock of his bride and the guests.
But Monica makes no such mistakes!
Monica and Chandler decide to have a child themselves but discover that they are unable to conceive.
Phoebe begins dating Mike Hannigan (Paul Rudd), and chooses to be with him over her ex-boyfriend David (Hank Azaria).
Rachel and Emma move in with Joey in the middle of the season, and Rachel develops romantic feelings for him.
The group travels to Barbados in the finale to hear Ross give a keynote speech at a paleontology conference.
Joey and his girlfriend Charlie (Aisha Tyler) break up, and she begins a relationship with Ross. Joey and Rachel’s feelings for each other return, and the finale ends with them kissing.
The eighth season’s first three episodes revolve around the identity of the father of Rachel’s baby.
The season finale features Monica and Chandler’s wedding. The friends believe Monica is pregnant after Phoebe finds a discarded pregnancy test in Monica’s bathroom. At the very end, it is revealed only to the audience that Rachel is pregnant.
The tenth season closes several long-running storylines. Charlie breaks up with Ross. Monica and Chandler decide to get a house together.
Joey and Rachel try to contend with Ross’s feelings about them being together and decide to remain friends.
The famous turkey episode!
Phoebe gives birth to triplets in the show’s one-hundredth episode.
Ross has three failed marriages during the series: Rachel, Emily, and Carol, a lesbian who is also the mother of his son, Ben (Cole Sprouse).
Monica is dating Richard at the beginning of Season one.
One of the best Ross and Rachel moments of the show.
Another one, where he is trying to tell her about his feelings.
Mike (Crap Bag) Hannagan.
Princess Consuella Banana Hammock.
Phoebe says I Do!
Bert! Bert! Bert! Joey’s danger signal.
Erica, the surrogate mother for Monica and Chandler’s kids says she didn’t know she was carrying twins.
Phoebe and Mike get married. Monica and Chandler apply to adopt a child and are chosen by Erica (Anna Faris).
They get quite a shock to realise Erica is having twins…TWINS!!
Monica and Chandler prepare to move to the suburbs, and Joey becomes upset with the changes happening in his life.
Rachel realizes she loves Ross in the end too, and agrees to stay with him.
Richard keeps coming back into Monica’s life.
Phoebe the fur hater…wait, what’s that she’s wearing?
Joey and Rachel…doesn’t sound right!
Joey is shown to be a struggling actor, while Phoebe works as a masseuse.
Ross begins dating an English woman named Emily (Helen Baxendale), and the season finale features their wedding in London.
Chandler and Monica sleep together, and Rachel decides to attend Ross and Emily’s wedding. While saying his vows, Ross uses the wrong name at the altar (Rachel’s), to the shock of his bride and the guests.
Monica’s new hairstyle.
“Wait…don’t go.” An intense moment when Rachel leaves for Paris.
Are they back together, are they apart…what’s the deal? By the end of the series ever fan was hoping they’d patch up.
David Crane and Marta Kauffman began developing three new television pilots that would premiere in the fall of 1994 after their sitcom Family Album was cancelled by CBS in 1993.
Kauffman and Crane decided to pitch the series about “six people in their 20s making their way in Manhattan” to NBC, since they thought it would fit best there.
The idea for the series was conceived when Crane and Kauffman began thinking about the time when they had finished college and started living by themselves in New York.
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