On its 20th Anniversary premiere, “Friends” stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow reunited to play their famous TV roles for a skit on ABC late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! Read on for more details on this story.
According to Deadline, the ABC late-night show relived the hit show for its the 20th anniversary of the NBC sitcom “Friends.” Aniston, Cox and Kudrow joined Jimmy Kimmel on a “fan-fiction” skit he made on his late-night show.
The three lovely “Friends” cast members reprised their roles as Rachel, Monica and Phoebe complete with an exact replica of the kitchen used in the show. Kimmel takes on the role of Ross who is seemingly concentrated on the idea of “making love,” which was repeated more times than you’d probably care.
Unfortunately, their male counterparts Matt LeBlanc who portrays Joey and Matthew Perry who portrays Chandler were not in the scene. Kimmel jokingly explained why there’s no Joey, “they’re dead, Marcel the monkey bit them and gave them monkey rabies…and they died.”
Moreover, to commemorate the event Warner Bros TV, the show’s producer, announced its 20th anniversary initiative. The studio has put up replica of the signature Central Perk coffee shop featured in the sitcom series. It was brought up in a pop-up style establishment, which will be serving free cups of Eight O’ Clock Coffee in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood from Sept. 17 through Oct. 18.
“Friends” is a sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004 that lasted for ten seasons and is now in syndication. The series was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television and was originally executive produce by Kevin S. Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane.
The 90’s sitcom received positive reviews throughout its run, becoming one of the most popular sitcoms of all time being nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning the Outstanding Comedy Series award in 2002 for its eighth season. The show led the Nielsen ratings with its eighth season and finished among the top five every year from 1995 to 2004.
“Friends” was so critically acclaimed that it made huge cultural impacts. Aniston’s hairstyle was nicknamed “The Rachel” and was copied throughout the world while Joey’s catchphrase, “How you doin’?”, became a popular part of Western English slang, often used as a pick-up line or when greeting friends and the use of the word “so”. The Central Perk coffee house, one of the principal settings of the series, has inspired various imitations worldwide, which started a Central Perk franchise, registering the name in 32 countries. The set was later rebuilt as part of a museum exhibit at Warner Bros. Studios.
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