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Pilot Inspector: Befriending Friends Again, 20 Years Later

On Sept. 22, 1994, Friends premiered on NBC, and haircuts, coffeehouses, lobsters, trivia games, pivoting, Thanksgiving, pickup lines and break(-up) lines were never the same again. The sitcom phenom's cultural impact endures and its popularity remains unrivaled, but could we have foreseen all that by the time Chandler (Matthew Perry) shared his Liza Minnelli dream?

In honor of the series' 20th anniversary, Joyce Eng and Sadie Gennis decided to break out the pilot and look back at the one where it all began.

The hardest Friends quiz you'll ever take


"The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate": Having left her fiancé Barry at the altar ...
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VIDEO: The One With Chandler and Monica's Wedding (Part 2)

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Aired: 5/17/2001

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VIDEO: The One With Chandler and Monica's Wedding (Part 2) [HD]

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Length: 22:00
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Monica remains blissfully unaware of the potential disasters on her wedding day. watch

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Episodes Season 3: Episode 5 Clip - You Called Me Fat
Episodes Season 3: Episode 8 Clip - Loophole
Episodes Season 3: Episode 7 Clip - A Better Person

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Credits

Year Title Description
2011 Episodes TV Show Series, Creator
2011 Episodes TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2007 TV Land Awards TV Show Series, Appearing
1994 Friends TV Show Series, Executive Producer
1989 Traffik Movie, Actor

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Keck's Exclusives: Awkward Late-Night Episodes

Showtime's Episodes hasn't begun shooting its third season yet, but I already know which installment is going to be my favorite. Creators David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik are planning to spoof a... read more

Friends Boss on Coming to Blu-ray, the Episode That Never Happened and Where Everyone Is Now

Now we can finally watch Green Acres Friends the way it was meant to be seen.

Friends: The Complete Series Blu-ray box set hits stores Tuesday for the first time, featuring all 236 episodes completely remastered, with 17 hours of extras from the original DVDs and more than three hours of all-new bonus features. Among the new content: New retrospective documentaries, a never-before-seen gag reel, and the original script and producer's cut of Season 8's "The One Where Rachel Tells Ross," which includes a Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) story line that had to be modified in the wake of 9/11. The 21-disc collection is must-have for any diehard Friends fan who has been there since Ross (David Schwimmer) grabbed a spoon or is just learning what the "Joey special" is now in syndication. "I think we have something that's going to make Friends fans really happy," co-executive producer/director Kevin S. Bright tells TVGuide.com.

Friends exclusive: Peek at an extra from the complete series on Blu-ray!

Working with Warner Home Video, Bright was "very involved" in ...
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Episodes Renewed for Third Season

Matt LeBlanc's Showtime comedy Episodes has been renewed for a nine-episode third season, the cable network announced Thursday.

Episodes stars LeBlanc as a fictionalized version of himself, a role which earned him his first Golden Globe and Emmy nods since Friends. Joining LeBlanc again will be Stephen Mangan and Tasmin Greig as Sean and Beverly Lincoln, the creators of a hit British show that is remade as a starring vehicle for LeBlanc in the U.S. read more

Episodes: The Creation of "Matt LeBlanc" (and the Destruction of Joey)

Matt LeBlanc is a pretty big jerk on Episodes, and not in the neurotic Larry David-on-Curb Your Enthusiasm-kind of way. In the Showtime comedy, LeBlanc plays himself as a lame-brained has-been — with a stinky Joey cologne line to match — but also a womanizer, bum dad, and most recently, the kind of guy who sleeps with his friend's wife without remorse.

It's a complicated if depressing alter ego to take on, and certainly one attention-grabbing way for the real-life LeBlanc to jump back into the spotlight following the 2006 failure of Joey. Executive producers David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik say that they didn't craft the part around the real LeBlanc, who in person is pleasant but serious, relaxed but not overly friendly. "Occasionally, he'll be playful, but he's not Joey," Klarik says.

Are the creators of Showtime's Episodes bitter? They don't think so!

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Keck's Exclusives: Showtime's Episodes Covers a Taboo Topic

The February 6 episode of Showtime's Episodes makes jokes about an issue that television comedy has long avoided: rape. The storyline finds Matt LeBlanc (playing an overly clueless version of himself) at a rape prevention benefit, struggling to uncork a bottle of wine — oblivious to the survivor onstage relating the story of her brutal attack. Wickedly funny or brazenly insensitive?

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