James Michael Tyler

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Friends Is Coming to Netflix!

The cast of Friends will be there for you ... whenever you want them to be, beginning early next year.

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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: Friends Turns 20! The One Where Gunther Looks Back and Plays Trivia

Central Perk may not be Gunther's last name, but the two unquestionably go hand-in-hand.

So naturally, that's where we found James Michael Tyler, who played the surly, deadpan, Rachel-obsessed barista with "hair brighter than the sun" on Friends for all of its 10-year run. In honor of the series' 20th anniversary on Monday, Central Perk is real and — not to mix our must Must-See TV sitcoms — spectacular. Located at 199 Lafayette Street in New York City and open through Oct. 18, the pop-up coffeehouse is a must-stop shop for all Friends fanatics. The iconic orange couch is there for photo ops, there are tons of memorabilia, props (including Pat the Dog), souvenirs and free cups of coffee (courtesy of Eight O'Clock Coffee). Gunther himself will make surprise visits.

The hardest Friends quiz you'll ever take

"I had no expectation and I don't think ...
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Year Title Description
2008 Jury Duty: My In-law Is an Outlaw Episode, Appearing
2007 Jury Duty: The Cliquey Co-Op Episode, Appearing
2007 Jury Duty: The Landlord that Got Bit Episode, Appearing
2006 True Hollywood Story: Friends Episode, Remarks by
1994 Friends TV Show Series, Actor - Gunther

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Central Perk Opening in NYC for Friends' 20th Anniversary

Could we be any happier? A Central Perk pop-up shop is opening in NYC to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Friends premiere.

Fans will be able to enjoy free cups of Eight O' Clock coffee, including a limited-edition Central Perk roast, in a fully functional replica of Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe's favorite hangout. read more

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