Friends

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Friends Is Coming to Netflix!

Friends

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

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As the Fall Season Begins, Will 4 Remain TV's Magic Number?

Lost, Friends

As the official 2014-2015 TV season kicks off on Monday, Sept. 22, we're about to find out whether TV's unofficial "Rule of 4" will strike again.

What's the "Rule of 4"? Quite simply, in the past few decades, years that ended in "4" have turned out to be game-changing seasons in network TV. In 1984, The Cosby Show premiered and immediately revived a moribund NBC, as well as the entire sitcom genre.

By 1994, NBC was struggling once again — until Friends and ER came along and made the Peacock Network an unstoppable force for the rest of the decade. By 2004, it was ABC on the ropes, until Lost and Desperate Housewives debuted and turned that network around.

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Pilot Inspector: Befriending Friends Again, 20 Years Later

Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer

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.

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"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

James Michael Tyler

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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Exclusive Video: Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry Reunite in Web Therapy Season 4 Promo

Lisa Kudrow

Friends has been back in the news this month — see: Exhibit A and Exhibit B — as the iconic hit nears its 20th anniversary. So it's perfect timing that the new teaser for Season 4 of Web Therapy kicks off with a reunion between former co-stars... read more

Jimmy Kimmel's Friends Reunion Was Everything We Hoped It Could Be

Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel staged a (partial) Friends reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, debuting some of the fan fiction he wrote about the show in a set that's an exact replica of Monica's kitchen on the show.

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Central Perk Opening in NYC for Friends' 20th Anniversary

Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox

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

Report: Big Bang Theory Stars Close Deals at $1M Per Episode

Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Contract negotiations among the cast of The Big Bang Theory have reportedly been resolved, with stars Jim ParsonsJohnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco set to earn $1 million per episode for the next three seasons, Deadline reports. That matches the previously-unprecedented salaries set by the Friends cast in the show's last season.

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VIDEO: The TV Haircuts That Changed Our Lives

Jennifer Aniston

From the "Farrah-do" to "the Rachel," television has been influencing our hairstyles for decades.

When Charlie's Angels premiered in 1976, star Farrah Fawcett had no way of knowing that her wispy tresses would be copied by women well into the '80s. Jennifer Aniston's character on Friends had the same effect in the '90s, when "The Rachel" inspired layered locks everywhere.

But not all memorable TV 'dos were celebrated. Remember when Felicity's Keri Russell caused hysteria by chopping her hair off before Season 2?

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Netflix's Grace and Frankie Adds Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen has joined the cast of Netflix's upcoming comedy series Grace and Frankie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. read more

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Premiered: September 22, 1994, on NBC
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Premise: A classic sitcom that reflected the lives of six twentysomething friends: three men and three women, living in New York. Sometimes touching and often hilarious, it addressed universal themes like falling in---or out of---love, finding a job and dealing with (as well as becoming) parents, and inspired numerous friends-themed knockoffs, none of which conveyed the warmth and humor of the original. A spin-off, `Joey,' featuring Matt LeBlanc's character, was slated to debut in the fall of 2004.

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