The sitcom Friends debuted September 22, 1994, becoming a generational touchstone over its 10-season run, and remains one of the most popular TV shows on streaming services. The Onion looks back at key moments in the show’s history on its 25th anniversary.
Creator David Crane comes up with unprecedented idea to explore what would happen if friends had sex with each other.
Show’s success creates thriving tourism industry in New York City.
Flashback shows how deep years-long friendship formed between Monica and Joey after he unexpectedly removes his clothes and exposes himself to her.
Iconic “We were on a break!” episode resonates with millions of viewers who have no respect for their partner.
The One Where Everyone Is Homophobic.
Struggling to recover from a season-five ratings dip, producers add Jennifer Aniston’s nipples to the cast.
A black person silently orders a cup of coffee at Central Perk.
Cast bands together to negotiate salaries of $1 million per episode, making them the poorest people in Los Angeles.
Actor Matthew Perry hit with realization while taping final episode that it all downhill for him from here.
Friends’ long-lasting influence still seen today in shows that are 22 minutes long and air on NBC.