The 25th Anniversary Of ‘Friends’

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.


1993:

Creator David Crane comes up with unprecedented idea to explore what would happen if friends had sex with each other.

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1994:

Show’s success creates thriving tourism industry in New York City.


1996:

Flashback shows how deep years-long friendship formed between Monica and Joey after he unexpectedly removes his clothes and exposes himself to her.


1997:

Iconic “We were on a break!” episode resonates with millions of viewers who have no respect for their partner.

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1998:

The One Where Everyone Is Homophobic.


1999:

Struggling to recover from a season-five ratings dip, producers add Jennifer Aniston’s nipples to the cast.

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2000:

A black person silently orders a cup of coffee at Central Perk.


2002:

Cast bands together to negotiate salaries of $1 million per episode, making them the poorest people in Los Angeles.

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2004:

Actor Matthew Perry hit with realization while taping final episode that it all downhill for him from here.

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2019:

Friends’ long-lasting influence still seen today in shows that are 22 minutes long and air on NBC.

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