The world sits in somber reflection today, trying to catch its breath as the most important news of the age is passed down. It is not often that such momentous news reaches the masses, but today is one of those days. People everywhere will remember where they were the day they heard this news: Friends is coming to Netflix.
Monica and Chandler, Ross and Rachel, Joey and Phoebe, all will be inhabiting TV screens again in a non-commercial riddled environment. Though the show is probably able to be seen 24 hours a day in syndication, now viewers will be able to decide when and where they watch the classic show.
Viewers will delight in such catchphrases as, “We were on a break!” and “Could I be wearing any more clothes?” They will cry with joy as Rachel gets off the plane. They will cringe as Chandler asks a super model for some gum. They will shake their heads as they remember the fact that there was a monkey on that show for a minute.
The story of six young New Yorkers, learning how to make their way in the world, even though it feels like they are driving a car in the wrong gear, was a classic. With laughable jobs, no money, and a feeling that their love life is DOA, these, ahem, friends navigated all kinds of crazy situations: like owning a duck and a chicken and switching apartments! Or even things like whether or not it is okay to sleep with your assistant, or student. Spoiler Alert: it was not.
One of the most popular television shows ever, Friends premiered in 1994. Its finale, in May of 2004 was watched by almost 53 million people, with only three series finales ahead of it. By the end of the series, stars Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, and Jennifer Aniston were all making $1 million per episode, making them the highest paid sitcom stars in history.
After Friends, the stars have looked for new shows to be stars of. Matthew Perry will be starring in the upcoming remake of The Odd Couple, Lisa Kudrow will be starring in a revival of her show The Comeback, and Jennifer Aniston is best known for not being married to Brad Pitt anymore, though she has played in many roles since. This is the last season of Courtney Cox’s show Cougar Town. Matt Le Blanc starred as himself in the Showtime show Episodes, which the internet says is a show that exists.
Friends was also a veritable Who’s Who of guest stars. Tom Selleck played Monica’s elderly boyfriend for a while. Jon Favreau also played Monica’s rich boyfriend. Though, eventually Chandler becomes Monica’s neurotic husband, because there wasn’t a romantic pairing that Friends would not try. Including Joey and Rachel, which, ew. One time, Brad Pitt played an old nemesis of Rachel’s, which is sure to make someone’s binge watching uncomfortable. Rachel of course, ends up with Ross, which is ridiculous, because Ross is scientifically the worst. Phoebe, of course, marries Paul Rudd, which makes sense, because, again to science, Phoebe is the best, and so is Paul Rudd. Other guest stars include Bruce Willis, Ellen Pompeo, George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon, and even Susan Sarandon.
All 236 Friends episodes will be released to Netflix on January 1, 2015. There goes the year.
By Bryan Levy