The one with the anniversary – ‘Friends’ celebrates 25 years
Twenty-five years after its 1994 debut, “Friends” continues to withstand the test of time, remaining one of television's most revered series.
Throughout its 10-season run, the show garnered multiple Emmy wins, stole the hearts of audiences around the globe and gave us six life-long friends.
In honor of the show’s momentous milestone, we’re sharing 25 ways you can celebrate the beloved series that will always be there for you.
1. The One with the Free App
Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) recently launched its new “Friends 25” app, complete with 3D augmented reality (AR) filters, trivia games, photo booth stickers, custom frames and scene-inspired recipes.
Could we be any more excited?
Download for free on the App Store or Google Play.
2. The One with the NYC Pop-Up
Warner Bros. Consumer Products and WBTVG teamed up with Superfly to create an interactive and immersive experience where fans can take a ~break~ from their routine and step into the shoes of their favorite “Friends” characters. Attendees can relive the series’ most iconic moments with set recreations, photo ops, props, costumes, and more. Take a piece of Central Perk home with you and peruse the largest U.S. selection of “Friends” merchandise all in one convenient location.
Don’t miss the “Friends” New York City Pop-Up running through October 6.
3. The One with the Exclusive Merchandise
Whether you make it to the pop-up or not, you can still pick up some exclusive #Friends25 swag at the official merchandise shop.
Maybe just skip the leather pants…
4. The One Where ‘Friends’ Hits the Big Screen
Thanks to Fathom Events, fans can reunite with their longtime friends—Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey—in movie theaters across the U.S. on Sept. 23, Sept. 28 and Oct. This special event will bring 12 fan-favorite episodes to the big screen and will feature exclusive interviews and never-before-seen content. Each night will include four unique episodes that have been newly remastered in 4k from the original 35mm camera negative.
5. “The One Where Fans Take Over TBS”
Time to cozy up into your La-Z-Boy recliners—TBS Network is celebrating the “Friends” 25th anniversary with specially curated marathons of the hit comedy series all September long.
Each week, TBS selected themes such as “Famous Guest Stars” (think Paul Rudd, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon and more) to craft a programming schedule sure to make any “Friends” fan smile.
The WarnerMedia network even let fans weigh in and vote on their favorite episodes. Winning selections were pulled together to build this week’s marathon, curated entirely by the 60,000 fans who cast their vote. Watch the winning episodes on TBS Network now through September 21, and more hand-picked episodes the rest of the month.
6. The One Where TBS Hosts a Trivia Live Stream on Twitter
Deep breaths. Deep breaths. Our excitement cannot be contained because TOMORROW is our #FRIENDS25 Trivia Live Stream! Put on those red sweaters & wedding gowns and make sure to tune in right here on Twitter for all the FRIENDS fun! pic.twitter.com/i7Z2uMSwdx— TBS Network (@TBSNetwork) September 18, 2019
Super-fans—scurry on over to your favorite coffee shop sofa and tune in to @TBSNetwork’s trivia livestream on Twitter, Thursday Sept. 19. Test your “Friends” knowledge and catch some surprise “smelly” guests as they roam the famous set.
7. The One in Vegas
On Oct. 18-19, WBTGV, AT&T and MGM Resorts International are hosting a one-of-a-kind Friends 25th anniversary celebration, full of new and exciting fan experiences.
From Phoebe’s yellow cab escape room to meet-and-greets with Ross’s pet monkey, Marcel, it’s a great way to celebrate the anni-Vegas-ry (don’t hate us… it was Monica’s brainchild).
Since “Friends” and fountains go hand-in-hand, the iconic Fountains of Bellagio will also be celebrating the sitcom’s momentous milestone with a brand-new show set to the Rembrandts catchy “Friends” theme song.
Speaking of the Rembrandts, the musical duo will also be there (for you) playing an exclusive live set.
Check out all the experiences planned for the “Friends” in Vegas weekend Oct. 18-19 here.
8. The One with The Couch Tour
After 25 years of conversations on the iconic Central Perk couch, WBTVG is sending the legendary lounger on a world tour! The sojourning sofa can be found in some of the world’s most famous destinations, including the Grand Canyon, the Empire State Building, London’s Tower Bridge, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and countless others. Take a seat while you can through September 2019.
9. The One Where Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood Hosts Friendsgiving
Celebrate “Friendsgiving” and the 25th anniversary of the beloved Central Perk sitcom in the place where it all began—Warner Bros. Studios, Hollywood.
Gather with friends and family where Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey formed their unforgettable friendship.
Enjoy an exclusive “Friends” tour through the studio backlots, recreate the show’s opening credits in front of the original “Friends” fountain and eat a holiday-themed meal where the cast frequently dined while filming.
10. The One Where CNN Airs a ‘Friends Forever’ Special Report
CNN’s celebration pivots a bit from other fan events and experiences. The 24-hour news network created a special “Friends” documentary report, allowing audience to take a look back at the series and
11. The One Where Meghan Trainor Lights up the Empire State Building with a Cover of “I’ll Be There For You”
Meghan Trainor Preps ‘Friends’ Theme Song Cover for Show’s 25th Anniversaryhttps://t.co/uizCfa1E9b— FRIENDS (@FriendsTV) September 16, 2019
Grammy winner—and mega “Friends” fan— Meghan Trainor will debut her new cover of the iconic show’s theme song on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 8:30 p.m. ET — the exact time “Friends” debuted on September 22, 1994.
The music-to-light show will illuminate the Empire State Building with red, yellow and blue lights just like the show’s lovable logo. The 103-story building is one of eight of the world’s tallest and most iconic landmarks to be lit in honor of the anniversary.
Learn more about the event and view a complete list of participating locations that will light up around the world on “Friends Day” Sept. 22.
12. The One with Pottery Barn
We were on a break!— Pottery Barn (@potterybarn) July 30, 2019
But now we’re together again to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friends We brought back the beloved Apothecary Table (from the days of yore), along with a collection of Central Perk-worthy accents
#FRIENDSxPB https://t.co/i4EmStJ0Ke pic.twitter.com/U6UESaxXAS
Remember that “antique” apothecary table Rachel bought at Pottery Barn? Now you can have one too!
They don’t know that we know we don’t have space for it. They know we know we still want it anyway.
Browse the entire Friends x Pottery Barn collection here.
13. The One with Coffee Bean
Where would our faithful friends be without their favorite hot drinks and conversations on the couch? In honor of the coffee-loving group, Coffee Bean collaborated with Warner Bros. to create special edition Central Perk coffees and tea available for purchase.
Select LA locations even recreated the iconic coffee house scene and gave fans an opportunity to sit on the comfy orange couch at “Friends” pop-ups in Santa Monica and West Hollywood.
14. The One with Alex and Ani
Alex and Ani are taking FRIENDship bracelets to a whole new level.
Turn your favorite “Friends” moments into your favorite accessories with the new Friends x Alex and Ani collection. Share with your friends, family, or identical hand twin!
15. The One with LEGO
If you can’t make it to the NYC pop-ups or the Warner Bros. Studio Tour to sit in Central Perk for yourself, don’t fret! Now you can build it with LEGO's exclusive Friends 25th collection.
Recreate your favorite Central Perk moments LEGO-style, or maybe even put a LEGO version of yourself in the moment!
16. The One Where Friends Created a Giphy Channel
In honor of the anniversary, the show’s social accounts launched a channel on GIPHY, complete with over 3,000 new “Friends” stickers at your fingertips.
Go ahead, send one to your lobster.
17. The One with the Recipes
Joey doesn’t share food, but you’re definitely going to want to share these show-inspired recipes.
Check out @Friends on social media for more fan-favorite recipes.
18. The One Where AT&T Thanks Held a Sweepstakes
Best friends have your back, and so does AT&T Thanks. If you couldn’t grab tickets to the sold-out NYC Pop Up, @attthanks is giving you another chance to make all your friends jealous by winning three nights for you and a friend to spend in New York City.
19. The One with Bloomingdales and Ralph Lauren
Celebrate in style with Rachel Green’s famous employer Ralph Lauren and shop their exclusive Friends 25th anniversary collection. The brand also partnered with another one of Rachel’s former employers, Bloomingdales, to recreate some of the show’s most memorable locations in select stores. Learn more here.
20. The One Across the Pond
Much like the Pop-Up in NYC, British best friends in Bristol, Manchester, Milton Keynes and London were treated to a “Friends” 25th anniversary celebration event called FriendFest. Lucky fans in attendance could sit in a replica of Monica’s apartment, recline in Chandler and Joey’s La-Z-Boys and recreate the iconic PIVOT! scene. Learn more about the event here.
21. The One with the TBS Giveaway
In addition to their “Friends Marathons” and Twitter Trivia Livestream, TBS Network is also celebrating the “Friends” 25th anniversary with a special sweepstakes where fans could win $100 a day or a grand prize of $25,000! Wouldn’t that be a nice Perk…
Watch every day on TBS through Sept. 27 for your chance to win.
22. The One with Nike
If your feet are making your shoes smellier than the cat in Phoebe’s infamous song, it may be time to get new shoes. Luckily for you, Nike is celebrating the “Friends” 25th anniversary with the exclusive Kyrie 5 x Friends collection.
23. The One at the Giants Game
Giants fans were treated to a giant surprise. We think the picture speaks for itself.
24. The One with the Cleveland Browns
Rachel may not be great at football, but these guys sure are! Check out how the Cleveland Browns celebrated the beloved sitcom’s 25th anniversary and watch their rendition of the famous “Friends” fountain scene.
Join in on the fun with your own version of the #FriendsFountainChallenge!
25. The one where you pivot everything you’re doing to participate in all of the Friends 25th festivities!
Whether you’re a “Friends” fanatic or a first-time watcher, there are tons of ways to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the popular Central Perk pals. Cheers to 25 years and here’s to 25 more behind the legendary purple door.