On September 22, 1994, TV audiences got six new pals with the cast of the hit NBC series Friends. Now, decades later, we’ve watched Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing) and David Schwimmer (Ross Geller) take on numerous other roles through the years.

The friend group went from aimless 20-somethings to grown-ups with great careers, less complicated love lives and growing families during the show’s 10-season run. Still, fans cannot forget the iconic Central Perk frequenters, leading to chatter about a revival.

“Y’all should do a Friends reunion. I know people keep asking that,” Ellen DeGeneres told Aniston during a February 2018 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “Is it even in the realm of possibility?”

The actress gave viewers an optimistic reply. “Anything is a possibility, Ellen,” she declared. “Anything! Right?”

Aniston later admitted that the male cast members were the ones holding up a revival. “The girls always say we would love to do it again, and the boys are a little less excited about it for some reason,” she said on The Late Late Show With James Corden in December 2018.

Cox did not seem as on board with the idea in October 2018. “People ask us all the time would we ever do a remake and that was a story about this group of people, they were friends in their 30s and they were finding themselves and I think there’s really … I don’t know that there’s a way to redo it,” she told reporters. “It’s not like the other shows that have done reboots and are doing so well. I just don’t see it happening even though I would do anything to be in a room with all of those people acting, having a great time — but I just don’t see it happening.”

In 2020, HBO Max announced that the original cast would reunite for the first time for an unscripted reunion special. While it was set to be available when the streaming service launched in May, it was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Scroll to see the stars of the ’90s hit today and now.

Jennifer Aniston

The megastar has been hard at work since ditching her famous Rachel hairstyle. Aniston’s starred in many big-screen roles with box office hits and awards-season darlings, including He’s Just Not That Into You, Marley & Me, We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses, Cake and Dumplin’. In 2019, she returned to TV as star and executive producer on Apple TV+’s The Morning Show, which earned her a SAG Award. 

One year after Friends ended, Aniston and then-husband Brad Pitt divorced. She went on to marry Justin Theroux in 2015. The duo split in 2017.


Matt LeBlanc

Post-Friends, LeBlanc focused his industry efforts behind the scenes. His production company, Fort Hill Productions, coproduced the 2006 made-for-TV movie The Prince. The actor, who split from Melissa McKnight in 2006 after three years of marriage, is the dad of daughter Marina. His continued TV success included his Showtime series, Episodes, and his CBS sitcom, Man With a Plan. He also cohosted Top Gear from 2016 to 2019.


Courteney Cox

Mom of daughter Coco with ex-husband David Arquette, Cox went on to star in the ABC-turned-TBS comedy Cougar Town, which aired its final episode in April 2014. Following her divorce from Arquette, the actress accepted Snow Patrol rocker Johnny McDaid’s proposal. In 2019, she hosted and executive produced 9 Months with Courteney Cox. She is also set to star in Scream 5, which will begin filming in September 2020.


David Schwimmer

Known to the younger set as the voice of Melman, the giraffe in the animated Madagascar films, Schwimmer made his feature directorial debut with 2007’s Run, Fatboy, Run. He has also appeared on Broadway in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. In 2012, he portrayed Newell L. Miller in Web Therapy alongside Kudrow. Schwimmer stole the show yet again on the small screen as Robert Kardashian in 2016’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and in his season 10 arc on Will & Grace. In 2020, he landed a role on Intelligence, a British television sitcom that was picked up by Peacock.

Schwimmer was married to artist Zoë Buckman from 2010 to 2017. They share one daughter, who they welcomed in 2011. 


Lisa Kudrow

Now married with a son, Kudrow was the cocreator, writer and star of HBO’s The Comeback in 2005, about a has-been sitcom star yearning for a second chance. Although the actress earned an Emmy nomination for her role as Valerie Cherish, the series was canceled after just 13 episodes. The show made a comeback itself, however, in 2014 when HBO brought it back for season 2. The star also appeared in Web Therapy, P.S. I Love You, Easy A, Grace and Frankie, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In 2020, she landed a recurring role in Netflix’s Space Force.


Matthew Perry

Perry made himself known to a new generation of fans when he played the adult version of Zac Efron’s character in 2009’s 17 Again. The actor also appeared in numerous TV series including Mr. Sunshine, The Good Wife, Go On and The Odd Couple. He underwent surgery for a gastrointestinal perforation in 2018. 

In November 2020, Perry got engaged to talent manager Molly Hurwitz.


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