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Where Are They Now? The Cast of Friends Two Decades Later

So no one warned you that life would be this way. It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Friends first aired and introduced us to Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Joey, Rachel and Ross. For a decade we tuned in each week to Central Perk and followed the ups and downs of these six friends in New York City. Though the show ended in 2004, the cast has remained close and continued acting in movies and TV shows. Ever wonder what the cast behind our favorite Friends have been up to since the show wrapped? Here’s a look at where the cast of Friends is now, two decades after we first met the gang. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, have a seat on the orange couch and get ready to catch up with some old friends.

The Show That Defined the 90s: A Look Back at Friends

If you grew up in the 90s, Friends was likely a huge part of your life. The show about six 20-somethings living in New York City and navigating relationships and careers dominated pop culture for a decade.

The Perfect Ensemble Cast:

The chemistry between the actors - Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer - was undeniable. Each brought humor and heart to their complex, relatable characters.

Rachel Green started out as a spoiled daddy's girl but grew into an independent woman. Monica Gellar showed that you could be both a chef and a clean freak. Phoebe Buffay marched to the beat of her own quirky drum. Joey Tribbiani brought levity and loyalty. Chandler Bing used humor to mask his insecurities. And Ross Gellar was the hopeless romantic we all loved and hated at times.

Storylines That Tugged At Our Heartstrings:

From Ross and Rachel's on-again-off-again romance to Monica and Chandler's secret relationship turned marriage to Phoebe acting as a surrogate for her brother's triplets, Friends gave us storylines and inside jokes that still make us laugh and cry today. The show was a reminder that life’s challenges are better faced with good friends by your side.

A Lasting Legacy:

Though Friends ended in 2004, its impact on pop culture continues today. New generations discover and fall in love with the show, now streaming on services like Netflix and HBO Max. The iconic theme song, “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts, remains instantly recognizable. And Central Perk, the show’s coffee shop hangout, lives on in the hearts of fans worldwide.

Friends gave us friendship, love, and laughter when we needed it most. For that, we’ll be forever grateful.

Where Are They Now? Checking in on the Friends Cast

Where are the Friends cast members now, many years after the show's conclusion? A lot has changed, but some things haven't.

Sadly, Matthew Perry, who portrayed Chandler Bing, passed away in 2023 at just 54. Though Perry struggled with addiction for years, in recent photos he appeared happy and healthy. His memoir, published shortly before his death, gave fans insight into his challenges and triumphs.

Courteney Cox, who played Monica Gellar, has stayed busy acting in shows like Cougar Town and the Scream movies. She and ex-husband David Arquette have a daughter, Coco, now in her 20s. Cox seems to have aged most gracefully of the cast.

Jennifer Aniston became America's sweetheart as Rachel Green. Today, she remains an A-list movie star and perennial "Most Beautiful" list-maker. Though divorced from Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux, Aniston appears content embracing life's adventures.

Lisa Kudrow, who portrayed quirky Phoebe Buffay, has worked steadily in TV comedies like Web Therapy and Feel Good. Kudrow values her privacy but occasionally posts on social media, showing she's still close with former co-stars.

Matt LeBlanc, aka Joey Tribbiani, now hosts the BBC car show Top Gear. LeBlanc has kept a low profile otherwise. Though linked to various women over the years, he never married and has no children. LeBlanc remains proud of his Friends role but ready to move on to new challenges.

David Schwimmer After leaving Friends, starred in the television shows Extrapolations, American Crime Story, and Madagascar. From 2010 to 2017, he wed Zoe Buckman, and the two had a daughter named Cleo in 2011

While the cast has had ups and downs, their time on Friends lives on. The show remains beloved, proving that friendship, humor, and good times never go out of style. The gang from Central Perk will always have a place in our hearts.

Why We Still Love Friends: The Show's Lasting Legacy

Even though Friends ended over 15 years ago, it remains beloved by fans of all ages. There are a few reasons why the show has endured and still resonates with viewers today:

  • The characters and their relationships. We grew attached to Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe over 10 seasons. We rooted for Ross and Rachel to finally get together, loved Monica and Chandler's quirky romance, and laughed at Joey's antics. The show was ultimately about the unbreakable bonds between friends, which is something we can all relate to.
  • Hilarious and quotable moments. So many scenes, jokes, and lines have become permanently ingrained in pop culture. "How you doin'?" "We were on a break!" "Pivot!" Almost every episode contained moments of comedy gold that make us laugh even now.
  • Timeless storylines. While the show was very much a product of the 90s and 2000s, many of the issues the characters dealt with - relationships, careers, life struggles - are universal. The show captured what it's like to be a young adult, and those kinds of coming-of-age stories never get old.
  • Nostalgia factor. For those who grew up with the show, Friends conjures up memories of Must-See TV Thursdays and a simpler time. The iconic theme song alone is enough to make us feel warm and fuzzy. Re-watching episodes is like visiting old friends.

While trends change and technology advances, some things remain constant. Our need for friendship, laughter, and stories we can relate to will never go out of style. That is why Friends has enduring power and will live on for generations to come.


So there you have it, the major life events and career highlights from the Friends cast since the show ended in 2004. While the show lives on in reruns and streaming, it's nice to see the actors and actresses behind those beloved characters moving on to new creative pursuits and enjoying the fruits of their labor. Though the show is long gone, the memories and laughs it gave us remain. The friends we made were the friends we found along the way. And really, isn't that what the show was all about? Finding your tribe, learning to navigate relationships, and growing up together. The cast of Friends gave us that gift, and for that, we'll be there for them.

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