FRIENDS Cast – Then vs Now (2021)

This video is about the cast of NBC sitcom, Friends. It is meant to report on how the stars of the show have grown over the years – then vs now, and educate on the show’s characters.

Friends aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004. The show focused on six friends in their 20s and 30s who live in Manhattan and depicted the friends’ comedic, romantic adventures and career issues.

The show had enormous success, and was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards. The cast members recently reunited for a reunion special that aired on HBO Max on May 27, 2021.

The Friends cast featured:

Jennifer Aniston

She played the role of a fashion enthusiast, Rachel Green. She is also known as Monica’s childhood best-friend.

She worked as a waitress at the Coffee House Central Perk before she became an Assistant Buyer at Bloomingdale’s and buyer at Ralph Lauren.

She had an on and off relationship with Ross Geller throughout the show. Though she also dated other men during the series including Joey Tribbiani.

Rachel gave up a job in Paris to be with Ross and they have a daughter named Emma.

Courteney Cox

The bossy and competitive leader of the group known as Monica Geller. One of the group’s gathering places was her Greenwich Village Apartment.

She works as a chef throughout the show and was in a serious relationship with Richard Burke. Unfortunately, they broke up because Richard doesn’t want to have children.

Monica ends up getting into another relationship with Chandler. Later on, they get married and decided to adopt twins.

Lisa Kudrow

She played as Phoebe Buffay. A self-taught musician who writes and sings her own songs while playing a guitar. She ended up on the streets when her mother committed suicide.

Phoebe had been in 3 different serious relationships throughout the whole show with David (a scientist), Gary (a police officer) and Mike whom she broke up with for not having a desire to marry. David returned from Minsk and they get back together. However, both Mike and David proposed to her and she ends up choosing to marry Mike.

Matt LeBlanc

He played the role of a famous actor, Joey Tribbiani who’s known for saying “How you doin’?” every time he attempts to win over a woman. But despite of that, he is a caring and innocent man.

He fell in love with Rachel but she doesn’t feel the same. Though, they tried dating each other later on and found out it won’t work due to their friendship.

Joey is the only single member of the group at the end of the show.

Matthew Perry

He played the role of Chandler Bling who is known for being so unfortunate in relationships and having a sarcastic sense of humor.

He has strange parents, his mother is an erotic novelist while his father is a gay Las Vegas star.

He worked for a multinational corporation as an executive statistical analyst in the past. Later on, he became a Junior copywriter at an Advertising Agency.

Chandler had an on and off relationship with Janice Hosenstein before. He ended up marrying Monica and they adopted twins at the end of the show.

David Schwimmer

He played the role of Ross Geller, a tenured Palaeontology professor at NYU and older brother of Monica Geller.

He has three failed marriage during the series and it becomes a running joke.

Ross has a daughter with Rachel named Emma.

James Michael Tyler

He played the role of Gunther, a barista at Central Perk and becomes the manager of the coffee house later on. He was also a former soap opera actor.

Gunther has secret feelings for Rachel throughout the show.

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