Friends was one of the most popular and culturally relevant sitcoms throughout it's 10 year reign on network television—and thanks to Netflix (and nostalgia) it's still going strong. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the show's debut, we pulled together a collection of rarely-seen pictures of the actors, guest stars, producers, and more on set of the beloved show.
Show runners Marta Kauffman and David Crane originally pitched the series to NBC as Insomnia Café. The title was revamped, but the concept remained the same: It was about six funny young friends living in New York City.
Friends premiered in 1994 and instantly turned it's ensemble cast—Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, and Matthew Perry–into household names.
The West Village apartment Monica lived in was the center of much fanfare and debate throughout the show's 10 seasons—mainly because viewers couldn't understand how a 20-something could afford a true two-bedroom with a massive living room and balcony. The show solved this by explaining it was rent controlled.
Here, Aniston, Kudrow, and Cox are seen on set during season one. Courteney revealed that she and the other women ate lunch together every day for 10 years. "We always had the same thing—a Cobb salad. But it wasn't really a Cobb salad. It was a Cobb salad that Jennifer doctored up with turkey bacon and garbanzo beans and I don't know what," Cox told the Los Angeles Times.
Since the show's first season, Christina Pickles and Elliot Gould appeared in the reoccurring roles of Monica and Ross' parents, Judy and Jack Geller. Here, all four actors who make up the Geller family pose together on set.
As for Chandler Bing, Falcon Crest actress Morgan Fairchild guest-starred on season one as his embarrassingly brazen mother.
Anita Barone originally played Carol, Ross' ex-wife, in season one. However, after just a single episode, Jane Sibbett replaced her and played Carol for the remainder of the series.
It doesn't get more meta than this: Here is Matt LeBlanc on set as Joey Tribbiani playing Dr. Drake Ramoray, a character on a fictional version of Days of our Lives. Fun fact: Roark Critchlow (right) played Dr. Mike Horton in both the Friends version of Days of Our Lives and the real one.
Here's a look at the set of the men's department store where Joey is working as a cologne spritzer in season two. Even though the characters were supposed to be living in New York City, the series never shot there. Instead Friends was filmed on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, California—which you can still visit today.
Fan favorite Maggie Wheeler, who played Chandler's on-again-off-again girlfriend Janice Hosenstein, is seen here shooting her second episode of Friends. The role was supposed to be a one-time gig, but the writers liked her so much they kept bringing her back.
Another character that made an appearance in season one: Ross' monkey, Marcel. He was apparently written out of the show because he became too difficult to shoot with.
As the show's popularity skyrocketed, the oversize mugs served at the gang's favorite coffee shop, Central Perk, became iconic. The cast got their own at the NBC press tour party, as seen here.
In season two, Carol and her partner, Susan, get married. It was the first lesbian wedding on network television. "When we did the lesbian wedding episode of Friends, everybody was up in arms. [NBC] put 104 operators on for fear of getting a million phone calls. They got two," writer and executive producer Marta Kauffman told The Hollywood Reporter.
Since the beginning of season one, Marlo Thomas made numerous appearances on the show, playing the role of Rachel Green's mom. Here she is stealing the show on set during season two.
Tom Selleck joined the cast in season two in the episode, "The One Where Ross and Rachel... You Know," as Monica's first serious boyfriend, Dr. Richard Burke. He later returned during seasons three and five.
Courteney and Tom are seen here during season two working with the episode's director, Michael Lembeck (right), who directed 20 episodes throughout the series.
Another famous face on set during season two: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chrissie Hynde, of The Pretenders, who performed with Phoebe at Central Perk during the episode called "The One with the Baby on the Bus."
That's not all. In season two, one of the biggest names in Hollywood made a cameo on Friends in "The One After the Super Bowl," which aired (you guessed it) after the Super Bowl. She played a love interest for Chandler with ulterior motives.
Here, the cast of Friends performs a scene on the set of the second apartment on Friends. Fun fact: The Magna Doodle on the back of the apartment's door displayed a different message or design in every episode.
The Thanksgiving episode was a fan favorite every season. Here, Schwimmer and Cox are seen being filmed for the famous episode in season three when the Geller siblings get a little too competitive with one another.
LeBlanc and Kudrow on set of "The One With All the Jealousy" during season three, during which Joey lands a role on Broadway after lying on his resume.
Before landing his breakout role in Zoolander, Ben Stiller guest-starred on the series during season three as Rachel's date, who happens to be a secret screamer (see next slide).
Stiller on set as "the screamer," a.k.a. Rachel's date that Ross catches screaming at people, but his friends don't believe him.
During season three, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams by chance happened to be in the same building where Friends was being shot. The two comedians accepted the opportunity to cameo on the show and completely improvised a scene on the coffee shop couch. Here's the cast posing afterward for a photo.
Remember the two different apartment sets? Well, when the guys and girls swap units after an infamous bet in season four, episode 12, the set that used to be known as Monica's apartment got a new look. Here it is in season four, episode 13.
The legendary actor appeared on Friends in season four in the episode "The One with Joey's Dirty Day," where Matt LeBlanc's character, Joey, films a scene with him for a movie.
Throughout season four, Phoebe is pregnant as the surrogate to her brother's triplets. But in reality, it was Kudrow who was pregnant and the storyline was added in by writers. Here she is posing with Courteney on set during the episode called "The One With All the Wedding Dresses."
During season four's two-part finale, the cast flew to London to film Ross' wedding. Here, Perry is seen on set filming a scene where he explores the city.
Friends channeled the '80s in a flashback episode in season five. As proven by this picture on set, Schwimmer and Perry seem into their looks.
The first episode Schwimer was given the chance to direct was season six, episode six, called "The One on the Last Night" (in which Rachel is moving out of the apartment so Chandler can move in). He returned to the chair in seasons seven, eight, and 10.