MediaVillage continues its celebration of all things Friends, leading up to the 25th anniversary of the premiere, with something a little different. We’ve unearthed some exclusive, never-before-seen photos of the iconic sets used throughout the series’ 10-year run. In the first of three photo features we explore Central Perk, which like any great sitcom set is considered by some to be a member of the cast. The famed coffee house played home to barista Gunther, provided Rachel her first job, and later offered employment to Joey. It gave Phoebe a platform to perform for her quirky original ditties, and while she also technically worked there, she did so for free. Central Perk played a pivotal role in the moment Ross and Rachel finally got together, and was the backdrop for some of the show’s most memorable guest-stars, like Isabella Rossellini in The One with Frank Jr., in which Ross hit on her while holding his laminated list of celebrities he was allowed to cheat with. Robin Williams and Billy Crystal made cameos sitting on the orange Central Perk couch in The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion. While a lot of attention to detail was taken with the contents of the set, rarely did we get a close look at what those details were, like the blends of coffees available, or the signage. So, scroll and stroll through Central Perk and its surrounding street area and get reacquainted.
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