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Throwback Mannequin Challenge! Like Many Trends, It All Started with Friends

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The Mannequin Challenge has taken over social media, but long before it made waves on Instagram and Twitter, the cast of Friends participated in their own version on the ’90s sitcom.

In the throwback scene, which has made its way to the Twitterverse, the cast — including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow — freezes in place while they watch baby Emma attempt to crawl.

After Rachel (Aniston) remarks on her crawling, the rest of the roommates encourage Emma to showcase her new skills. “Come on, Emma! Come on, Emma!”

“Oh, you know what, I think we’re probably distracting her,” Rachel says. “Let’s everybody be still for just a minute,” she recommends as the cast stands frozen in their varying poses.

Since the challenge began, numerous celebrities have participated, including Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Schumer, Adele, Destiny’s Child, Taylor Swift’s squad and Britney Spears.

And although Friends fans may have held onto hope for a reunion of the comedy series, Aniston doesn’t think that a revival is likely, although she does believe “television is where it’s at.”

“I think that period of time was sort of nostalgic, you know, there’s something about a time, and I think why people have such an affection for it,” Aniston said on Lorraine. “There was something about a time when our faces weren’t shoved into cellphones and we weren’t checking Facebook and Instagram. We were in a room together, or in a coffee shop together, and we’ve lost that.”