Every Time the 'Friends' Cast Has Hung Out in Real Life

From birthday parties to ladies' nights, here's proof that your favorite Friends are #SquadGoals in real life, too

01 of 25

The One Where the Cast Stays Friends

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The cast of the hit sitcom Friends, which ran from 1994 to 2004, defined an era of #SquadGoals when it came to living in New York City in your 20s and 30s. And they've continued to do so off-screen, allowing us to imagine what their relationships would look like in their 40s and 50s. From guest-starring on each other's new projects to showing support at premieres or just having a ladies' night, the gang has proved that they're still there for each other, just like they were before. Click through to see photos from some of their sweetest reunions.

02 of 25

The One Where They Wore Merch

In April 2022, Aniston and Cox posted a brief clip of themselves in some new merchandise from a line that features iconic moments from the last four seasons of their hit '90s sitcom.

In the clip, the pals can be seen wearing tops that say "Friends Forever" surrounded by six keys, symbolizing the final moment of the series in which all six friends left behind their keys when Monica (Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) moved out of their apartment.

"Friends forever ❤️link in bio 👩🏼‍🤝‍👩🏻@americares @ebmrf," Aniston and Cox captioned the joint Instagram post that tags non-profit organizations Americares and EBMRF.

Cox shared a similar post, reminding her followers that this is the "final drop."

The two organizations tagged in the post are Americares, a global nonprofit that donates medicine and medical supplies; and EBMRF, a charity that raises awareness and funds a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) — a rare genetic skin disorder.

03 of 25

The One with the Reunion!

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Finally! The six stars were overcome with emotion to return to Stage 24 at Warner Bros. studios for the long-awaited, onscreen reunion in May 2021.

Stepping back onto a soundstage, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer were taken aback by the sight of the meticulously recreated world they hadn't visited in 17 years: Joey and Chandler's bachelor pad, Monica and Rachel's apartment, even Central Perk, where the thrift-store-find orange couch was always reserved for them.

"I was flooded with 10 years of irreplaceable memories," Cox told PEOPLE of the rush of emotions.

"It's funny, when we do get together, it's like no time has passed," LeBlanc echoed. "We pick up right where we left off."

04 of 25

The One with a Viewing Party

Favorite shows are better with friends. Kudrow and Schwimmer – otherwise known as Phoebe and Ross – got together to watch the highly anticipated Friends reunion special, which premiered May 27 on HBO Max.

The viewing party tugged at the heartstrings of their costars, who reacted in the comments section.

"Love you two so much! ❤️," wrote Jennifer Aniston.

"Awww I love you guy[s]!!!" Courteney Cox added with a string of heart emojis.

05 of 25

The One with Carpool Karaoke

James Corden Visits the Cast at the 'Friends' Reunion
The Late Late Show with James Corden

Following the reunion, James Corden surprised Friends fans with never-before-seen footage of an impromptu carpool karaoke session with the six longtime costars. Singing their hearts out in a golf cart en route to the Warner Bros. soundstage, the group belted out "I'll Be There for You" by The Rembrandts, the theme song from their hit sitcom.

"What about that for a trip down memory lane?" the host asked once they wrapped, to which Courteney Cox exclaimed, "I always wanted to do Carpool Karaoke!"

06 of 25

The One with a Holiday Twist

Courteney Cox Instagram
Courteney Cox Instagram

On July 4th, 2021, the ladies were back at it, celebrating the holiday together in a photo posted to Cox's Instagram.

07 of 25

The One with the Lifelong Roommates

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Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox. ABC

Friends forever! During the 72nd annual Emmy Awards on Sept. 20, 2020, nominee Jennifer Aniston was joined by pals Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow as she tuned in virtually to chat with host Jimmy Kimmel.

When Kimmel noticed Cox next to Aniston - who earned a nomination for her leading role in The Morning Show - the former Friends star told him, "of course I'm here, we live together."

"We've been roommates since 1994, Jimmy," Aniston joked, referring to the year the NBC comedy premiered.

08 of 25

The One with the Pool Table

Real life BFFs Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston recently let their competitive sides shine over a game of pool - during which Cox quickly proved her prowess, while the Morning Show star hilariously tried to keep up.

09 of 25

The One When Chandler Gets an Instagram!

Matthew Perry Lisa Kudrow
Lisa Kudrow/Instagram

Lisa Kudrow said it best: "Finally!!! Yay!! Can't believe my eyes MY EYES Welcome to Instagram @mattyperry4 #friendsforlife." Is there a better way to welcome the final 'friend' to Instagram than with a throwback photo and iconic quote?

10 of 25

The One with the 'Girls Across the Hall'

Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow
Jennifer Aniston/ Instagram

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow reunited for an all-girl bite in January 2020 and posted evidence of the hangout on Instagram.

"Hi from the girls across the hall 👋🏼," Aniston captioned the adorable snap.

Kudrow posted her own photos from the girls' night, captioning her pics with her gal pals, "Bliss. And more bliss #goodgirlfriends."

11 of 25

The One with a Lunch Date

courteney cox and matthew perry
Courteney Cox/Instagram

Former on-screen love interests Cox and Perry reminded the world they're still real-life pals as they shared a smiling selfie on Nov. 7.

"Guess who I had lunch with today….I KNOW!! Could I BE any happier? #realfriends" Cox captioned the snap, including the catchphrases of their two characters, Monica and Chandler.

Fellow Friends alumni chimed in on the shot, with Lisa Kudrow commenting, "Lucky lucky. #beautifulpeople," and a delighted Jennifer Aniston showing off her newfound love for Instagram, writing, "MATTY!! ❤️❤️❤️ I LOVE YOU, GUYS."

12 of 25

The One Where Rachel Gets Honored

Courteney Cox, winner of the 'Artists Inspiration Award' Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow attend SAG-AFTRA Foundation's 4th Annual Patron of the Artists Awards at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on November 07, 2019 in Beverly Hills
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Double-reunion day! After lunch with Perry, Cox joined Lisa Kudrow to present BFF Jennifer Aniston with the Artists Inspiration Award during the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's 4th annual Patron of the Artists Awards in Beverly Hills.

13 of 25

The One When Rachel Gets Instagram!

Friends Reunion - Jennifer Aniston Instagram Debut Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer
Jennifer Aniston/Instagram

Jennifer Aniston nearly broke the Internet when she at long last made the decision to join Instagram on Oct. 15, 2019, making her debut on the platform with the first full Friends cast photo since the show went off the air.

"And now we're Instagram FRIENDS too," the actress captioned the group selfie. "HI INSTAGRAM 👋🏻."

14 of 25

The One with the Soft Smiles

Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox
Courteney Cox/Instagram

Earlier in October, Aniston got together with pals Courteney Cox and Matt LeBlanc for what Cox described as "a rare night."

Shortly after Aniston made her Instagram debut, she made herself known on her Friends' pages, writing on Cox's post, "A rare comment and I love YOU."

15 of 25

The One with the Fireworks

Courteney Cox 4th of July
Courteney Cox/ Instagram

Cox and Aniston's time as onscreen Friends Monica Geller and Rachel Green set the stage for their relationship as real-life besties. While the duo were part of a particularly insular friend group on the show, they've made a number of gal pals off-screen, and over the Fourth of July they all got together to celebrate (and snap a selfie!) with some other familiar faces: Big Little Lies star Laura Dern, actress Suzanne Somers and jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer. Fellow former costar Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay, commented on the cuteness, writing, "Awww. Happy 4th!"

16 of 25

The One with the Girls' Night

Lisa Kudrow Shares Smiley Selfie with Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox: 'Girls Night'
Lisa Kudrow/Instagram

After a decade of playing a motley crew who seemed to spend all their waking hours together, a girls' night is definitely in order for Cox, Aniston and Kudrow every now and again. While the gang tended to gather at Monica's (when they weren't over-caffeinating at Central Perk), the ladies aren't relegated to a film set for their hangouts - but fittingly, it seems like Cox's house is often the home base for their get-togethers.

17 of 25

The One with the Selfies

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Courteney Cox/Instagram

Is this what it would have looked like if the cast had cell phones? Rachel would have insisted on a filter and a better angle, obviously. The BFFs snapped another silly selfie during their girls' night, showing they're just as close (literally) as their beloved characters.

18 of 25

The One Where Monica Grows Up

Courteney Cox with Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston
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Here's hoping that Cox's 55th birthday went more smoothly than Monica's 30th, when Phoebe offered to flash the guests to distract Monica's parents from how drunk their "grown-up" daughter was at her party. Kudrow and Aniston instead showed their support for the birthday girl by joining in on her special day. "How lucky am I to celebrate my birthday with these two??? I love you girls. So much," Cox captioned a selfie of the trio. "LOVE you girls! Happy happy Court," Kudrow commented.

19 of 25

The One Where Phoebe Sees Too Much

Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow
Lisa Kudrow/Instagram

"My eyes! My eyes!" Kudrow captioned a selfie of her and Cox tearing up with laughter. The pair joking about the quote is enough to make any fan chuckle as they remember Phoebe shouting it out when she and Rachel accidentally discovered Monica and Chandler hooking up.

20 of 25

The One Where Rachel Goes to Cougar Town

ABC's "Cougar Town" - Season Two
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The BFFs reunited onscreen once again when Aniston guest starred on the season 2 premiere of Cougar Town, which Cox co-executive produced and starred in. Though their roles were entirely different - Aniston played Glenn, Jules' (Cox) new therapist, whom she quickly bonds with before realizing her methods are questionable at best - it's hard not to see a glimmer of Monica and Rachel whenever the two are together.

21 of 25

The One Where The Bings Reunite

Friends cast

The Bings are back! Nearly a decade after playing Chandler Bing, Monica's goofy, not quite "boyfriend material" best-friend-turned-husband, Matthew Perry set fans' hearts aflutter with this cuddly snapshot of him and Cox from when she guest starred as a potential love interest on his show Go On in 2013. Her character turned out to be a less-than-ideal match, but fans were still delighted to see Monica and Chandler - er, Cox and Perry - back together. "Some ladies can even make a cemetery look good. Thanks for joining us CC!" Perry affectionately captioned the shot on Twitter.

22 of 25

The One with Date Night

Friends cast
Courteney Cox/Twitter

We're just going to pretend that this snapshot of Perry and Cox from her stint as a guest star on Go On is really a date night photo of Monica and Chandler. They would've sent it out to their Friends group text, and Ross would've gotten it framed to display alongside some of his dinosaur artifacts, naturally.

23 of 25

The One Where Joey and Phoebe End up Together

Friends cast
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Despite the sporadic kisses they exchanged and their quirky compatibility, the couple that everyone shipped did not end up together on the show - but Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc gifted Phoey-shippers with this cuddly photo at Showtime's 2012 Summer TCA Party. The pair previously admitted to PEOPLE that they wouldn't have been opposed to a relationship between their characters - in fact, they actually suggested it.

"Towards the end we actually pitched the idea that Joey and Phoebe had been having casual sex the entire time," LeBlanc said. "We'd go back and shoot all the historical scenes and just before a moment that everyone recognizes, there's Joey and Phoebe coming out of a broom closet together. But they were like, 'Nah.' "

24 of 25

The One Where Ross Goes to Therapy

Friends cast

Kudrow's improvised online series Web Therapy, which first began in 2008 before getting picked up by Showtime from 2011 to 2015, introduced her as Fiona Wallice, an Internet therapist with an unplaceable accent and various eccentricities that make it easy to imagine her as Phoebe's alter-ego. Which makes it all the more hilarious when she's tasked with analyzing former Friends castmate David Schwimmer's (Ross) recurring character Newell Miller, who stalks her in an attempt to understand his childhood trauma caused by her affair with his father. Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc also guest starred in other episodes, gifting us with brief reunions of our favorite pals.

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The One Where the Casts Collide

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The gang's (almost) all here! While Perry was working on a production in London, Schwimmer, LeBlanc, Aniston, Cox and Kudrow got together with the cast of another long-running sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. The cast collision took place in January 2016 at the recording of NBC's Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows, in honor of Burrows, who directed both series.

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