K-Pop Boy Band Phenomenon BTS Learned English by Watching 'Friends'

It's been 23 years since Friends premiered — but the beloved series still has fans around the globe

Could Friends be any more popular? It’s been 23 years since the NBC sitcom premiered — but the beloved series still has fans around the globe.

On Monday’s episode of her talk show, Ellen DeGeneres sat down with K-Pop phenomenon BTS, a seven-member South Korean boy band who became global superstars after the release of their June 2013 single “No More Dream” and recently made their U.S. TV performance debut at the 2017 American Music Awards.

On their daytime debut, member RM (formerly known as Rap Monster) revealed that he taught himself English by watching the iconic series, which ran from 1994-2004.

“My English teacher was a sitcom — Friends,” he said. “I think back in the days when I was like 14, 15, it was like a syndrome for all the Korean parents to make their kids watch Friends. I thought I was kind of like, a victim at that time, but right now I’m the lucky one. So thanks to my mother — she bought all the seasons [on] DVD!”

RM said he started watching the show with Korean subtitles before switching over to English subtitles — and eventually removed all subtitles completely.

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After learning the singers were fans of the show, DeGeneres surprised the group with a slew of Friends souvenirs before asking them via an interpreter if they’ve ever hooked up with one of their fans, who call themselves the ARMY. (The band get their name from the acronym for the Korean term “Bangtan Sonyeondan,” or “bulletproof boy scouts” in English.)

“We are doing it right now,” said RM, slyly making eyes at the audience.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs weekdays (check local listings).

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