Matt LeBlanc: Why 'Friends' Is 'Timeless'

The sitcom is now on Netflix

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Friends premiered more than 20 years ago and aired for a decade. But it still seems fresh today, says Matt LeBlanc – well, except for one little thing.

“The only thing that dates the show is when someone makes a phone call, you see them pull the antenna on the phone,” the actor, 47, joked to PEOPLE Monday at the season 4 premiere of his current show, Episodes, in West Hollywood.

Aside from that? It holds up!

“It’s pretty timeless,” LeBlanc said of the famed sitcom, which became available on New Year’s Day for streaming in full on Netflix – so you can relive every adventure with Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and, of course, Joey.

Or experience them for the first time.

“It’s about people in a phase of your life – that sort of after college and before your life starts,” LeBlanc said. “There’s always going to be a new generation going through that, and they can identify with it because we kind of dealt with a lot of the issues that you deal with where your friends are your family. I think it’s good. I’m proud of it.”

As for Episodes, which returns to Showtime on Sunday, LeBlanc said the version of himself that he plays on the series isn’t always completely fictionalized. After all, the writers have gotten to know the real Matt over the years.

“We have dinner a lot,” he said. “We chat a lot, and sometimes they’ll take something from a story I told them, or most of the time it’s just things they’ve come up with on their own.”

Asked if he has any 2015 resolutions, the newly single LeBlanc, who just split up with his girlfriend of eight years, might not be planning to watch Friends all over again, but he does have another pastime in mind.

“I think I’m going to try and learn how to play the piano,” he said. “My daughter [Marina, 10], I got her a piano for Christmas, and she’s taking lessons. So I’m going to try and make use of it myself.”

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