Friends Premiered 20 Years Ago Today! See the Cast Then and Now

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We at InStyle aren't the only ones celebrating an anniversary—today marks the 20th anniversary of the Friends series premiere. The TV show, which introduced us to quite possibly the greatest group of 20-somethings of the '90s, was a critical favorite (it earned 62 Emmy nominations and won six), a commercial success, and a cultural phenomenon that launched everything from infamous hairdos ("The Rachel") and catchphrases ("How you doin'?") to chart-topping songs ("I'll Be There for You" by the Rembrandts).

With more than 200 episodes that aired for 10 years, the cast of Friends became, well, our friends. We’re reflecting on the show's unforgettable characters—Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler (Matthew Perry), and Ross (David Schwimmer)—while we still reminisce over Ross and Rachel's ups and downs.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series premiere of the show by taking a look at the cast, then and now, in our gallery!

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