21 “Friends” Facts That Will Legitimately Make You Feel Old

Oh… my… God!

1. Friends premiered in September of 1994, over 21 goddamn years ago.

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2. Tom Selleck was 51 years old when he first appeared on Friends as Richard Burke. Courtney Cox is currently the same age.

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Selleck was born in 1945 and began appearing on Friends in ‘96.

3. Here’s how old all of the cast members were when the series premiered versus now.

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We’re getting old, y’all!

4. Cole Sprouse, the actor who played Ben in later seasons, celebrated his 23rd birthday this past August.

 

Anyone else remember the episode about Ben’s birth, in like, vivid detail?

5. Making him only two years younger than Jennifer Aniston and Mathew Perry were when the series first debuted.

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6. The year Friends premiered the best-selling toys of the holiday season were these Power Rangers action figures.

Power Rangers made its U.S. debut just a year before Friends hit the airwaves.

7. Friends was well into its second season when “The Macarena” became a worldwide hit.

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8. The series ran for 10 seasons and the final episode aired in May 2004. So the show has now been off the air for longer than it originally ran.

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9. The finale aired a full three years before the first iPhones hit the market.

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The first iPhone was released on June 29, 2007.

10. It’s been nearly 17 years since Ross made the less-than-smart New Year’s resolution to experiment with leather pants.

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11. Erica and Jack Bing (Chandler and Monica’s twins) would be starting junior high school next fall IRL.

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They were born in the two-part finale, and would be almost 12 by now.

12. It’s been almost two decades since Jennifer Aniston sported “the Rachel” haircut.

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Aniston — who apparently wasn’t a fan of the look — debuted the now iconic haircut in the show’s 20th episode but only kept it through the second season.

13. Meaning current “it girls” like Bella Thorne and Hailee Steinfeld will have no memory of this iconic haircut.

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Neither Thorne nor Steinfeld were alive when Season 2 of Friends aired.

14. If Ross and Emily had stayed married, they’d be celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary this upcoming May.

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The One with Ross’s Wedding” aired on May 7, 1998.

15. Charlie Sheen guest-starred as Phoebe’s love interest back in 1996, a full seven years before his sitcom Two and a Half Men premiered.

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16. Phoebe gave birth to the triplets she carried for her brother during the show’s 100th episode in 1998. The triplets would be 17 years old today, likely driving, and planning for their upcoming high school graduations.

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17. Rachel hasn’t been “just a waitress” for 19 years.

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In fact, Rachel quit her job as a waitress around the same time that Tamagotchis first went on sale in Japan.

18. Monica and Chandler got married in 2001, meaning they’d be celebrating their 15-year wedding anniversary in 2016.

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19. Dakota Fanning was only 9 years old when she filmed her guest appearance on Friends, which aired during the final season. She’s now 21.

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20. Marcel the monkey (who is actually a female named Katie) has had a steady career over the past two decades and has worked with the likes of Kendall Jenner, who wasn’t even alive when Katie first appeared on Friends in 1994.

 

Kendall was born in 1995.

21. And finally, it’s been about 15 years since the world was introduced to the holiday armadillo.

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We love you, holiday armadillo!

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