TV Picks: TBS will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Friends with a 20-episode marathon on Monday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET/PT).
The marathon, which will air 20 years to the day since the hit comedy’s original debut, will consist of episodes chosen by fans to be the very best of Friends.
Fans are invited to vote for their favorites by submitting their choices via Facebook (www.facebook.com/TBSveryfunny) and Twitter (twitter.com/tbsveryfunny) using #FavoriteFriends.
“We’re thrilled to be celebrating Friends’ 20th anniversary by giving fans the chance to choose their favorite episodes for TBS’s 20-episode marathon,” said Phil Oppenheim, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for TBS and TNT. “This is a great way for longtime fans to rediscover the show and for new fans to join the fun.”
The TBS marathon coincides with a global celebration of the hit comedy, the centerpiece of which is the opening by Warner Bros. and Eight O’Clock Coffee of a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the neighborhood coffee shop frequented by the characters on Friends, in New York City. Located at 199 Lafayette Street (at the corner of Broome Street) in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, the pop-up Central Perk will be open daily through October 18, serving up free coffee to visitors. Fans cans also check out signature props from the show in the decorated storefront, relax on Central Perk’s iconic orange couch, order coffee off the famous Central Perk chalkboard or win prizes through fun and exciting in-store promotions.
Produced by Warner Bros. Television, Friends follows siblings Ross (Schwimmer) and Monica Geller (Cox), along with their close-knit group of friends, Chandler Bing (Perry), Phoebe Buffay (Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (LeBlanc) and Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston). The series debuted in 1994 and proceeded to become one of the highest-rated shows on television, and it continues to be a smash hit worldwide. Kudrow and Aniston were both Emmy® winners for their work on Friends, and the show won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2002.