Thanks to the likes of Netflix, both the people who’ve seen it multiple times, and the people who’ve never watched it (these folk must have had a sorry childhood), can binge on the iconic series to their heart’s content.
The hilarious sitcom about six, twenty-somethings living in New York and dealing with the pressures and perils of young adulthood really struck a chord with a whole generation. I’ve often pondered why it resonates so much and I think it’s because they spend half of their time drinking coffee, socialising and not going to work.
We love all that, us millennials.
So society, as a whole, mostly loves Friends, and what else does society adore? Primark!
Swiftly moving on from the fact that was a terrible segue, a Friends-themed cafe is opening at Primark mega store in Market Street, Manchester, a notoriously massive building to all those who have lived there.
In my university days I’d go in there and hunt for women’s jeans – nothing wrong with that, they just fit better. Shame I live in London now, though, a city famous for having nothing to do…
However, if you are still in the Great North, you’ll be able to visit this Manc version of Central Perk, which is branded with Friends memorabilia, including a replica of the iconic orange sofa.
The new café will come with New York-inspired drinks and giant coffee cups, as well as limited edition branded products available to purchase exclusively in the Manchester branch of Primark.
It will also be totally sustainable, with bosses promising the café will use ethically-sourced coffee beans and compostable cups.
Tim Kelly, Primark’s director of new business development, said: “We are hugely excited to be bringing the first branded Central Perk Café in fashion retail in the UK to the British high street.
“Customers can relax and have fun there whilst also enjoying our amazing fashion at amazing prices in our Manchester store.”
If you’re wondering why this is a thing, it’s because Warner Bros. have decided to celebrate 25 years (25 years!) since the show first hit our screens. Why they decided to do it in Manchester beats me.
The cafe will be there for you from Wednesday 12th June.
And the Friends love-affair doesn’t stop there, because a Friends musical is coming to the UK this summer!
Celebrating the show’s 25th anniversary (again), Friendsical, written by Miranda Larson, is a ‘loving-parody’ based on the lives of Joey, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Ross, and will kick off just like the pilot.
‘When Ross’ wife leaves him for another woman,’ teases the synopsis, ‘he fears he will never find love again.’
‘But then Rachel runs back into his life… will he end up with his one true love?’
I pray he does.
Joey and the gang take on naked Thursdays, a power cut, and a dinosaur convention and there’ll be original songs such as ‘(He’s her) Lobster!’, ‘Richard’s Moustache’ and ‘You’re Over Me? When Were You Under Me?
Sadly I don’t think it will have Ross’ character playing his keyboards/bagpipes but if it did I’d pay extra dollar, dollar.
The musical will kick-off in July, followed by a full season at the Edinburgh Fringe in August. Friendsical UK Tour will then play a host of UK venues including Newcastle, Blackpool and Croydon.
To book tickets for Friendsical, click here.
Good time to be a Friends fan, ey?
Images via NBC/Netflix
Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over the course of several sex-related articles, bringing a very public shame to his family's good name.