BY LEANNE ITALIE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
See your “Friends” on the big screen. Deck out your place with “Friends” decor. Wear your “Friends” as jewelry. Heck, buy the “Friends” Lego set and pretend it’s for your kid.
If you’re a “Friends” superfan, there are lots of ways to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary in September.
“It transcends generations,” Maryellen Zarakas, a Warner Bros. senior vice president, said of the show that ended in 2004 after 10 seasons. “Everybody still goes through growing up into your 20s when you get your first job, your first heartbreak, your first time your friends really become your family.”
The studio has partnered with a range of companies to celebrate the quarter-century mark. Here’s a look at some of the fun:
The Fathom Event
Fans broke Fathom Events’ website, for about 15 minutes anyway, when tickets went on sale for three days of movie house screenings of popular episodes. A dozen episodes are hitting movie theaters Monday, Sept. 23; Saturday, Sept. 28; and Wednesday, Oct. 2. Each night includes four “Friends” episodes that have been newly remastered in 4K from the original 35mm camera negatives. There also will be never-before-seen extras.
“It’s those really iconic moments that people want to see over and over again,” Zarakas said. “That’s how the Fathom Event came about.”
Is your brick building stuck in second gear? Maybe a Central Perk set will help. It goes on sale Sunday, Sept. 1, for $59.99 at Lego stores and on Lego.com.
The collectible set recreates the gang’s coffee shop and comes with figures of the six buddies, plus Gunther. There’s a seating area, including — YES — the couch, an armchair and two other chairs.
Builders can construct the stage where Phoebe performed with her guitar. There’s a brick-built coffee machine, walls, a window with the Central Perk logo, TV studio light rigs, coffee mugs and the familiar low coffee table.
In New York, tickets sold out in two hours for “The One with the Pop-Up” immersive experience in Manhattan. The monthlong pop-up opens Saturday, Sept. 7, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 6. It includes Central Perk, props for photos and some of the iconic looks for Ross, Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler and Phoebe.
“It’s for the ultimate ‘Friends’ fan,” Zarakas said. “You can peek through Rachel and Monica’s very famous purple door. You can relax on Chandler and Joey’s recliner.”
The moments, the one-liners, the memories. You can have them all in accessories from the eco-conscious Alex and Ani. The brand has created a seven-piece “Friends” capsule line of mostly charm bracelets to mark the anniversary.
Choose from a “pivot, pivot, pivot” theme, one with a lobster and “you’re my lobster” charms or Joey’s “how you doin?” line, among others. The Central Perk logo, the famous picture frame and the “Friends” logo bar are also available. Prices range from $39 to $49 on Alexandani.com.
Could we BE any more excited?
Pottery Barn takes a turn at “Friends” merch with everything from mugs to tea towels and a reissue of the famous apothecary coffee table that Rachel tried to pass off as flea market to roommate Phoebe, who was not a Pottery Barn fan.
The Season 6 episode was aptly named “The One with the Apothecary Table.” The collection also includes throw pillows adorned with Monica’s purple apartment door, the tufted Central Perk couch and classic quotes like “Joey Doesn’t Share Food.”
Pottery Barn even threw in wall art memorializing the show’s theme song and a doormat with the series’ logo.
Shop online at PotteryBarn.com but beware, some items have already sold out.
Caitlin Heaney West is the content editor for Access NEPA and oversees the Early Access blog in addition to working as a copy editor and staff writer for The Times-Tribune. An award-winning journalist, she is a summa cum laude graduate of Shippensburg University and also earned a master’s degree from Marywood University. Caitlin joined the Times-Shamrock family in 2009 and lives in Scranton. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5107; or @cheaneywest