On September 22, 1994, one of America’s longest-running sitcoms premiered: Friends. In April of this year, the Publication and Journalism class took a field trip to The Friends Experience. Twelve different rooms recreating iconic scenes, explaining story decisions, and allowing the fans of the beloved show to truly experience what it was like on the set of Friends.
Debra McGuire, the costume designer of Friends, describes how she became a costume designer and her inspiration behind many outfits. One of the most memorable outfits comes from the season three episode “The One Where No Ones Ready” when Joey wears Chandler’s clothes after an argument. Fans can recreate the scene with the interactive experience by standing on a stool and taking pictures.
Arguably the best hairstyles of the ’90s and early 2000s, The Rachel is on full display at The Friends Experience. The experience provides an in-depth explanation of how the hairstyle came to be, and how it has inspired many to follow in Rachel’s footsteps.
Overall, The Friends Experience is a great place to explore for fans of the show. There are significant details about the sitcom people do not think about. The experience provides the eighteen-page letter Ross falls asleep writing, Chandler and Joey’s apartment, and an entire timeline of all six friends’ dating history. The exhibit is a great place to spend the day with friends and family. The Publication Class had fun!