Without question, Friends will be remembered as one of the best sitcoms of all time.
From 1994 to 2004, television audiences of all ages were treated to ten seasons of some of the funniest, wittiest, most heartfelt and memorable storylines and characters ever to be seen in a TV comedy. It goes without saying that the six main characters will forever be a part of the cultural landscape, with certain lines such as “we were on a break!” and “how you doin?” being quoted endlessly. Whether you were there from the start on Friday night’s on Channel 4, or whether you fill your days off watching endless reruns on Comedy Central, Friends will forever be a colossus of our cultural landscape.
It wasn’t just the stories of Ross, Joey, Chandler, Phoebe, Monica and Rachel that had us hooked however, there were a litany of fantastic and unforgettable supporting characters, each with their own well developed back stories, that helped the show become what it is today.
And on that subject, have you ever wondered what the actors who played Gunther, Janice or Emily and many more are up to now? Well let’s find out!
Gunther (played by James Michael Tyler)
James Michael Tyler’s Gunther, the bleach blonde manager of Central Perk, appeared in 181 episodes between 1994 and 2004. For some of the most memorable moments in the history of Friends, Gunther was always in the background.
Indeed, for one the biggest moments in the history of friends, Gunther was front and centre: he was the one that told Rachel about Ross’ infidelity, and had it not been for Gunther, we may never have gotten to the legendary “we were on a break!” argument.
Known for his secret and everlasting crush on Rachel, Gunther was arguably one of the biggest characters, outside of the main six, on the show.
After Friends came to an end, James Michael Tyler went on to appear in shows such as Scrubs and Anger Management.
In 2012, he reunited with Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey, on his new show Episodes.
Emily (played by Helen Baxendale)
The show’s episodes on London were a prime opportunity for just about every English comic actor to get their faces seen on American TV, and the reason for the group’s travels was Ross’ decision to marry his English rose Emily after just 2 weeks together. What could go wrong?
She may have been slightly unreasonable in her demands from time to time – such as giving Ross one of the most difficult ultimatums there is: the choice between one of his best friends in Rachel and his wife. However, after Ross said Rachel’s name at the altar, you can kind of understand why she was so crabby.
Luckily, Ross didn’t give in to her demands, and this spelled the end of their marriage, as well as Emily’s involvement in the show.
Helen Baxendale, after being a part of the show Cold Feet until 2003, went on to appear in shows such as Agatha Christie’s Marple, Lewis, Dirk Gently, and more recently Cuckoo, opposite Greg Davies.