Everything you need to know about Friends from ‘ugly naked guy’ to Smelly Cat

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Friends is returning to our screens this Thursday for a one off-reunion, with the legendary cast coming together on the screen for one last time.

The series, which debuted back in 1994, quickly became a cult favourite, thanks to its talented cast of relatively unknown actors – Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.

When Friends came to an end in 2004, fans across the globe were distraught, bringing a golden era of comedy television to an end.

Now, with the dawn of the much-awaited reunion, Daily Star has taken a look at everything you need to know about the classic show.

From "ugly naked guy" to "Smelly Cat" this is the essential guide to the enduring legacy of Friends.

A is for… APARTMENT BET: This high-stakes game the group played in season four saw Monica and Rachel’s lack of knowledge of Chandler’s job (he worked in statistical analysis and data reconfiguration) cost them their New York apartment.

B is for… BEN: The son of Ross and his first ex-wife Carol Willick, Ben Geller went on to live with his mother and her wife Susan Bunch after the ­divorce from Ross.

C is for… CENTRAL PERK: The coffee shop where the six friends often hung out. Rachel and Joey both had spells working there.

D is for… DUCK: Flatmates Chandler and Joey owned a duck, as well as a chicken, as pets. Nicknamed the Chick and the Duck, the animals’ madcap moments included eating Rachel’s face cream and taking part in the flat poultry Olympics.

E is for… EDDIE MENUEK: Played by Saving Private Ryan actor Adam Goldberg, disliked Eddie, who was unable to tell the difference between a live goldfish and a goldfish cracker, was Chandler’s flatmate after Joey moved out.

F is for… FOOSBALL: The favourite activity of Chandler and Joey, the pair purchased a foosball table when their kitchen table broke, choosing to eat meals over the sink so they could play the game.

G is for… GUNTHER: Central Perk’s barista, Gunther harboured a longstanding and unrequited love for Rachel. He confessed to actor Joey that he also used to act, but ended up working in the coffee shop after his telly character was killed off in an avalanche.

H is for… HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH: In The One With Five Steaks And An Eggplant, Ross attends this band’s concert with Chandler and Monica but the other friends stay at home after the ticket price triggers a fight over money.

I is for… I HATE RACHEL GREEN CLUB: When Ross’s old friend Will (played by Aniston’s then-husband Brad Pitt) joins the friends for Thanksgiving, Rachel finds out that Will and Ross had formed a club in high school with Thai foreign exchange student Ta-Taka-Ki-Kek to spread rumours about her.

J is for… JANICE: Chandler’s long-term on/off girlfriend before he shacked up with Monica. Played by Maggie Wheeler, Janice was known for her catchphrase "oh my god" and seemed to perpetually annoy Chandler.

K is for… KISS: There were many on-screen kisses in Friends, but the most surprising was when Joey and Rachel smooched each other on a trip to Barbados in season 10 after Rachel confessed to having a crush on him.

L is for… LONDON: In the episode The One With Ross’s Wedding the friends go to London to see Ross get hitched to Emily Waltham (Helen Baxendale). It was shot on location ­in the capital and in front of a British ­studio audience.

M is for… MAC AND C.H.E.E.S.E.: One of Joey’s ­acting jobs saw him play wisecracking detective Mac Machiavelli, who is partnered with a robot named C.H.E.E.S.E. to solve crimes.

N is for… NAP PARTNERS: During season seven, Joey and Ross accidentally doze off together and discover they enjoy it – but are mocked when the rest of the group walk in on them napping on each other.

O is for… OFFICER GOODBODY: The professional name of the overweight stripper Rachel hires last minute for Phoebe’s hen ­party. Played by Danny DeVito, he cries after he realises that the women have found his performance cringeworthy.

P is for… PALEONTOLOGY: Brainy Ross had a PhD from Columbia University in Paleontology – the study of fossils – and worked in the field. Rachel attended his lectures, but laughed at phrases such as "homo erectus".

Q is for… QUIET DOWN: During season five, Ross moved in with Chandler and Joey and drove them mad with a very annoying hand gesture he used to tell them to "quiet down".

R is for… REGINA PHALANGE: Phoebe used this unusual name as a pseudonym several times in Friends, including as a way to pretend to be Ross’s "brain doctor" after he says Rachel’s name instead of Emily’s at his wedding. In the final episode, she helps stop Rachel move to Paris by pretending something is wrong with the plane’s "left phalange".

S is for… SMELLY CAT: Phoebe regularly performed this song in Central Perk. It was co-written by Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde, who guest starred as a singer hired to replace Phoebe as the coffee shop’s in-house musician.

T is for… THE REMBRANDTS: This US pop duo sang the Friends theme tune I’ll Be There For You after R.E.M. wouldn’t allow producers to use their hit Shiny Happy People. And it turned out it was their day, their week, their month and even their year as The Rembrandts earned a massive $5million (£3.5m) in royalties.

U is for… UGLY NAKED GUY: The friends’ neighbour from across the street, he is often seen in the buff. In the episode The One With The Giant Poking Device they fear he has died and use a contraption made out of chopsticks to try to poke him awake.

V is for… VEGAS: The finale of ­season five saw the friends go to Las Vegas for a chaotic trip, where Joey met his "identical hand twin" and Ross and Rachel drunkenly married each other while Rachel sported a ­permanent marker moustache on her face.

W is for… WEDDINGS: The friends attend several weddings. By the end of the show, Chandler and Monica were married to each other and Phoebe was hitched to Mike Hannigan (Paul Rudd). Ross and Rachel later ­remarried on the Friends spin-off Joey.

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X is for… XEROX: While Ross and Rachel are on a break, he has a brief fling with Chloe, a woman who works at a Xerox printing store. Despite only briefly being seen on screen, Chloe is mentioned several times through the sitcom.

Y is for… YEMEN: Chandler ­pretended to be moving to the Middle-Eastern country for work to avoid Janice. He tells her his new address is 15 Yemen Road, Yemen.

Z is for… ZOO: This is where Ross’s pet Capuchin monkey Marcel was sent after he developed a fondness for humping everything. He was later ­stolen from the San Diego Zoo and ­became a movie star alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Friends: The Reunion will be available on demand on Sky and streaming service Now from 8am tomorrow ahead of its broadcast on Sky One at 8pm.

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