All The Celebrity Cameos In Friends That You Missed The First Time Around

Bruce Willis, Reese Witherspoon and… Phillip Schofield?

All The Celebrity Cameos In Friends That You Missed The First Time Around

by Jazmin Kopotsha |

There’s too much in this world that we owe to Friends. No, really. It’s been 24 years since it first graced our television screens (the latter ten without anything new airing, of course) and it’s still one of the world’s most beloved pop culture reference points.

We all know the six people we can largely thank for that. Ross and Rachel will forever be a synonym for ‘on again, off again’ relationships, as defined by five of the most controversial words in sitcom history: we were on a break. Chandler taught us that sarcasm and humour will get you by, even if none of your closest friends can name what you do for a living.

The 244,000 YouTube search results for the term ‘smelly cat’ haven’t come from nowhere. Most (we hope) are thanks to dear old Phoebe. No one worked, obsessed or competed as hard as Monica and as for Joey? Well, it’s his fault that ‘how you doin’’ is considered a chat up line.

And now that the show’s ten season run found its way over to Netflix to give us another source of easy binge material and signpost some retrospectively rogue themes (no, not all Friends jokes stand the test of time and 2018’s credentials of wokeness), we thought now was as good a time as ever to revisit some under appreciated highlights of everyone's favourite show.

No, not the one where Ross gets his teeth bleached. Nor the one when Joey gives Phoebe 'the perfect kiss' outside Central Perk. It's the highlights spread across the 236 episodes as personified by the incredible line up of celebrity cameos. Many of which we probably didn't even notice until re-watching it this time around. Here are our favourites, how many do you remember?

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Joey's Australian dancer roommate who is the real reason we got to witness Ross and Monica perform 'The Routine'.

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Phillip Schofield shocked This Morning viewers by admitting he'd been on Friends, well, kinda. He's a superfan of the show, and so he actually went along to a viewing of Friends in the 90s. His laugh can be heard in a scene between Jennifer Aniston's Rachel and Matt Le Blanc's Joey in series three.He said: 'I have actually been on Friends. I've been in an episode of Friends. The one where they keep the scary books in the fridge. When I say I was on Friends... my laugh was on Friends.'

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The male nanny who Ross had an uncomfortable, definitely not okay, problem with.

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Remember the big kiss? The one that Rachel apparently had in college with Melissa but no one believes her? That was with Winona.

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Ross's son with Carol was not in the show anywhere near as frequently as he should have been. But the episode where Rachel teaches him how to pull pranks is gold.

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Kind of makes sense to have the real life fashion person referred to in Rachel's TV world job, played by the real life person.

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Susie stole Chandler's clothes after having him undress in a cubicle in some restaurant toilets as revenge for teasing and pulling up her skirt when they were at school.

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Phoebe's last minute stripper for her bachelorette party was a fantastic dancer, and I won't hear otherwise.

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Meet hot doctor number one who somehow finds himself in the middle of Rachel and Monica's identity swap after Monica loses her health insurance.

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Helen popped up way back in the first season to give Friends a weird cross over into the Mad About You world. She tries to order coffee from Phoebe. It's a bit awks.

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Ah cousin Cassie Gellar. A relative who comes to stay with Monica but is oogled at a bit too much by Chandler so then goes to stay with Ross and has a weird moment over there too.

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What a role, eh? Andrea played mother to Emily (Ross's wife who's name he did not say at the alter) and answers the phone to poor pregnant Phoebe who wasn't able to fly to London for the wedding.

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The award for the most out of nowhere cameo probably goes to these two guys who sat on the gang's sofa in the coffee house. Robin's character thinks his wife is cheating on him and for such an impromptu skit, it's pretty funny.

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Aka co-president of the 'I Hate Rachel' club and lover of Thanksgiving food.

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Paul is dating Rachel after she breaks up with Ross who is dating Paul's daughter Elizabeth. It's one of the best awkward relationship squares that I can think of and that pep-talk moment in the mirror is A-grade brilliance.

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If you thought the guy who plays opposite Joey in a film then here's why. There's an awkward joke about an Oscar that he hasn't won (in real life and on the show).

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Leonard/Jeff ends up getting peed on by Joey while congratulating him for a great audition, and I think we'll leave it there.

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Yep, Joey's creepy Days Of Our Lives stalker is played by the Brooke Shields.

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To jog your memory, Zack is someone Monica and Chandler want as a sperm donor - they just don't tell him this!

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Here we have one of the Green sisters. We only meet Amy twice, and she has a real issue with getting Rachel's daughter Emma's name right.

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And here we have the other Green sister. She's Rachel's younger sister who comes to find her in the city hoping to start a new life like Rachel did but, well, doesn't. We think dating Ross to spite Rachel might have had a little something to do with it...

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Remember Tommy the screamer?

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Fun fact, Monica and Chandler's baby girl (one of the twins they adopted from Erica) would be about 17 now.

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Ryan, one of Phoebe's old flames, comes into town for a couple of weeks and hangs around even though Phoebe has the chicken pox. I suppose you could say it's kind of sweet.

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Kristen is one of the many women that Joey and Ross bicker over. She appears in The One With The Cheap Wedding Dress (when the girls go to that crazy discount store to help Monica find her dress) and ultimately choses to date neither of them.

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Miss Oklahoma runner up and causer of Christmas friction between Chandler and Monica.

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We really hope no one took Jessica's screen kissing tips seriously. She's one of Joey's Days of Our Lives co-stars who is involved in that weird brain swap scenario.

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Nine-year-old Dakota Fanning played the little girl who chats to Joey when he's taken by Chandler and Monica to visit a house out in the suburbs. Neither of them wanted the sale to happen so they bonded.

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Let's have a moment for the unfortunate, nameless guy who has to sit next to Rachel on the flight from New York to London when she's adamant about telling Ross how she feels.

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