Central Perk – The Most Famous Coffee Shop

Now I don’t know about you, but in days gone by, I liked nothing better on a Friday night than settling down with my favorite mug full of frothy coffee and watching one of the greatest comedy shows to come out of the US in years. That show was ‘Friends’.

And the focal point of the whole show was the wonderful and welcoming coffee shop, ‘Central Perk’. Like ‘Cheers’ before it, the main location where characters gathered and shot the breeze was the public drinking place, be it coffee or beer.

So many classic moments were played out in Gunther’s famous gathering spot. Who can forget Ross’s virtuoso keyboard performance, or Phoebe’s wonderful rendition of ‘Smelly Cat’.

Ross, Phoebe, Monica, Joey, Chandler, and Rachel. Names and faces so familiar that it’s hard to believe there was a time when they weren’t well loved and permanent fixtures on our television screens. The show started in the US in 1994.

It was the year after Cheers had ended and it almost seemed as if Friends was the successor to the crown of America’s most loved TV show. As in Cheers, the characters were not only amusing and likable, but there was a depth to them so often not seen in your average sit-com.

Also in common with ‘Cheers’, I would sometimes imagine what it would be like to actually visit ‘Central Perk’. I’d wander in through the front door, walk down the steps and order a coffee from the wonderful Gunther (who we all know had the hots for Rachel). Imagine sitting down, enjoying your coffee and eavesdropping on the conversation going on on that couch between the gang.

We all have our favorite Friends episode and for me personally, it has to be the fantastic one where Ross performed his keyboard ‘skills’ in Central Perk. Who can forget Phoebe’s classic line “Oh my God, he’s not even appreciated in his own time.”

Who knows if the gang will ever reunite. It’s a nice thought, but you have to wonder, if there was a movie, what would the story be and how could they possibly better the television show. Still, you never know, ‘Sex and the City’ mad a movie and there’s already a sequel on the way.

When I sit down on a Friday night now with my coffee (now made with coffee pods), I still enjoy my Friday nights, but it just ain’t the same without those very special ‘Friends’. Let’s hope there’s a movie!

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