If you haven’t been binge-watching Friends on Netflix, where have you been? The show remains a favorite across generations — most recently, generation Z has gotten on board. There was basically a public outcry when Netflix considered removing it from the platform. Thankfully, they extended it until 2020 for a whopping $100 million.
As a cultural phenomenon, we owe so many trends to Friends, most notably, the Rachel haircut. Iconic! Jennifer Aniston is the reason every girl asked their stylist to give them layers (guilty!).
But there is another pop culture reference we can thank Friends for. In 1997, Lisa Kudrow’s character, Phoebe Buffay, helped popularize an acronym we all know and love: BFF. She said this term for this first-time ever on national television during the episode called “The One at the Beach”. In fact, the term was so unfamiliar at the time, that the rest of the Friends are completely dumbfounded after she says it.
I would be remiss if I spoke about Rachel and Phoebe, but left out Monica. Okay, not actually Monica, but Courteney Cox… Fun fact: she was the first person to say the word “period” in a mass media format with her 1985 commercial for Tampax. Until then, euphemisms like “the time of the month” were used.
Here’s to our favorite Friends actresses for setting trends and breaking barriers!