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Courteney Cox Marks 20 Years Since The Friends Finale

The actor shared an emotional clip from the last episode.

'Friends' star Courteney Cox.
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Courteney Cox is celebrating 20 years since the Friends finale. On May 7, the actor took to Instagram to mark the anniversary of the sitcom’s last episode, sharing an emotional clip from the show’s final moments.

“It’s been 20 years since the series finale of Friends,” Cox, who played Monica Geller in the series, wrote in a caption. “I don’t know how we were able to act through all the tears. Forever grateful.”

The final scene sees Monica (Cox), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Ross (David Schwimmer), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), and Chandler (the late Matthew Perry) gather in Monica’s apartment for the last time before she and Chandler move to their new home in the suburbs.

“Do you guys have to go to the new house right away, or do you have some time?” Rachel asks. “We got some time,” Monica replies. “OK, shall we get some coffee?” Rachel says as the six friends leave the apartment. “Sure... where?” Chandler jokes.

The clip shared by Cox then cuts to a behind-the-scenes moment filmed during the taping, showing the visibly emotional Friends cast taking a bow before the studio audience.

The cast of Friends. 'Friends' / Warner Bros.

Airing between 1994 and 2004, the beloved sitcom followed a tight-knit group of friends in New York City. Friends won six Emmys throughout its 10-season run, and became one of the most-watched sitcoms of all time, with more than 52 million people tuning in for the 2004 finale.

The Friends anniversary comes after the death of Perry, who died at the age of 54 in October 2023. Along with their own individual tributes, the cast released a joint statement via People honoring the late actor.

“We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family,” their statement read. “We’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss. ... Our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.”