Celebrating Friend's 25th anniversary with an inside look at all the Irish references that featured over the ten seasons of the show as the world fell in love with Chandler, Joey, Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, and Ross.
On September 22, 2019, Friend's celebrated its 25th anniversary of when a lovely group of twenty-somethings gathered around an iconic couch in Central Perk, New York. While you might not think there's an Irish connection to the NBC sitcom you'll be surprised by how many Irish references are included in the 84 episodes.
During the second episode of the seventh series, "The One with Rachel's Book", a Claddagh symbol can be seen on the Magna Doodle (the magnetic drawing board), which hangs on the back on Joey and Chandler's apartment door.
"Is this friendship? I think so!"
Vintage Guinness poster
Again our favorite best buds Joey and Chandler come through with impeccable taste. In series five, episode 14, The One Where Everybody Finds Out, a vintage Guinness poster, with the famous tagline "My Goodness, My Guinness" can be seen in the background.
Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance
In the One with the Embryos, series four, episode 12, Chandler Bing makes possible the best Irish reference in the whole history of the show.
When Rachel and Monica are playing a trivia game against Chandler and Joey, Ross askes the question "According to Chandler, what phenomenon scares the bejesus out of him?”
Monica instantly answers "Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance."
Joey askes "The Irish jig guy?” And Chandler’s response is "His legs flail about as if independent from his body!"
The Irish accent
In the One Where Joey Loses His Insurance, seres six, episode four, Ross fakes an English accent while lecturing in paleontology to make him seem more interesting.
When Monica and Rachel catch him out they can't help joining in on the fun and adopt their own ridiculous accent. While Rachel goes for an Indian accent Monica goes on better doing an Irish jig and going full-on stereotypical "Top o’ the mornin’ to you, laddies."
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In series six, episode 21, the One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth’s Dad, Ross makes a comedy faux pas when he meets his girl from Elizabeth's father, Paul (played by a stern Bruce Willis).
Ross says “All right, a joke — lighten the mood. Two guys walk into a bar, and one of them is Irish.”
Paul interrupts: “I’m Irish.”
Ross responds: “And the Irish guy wins the joke!”
In the One with Joey’s New Girlfriend, a bottle of Harp lager is featured. In episode five of series four Ross can be seen at Monica and Rachel's kitchen table enjoying a bottle of Harp, which is made by the same folks as Guinness.
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