‘Friends’ Cast, 25 Years Later: Who’s Had the Best Career — and What Should They Do Next?

The one where we rank the thespians behind Rachel, Ross, Joey, Rachel, Chandler, and Phoebe by what they’ve done post-“Friends.” When you think of “Friends,” you think of the cast first. Sure, the writing was great — from the dialogue to the slow-burn romances — and the staging, blocking, and presentation were all key to making it a comedy for the ages, it’s the six friends that made NBC’s sitcom iconic. “Friends” — Their Careers So Far, Ranked Though some of the cast was known prior to “Friends,” this series launched them into another stratosphere — a level of stardom that gave them the financial security and audience draw to do just about anything they wanted, while it also came with the curse of only seeing each actor as their “Friends” character.

They all found a way to balance perceptions with reality, either leaning into audience expectations or steering clear in order to pave a new path. But who’s been the most successful? If “Friends” was the launching pad, who’s landed a prime spot in the stars? Among the cast of six — Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, and Lisa Kudrow — who’s succeeding artistically, commercially, or both?

One thing’s clear, 25 years later: “Friends” isn’t drifting out of the zeitgeist, and neither are its actors. So take a look back on what they’ve done since “Friends,” and let’s consider together what we want to see them do next.

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