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Lisa Kudrow came up with the tune for 'Smelly Cat' (with some help from Chrissie Hynde)

Lisa Kudrow revealed some juicy Friends tidbits on her Reddit “Ask Me Anything” Q&A on Tuesday, ranging from the origins of “Smelly Cat” to where Phoebe Buffay would be today.

In anticipation for The Comeback coming back this Sunday, Kudrow answered a litany of questions that pertained more to her other famous role as Phoebe on Friends. Kudrow confirmed that she came up with the melody with the help of The Pretenders lead singer, Chrissie Hynde.

“The writers wrote it, I wrote the tune, and had a little help from Chrissie Hynde. She was amazing,” Kudrow said of the now-famous song. READ FULL STORY

Colbie Caillat sings 'Smelly Cat' at Central Perk

While promoting her new album, Gypsy Heart in New York City, Colbie Caillat took a trip to the pop-up coffeehouse Central Perk. And because you can’t stand behind a mic at Central Perk without paying homage to the greatest singer in Friends history, Caillat got the crowd to join in and sing Phoebe Buffay’s “Smelly Cat.”

She didn’t have a guitar, and unlike Phoebe, Caillat actually knows what a key is, but there’s still something pretty magical about someone singing that it’s not smelly cat’s fault at Central Perk. If only she’d had a wind machine.

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See The Rembrandts perform the 'Friends' theme live at 'Central Perk'

Thought Manhattan’s Central Perk pop-up coffeeshop couldn’t get any cooler? Think again. (I should note right up top that I’m using the word “cool” relatively.)

Last night, a preview of the temporary space—which officially opened Wednesday—featured a very special musical guest. Nope, it wasn’t Lisa Kudrow as Central Perk mainstay Phoebe Buffay, or David Schwimmer’s Ross showing off his “sound”: It was the pop-rock duo of Phil Solem and Danny Wilde, better known as The Rembrandts. Really, though, they’re best known as the guys who sing Friends‘ clap-happy earworm of a theme song.

After strumming through three of their original compositions, The ‘Brandts gave the people what they wanted: a tuneful, energetic rendition of “I’ll Be There For You.” Click below to find EW‘s admittedly amateur video of the performance, guest-starring a professional cameraman who blocks our view of Wilde for much of the song and some very enthusiastic audience singing.

(If you’re listening closely during the second verse, you’ll also hear one of those superfans ask an immortal question: Who takes time to make breakfast when they’re already two hours late for work?)

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'Friends' Central Perk: What I saw (and what Gunther told me)

For 10 years, the dream has always been there: What if Central Perk were a real, functioning, undeniably cozy coffee shop? Though real jobs preclude all of us from waxing Bing and spending all day with hazelnut roasts and crullers, any avid Friends watcher has long imagined what it would feel like to set foot in the show’s iconic coffeehouse, if only to feel—just for a second—that the magic of the 10-season sitcom was real.

Well, it’s real, thanks to a new pop-up installation in downtown Manhattan, just minutes from the show’s West Village setting. You can’t miss the store logo on the windows of the renovated SoHo café, or the awnings emblazoned with “Friends 20th Anniversary.” And when you enter the inherently nostalgic space, it’s like 2004 to 2014 never really happened. It’s surreal for a die-hard Friends fanatic like myself—and even more so for the one cast member who has become synonymous with the name Central Perk. READ FULL STORY

Exclusive: 'Friends' Central Perk pop-up coffee shop hits Manhattan

It’s been 20 years since Friends first hit the airwaves, and TV has yet to produce as iconic a coffee shop as the one where Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, and—Joey, I think?—spent most of their days.

Now, fans can get a chance to feel like one of the gang, so long as they travel to New York City this autumn. Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and Eight O’Clock Coffee are partnering to re-create the Central Perk coffeehouse at a pop-up location in downtown Manhattan this September, and there are plenty of reasons to check it out besides the free coffee. READ FULL STORY

What does an episode of 'Friends' look like without any jokes?

Taking the jokes out of an episode of Friends it like taking the meth out of an episode of Breaking Bad—it’s just wrong. And if you take the jokes out of season six’s “The One with the Apothecary Table” specifically, laughter is quickly replaced with judgment, Pottery Barn hatred, and Joey’s girlfriend Janine Lecroix, who’s just as annoying as when there were jokes involved.

The show still manages to be funny, however, because the writing wasn’t the only thing making viewers laugh. Watching Monica hit Janine with a trash bag will never be anything but immensely satisfying.

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'Friends': A definitive and completely objective ranking of Phoebe's original songs

Yes, I’m a day late to observe the 10th anniversary of Friends‘ series finale. However! It’s always the right time to celebrate the song stylings of one Phoebe Buffay, the best/worst singer/songwriter of the mid-late ’90s and early-mid ’00s. (Tough luck, Lisa Loeb.)

Looking at this list, you may be surprised to see that Phoebe sang as often as she did. (I certainly was after I agreed to write this post!) Given that, I had to set down some ground rules: I’m only counting original songs that Phoebe intended to perform, which means both her “Endless Love” duet with Chandler and the two impromptu ditties she improvised in the finale are out. Even so, Friends‘ 10-year span gave us nearly 40 Phoebe songs to contend with — which is why I’ll cut the introduction here and get right down to the ranking. Oh, and spoiler: “Smelly Cat” ain’t No. 1.

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'Friends' PopWatch Polls: Which ex was the best (and worst)?

Friends is tearing EW apart.

We can’t decide if Ross really should have been allowed to sleep with another woman during his hours-long break with Rachel. Or if Phoebe’s art piece Gladys was actually less terrifying than Glynnis. Or if Smelly Cat was really that smelly, or whether Bamboozled’s rules actually made sense, or which Friend had the comfiest couch, or what happened to LaPooh, or whether Ben was really alive or just a figment of Ross’ imagination in seasons 1 through 8.

But here’s a doozy that comes with a very loaded set of options: Which Friend’s ex was the best, and who was the worst? As we know, our favorite New Yorkers were not shy when it came to blind dates, one-night stands, or lengthy relationships, leaving fans with a slew of guest stars who were both endearing and/or utterly awful (I’m so over Janine…).

Cases can be made for each and every failed relationship. Does the gold crown go to Tag, whose name was horrible but whose hair was not? Charlie, who may very well have been Ross’ fourth wife if she hadn’t dabbled in Joey? Janice, the queen of Yemen?

Or what about Emily? Richard? Mona? Mark? Fun Bobby? David? Duncan? Joshua? Pete? Elizabeth? Paolo? Julie? Janine? Gary? Bonnie? Kathy? Chip? Parker? Gavin? Tommy? Cheryl? Katie?

The world of Friends exes is pretty monstrous, so we’ve got two polls for you to consider: READ FULL STORY

'Friends' PopWatch Poll: Were Ross and Rachel on a break?

They were the five words heard ’round the world (or at least through all of fake New York): “We were on a break!!!”

We all remember the circumstances: In season 3, Rachel suggested that she a Ross “take a break” from their relationship. And in the aftermath of that decision, Ross had a few too many drinks and ended up sleeping with the girl from the Xerox store. So the next morning, when Rachel showed up to apologize for being stupid, Ross realized he’d made a mistake. And break or no break, his night with another woman cost him his relationship with Rachel, at least for the time being.

Nearly a year after the “break,” Ross and Rachel almost got back together before he refused to admit that they hadn’t been on a break. And six years later, when they finally got together in the series finale, he still couldn’t fully let it go: READ FULL STORY

'Friends' PopWatch Poll: Gladys or Glynnis?

“Applause” or “Roar”? Edward or Jacob? Whigs or Tories? History has long provided us with pop culture battles rife for debate, but there are some questions that have never even been posed to the general public. Until today. READ FULL STORY

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