Marion Kronauge Marion Kronauge | August 16, 2021 | Lifestyle
The ultimate FRIENDS experience hits Atlanta—we’ll meet you at Central Perk.
The one where Joey put on all of Chandler’s clothes
Nobody told you FRIENDS was coming to Atlanta? Well, then this is sure to make your day, your week, your month and your year—because, let’s face it, the ’90s TV show was the best thing to happen to all of us. Presented by Superfly X, The FRIENDS Experience (@friendstheexperience) places you right in the middle of Central Perk, Monica’s apartment and even Ross’ infamous “Pivot!” scene—as well as plenty more of the show’s most iconic sets, decorated exactly how you’ve come to know and love them—plus props, costumes (yes, even the one where Joey put on all of Chandler’s clothes), scripts and more. What started in NYC in 2019 expanded to Chicago in early 2021, and now the brand’s Atlanta hub marks Superfly X’s Southern debut.
The iconic Central Perk coffee shop.
The interactive experience begins, much like the show, with the infamous theme song scene, complete with the fountain, iconic orange couch from Central Perk and even the standing lamp—sadly, no Jennifer Aniston or Courteney Cox. “It immediately gets guests excited,” says Stacy Moscatelli, Superfly X’s EVP of brand marketing and creative. With the show’s 27-year legacy, this experience is made for fans of all ages. “You’ll see moms and daughters come in together, eager to be inside the world of a show that was so impactful to both of their lives, albeit at different times,” shares Moscatelli. The exhibition has also been a big hit among couples, with 30 engagements (and counting!) already at the brand’s Chicago rendition—and the romantic in us hopes there are some Atlanta-based FRIENDS fanatics adding to that number soon.
The Central Perk billboard
After featuring special guests, memorable moments from the show, table reads of the script and a look back on the iconic sets, the reunion show allowed fans to relive and revisit the sitcom’s best moments. So, grab your friends and head on over to lounge in Joey’s and Chandler’s recliners or perform a duet of “Smelly Cat” for all of Central Perk to hear. As Chandler would say, “Could we BE anymore excited?”
The “Pivot!” scene.
If you ever need help carrying a couch upstairs, you know just who to call! It may take more than three friends to move it, but at least you’ll have Ross giving loud directions and a sketch to help you along the way.
The infamous recliners
The One Where Could Joey Be Wearing Anymore Clothes?
If you didn’t read that in Joey's voice are you even a true fan of the show? After all of ross’ efforts to get everyone ready for his work party, there’s no stopping Joey and Chandler's constant teasing. Better to hide all of your clothes from Joey just in case he starts doing some lunges in them!
The One With The Chicken Head
Ever had someone say “I love you” while you danced around the kitchen with a raw chicken on your head? We haven't either, but it’s the only way we’d imagine it happening for Chandler and Monica.
The orange couch is the backbone of the show
The One When They Were On A Break
Ross and Rachel's famous breakup will always be remembered and debated. What do you think, were they on a break?
The One With The Candlelight Proposal
Talk about girl power and a romantic candlelight proposal all in one. Monica’s proposal always makes the top 10 moments from the show, and we can’t lie: we all melted when they finally said “yes.”
Monica and Rachel’s apartment
The One When Rachel Gets Off The Plane
There's no way the show could have ended without one of the most rooted-for couples getting back together, and that’s exactly what they gave us. Thank goodness Rachel got off the plane.
The One With The Keys
You know the final scene of the gang leaving the apartment made you tear up, don’t even try to hide it. The iconic shot of the keys left on the counter and the friends heading out into the rest of their lives called for at least one more coffee stop, and we all know where they were headed.
Photography by: courtesy of Superfly X