Groovy Photos That Reveal A Different Side To The 90s

Entertainment | May 2, 2020

The cast of Friends on a trip to Las Vegas in 1994 before the show premiered. The show’s director took them on a trip so they could bond more, he told them: “This is your last shot at anonymity. Once the show comes on the air, you guys will never be able to go anywhere without being hounded."

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Can you imagine what it’s like to lose your anonymity in the blink of an eye? That’s exactly what happened to the cast of Friends when their show premiered on September 22, 1994 on NBC. The series followed six friends as they faced complex issues of life and love in New York City. The cast were all plucked out of obscurity to star in the series, but now they’re some of the most famous faces on the planet.

Before the show premiered they were taken on a trip to Las Vegas by the show’s director as a last hurrah before they faced the scrutiny of the public eye. Series director Jimmy Burrows took them to the city of sin for an evening of pre-fame dinner and gambling, but he also wanted to make sure they knew what they were in for. Jennifer Aniston recalled:

[Burrows said] ‘This world can be pretty dark, and you guys gotta really stick together and take care of each other.’And we took that to heart for sure, obviously. And then he handed us each a couple hundred bucks and said, ‘Now go into the casino and go gamble because this is the last time you’ll be able to walk into a casino anonymously.’ And we had no clue what he was talking about… and sure enough, that was the last time we were able [to do that].

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Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.