It’s estimated that 51.1 million people tuned in to watch the last episode of NBC’s hit series Friends in 2004 — it truly was the end of an era. As many folks reflected back on the show and their favorite characters, one magazine looked forward, imaging what the cast might look like 20 years from then. While it isn’t 2024 yet, it would appear that their prediction was, well, a little off.
The final episode left Friends fans heartbroken and wanting more, and the editors over at Star magazine decided to give us what we wanted — sort of. As you can see in the photo below, the team used “computer magic” to predict what Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), and David Schwimmer (Ross Geller) would look like by the year 2024. The photo has been circulating once again thanks to Reddit and Twitter.
And while we haven’t quite gotten there yet, whatever “magical” program was used to create these pictures was completely — and hilariously — inaccurate.
What’s perhaps even funnier is the descriptive captions of the photos, which give predictions about what the stars will look and be like. Schwimmer’s description says he “may go grey by age 57, but he won’t lose any of his boyish charm.” Cox was kindly predicted to “still be stylish in her 50s,” and Kudrow would “still be glowing.” In a similar light, Le Blanc would “remain every bit a ladies’ man at 56.”
The magazine also, rather harshly, predicted that Aniston would be “puffier” than she was in her earlier years, but would still have “great hair.” This is interesting, considering she may currently be in the best shape of her life. Take that, tabloids!
In fact, as we saw on May 27 of this year when the Friends reunion aired on HBO Max, the entire cast has actually aged pretty well. Check them out on the classic Central Perk set below.
All in all, it may have been fun to try and predict what they would look like in the future, but time has been good to our old Friends. Nonetheless, we were happy to look back on this old photo and have a laugh.