This Week in Hollywood History: September 21.

Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing

Television changed forever this week in Hollywood History. An iconic sitcom premiered and the standard for adapting classic novels was set. Here are my favourite moments from this week!

22/9/1994 – Friends Premieres

Friends premiered this week in 1994. The iconic sitcom follows the lives of six friends living in New York. It starred Jennifer Aniston Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer in their breakout roles. Friends received critical acclaim throughout its 10 season run. Nominated for a whopping 62 Emmys and making superstars out of the cast, the final episode in 2004 had 52 million Americans tuning in, making it the fifth most-watched television finale of all time. The cultural impact of the show is still felt today, with the popularity ever-growing thanks to streaming services like Netflix.

23/9/1969 – Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid premieres

Based loosely on a true story and starring Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford as Harry Longabaugh (The Sundance Kid), Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid was released this week in 1969 to mixed reviews, becoming more popular over time. The Sundance Film Festival, partly founded by Redford was named after his character in the film. 

24/9/1995 – Pride and Prejudice premieres on BBC

Colin Firth as Mr Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Miss Lizzy Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.

Perhaps the most famous adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel premiered this week in 1995. Starring Jennifer Ehle as Lizzy Bennet and Colin Firth (of course) as Mr Darcy, the series became an instant classic, setting the standards for how book adaptation should be done. The scene where Mr Darcy emerges from the lake has become one of the most iconic in British TV History and automatically gave Colin Firth stardom. The six-part series had an audience of roughly 11 million each week and inspired author Helen Fielding to write her hit book series ‘Bridget Jones Diary’. 

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