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Friends’ opening credits were filmed in California, and fans are still able to visit the famous fountain thanks to Warner Bros. Studios.

More than 25 years after its debut, Friends still holds the honor of having one of the most iconic opening credits for a TV series of all-time. Considering many titles have since forgone the traditional sequences for simpler title cards, it seems likely that the NBC series will continue being one of the best. The opener featured the six core cast members in front of (and inside) a large fountain — one that often confused viewers because of its implied location.

When the series launched in 1994, it presented an opening credits scene that featured Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, and Matt LeBlanc converging on an orange couch in front of a giant fountain. They fooled around a danced a bit while the Friends theme song, "I'll Be There for You,"by The Rembrandts played. The group then jumped into the fountain before a montage of other shenanigans ensued. As the seasons went on, parts of the original opening were interweaved with cast introductions.

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Seeing as Friends took place in New York City, there was a belief that the opening credits were filmed in the Big Apple. In fact, many tourists thought that the footage was shot in front of the Cherry Hill fountain located in Central Park — but that wasn't the case. Fans of the series won't be able to find the filming location in the city, or the east coast for that matter. The famed Friends fountain can instead be found in Burbank, California on a Warner Bros. backlot.

Before the series decided on the opening credits sequence, there was a plan to film the cast on a rooftop. The series was shot at Warner Bros. Studios, so the showrunners hoped the Los Angeles background could pass for New York City. The rooftop idea proved to be too expensive so the crew went searching for a backdrop around the studios' backlot. They came upon a fountain sitting in front of rowhomes that were originally built in the 1930s. The cast was then brought in and wound up filming the opener at four in the morning. They weren't exactly pleased with the cold conditions, especially when they had to jump in the water, but it turned out better than expected.

Even though Friends fans won't be able to visit the filming location of the opening in New York, they can still find in California. The iconic fountain can be seen during the Warner Bros. studio lot tour and visitors are even given the chance to take photos in front of it. Even more interesting is the fact that the same location was used for a scene in Hocus Pocus. The fountain can be seen in the movie which came out in 1993, a year before Friends premiered. Rather than act as New York City, this version of the fountain was supposed to reside in Salem, Massachusetts.

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