I’m a huge Friends fan. I know, I know, the series has been over for well over a decade. It’s just one of those shows that never gets old or stops being funny. I love it, and I know I’m not alone, right? When Jorge and I got married, he watched the entire series so he could better understand my Friends references. If that’s not a keeper, I don’t know what is.
We were trying to decide where to go for our 6-year wedding anniversary and Los Angeles was high on the list. The main reason being that I knew the real Central Perk set was still up at the WB Studios and that you could actually hang out in there! HELLS YEAH book that flight!
About the WB Studio Tour
La La Land set only temporary
Your ticket includes a tour of different parts of the WB studio where you get to see how Hollywood is made. The studio is located in Burbank, California about a 20-minute drive up from downtown LA. I absolutely loved the tour, and it’s completely worth the money, especially if you’re a Friends fan. Here’s what $65 pp gets you:
- Tour the exterior sets and locations that are used for some of your favorite shows and movies
- Visit various soundstages for shows still being taped
- See the props department for shows and movies
- The original Batmobile
- Harry Potter and DC comic book stuff (not my thang)
- Then you visit Studio 48, which is an interactive soundstage that lets you see the different phases of film and television
- Last but not least, in Studio 48 you’ll find the Central Perk set
See the real Central Perk set
Of course, my favorite part of the entire tour was seeing Central Perk. Everything on there is mostly as it was on the show, and it’s so cool to experience it and to sit on the real orange couch! Not only that, but the entire tour, in general, takes you to different scenes from the show including the Gellar house.
you can buy your photo after the tour
The best part though? Central Perk is now an interactive set, so they film a Friends clip with people who are on the tour! We did a scene from “The One with Phoebe’s Birthday Dinner.”
If you get chosen, you can play a character in that scene. Jorge was chosen to play Joey, and I was basically Gunther. I made a damn good barista. They go over the lines with the characters and do it just like they would on a real show. The way the scene’s cut makes it look like Phoebe and Monica are really in it and talking to you. It was such a cool activity! I wish they let you buy the clip, but because of legal reasons, they can’t.
More fake coffee, please.
I didn’t want to leave the set.
This is the Gellar’s house from Friends, it’s just one big ol’ fake house! Right down the block, you will find the Gilmore Girls house, and also Pretty Little Liars — they point out a lot of locations for all of those shows.
This is inside the Gellar’s house. Remember “The One with the Prom Video”? This is where it was shot:
This is where Monica and Rachel were hiding from Jean-Claude Van Damme in “The One After the Superbowl”.
See the Full(er) House set
One of the exterior sets is the Full(er) House. As you may know, the outside shot of the house was filmed in San Francisco (you can get a picture of that at 1709 Broderick Street), but they still needed a facade on set to do porch scenes. I watched Full House growing up and now follow Fuller House, so it was a cool thing to see the actual set (outside and inside). When you go into the soundstage they don’t let you take photos. Boo, I know.
See the Big Bang Theory set
I was so excited to see The Big Bang Theory soundstage! Unfortunately, I couldn’t take any pictures but the apartments do look a lot smaller in person. I planned our tour strategically because I knew that usually, you can only visit certain soundstages when they’re not taping. I booked our tickets for Easter Sunday, when no tapings were happening so we had a lot more flexibility on the tour. You can also get free tickets to a live taping at the studio of either TBBT or Fuller House! If I would have known sooner, I would’ve tried to get some before our trip. If you live near the area, it’s worth checking out. Find tickets HERE.
This is Hennesy Street where many movies and shows are filmed:
After the tour is done you can stop at the cafe that is a replica of Central Perk. You can get coffee, buy coffee bags to go, eat some Friends cupcakes, everything a crazy fan would love! I had so much fun doing the tour and cannot recommend it enough.