Friends, the TV show that reigned supreme throughout the 90s and early 00s, is the pop culture phenomenon that keeps on giving. 25 years after its inception, we still feel a thrill at discovering a new fact or reading fan theories about its much-loved characters, like the possibility that the entire plot exists only in Phoebe’s drug-addled imagination or why Courtney Cox brought the Friends cast together together.
But this newly noticed titbit might just be our favourite yet, thanks to its discovery being so seasonally timed.
Twitter user @marcwithac was treating himself to a pre-Halloween watch of Hocus Pocus when a certain scene jogged his memory.
As Allison (Vinessa Shaw) and Dani (Thora Birch) frolic near an ornamental fountain in the park after believing they have defeated the Sanderson sisters, the social media user recognised it as the very same fountain that the Friends cast famously pose in front of for the show’s opening credits.
It’s all there: the cream townhouses in the background, the three layers of water spouting out from a grandiose base, the grassy park surrounding it. It all confirms that there’s a parallel entertainment universe where both two of our favourite beacons of TV nostalgia exist together.
Another explanation (pointed out by a Twitter user) is that both Hocus Pocus and Friends were filmed in the the Warner Bros. Ranch in Burbank, California, where the fountain in located. Which potentially, is more believable.
We’re not the only ones to get overexcited by the news (which has come at the perfect time in October), with the tweet receiving some giddy reactions from other 90s fans.
One Twitter user simply stated: “This is viral material” – which we can’t argue with.
Another praised the author of the tweet, writing: “Investigative journalism isn’t dead.”
While a third couldn’t believe it’s taken us all this long to realise, writing: “I’m just sitting here thoroughly surprised that I didn’t figure this out during the 90s, other than feeling like something felt familiar and I couldn’t place it.”