Watch: Courteney Cox Recreates Monica’s Iconic Thanksgiving Turkey Look From FRIENDS

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Courteney Cox, renowned for playing the role of Monica Geller on FRIENDShas kindly given fans a Thanksgiving present by recreating an iconic look from the evergreen 90s sitcom. In the fifth season episode eight, titled, The One With All The Thanksgivings, Monica dons, literally, a Thanksgiving turkey with glasses on her head – a scene that continues to be eulogised on the internet through GIFs and memes. Sick of being bombarded with GIFs of the turkey-on-the-head moment every year as Thanksgiving rolls around, Cox finally decided to once and for all settle the matter by recreating her classic turkey shimmy.

Delivering a roller-coaster range of emotions, through a video shared on her Instagram, the 56-year-old says she’s going to “snap” if she sees another GIF “with a turkey on my head dancing like a f**king fool… So anyhow, since I’m the symbol of Thanksgiving, here you go, hope it makes you happy.” And then she breaks into dance.


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Reactions to her recreation of the iconic scene from the show are, expectedly, buzzing with euphoria. Cox’s video has recieved over 1 million views and a spate of delighted comments. Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay, wrote in the comments section, “You DID THAT!!” Reese Witherspoon, who has made guest appearances on the sitcom, meanwhile wrote, “Love you sister !”

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Who Is Courteney Cox?

Courteney Cox is a US-based actress and producer, known most notably for her role in FRIENDS. She first appeared on television in 1985 on Misfits of Science, going on to guest-star on several other series. Before she starred in FRIENDS, Cox had co-starred with Jim Carrey in the hit comedy film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, but global recognition came to her only with the sitcom. She later bagged a significant role in the Scream film franchise.

FRIENDS, a long-running show that ran for 10 seasons between 1994 to 2004 continues to remain vividly etched in pop culture, with each of its characters having attained legendary status. Monica, as a chef and a stickler-for-rules neat freak, was known for mothering her five friends around, complete with cooking, cleaning, and the occasional scolding. After a slew of failed relationships, she ended up marrying Chandler Bing, played by Matthew Perry, before the show concluded.

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FRIENDS, In Other News

FRIENDS reunion, after much ado, was scheduled for a release on HBO Max in spring 2020. Filming has now been postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic. Recently, during the Emmy Awards, the female cast – comprising Cox, Kudrow, and Jennifer Aniston (who played Rachel Green) – had reunited for a short appearance at the ceremony via video. Read about it here. 

In other news, we reported that Perry is now engaged to his long-time girlfriend Molly Hurwitz. The 51-year-old actor revealed the news to People magazine on Thursday, saying, “I decided to get engaged. Luckily, I happened to be dating the greatest woman in the face of the planet at this time.”

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