Fifteen years later and we've never gone on a break with this TV show. 

Friends wrapped its historic 10-year run on NBC on May 6, 2004, proving to be the final outing of TV's most infamous and coffee-obsessed group of friends. 

Launched in 1994, the series' six main stars—Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc—were virtual unknowns. But by 2004, they were the highest-paid stars on TV about to say goodbye to their beloved characters that have become pop culture icons.

But behind the scenes of the final season, things weren't always as cheerful and comedic as they appeared on-screen, as the cast was dealing with divorces, fertility issues and figuring out the next chapter of their lives after being part of one of TV's most successful series of all-time, which is still just as popular and relevant as ever thanks to its after-life on Netflix.

Heading into its final (shortened) 18-episode run, Friends co-creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman knew exactly how they wanted to say goodbye to their creations and, more importantly, ready to move on. (They've repeatedly and definitively shot down any hopes of a reunion or revival over the years.)

Friends, Courteney Cox Arquette, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow,

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"Everybody was growing up," Kauffman explained of Entertainment Weekly of bringing Friends to a natural end. "This is part of why the show had to end. This was no longer that time in your life when your friends are your family. You're starting your own family.

She continued, "You don't want them to feel like, "Thank God it's over!" And leaving them wanting more is always a nice thing."

But the 10th and final season of Friends almost didn't even happen, with one star debating whether or not they wanted to return for one last coffee chat at Central Perk, while another lead was getting ready to star in their own spinoff. So get ready for the one with the behind-the-scenes of the final season of TV's most popular comedy...

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Jennifer Aniston, Friends

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Friends cast, NBC

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Ross and Rachel, Friends Couples

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Friends, Courteney Cox Arquette, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow,

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Friends Cast, Brad Pitt

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Jennifer Aniston, Friends Portrait

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Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt

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Friends Cast

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Friends, Thanksgiving, Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer

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ESC: Friends Wedding, Courteney Cox, Mathew Perry, TV Weddings

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Rachel and Joey, Friends Couples

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Matt LeBlanc, JOEY

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Tune into E! News on Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. ET/PT for even more secrets about the Friends series finale, as well as more scoop on some of you other '90s favorites.

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