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Digital Spy presents Friends Week – seven days of special features celebrating 20 years of the US sitcom that became a cultural phenomenon.

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There’s little point asking ‘Where Are They Now?’ of our six Friends from NYC – David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc are all still very much in the public eye, acting and (in some cases) writing and directing too.

Many of the supporting players who crossed paths with Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe and Joey have gone on to lead long and, in some cases, rather interesting careers!

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1. Paul the Wine Guy (John Allen Nelson)

Paul – a.k.a. ‘Paul the Wine Guy’ – was Monica’s first ever on-screen love interest. Appearing in the Friends pilot, he lured her into bed with talk of his sexual dry spell – in fact, a fabrication – and lost a watch to Mon’s resulting fury!

Since 1994, actor John Allen Nelson has continued to work steadily in US television, with a recurring role on Baywatch from 1990-1995. Most notably though, he played Walt Cummings, the traitorous White House Chief of Staff, in two seasons of 24.

2. Eddie Menuek (Adam Goldberg)

Who can forget Chandler’s deranged roommate Eddie, eventually forced out when he and Joey ended their brief feud?

Following his three-episode Friends stint in 1996, Adam Goldberg has become an in-demand character actor – he’s starred in Saving Private Ryan (1998), four episodes of Entourage (2007) and this year played hitman Mr Numbers on Fargo.

Bizarrely, Goldberg also appeared in nine episodes of Friends spinoff Joey as a completely different character named Jimmy!

3. Julio (Carlos Gomez)

Moondance Diner employee Julio swept Monica off her feet, only to blow it by comparing her to an “empty vase” – like Adam Goldberg, actor Carlos Gomez also appeared in Joey under a different guise (he played Sam, a director) and has also appeared on 24 (in 2003), The West Wing (in 2004) and Castle (earlier this year).

4. Susan Bunch (Jessica Hecht)

Susan, wife to Ross’s ex Carol, has continued to pop up in film and television since Friends. She notably played Paul Giamatti’s ex-wife in 2004 Oscar winner Sideways and appeared as Gretchen Schwartz, former love of Walter White, in five episodes of Emmy favourite Breaking Bad. Not too shabby!

5. Julie (Lauren Tom)

Since playing Ross’s season two girlfriend Julie in seven episodes of Friends, Lauren Tom has continued to light up our television screens, with a stint on Supernatural as Kevin Tran’s mother Linda among her recent credits.

However, she’s perhaps best known for voicing amorous Amy Wong on Futurama – who would’ve thought it of sweet, innocent Julie?

6. Mark Robinson (Steven Eckholdt)

Mark – Rachel’s dishy co-worker at Bloomingdales who sent Ross into a jealous rage – is now a silver fox, but Steven Eckholdt shows no signs of slowing up. He held the recurring role of Doug Westin, the President’s son-in-law, on The West Wing from 2003 to 2006 and later appeared on The L Word (2006-07), Castle (2012) and Bones (2013).

7. Alice Knight (Debra Jo Rupp)

Following her 6 episodes as Alice Knight – later Alice Knight Buffay, bride of Phoebe’s brother Frank – Debra Jo Rupp landed on another sitcom as a series regular, playing Kitty Forman in 201 episodes of That ’70s Show between 1998 and 2006.

8. Kathy (Paget Brewster)

Kathy – who left Joey for Chandler, only to break Mr Bing’s fragile heart – left the laughter of Central Perk behind for a gig on moody crime procedural Criminal Minds in 2006.

Appearing in 126 episodes, Paget Brewster was a long-time regular as profiler Emily Prentiss – though she later departed the series, she still pops back for the occasional guest spot, most recently in February.

9. Joshua Burgin (Tate Donovan)

Joshua (“Josh…U-A!!”) was a handsome customer of Rachel’s who briefly dated the budding fashionista. Since Friends, Tate Donovan has become a familiar face on screens big and small – with a recent big-screen outing in Ben Affleck’s Oscar winner Argo complimenting regular TV gigs on The OC, Damages and 24.

10. Elizabeth Stevens (Alexandra Holden)

When Ross began dating his student Elizabeth, he became a target not only for his friends’ jibes, but also for the righteous fury of her uptight father Paul (Bruce Willis).

Alexandra Holden, who played the part, later appeared in such series as Friday Night Lights and Rizzoli & Isles – but most surprisingly, she also stepped into Olivia Colman’s shoes in 2005, playing Sophie in a US remake of Peep Show that also starred The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki as Mark Corrigan.

11. Tag Jones (Eddie Cahill)

Cute office boy Tag loved two things – Rachel Green and her scooter. Since his short Friends stint in 2000-2001, Eddie Cahill has become a bona fide leading man on US television – he appeared in 197 episodes of CSI: NY as Don Flack and now appears in CBS summer hit Under the Dome as the decidedly unsavoury Sam Verdreaux.

12. Dr. Timothy Burke (Michael Vartan)

A fresh-faced Michael Vartan wooed an eyepatch-sporting Monica as Richard’s charming young son Timothy Burke. Four years after 1997’s ‘The One with Chandler in a Box’, the actor found fame on spy series Alias, playing mysterious Michael Vaughn opposite Jennifer Garner’s Sydney Bristow.

13. Rhonda, the Tour Guide (Sherri Shepherd)

“I’m Rhonda… and these aren’t real!!” – A classic moment from 1998’s ‘The One with Phoebe’s Uterus’. After an early acting job as one of Ross’s museum colleagues, Sherri Shepherd not only became a sitcom queen – appearing in Less Than Perfect, 30 Rock and How I Met Your Mother – but also co-hosted ABC’s phenomenally popular daytime talkshow The View for seven seasons.

Friends fans in the UK can watch the show on Comedy Central.

Eddie Cahill played Rachel’s objectively beautiful boyfriend Tag (Picture: NBCU Photo Bank)

Rachel ended up with Ross in Friends, but we’re sure all you fans have wondered what it would be like if she’d stuck with one of her other suitors.

A particular gem in her little red book was Tag Jones – a beautiful, sensitive, puppy dog-eyed man who worked as her office assistant.

‘He’s so pretty, I want to cry,’ Rachel told her mates, before they eventually overcame the general awkwardness – and Phoebe’s own attempts to date Tag – and got together.

Rachel and Tag rather heart-breakingly did not work out in the end (Picture: Getty)

However it didn’t work out in the end because Jennifer Aniston’s character decided Tag – played by Eddie Cahill – was too young for her, a move which was triggered by her 30th birthday.

Now the sitcom is long over, it makes you wonder what kind of roles Eddie – now 38-years-old – went on to play.

Tag and Rachel in The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs (Picture: NBCU Photo Bank)

Well, we can reveal that Tag is still as gorgeous as he ever was – and in fact, since 2004, has been melting more hearts in two hit CBS shows.

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Here he is as troubled drunk Sam Verdreaux in Stephen King TV adaptation Under The Dome, which ended last year.

Tag – sorry, Eddie – as Sam in Under The Dome (Picture: CBS)

His Under The Dome character was very different from naive Tag Jones (Picture: CBS)

He cracked a typical Tag smile during promotion for Under The Dome in 2014.

Don’t get lost in those blue eyes, people (Picture: Francis Specker/CBS via Getty Images)

Eddie on a Comic Con panel in July 2014 (Picture: Lisette M. Azar/CBS via Getty Images)

Before that he had a lead role as ‘charismatic’ detective Don Flack in CSI: NY alongside Gary Sinise.

Eddie as Don Flack in CSI: NY (Picture: CBS)

He acted with a stellar cast (Picture: CBS)

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Now Eddie will star alongside Brit actress Hayley Atwell in an upcoming TV drama called Conviction, about an LA unit that investigates police and court corruption.

He may have lost his lovely long hair and developed a few age lines but he’s still Tag to us, through and through.

Maybe he still really digs scooters, too.

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Tag Jones is an attractive 24-year-old whom Rachel hires as her assistant at Ralph Lauren in Season 7. He was portrayed by Eddie Cahill.

Tag’s resume contains qualifications like “three years of painting houses” and “two whole summers at T.G.I. Friday’s”. Rachel picked him for the job because of his good looks, but believed that her attraction to him would not be a problem. Soon however, he finds out that she likes him, and they begin an affair.

She dumps him on her 30th birthday when she realizes Tag is not mature enough for her and that she should be looking for a more serious relationship.

At one time Rachel cannot remember his last name when asked by Gavin Mitchell Her response was “He…he didn’t have a last name. It was just Tag. You know, like Cher or…Moses”.

Tag later tries to get back with Rachel but is soon scared off after learning she is pregnant. He has the same red, Italian-designed sweatshirt as Ross, which Ross had on when Emma was conceived, causing some confusion as to who the father was (Phoebe and the friends believed it to be Tag’s until Tag shows that he was wearing his sweatshirt and Ross reclaims the missing sweatshirt).

Appearances

Most of us remember Eddie Cahill as Rachel’s hot assistant, Tag, from Friends. After all, his moments with Jennifer Aniston were so perfectly awkward (we mean, Rachel did forget his last name!) that they became entrenched in the show’s long-lasting culture. So it’s a good thing that a decade and a half later, Cahill doesn’t mind the fan connection.

“It’s sweet,” he tells us. “It surprised me for the longest time… how far-reaching that show was. But every time it comes up I get this sort of internal yearbook flashback to what feels like my freshman year as an actor. It’s a nice, sweet memory.”

It’s certainly true that Cahill — now 38 years old — has done an awful lot in his acting career since Friends. That includes playing the goalie in the hockey flick Miracle, as well as gigs on the Stephen King-inspired series Under the Dome and on CSI: NY (although we’d call 197 episodes more than a gig!).

This fall, he’s adding something else to his resume — the new anticipated legal drama Conviction, starring former Agent Carter actress Hayley Atwell. On it, he plays district attorney Connor Wallis. And if the pilot is any indication, things are definitely going to heat up between his character and Atwell’s character Hayes Morrison.

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“It was the dynamic, it was the relationship between Wallis and Hayes that got me,” Cahill says. “I see it as a lust-driven competitive game of command and conquer. There may be romantic moments, but I don’t know that what’s going on between them is compelled by romance.”

When we first meet these two in the pilot, Wallis convinces Hayes — a former U.S. First Daughter with a legal degree and a penchant for drugs — to work for him on a new Conviction Integrity Unit he’s started, to investigate possible wrongful convictions. And while Wallis may seem like a semi good-guy at the beginning, there are deeper layers to that character.

“I liked the idea of playing somebody who wasn’t necessarily a good guy or necessarily a bad guy, but who rang a little bit true as a three-dimensional person,” Cahill says. “What’s compelling about the show is that, unlike a lot of procedural crime shows where your prison sentence shows up at the end as a form of salvation and everybody’s happy, this show is looking into the system and the chain of command that goes into putting somebody in prison for, let’s just say, a life sentence.”

Let’s break this down, shall we? Cahill has snagged himself a meaty role as a guy who is more than meets the eye. He seems to adore his new co-star (“Without disrespecting any other people I’ve worked with, she’s one of the most exciting people I’ve ever worked with in terms of on-set chemistry”). And as for the work itself, the show seems to make some larger-context comments on the ongoing failures of the U.S. judicial system that we’ve become obsessed with, thanks to the Adnan Syeds and Steven Averys of the world.

Yeah. We’d say Tag from Friends has a crazy new show indeed.

Conviction premieres Monday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. on CTV.

Whatever happened to Tag from ‘Friends’?

Remember Tag from Friends?

He was Rachel’s male assistant from season 7, who she later went on to date.

Eddie Cahill is the actor who played the popular character, and while Tag and Rachel’s relationship ended in season 7 due to their age difference, he returned for one more episode in season 8 when the group were trying to figure out the identity of the father of Rachel’s baby.

(Spoiler – it wasn’t him, but we all knew that.)

Today, Cahill is 38, married with one son, and still working as an actor.

(Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

Since the show ended, he’s gone on to act in loads of TV shows such as Dawson’s Creek and CSI: NY and most recently Under The Dome. He’s due to appear in a new show, Conviction, later this year.

You can also follow him on Twitter.

#DressCode for those of us whose blood runs #Blue. #Shoutout to the fellas @WeBleedBlueNYC #LetsGoRangers #GetSome pic.twitter.com/cB2Y5OSWEh

— Eddie Cahill (@EddiePCahill) October 23, 2015

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