Oprah and the cast of Friends

For 10 years, America gathered around the TV every Thursday night to catch up with their favorite Friends: Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey. In November 2003, the day after the finale of one of America's most beloved shows aired, Oprah met Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California, for their final interview as a cast.

Because the sitcom's finale taped months before, the cast was starting to learn to live without the show and each other. "It was definitely emotional for all of us," Matthew said. "I hope the girls were more emotional, and the guys took care of them...[but] we were all pretty much a mess."
Oprah and the cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show captivated television audiences every Saturday night for seven seasons. No one had ever seen a character like Mary Richards on television before when the show hit the airwaves in 1970. She was a modern, independent, career-driven, 30-something single woman trying to make it on her own.

Mary Richards and her friends inspired Oprah to live the life she always imagined. "The show was a light in my life, and Mary was a trailblazer for my generation. She's the reason I wanted my own production company," Oprah said. "It's the reason there is a Harpo because that was the inspiration."

With help from a legendary cast of characters—Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod, Betty White, Ted Knight, Cloris Leachman and Georgia Engel—television history was made. After seven award-winning seasons, the lights went out at WJM-TV.

Then, in May 2008, history was made once again when the hilarious cast reunited on Oprah's stage!
Oprah and the cast of The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music
The hills came alive again in October 2010! Forty-five years after America fell in love with The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and all seven of the von Trapp children came together on The Oprah Show stage for the first time.

The film, which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, captured the real-life von Trapp family's escape from Nazi-occupied Austria and won five Oscars®, including one for Best Picture.

For Julie, who portrayed Maria von Trapp, the nun-turned-governess who made clothes from curtains and won over her hard-to-please charges with music, the film made her career. "It was that big a movie, and we had no idea really at the beginning that it was going to be that huge," she said.

See what the cast is up to now!
Oprah and the cast of The Color Purple

The Color Purple
The Color Purple, released in 1986, is a heart-wrenching journey inside a world few films have dared to explore. This critically acclaimed epic, which was adapted from Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize–winning novel and directed by Steven Spielberg, chronicles the lives of poor African-American women born in Georgia in the early 1900s. Despite its controversial themes, The Color Purple became a box-office success after its release in 1985. It went on to earn 11 Oscar nominations.

At the time, the movie's cast was virtually unknown. Oprah made her big-screen debut as Sofia shortly after landing her own talk show, and Whoopi Goldberg, who landed the role of Celie, was performing comedy and one-woman shows when she was discovered. Danny Glover was cast to play Celie's husband after acting in just a few movies. These actors and their co-stars—Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Akosua Busia, Desreta Jackson, and Willard Pugh, to name a few—all breathed life into gritty, unforgettable characters.

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Twenty-five years later, on a November 2010 Oprah Show, cast members reflected on the making of the film. Oprah said playing Sofia still ranks as one of the great highlights of her life. "I never had more fun in my life than doing The Color Purple," she said.
The Cosby Show kids

The Cosby Show
When The Cosby Show hit the airwaves in 1984, it was the first time in history that viewers turned on the TV and saw a black, educated, upper-middle-class family. Creator and star Bill Cosby played Cliff Huxtable, a successful doctor. Phylicia Rashad played Clair Huxtable, a lawyer. Together, they were a loving couple raising five kids.

In 2008, The Cosby Show kids reunited on The Oprah Show stage, transformed into an exact replica of the Huxtables' living room—right down to the artwork on the walls. Oprah was joined by Sabrina Le Beauf, who played eldest daughter Sondra; Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played only son Theo; Tempestt Bledsoe, who played Vanessa; Keisha Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy; and Raven-Symon
, who played Olivia. Lisa Bonet, who played Denise, wasn't able to make the reunion because she just had a baby.

Malcolm said the set brought back great memories. "One of the reasons why the Huxtables came off so well and worked so well on camera is because we all really, really liked each other," Malcolm said. "People would come to the set and talk about how that was such a rare thing."
Everybody Loves Raymond cast

Everybody Loves Raymond
After nine successful seasons, one thing was clear—everybody really did love Raymond. The show was loosely based on the real life of Ray Romano, the show's title character, along with the lives of other writers on the show.

In 2005, Patricia Heaton (Debra), Brad Garrett (Robert), Peter Boyle (Frank), Doris Roberts (Marie) and Monica Horan (Amy) all joined Ray for one last laugh on The Oprah Show.

"I got very lucky to be surrounded by these actors," Ray said. "Whether or not I've grown into an actor, I don't know. We'll find out...I'm just very grateful that they let me play with them and let me do this with them."
Sex and the City cast

Sex and the City
For six seasons, fans followed the fictional lives of Carrie Bradshaw and her three best friends on the HBO series Sex and the City. Millions tuned in every week to see what New York City's sexiest ladies were wearing, drinking and chatting about over brunch.

Over the years, this hilarious, heartfelt sitcom became a pop culture phenomenon, winning multiple Emmys and Golden Globes. In 2004, the show's stars—Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall—retired their Manolo Blahniks and said goodbye to their beloved characters.

Fans thought they'd heard the last from Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte, but after four years, two months and eight days, this fabulous foursome came together on The Oprah Show to talk about reprising their roles on the big screen in Sex and the City: The Movie.
Saturday Night Live cast

Saturday Night Live
In 36 years on the air, NBC's weekly sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live has become part of who we are—the funny part. From the catchphrases we can't stop quoting to the characters we love to see, Saturday night belongs to SNL.

Only 128 cast members can say they've been "live from New York," and in 2011, some of the biggest names came together on Oprah's stage for a "laugh-tacular" class reunion: former head writer and host of "Weekend Update" Tina Fey, original Not Ready for Primetime Players Chevy Chase and Jane Curtin, impersonation impresario Dana Carvey and the hilarious Tracy Morgan.

See all of the SNL cast members who've graced The Oprah Show stage
Seinfeld cast

Seinfeld, the self-described "show about nothing," was one of the most popular sitcoms on television during it's nine-year run. The credit goes to the talented cast, who reunited on Oprah's stage in 2004: Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards.

The show's humor and originality worked its way into our vocabulary with Seinfeldisms like "yada yada yada," "close talker," "sponge-worthy" and "master of your domain."

It was the end of an era in 1998 when the last Seinfeld episode aired and was watched by 76 million people. Before their last-ever taping, Jason said Jerry had a few words for the cast. "He said, 'For the rest of our lives, when anyone thinks of one of us, they'll think of all four,'" Jason said. "And then added, 'I can't think of three people I'd rather have that be true of.'"
Susan Lucci and the men from All My Children

All My Children
For more than 40 years, Susan Lucci's character, Erica Kane on All My Children, clawed and connived her way into our hearts. Onscreen, Erica has taken 11 trips down the aisle and been married eight times—that's more husbands than anyone else in soap history!

"I spent more time with these men in a lot of ways than anybody else, and with every one, [I have] a wonderful memory," Susan said.

For the first time ever, all of Erica's husbands came together on our stage. 
Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal

Love Story
In December 1970, a little movie made a big splash at the box office. Love Story is credited with creating the chick flick film genre and is still thought of as one of the most romantic movies in history. People lined up to see the top-grossing film of the year, and millions fell for heartthrob Ryan O'Neal and the raven-haired Ali MacGraw, who uttered the immortal words: "Love means never having to say you're sorry."

Forty years after Love Story debuted, Ali and Ryan reunited on The Oprah Show stage. Ali said she still remembered Ryan's audition and their instant chemistry. "First of all, he's a great kisser," she said. "It's a combination of somebody who's incredibly sexy but funny. That's just electrifying."
The Love Boat cast

The Love Boat
Ten years after The Love Boat docked for the last time, the cast reunited for the first time in 1997 on Oprah's stage. The whole crew of the Pacific Princess was there: Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Jill Whelan (Vicki), Lauren Tewes (Julie), Bernie Kopell (Doc), Ted Lange (Isaac) and Fred Grandy (Gopher).

Gavin said he still had great memories of The Love Boat. "I think we all miss the show because the show brought so much happiness to people and gave them something to dream about," he said.
Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand

The Way We Were
The Way We Were, a film about the ill-fated love affair between an outspoken activist and a gorgeous golden boy, is considered one of the great movies of our time. The chemistry between the actors was electrifying, but Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford never gave an interview together...until we reunited them in 2010. Thirty-seven years after the film's debut, the still-sexy co-stars shared Oprah's stage.

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Barbra and Robert both agreed that seeing each other instantly transported them to the time they spent together filming. "I remember the fun we had," Robert said. "I remember liking her energy and her spirit; it was wonderful to play off of. I also really enjoyed kidding her. She was fun to kid."