History Series / Friends

18th Jul '17 8:15:07 AM kquinn0830
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Its most iconic location was the "Central Perk" bar (a joke on New York's Central Park), though most of it took place in two studio-built apartments, and it was filmed in California. It featured dozens of guest stars, including big names like Creator/CharltonHeston.

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Its most iconic location was the "Central Perk" bar coffee shop (a joke on New York's Central Park), though most of it took place in two studio-built apartments, and it was filmed in California. It featured dozens of guest stars, including big names like Creator/CharltonHeston.
2nd Apr '17 10:12:32 PM DustSnitch
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While each episode is mostly self-contained, it was among the first prime-time comedies with an evolving status quo. Most of the cast went through several jobs, all went through plenty of love interests, and two became parents. It was also more open about sex, including gay relations, that was usual when it first aired. Alongside ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', it reshaped American romcoms in The '90s. It also spawned a short-lived spin-off, ''Joey''.

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While each episode is mostly self-contained, it was among the first prime-time comedies with an evolving status quo. Most of the cast went through several jobs, all went through plenty of love interests, and two became parents. It was also more open about sex, including gay relations, that was usual when it first aired. Alongside ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', it reshaped American romcoms in The '90s. It also spawned a short-lived spin-off, ''Joey''.
''Series/{{Joey}}''.
12th Mar '17 11:18:48 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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It also has an IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming in which episode but "The Pilot" starts with "The One With…" or "The One Where…", pre-empting what viewers would likely call them. Even the pilot was eventually renamed "The One Where Monica Gets A Roommate."


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It also has an IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming in which every episode but "The Pilot" starts with "The One With…" or "The One Where…", pre-empting what viewers would likely call them. Even the pilot was eventually renamed "The One Where Monica Gets A Roommate."

26th Dec '16 3:51:49 AM Aquila89
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While each episode is mostly self-contained, it was among the first prime-time comedies with an evolving status quo. Most of the cast went through several jobs, all went through plenty of love interests, and two became parents. It was also more open about sex, including gay relations, that was usual when it first aired. Alongside Series/{{Seinfeld}} and Series/SexAndTheCity, it reshaped American romcoms in The '90s. It also spawned a short-lived spin-off, Joey.

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While each episode is mostly self-contained, it was among the first prime-time comedies with an evolving status quo. Most of the cast went through several jobs, all went through plenty of love interests, and two became parents. It was also more open about sex, including gay relations, that was usual when it first aired. Alongside Series/{{Seinfeld}} ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and Series/SexAndTheCity, ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', it reshaped American romcoms in The '90s. It also spawned a short-lived spin-off, Joey.
''Joey''.
9th Dec '16 12:50:34 PM dpisel01
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It also has an IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming in which episode but "The Pilot" starts with "The One With…" or "The One Where…", pre-empting what viewers would likely call them.


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It also has an IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming in which episode but "The Pilot" starts with "The One With…" or "The One Where…", pre-empting what viewers would likely call them.

them. Even the pilot was eventually renamed "The One Where Monica Gets A Roommate."

29th Nov '16 10:19:27 AM Reymma
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A Roommate Com that ran on NBC from 1994 to 2004, centering on a circle of twenty-something (and by the end, thirty-something) Manhattan singles. A light-hearted show, most of the jokes involved some problem or misunderstanding involving sex, work, money, family or personal quirks.

Its most iconic location was the "Central Perk" bar (a joke on New York's Central Park), though most of it took place in two studio-built apartments, and it was filmed in California. It featured dozens of guest stars, including big names like Charlton Heston.

While each episode is mostly self-contained, it was among the first prime-time comedies with an evolving status quo. Most of the cast went through several jobs, all went through plenty of love interests, and two became parents. It was also more open about sex, including gay relations, that was usual when it first aired. Alongside Seinfeld and Sex and the City, it reshaped American romcoms in The '90s. It also spawned a short-lived spin-off, Joey.

It also has an Idiosyncratic Episode Naming in which episode but "The Pilot" starts with "The One With…" or "The One Where…", pre-empting what viewers would likely call them.


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A Roommate Com RoommateCom that ran on NBC from 1994 to 2004, centering on a circle of twenty-something (and by the end, thirty-something) Manhattan singles. A light-hearted show, most of the jokes involved some problem or misunderstanding involving sex, work, money, family or personal quirks.

Its most iconic location was the "Central Perk" bar (a joke on New York's Central Park), though most of it took place in two studio-built apartments, and it was filmed in California. It featured dozens of guest stars, including big names like Charlton Heston.

Creator/CharltonHeston.

While each episode is mostly self-contained, it was among the first prime-time comedies with an evolving status quo. Most of the cast went through several jobs, all went through plenty of love interests, and two became parents. It was also more open about sex, including gay relations, that was usual when it first aired. Alongside Seinfeld Series/{{Seinfeld}} and Sex and the City, Series/SexAndTheCity, it reshaped American romcoms in The '90s. It also spawned a short-lived spin-off, Joey.

It also has an Idiosyncratic Episode Naming IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming in which episode but "The Pilot" starts with "The One With…" or "The One Where…", pre-empting what viewers would likely call them.

29th Nov '16 10:18:10 AM Reymma
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A RoommateCom that ran on Creator/{{NBC}} from 1994 to 2004, centering on a glamorous circle of twenty-something Manhattan singles.

''Friends'' is famous for its IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming that referenced how the episodes would be most likely to be referred to when discussed among casual fans. All episode titles follow the format "The One With..." or "The One Where...". The two exceptions are "The Pilot" (which, even then, has been {{RetCon}}ned with the name "The One Where Monica Gets A Roommate") and "[[GrandFinale The Last One]]" [[note]]To be fair, this is probably how casual fans would have referred to it anyway.[[/note]]

Over its 10-year run, the show featured literally ''dozens'' of big-name guest stars who just happened to walk into that little cafe, or turn up to say hello to an old friend - Creator/SeanPenn, Creator/BradPitt, Creator/JuliaRoberts, Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme, Creator/GeorgeClooney, Creator/AlecBaldwin, Creator/BillyCrystal, Creator/RobinWilliams, Creator/HughLaurie, Creator/ReeseWitherspoon, Creator/JeffGoldblum, Creator/CharlieSheen, Creator/BruceWillis, [[Series/AbsolutelyFabulous Jennifer]] [[Series/FrenchAndSaunders Saunders]], Creator/BenStiller, Creator/GaryOldman, Creator/KathleenTurner, Creator/JonFavreau and Creator/JonLovitz to name just a few. They even got ''Creator/CharltonHeston'', ''Richard Branson'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily Fergie]]''!

The main cast of ''Friends'' grew to be real-life TrueCompanions; TomSelleck commented in an interview that he often felt 'left out' during the filming of his appearance. The cast as a whole demanded equal salaries[[note]]with David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston taking voluntary pay cuts to achieve parity with their castmates[[/note]], leading to the show holding the world record for "best-paid women actors in a TV show" for many years. And they insisted that, should they be nominated for awards (which they were), they all be in the same category: you couldn't nominate Matt Le Blanc (Joey) as "Supporting Actor" and David Schwimmer (Ross) as "Lead Actor"; ''both'' of them had to be Lead or Supporting.

To this day, ''Friends'' is still ranked with ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' as perhaps the most defining TV shows of TheNineties. It also spawned a (short lived) spinoff series, ''Series/{{Joey}}''.


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A RoommateCom Roommate Com that ran on Creator/{{NBC}} NBC from 1994 to 2004, centering on a glamorous circle of twenty-something (and by the end, thirty-something) Manhattan singles.

''Friends'' is famous for its IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming that referenced how the episodes would be
singles. A light-hearted show, most likely to be referred to when discussed among casual fans. All of the jokes involved some problem or misunderstanding involving sex, work, money, family or personal quirks.

Its most iconic location was the "Central Perk" bar (a joke on New York's Central Park), though most of it took place in two studio-built apartments, and it was filmed in California. It featured dozens of guest stars, including big names like Charlton Heston.

While each
episode titles follow is mostly self-contained, it was among the format "The One With..." or "The One Where...". first prime-time comedies with an evolving status quo. Most of the cast went through several jobs, all went through plenty of love interests, and two became parents. It was also more open about sex, including gay relations, that was usual when it first aired. Alongside Seinfeld and Sex and the City, it reshaped American romcoms in The two exceptions are '90s. It also spawned a short-lived spin-off, Joey.

It also has an Idiosyncratic Episode Naming in which episode but
"The Pilot" (which, even then, has been {{RetCon}}ned starts with the name "The One Where Monica Gets A Roommate") and "[[GrandFinale The Last One]]" [[note]]To be fair, this is probably how casual fans With…" or "The One Where…", pre-empting what viewers would have referred to it anyway.[[/note]]

Over its 10-year run, the show featured literally ''dozens'' of big-name guest stars who just happened to walk into that little cafe, or turn up to say hello to an old friend - Creator/SeanPenn, Creator/BradPitt, Creator/JuliaRoberts, Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme, Creator/GeorgeClooney, Creator/AlecBaldwin, Creator/BillyCrystal, Creator/RobinWilliams, Creator/HughLaurie, Creator/ReeseWitherspoon, Creator/JeffGoldblum, Creator/CharlieSheen, Creator/BruceWillis, [[Series/AbsolutelyFabulous Jennifer]] [[Series/FrenchAndSaunders Saunders]], Creator/BenStiller, Creator/GaryOldman, Creator/KathleenTurner, Creator/JonFavreau and Creator/JonLovitz to name just a few. They even got ''Creator/CharltonHeston'', ''Richard Branson'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily Fergie]]''!

The main cast of ''Friends'' grew to be real-life TrueCompanions; TomSelleck commented in an interview that he often felt 'left out' during the filming of his appearance. The cast as a whole demanded equal salaries[[note]]with David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston taking voluntary pay cuts to achieve parity with their castmates[[/note]], leading to the show holding the world record for "best-paid women actors in a TV show" for many years. And they insisted that, should they be nominated for awards (which they were), they all be in the same category: you couldn't nominate Matt Le Blanc (Joey) as "Supporting Actor" and David Schwimmer (Ross) as "Lead Actor"; ''both'' of them had to be Lead or Supporting.

To this day, ''Friends'' is still ranked with ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' as perhaps the most defining TV shows of TheNineties. It also spawned a (short lived) spinoff series, ''Series/{{Joey}}''.

likely call them.

6th Nov '16 12:01:49 AM RisefromYourGrave
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Your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's D.O.A. ..."''

A RoommateCom that ran on Creator/{{NBC}} from 1994 to 2004, centering on a glamorous circle of twentysomething Manhattan singles.

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Your job's a joke, you're broke, your broke\\
Your
love life's D.O.A. ..."''\n\n\\
It's like you're always stuck in second gear\\
Oh, when it hasn't been your day\\
Your week, your month, or even your year"''
-->--The opening verse to "I'll Be There for You" by '''The Rembrandts'''

A RoommateCom that ran on Creator/{{NBC}} from 1994 to 2004, centering on a glamorous circle of twentysomething twenty-something Manhattan singles.
27th Oct '16 1:25:33 AM bombadil211
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The main cast of ''Friends'' grew to be real-life TrueCompanions; TomSelleck commented in an interview that he often felt 'left out' during the filming of his appearance. The cast as a whole demanded equal salaries, leading to the show holding the world record for "best-paid women actors in a TV show" for many years. And they insisted that, should they be nominated for awards (which they were), they all be in the same category: you couldn't nominate Matt Le Blanc (Joey) as "Supporting Actor" and David Schwimmer (Ross) as "Lead Actor"; ''both'' of them had to be Lead or Supporting.

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The main cast of ''Friends'' grew to be real-life TrueCompanions; TomSelleck commented in an interview that he often felt 'left out' during the filming of his appearance. The cast as a whole demanded equal salaries, salaries[[note]]with David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston taking voluntary pay cuts to achieve parity with their castmates[[/note]], leading to the show holding the world record for "best-paid women actors in a TV show" for many years. And they insisted that, should they be nominated for awards (which they were), they all be in the same category: you couldn't nominate Matt Le Blanc (Joey) as "Supporting Actor" and David Schwimmer (Ross) as "Lead Actor"; ''both'' of them had to be Lead or Supporting.
11th Oct '16 7:17:54 AM ChaoticNovelist
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Though admittedly formulaic[[note]]The Pilot bears ''many'' resemblances to the ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' pilot[[/note]], '''''Friends''''' featured a top-notch cast and, at least in the early seasons, some legitimately outstanding writing. The Ross-and-Rachel relationship easily ranks as the most drawn-out, convoluted WillTheyOrWontThey plot in sitcom history. Interestingly, they became a couple early on, only to break up on account of Ross' cheating.[[note]][[RunningGag They were]] [[InsistentTerminology on a break!]][[/note]] Despite this, the characters managed to reconcile and even [[RelationshipRevolvingDoor conceive a child]] without officially getting 'back together.'

While it never garnered the critical acclaim of competing shows like ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' or even ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', [[CriticalDissonance it was a]] ''[[CriticalDissonance giant]]'' [[CriticalDissonance success in its day]] (the stars graced the covers of a dozen entertainment and gossip magazines every week), and accordingly one of the [[ItsPopularNowItSucks more polarizing shows of recent memory]]. "''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' or ''Friends''?" became a kind of shibboleth used to determine one's television street cred.



The main cast of ''Friends'' grew to be real-life TrueCompanions; TomSelleck commented in an interview that he often felt 'left out' during the filming of his appearance (A not-uncommon sentiment among guests on a hit series, but nonetheless). The cast as a whole demanded equal salaries, leading to the show holding the world record for "best-paid women actors in a TV show" for many years. And they insisted that, should they be nominated for awards (which they were), they all be in the same category: you couldn't nominate Matt Le Blanc (Joey) as "Supporting Actor" and David Schwimmer (Ross) as "Lead Actor"; ''both'' of them had to be Lead or Supporting.

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The main cast of ''Friends'' grew to be real-life TrueCompanions; TomSelleck commented in an interview that he often felt 'left out' during the filming of his appearance (A not-uncommon sentiment among guests on a hit series, but nonetheless).appearance. The cast as a whole demanded equal salaries, leading to the show holding the world record for "best-paid women actors in a TV show" for many years. And they insisted that, should they be nominated for awards (which they were), they all be in the same category: you couldn't nominate Matt Le Blanc (Joey) as "Supporting Actor" and David Schwimmer (Ross) as "Lead Actor"; ''both'' of them had to be Lead or Supporting.
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