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"So no one told you life was gonna be this way (clap-clap-clap-clap)
Your job's a joke, you're broke
Your love life's D.O.A.
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

An insanely popular Long Runner Roommate Com that ran on NBC from 1994 to 2004, centering around a circle of twenty-something (and by the end, thirty-something) Manhattan singles: siblings Monica (Courteney Cox) and Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), Monica's childhood friend (and Ross's longtime crush) Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Ross's college roommate Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), Chandler's roommate Joey Tribbiani (Matt Le Blanc), and Monica's former roommate Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow). 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" 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 Bruce Willis and 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, than 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 every episode but "The Pilot" and "The Last One" starts with "The One …" (usually "The One With…" or "The One Where…"), pre-empting what viewers would likely call them. Even the pilot was eventually later called "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate", "The One Where It All Began", and "The First One".


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TOW Joey Pours Milk

Actor Joey Tribbiani's friend watch a commercial where he plays a guy too incompetent to pour milk.

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