Friends follows the lives of six (initially) single Manhattanites (Ross, Joey, Chandler, Monica, Rachel and Phoebe) as they navigate romantic relationships, career ambitions and the ups and downs of friendship. Along the way, they get married, get divorced, have kids and drink a lot of coffee at popular hangout Central Perk.
September 22, 1994-May 6, 2004 (10 seasons, 236 episodes) on NBC
All 10 seasons are available on DVD.
Friends is one of the most popular sitcoms ever aired and a defining pop-culture phenomenon of the 1990s. It premiered between two very successful NBC sitcoms, Mad About You and Seinfeld, in 1994, and garnered huge ratings throughout its entire run, helping to brand NBC’s Thursday-night lineup as “Must-See TV.” The show was nominated for 63 Emmys, and its final episode was the fourth most-watched series finale of all time.
David Schwimmer as Ross Geller
Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani
Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing
Courteney Cox as Monica Geller
Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Greene
Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay
Friends was created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane, who together went on to create Veronica’s Closet and executive-produce Jesse. Kauffman, Crane and Kevin S. Bright served as executive producers throughout Friends’ 10-season run.