Becoming somewhat of a classic show, Friends screened on television from the 22nd of September 1994, through to the 6th of May 2004. By the time the show ended it’s ten year cycle, more than fifty-two million viewers were tuning in each episode. After more than two hundred and thirty individual screenings, ten full seasons had been edited for television.
At the time of the last episode, Friends had amassed so many viewers that it was recorded as the episode that attracted the most attention in more than a decade, catapulting the show to the status of fourth most watched finale in television history. When the show finally came to a close, it remained ranked in the top ten television shows for a full week, and it is still considered to be one of the top television sitcoms in history.
So what is the Friends TV show? Well it was based around a small group of close friends living in Manhattan. Each episode was filmed at the Warner Brothers Studio, in front of an appreciative live audience. During its time on air, the show was nominated for an unprecedented sixty-three Primetime Emmy Awards. By the end of the series, a spin off show called “Joey” had been created.
The show would go to air every Thursday, for those who have not seen the show during it’s ten year stint on television. Friends was able to captivate its audience with laughter, sadness, and this meant that people would relive the previous nights show the following day, with their own friends, and work colleagues.
As with any show with this much appeal, of the six main characters that played their respective roles, there would always be reasons to love and hate them. Two of the main characters, Rachel Green and Monica Geller, were always the best of friends. These two characters were played by Jennifer Aniston, and Courtney Cox. Monica was known as the Mother hen to the whole group of friends, and Rachel was a fashion enthusiast. The third of the girls in the show was Phoebe Buffay who was played by Lisa Kudrow. She was not only a masseuse, but a very eccentric self taught musician.
David Schwimmer played the part of Ross Geller, Monica’s loving and protective brother. He worked as a palaeontologist at a local museum. Matt Le Blanc played the fifth character as Joey, a self professed womanizer, with loads of charm. Our last character, Chandler Bing, marries Monica in the seventh series, played by Matthew Perry.
Seven years on, the show is still being aired as reruns, and the DVD collection is available for people who enjoy watching episodes over and over. This show created a very large cultural impact. As an example of this, the Central Perk Coffee House has in fact inspired so many other coffee houses around the world.