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Friends (1994–2004)

TV Series  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Romance
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Follows the lives of six 20-something friends living in Manhattan.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Rachel Green (236 episodes, 1994-2004)
 Monica Geller / ... (236 episodes, 1994-2004)
 Phoebe Buffay / ... (236 episodes, 1994-2004)
 Joey Tribbiani (236 episodes, 1994-2004)
 Chandler Bing (236 episodes, 1994-2004)
 Dr. Ross Geller / ... (236 episodes, 1994-2004)
 Gunther (152 episodes, 1994-2004)


In this 1994 sitcom, Rachel Green, Ross Geller, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Chandler Bing and Phoebe Buffay are all friends, living off of one another in the heart of NY. Over the course of 8 years, these average group of buddys go through massive mayhem, family trouble, past and future romances, fights, laughs, tears and surprises as they learn what it really means to be a friend.

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It's like, so the final season (UK) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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22 September 1994 (USA)  »

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Across the Hall  »

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Did You Know?


In the Thanksgiving 1996 episode, "The one with all the football", Phoebe is wearing a "That Girl" t-shirt. It has a caricature of Marlo Thomas on it. "That Girl" was a 1970s TV series starring Marlo Thomas. Marlo played Rachel's mom. See more »


In early seasons there are wood boards in Monica's apartment that go from the floor to the ceiling. In later seasons there are only wood boards by the fridge. In fact, certain directors for the show enjoyed putting their own mark on the episodes they directed. In the case of the visible wooden beam furthest "downstage" it was known as the mark of James Burrows, and would appear every time he directed an episode. See more »


Ross: I want someone who gets my heart pounding
[sees Rachel]
Ross: ... Someone who...
Chandler: Little play things with yarn?
Ross: What?
Chandler: Could you want her more?
Ross: Who?
Chandler: Dee the sarcastic sister from "What's Happening".
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Crazy Credits

After Courtney Cox married David Arquette, they added 'Arquette' to the end of the entire cast and crew's names in the credits to honor the marriage. See more »


Referenced in Cybill: Three Women and a Dummy (1996) See more »


I'll Be There For You
(Title Theme)
Composed by Michael Skloff
Lyrics by Allee Willis
Performed by The Rembrandts
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The greatest sit-com ever!
16 February 2004 | by (Europe) – See all my reviews

Ask anybody which TV-show is their favorite, and they are most likely to say "Friends". Since the first episode premiered in America in September 1994, millions of people tune in every week to see Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross cope with their lives in Manhattan.

Before "Friends", the six actors who play the main characters were all unknown. Today, Jennifer, Courteney, Lisa, Matt, Matthew and David are six of the most known people in the world.

what is it that makes this show so funny? I don't even know if I can answer that. For the past ten years, the world have been able to follow the gang's lives, which are very funny. Can it be Chandler's jokes, Monica's pedantidity, Phoebe's songs or Joey's stupidity that makes Friends to the most liked TV-show in the history? My answer would be that all of the six main characters contribute in their own special ways. Alone, they are useless because something's obviously missing, but together, they complete each other which results in six hilarious people.

The first seasons were funnier than the later, but the show is still great, and it's very sad that they have decided to cancel it. But that's understandable, since quitting when they are at the very top is better than to be forced to quit because of low ratings.

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