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Friends
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Created by

David Crane
Marta Kauffman

Starring

Jennifer Aniston
Courteney Cox
Lisa Kudrow
Matt LeBlanc
Matthew Perry
David Schwimmer

Country of origin

United States

Seasons and episodes

10 seasons, 236 episodes

Production company

Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions
Warner Bros. Television

Distributor

Warner Bros. Television Distribution

Original network

NBC

Original release

September 22, 1994 – May 6, 2004


Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004, lasting ten seasons. With an ensemble cast starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, the show revolves around six friends in their 20s and 30s who live in Manhattan, New York City. The series was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The original executive producers were Kevin S. Bright, Kauffman, and Crane.

Kauffman and Crane began developing Friends under the title Insomnia Cafe between November and December 1993. They presented the idea to Bright, with whom they had previously worked, and together they pitched a seven-page treatment of the series to NBC. After several script rewrites and changes, including a second title change to Friends Like Us, the series was finally named Friends.

Filming took place at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. All ten seasons of Friends ranked within the top ten of the final television season ratings; it ultimately reached the number-one spot in its eighth season. The series finale aired on May 6, 2004, and was watched by around 52.5 million American viewers, making it the fifth most-watched series finale in television history, and the most-watched television episode of the 2000s.

Friends received acclaim throughout its run, becoming one of the most popular television shows of all time. The series was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning the Outstanding Comedy Series award in 2002 for its eighth season. The show ranked no. 21 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, and no. 7 on Empire magazine's The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. In 1997, the episode "The One with the Prom Video" was ranked no. 100 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All-Time. In 2013, Friends ranked no. 24 on the Writers Guild of America's 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time, and no. 28 on TV Guide's 60 Best TV Series of All Time. The sitcom's cast members will return for a reunion special airing on HBO Max on May 27, 2021.

Cast[]

  • Jennifer Aniston - Rachel Green
  • Courteney Cox - Monica Geller
  • Lisa Kudrow - Phoebe Buffay
  • Matt LeBlanc - Joey Tribbiani
  • Matthew Perry - Chandler Bing
  • David Schwimmer - Ross Geller

International broadcasts[]

Country Network Local title 
United States NBC, TBS, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central Friends
Latin America
South America
Warner Channel
Australia Seven Network, Nine Network, Network Ten, GEM, TV Hits, Arena, 111 Hits
Austria ORF eins, ATV
Belgium VIER, VIJF, RTL-TVI
Brazil Sony Entertainment Television, Warner Channel, Rede Manchete, RedeTV!, SBT
Canada Global, Slice, DTour, CTV Comedy Channel, MTV, Moi et Cie, Vrak
Chile Canal 13
Colombia Caracol Televisión
Cuba Multivision
Dominican Republic Telesistema 11
Ecuador Teleamazonas
El Salvador Canal 12
France Canal Jimmy, France 2, M6, W9, France 4, NRJ 12, C8, RTL9, Comédie+, AB1, TMC, TFX, Elle Girl TV, Warner TV
Germany Sat.1, ProSieben, kabel eins, Super RTL, sixx, RTL Nitro, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, VIVA, Comedy, Premiere Comedy, Premiere Serie, Premiere Start, Sat.1 Comedy, TNT Serie, Sky One
Guatemala Azteca Guatemala
Honduras Telesistema Hondureno
Hong Kong (English) TVB Pearl, ViuTVsix
India Star World, WB Channel, Zee Cafe, Romedy Now, Comedy Central
Indonesia RCTI, Star World, NET
Ireland RTÉ2, TV3, Comedy Central
Italy Rai 3, Rai 2
Luxembourg RTL-TVI, RTL TV, RTL9
Mexico Canal 5, Azteca 7
Morocco 2M
Netherlands Veronica, Net5, Yorin, RTL 5
New Zealand TV2
Nicaragua Televicentro Canal 2
Pakistan GEO Entertainment, Apna Channel, ARY Digital
Panama Telemetro Panama
Paraguay Paravision
Peru Frecuencia Latina
Philippines ABC, ETC, Star World
Portugal RTP1, RTP2, SIC Mulher, Fox Comedy
Spain Canal+, Antena 3, La 2, Comedy Central, Cuatro, Factoría de Ficción
South Africa SABC, M-Net, e.TV
Switzerland SRF zwei, Puls8, TV24
United Kingdom Channel 4, S4C, Sky 1, E4, Comedy Central, Channel 5
Uruguay Canal 10
Venezuela Televen
Arab World MBC4, OSN مسلسل أمريكي
Bulgaria Kanal 1, bTV, Fox Life, PRO.BG, bTV Comedy Приятели
China Xing Kong, CCTV 老友记
Croatia HRT 2, Doma TV Prijatelji
Cyprus CyBC 2, TVOne Τα Φιλαράκια
Czech Republic ČT, TV Prima, TV Nova Přátelé
Denmark TV 2, TV 2 Zulu Venner
Estonia Kanal 2 Sõbrad
Finland MTV3, Sub, AVA Frendit
Greece Star Channel Τα Φιλαράκια
Hong Kong (Cantonese) ATV World 老友记
Hungary HBO, TV2, RTL Klub, RTL II, RTL+, Viasat 3, Viasat 6 Jóbarátok
Iceland Stöð 2 Vinir
Israel Channel 2, yes Comedy, Bip, Hot Comedy Central, HOT3 חברים
Japan WOWOW フレンズ
Latvia LNT, Kanāls 2 Draugi
Lithuania LNK, TV1 Draugai
North Macedonia A1 Televizija, A2 TV Пријатели
Norway TV2, TVNorge Venner for livet
Poland Polsat, TVN, TVN7, Metro, Comedy Central, Canal+ Przyjaciele
Serbia RTV Pink, B92 Пријатељи
Slovakia Markíza Priatelia
South Korea Dong-A TV, OnStyle 프렌즈
Sweden Kanal 5 Vänner
Taiwan Chinese Television Network 老友记
Turkey Show TV, Cine5, ATV, ComedyMax, MyMax Sıkı Dostlar
Ukraine 1+1, CITI, Novyi Kanal, ICTV, NLO TV, Paramount Comedy Друзі
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