The cast of 'Friends'
The cast of 'Friends' | NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards, Friends is one of the most popular TV shows of all time. The sitcom debuted in 1994 and was an immediate hit. It follows six friends living in Manhattan while navigating funny misadventures, romances, and career problems.

The comedy launched co-stars Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), and David Schwimmer (Ross Geller) to superstardom.

Friends continues to enthrall audiences years after it ended in 2004. With all 10 seasons streaming on HBO Max, the show boasts tens of millions of followers on social media.


  • Main cast: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer
  • Creators: David Crane and Marta Kauffman
  • TV genres: Sitcom, comedy
  • Original release: September 22, 1994-May 6, 2004
  • Network: NBC
  • Streaming: HBO Max
  • Seasons: 10
  • Episodes: 236
  • Behind the scenes: Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer had crushes on each other in the show’s early seasons but never acted on their feelings because they were in other relationships.
  • Spinoffs: Joey, a TV show about Joey Tribbiani’s move to Hollywood to further his acting career, debuted four months after Friends ended but lasted only two seasons.

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