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About Friends TV Show
Friends was a long-running sitcom focusing on the lives of a group of six twenty-somethings (eventually thirty-somethings), consisting of three men and three women living in Greenwich Village, New York City. The show was one of the longest-running and most popular sitcoms in American television history, gaining many millions of fans all over the world.
The program was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television for NBC in the US, and was first broadcasted on that network. It was followed by a host of other broadcast networks in numerous countries throughout the globe. In the US, the first episode was aired on September 22, 1994, and the last on May 6, 2004.
The show focused on the lives of a group of six friends: rich, spoiled "daddy's girl" Rachel Green, learning to make it on her own; neurotically clean chef Monica Geller; wise-cracking office drone Chandler Bing; simple minded actor Joey Tribbiani; nerdy paleontologist Ross Geller, who goes through three failed marriages; and quirky, optimistic masseuse and folk singer-songwriter Phoebe Buffay.
As the plot begins, Rachel has just left her fiancé Barry at the altar and moves in with her childhood best friend, Monica. The pair live across the hall from Chandler and Joey and hang out with Monica's brother, Ross – who recently divorced his lesbian wife. Then there is Phoebe - the "free spirit" of the bunch (and the quirkiest) and Monica's old roommate. The settings for the show include Monica's apartment, Chandler and Joey's apartment, Ross's apartment, Phoebe's apartment and the local coffee house, Central Perk (a flashback episode later reveals that the coffee house was originally a bar that was also frequented by Chandler, Monica, Phoebe and Ross before Joey and Rachel joined the group).
After moving to the city, Rachel got her first job as a waitress in the coffee house. She later became an assistant to a buyer and personal shopper at Bloomingdale's, and later a buyer for Ralph Lauren. Monica struggled for success the first several seasons, but eventually became head chef at a well-respected restaurant. Chandler worked his way up in data processing and eventually switched to a career in advertising (by the last few seasons) after a mid-life crisis. After on-and-off success as a soap opera actor, Joey's career eventually stabilized with a regular part on a soap opera from which he had been fired earlier in the series' run. Palaeontologist Ross eventually became a college professor. Phoebe made a living as a singer-songwriter and a masseuse.
Constant story lines throughout the series are the on/off romance between Ross and Rachel and, later in the series, the developing relationship between Chandler and Monica.
The show uses non-stop exaggerated, deadpan humor. Some jokes are related to sexual activity, politics and innuendo, sometimes non-sequiturs. The show also occasionally developed on serious angles such as relationship breakups. Situational humor, ironic humor, and irony were also frequently used.
The show has provided an opportunity for consistent work by actors who were more active in the past. Elliott Gould played Monica's and Ross' father. Marlo Thomas (the star of That Girl) played Rachel's mother.
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