The Popularity of "Friends"
By Ariella Jacobs - December 24, 2021

During its ten-year run, “Friends” was one of the highest-rated sitcoms on American television. It has been syndicated in dozens of countries around the world and remains popular today. “Friends” has also had a tremendously successful run in syndication and is shown on multiple channels all over America every day. The show focused on six friends in their twenties and thirties who live in New York City. The show begins with Rachel moving to the city and finding out that her ex-fiance (Ross) has got a new girlfriend (Emily). Rachel leaves her job as a waitress at Central Perk, where she had met her best friend Monica, and becomes an assistant buyer at Bloomingdales. Rachel finds an apartment across the hall from Monica, who has been living with Phoebe since Joey’s longtime roommate Chandler moved out so he could be with Monica. However, Joey is upset to learn that Chandler got the place because of his relationship with Monica, which causes tension between them for much of the series.

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The six friends go through a lot of highs and lows over the course of the series. Ross gets divorced from Emily, Rachel dates and breaks up with a string of men, Chandler and Monica get married and have twins, Phoebe marries Mike Hannigan, and Joey becomes a successful actor. In the series finale, Rachel has her baby, and everyone but Ross moves away. They all agree to keep in touch and spend Thanksgiving together every year. “Friends” is a show about the importance of friendship and the different milestones that people go through during their twenties and thirties. It is hilarious, heartwarming, and relatable, and it will continue to be one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. One of the main reasons for the show’s popularity is the strong chemistry between the six actors. They are all relatable and funny, which makes for great television. The show is also praised for its clever writing, which often features pop culture references.

“Friends” has won many awards and has been nominated for 83 Emmy Awards, making it the most nominated television series in history. The show won a record-breaking ten Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, winning that award from 1994 to 2004. In 2011, Friends ranked at number three on “TV Guide”‘s list of the Top 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, and in 1997 it was ranked at number ten on TV Guide’s list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. The show has been the subject of much critical acclaim and analysis, with many commentators dubbing it one of the greatest television series of all time. Television critic Robert Bianco of USA Today wrote in 2004 that “Friends is one of the great TV shows, inarguably. It was funny, romantic, touching, clever and popular in a way that few shows ever are.” In 2013, he wrote that the series was “still the best sitcom of the past 25 years.”